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Event, The Roll In

The Roll In #2 @ Balargue

Last friday was the  second edition of our video event “The Roll In” at Balargue skateshop.

This time the event was focused on showing the younger generation classic videos. The Baker Bootleg was a good choice, since the Baker 4 premiered recently.

After the screening, we picked out the lucky winners after a good old classic lucky draw in a beanie, and we even threw a few prizes away.

Thanks for coming!

Join the club to see what is happening skate-wise in your city.

 

 

 

 

•BOOM from BEN CHADOURNE on Vimeo.

Review

“Boom”- the new video by Ben Chadourne

Ben Chadourne just posted his new edit, and it’s great to say the least: A near-perfect casting (Paul Grunt, Roman Gonzalez, Bobby De Keyzer, Kevin Rodrigues and much more…) went wild in the streets of Paris this summer!

A video with a crew-vibe, only that the actual crew is composed of some of the best skaters of the planet, and that Chadourne knows exactly what he is doing with his camera!

Enjoy, and go skate if the weather forecast allows it!

Amiel Kornicki, f/s boardslide. Photo: Khalid Chhiba
Interview

Youngblood: Interview with Amiel Kornicki

Remember the Youngblood interview from issue 7 of KrakMag? Well, this one is kind of similar. We first met Amiel through our own app (you can type Krak on the app store) and this young kid is literally killing it. I was personally amazed the day he landed a nice treflip down the 3 blocks along the Seine quays (the footage is on his Krak profile if you are curious). So when we planned our special collab t-shirt with Tealer I knew right away that I wanted to meet him and sit down this interview. Now here we are and below is his story. k.

What’s up, man! So tell us, how did it all start? How old are you and how long have you been skating?
I am 15 and I’ve been skating since I was 9 years old. Walking sucked, so I used to take this old board from my big brother—it didn’t even have grip—to go buy our daily baguette. Then I started using it more and more until I tried to do my first ollie.

Amiel Kornicki, f/s feeble. Photo: Eric Aussman

Amiel Kornicki, f/s feeble. Photo: Eric Aussman

Paris is in the spotlight these days. Does it motivate you?
There’s always been strong Parisian skaters but what changed is that they now became famous. So yeah, definitely, that’s inspiring. It’s dope to skate spots that became known worldwide and where every skater in the world wishes to skate.

What do you think about this Parisian scene? What’s the best and worst of it?
The Parisian scene is really diverse: you’ve got the most technical skaters, so more like “basic” shredding around with the more original ones (like the no comply and that shit). But you know, Paris is quite a big city so sometimes older dudes don’t mix with the younger crowd.

Are you happy in Paris? Do you see yourself living there forever, or you’re more like an explorer and keen to live elsewhere in the world?
I love Paris! Place de la Republique, Jemmapes skatepark, my homies… But in the future I’d like to spend a couple of years in Barcelona (with regular round-trips home haha!). Anyway, stay in Europe.

We’ve been seeing you a lot these days: congrats for making it to the Skatedeluxe flow team. The Paris video is neat. How long did it take to shoot it?
Thanks! It didn’t take much time: Guillaume [Le Goff – Skatedeluxe Director in France] contacted me, and two weeks later we ended up filming the video during two full days. Douwe [Macare] was there, with Matt [Debauche] — both skaters from the Team — and my buddy Kevin [Ozcan], who ended up in the flow team, too. I also met the team manager. They were all really cool.

Amiel Kornicki, f/s boardslide. Photo: Khalid Chhiba

Amiel Kornicki, f/s boardslide. Photo: Khalid Chhiba

At the end of the day you were skating with your homies… I guess you know each other well?
Yep, Kevin is a homie and we’re the same age so we often skate together in Paris. Even when we don’t plan a session we run into each other haha. As for Mat, I met him at the France Championship in Calais not long ago. The only one I didn’t know was Douwe, a rad dude and dope skater from Holland!

Talking about that video, the frontside feeble on the Bagnolet rail was dope! Tell us about it!
3 weeks earlier, I had landed that trick for the first time down the small rail at Jemmapes, and I thought it was such a sick trick that I tried it on that rail too. I went for it pretty quickly. I was so motivated, everyone there was trying crazy stuff.

Well I mentioned the Skatedeluxe video but you’re part of another video from Tealer Skateboarding, soon-to-be released. Who was there with you during this trip in Madrid? Any anecdotes?
It was Tealer’s first skate trip: the “no wifi tour”. We left with quite a team: Gorka Defrance, Sam Vroman, Akim Cherif, Max Renaud, Maceo Moreau, Thibault Le Nours as a photographer, and Hugi Ghnassia as a filmer. It was my first tour too, it was dope. We travelled for 6 days. There’s so much to talk about, man, haha I wouldn’t know where to start.

Amiel Kornicki, kickflip. Photo: Yoann Kim

Amiel Kornicki, kickflip. Photo: Yoann Kim

Did you know Madrid before that? How was it? Like, compared to Barcelona?
I had been there once when I was 6 so I can’t even remember. Barcelona is still #1 for me: there are spots everywhere, not to mention the beach… Don’t get me wrong, Madrid is a great city too — it’s less “skate” than Barcelona but it’s easier to innovate, and since Gorka had lived there, he knew all the spots across the city. We met local homies, it was a great trip.

Ok, a quick Q&A:
Last video you watched: Louie Lopez’s “Holy stokes” part for Volcolm in Thrasher.
Favorite 2016 video: Awaydays. Especially Miles Silvas’ part.
Favorite tricks: too many! Frontside feeble, backside tailslide, treflip, nollie inward.
Favorite pros: Miles Silvas, Diego Najera, Brian Peacock.
Favorite spots: Place de la Republique (Paris), Macba (Barcelona).

Amiel Kornicki, f/s boardslide. Photo: Eric Aussman

Amiel Kornicki, f/s boardslide. Photo: Eric Aussman

Who are the most promising Frenchies in skateboarding?
Tim Debauche, Kevin Ozcan… these dudes are prodigies! And of course, Aurelien Giraud!

So what’s up for you these coming days / weeks / months? Tease us!
I am filming a skatepark edit with my buddy and filmer, Emile Moutaud. To be released in July!

Neat! Any shoutouts?
Skate Deluxe, Tealer, Dad, Mom, my friends.

Cover image: Amiel Kornicki, f/s boardslide. Photo: Khalid Chhiba

This interview was originally featured in the printed KrakMag that shipped with the Euro Tour KrakBox. Want to get your hands on a copy of the next printed KrakMag? Want to receive epic skateboarding product every two months? Check out the KrakBox now!

Interview

Founders Interview – Vivien Feil for Magenta Skateboards

Founders Interview – Vivien Feil for Magenta Skateboards

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Vivien Feil, co-founded Magenta with his brother Jean and their good friend Soy Panday in 2010. Now going strong into their 5th year, we’re super excited to talk with Vivien about Magenta for the print Krak Mag and asked him a whole bunch of questions ranging from the genesis of the brand, to discussing the brand’s graphics as well as asking him how the concept of #WorldwideConnections became so fundamental to Magenta’s ethos. With a diverse roster of riders from around the world, Magenta has definitely defied any attempts to label or pigeon hole the company. Magenta Skateboards is just all about skateboarding and seeing the world with your friends. But don’t take it from us, hear it from the man himself, Mr Vivien Feil in his Founders Interview. This interview originally ran in our print Krak Mag issue #2 that came with the May 2015 KrakBox. – HK

 

HK: Hi Vivien, thanks for doing this, we’re really hyped to have Magenta in the KrakBox! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Vivien: I’m Vivien Feil, I’m from Strasbourg, France. In my twenties I moved to Paris and stayed there for 6 years or so until I moved to Bordeaux 3 years ago. My main job is to run Magenta Skateboards.

Can you tell us how the idea of starting Magenta in 2010 with your brother Jean, and your good friend Soy Panday came about? What did you guys feel was missing in skateboarding at the time and what is your vision for the brand?

The idea came about because we love skateboarding but frankly the thing was starting to get really sucky back then in our view. Corporations have always controlled people’s perception of skating, and back then they were all big and annoying. You’d watch a skate video and feel like you’re watching the most annoying corporate TV ad. Either we were going to find another interest or start something to get us psyched on skating again. We chose to do just that and started Magenta.

 

What was the hardest thing about starting a brand?

The hardest part was going from the life or a sponsored skater: free travel and products and paid to basically do very little for years and have loads of free time, to running a small DIY business where you need to figure out half a million things every day. I’m still adjusting.

 

While Magenta was started in France, it’s now viewed as a global company. Was this a deliberate direction that you guys decided to take?

Regarding our distribution, we started in France but there’s no way you can sustain a business selling products only to skate shops in France. If we hadn’t been open to sell abroad, it would have been very difficult to stay alive.
How do you all divide the roles within Magenta? What is your main role?

Soy does the art direction, my brother Jean shoots photos and handles the warehouse. I take care of production, contacting shops, organizing trips with the crew, and a bunch of video editing.

 

How did the name Magenta come about?
Magenta is the boulevard in Paris where Soy and I were roommates for years. That’s where we met most of our friends through skating, it was the place you’d crash if you were coming to town. We chose to name the company after the area.

 

So why did you choose to be based in Bordeaux then?
I had my first kid 3 years ago. At the time we were living in a ghetto part of Paris and raising a kid was gonna suck. So we chose to move to Bordeaux.

The first rider on Magenta was Leo Valls, how do you know him? You also have three US based riders, Ben Gore, Jimmy Lannon and Zach Lyons, and the Japanese rider Koichiro Uehara, who I might add are all extremely stylish skaters. How did they get on Magenta?
We met Leo on our first trip to Bordeaux over 10 years ago and stayed in touch. We met Jimmy in New York through our friend Ryan Garshell who does GX1000. Soy first met Ben in Florida on a Static 3 trip years back. We’d skate with him every time we’d go to SF and he eventually joined the crew. We met and befriended Zach Lyons in SF also. Koichiro came to Paris on a TBPR (Tight Booth Productions) trip and we met again in Osaka.

Magenta’s leaf logo is very characteristic. What is the meaning and story behind your logo? Who came up with the logo?
Soy drew the logo, it’s a plant with one leaf standing out. The idea was that anything you do is still connected to the rest, no matter how original or different you want it to be.

INFINITY SERIES Magenta

Magenta’s graphics have always been very unique and really stand out against skateboarding’s current offerings. I particularly liked the Infinity series, where each rider’s board had a very interesting accompanying paragraph of text on the graphic. What was the inspiration for this series?
Thanks. The inspiration came from scientific representations of the very small and very big, and how similar it all looks. It’s either a tribute to the limitation of the human mind or its greatness, depending on which perspective you are looking at it from.

What is your favorite series of board graphics Magenta has released?
The first one, the Headless series I’d say.

How long have you been skateboarding? Do you remember your first setup?
I’ve been skating 18 years or so. My first setup was a supermarket piece of crap.

What’s your current setup?

My current setup is a Matias Elichabehere guest artist board 8.125”, Indy highs, 53mm Prize Fighter wheels.

Who do you mainly skate with nowadays?
I skate a lot with Soy, as always. Masaki, Leo and the Bordeaux MINUIT heads too.

Do you spend your time mainly in Bordeaux or are you on the road a lot?
I travel a bunch usually, but I’ve been mostly staying in Bordeaux lately since I had my second child 6 months ago.

What’s your favorite skate spot in Bordeaux?
Any marble flat ground in Bordeaux is fantastic for me.

 

Bordeaux seems to have plenty of that. Which is your favorite city in France to skate in?

Paris is probably my favorite.

Magenta has a very strong connection with Japan. I know you also liked Far East Skate Network’s 2007 “Overground Broadcasting” video which had a huge influence on me as well. How did this strong connection with Japan come about? And how did you become friends with Takahiro Morita (FESN)?
Japan is amazing. We’ve been going there for almost 10 years. Leo met Morita through Hagiwara from the FATBROS shop. He was at to the Tokyo premiere of “Overground Broadcasting” and met Morita there. Morita is the man, creative genius!

He’s definitely super sick! He does his own thing. How many times have you been to Japan?
I’ve been there maybe 4-5 times? I try to go as often as I can. Last time we went we visited Fukushima’s irradiated area, that was pretty intense.

 

That’s pretty heavy. What’s your favorite memory of your time there?
My favorite memory of Japan is probably meeting and skating with my friend John Lindsay the first time I visited.

Magenta has a small but growing US presence mainly through Josh Stewart’s Theories of Atlantis. Are there any plans to expand Magenta’s presence in the US?
Yes, we will build our flying Headquarters over in America in the next year and rule the country from this dominating position. Nah, we’re gonna keep it small as it should be.

Magenta has a very unique visual aesthetic, from the way the VX videos you guys put out are filmed and edited to the choice of music. How did this aesthetic come about?

I’d say French skate vids, Japan, East Coast skateboarding were the main influences.

I didn’t think of the Japanese skateboarding influence but it makes sense now. Magenta’s Soleil Levant DVD will actually be in this KrakBox. What was the inspiration for that video and how long did the video take to complete?
Soleil Levant took about a year to make. We filmed in France and Japan. The inspiration was meeting and getting closer to Takahiro Morita and Japanese culture. We thought we’d give them a little tribute cause no one else did.

 

Do you guys have another video in the works?

We’re gonna release a new vid later this year most probably.

That’s something to look forward to for sure. What other projects are currently in the pipeline for Magenta? I know you guys are doing a premium clothing line with Caste.
Loads of cool stuff, but I’d rather keep it quiet so you get excited when it comes out.

Cool, I can’t wait! Which cities that you’ve traveled to have inspired you the most, from a skateboarding perspective, and from a non-skateboarding perspective?

NY is pretty tight both for skateboarding and everything else. I have great memories of Prague also. I was going there a lot at some point.

Any places you would really like to visit but haven’t been to yet?
I haven’t been to Central or South America yet. That’s somewhere I’d love to go.

Magenta came up with the idea of #worldwideconnections. What does that mean to you? What’s the most unusual place you’ve heard from that is hyped on what Magenta is doing?
We didn’t come up with the idea that skateboarding is a fantastic reason to travel and meet dudes worldwide, we just pushed it. We have a lot of supporters in South America, even though we’ve never been there, which is surprising.

That’s really interesting. Any message you’d like to share with our readers?
Skateboard a lot, relax and don’t take yourself too serious.

Thanks Vivien! Okay to wrap this up, who would you like to thank?
Thanks to every one at Magenta, shops, friends and supporters. Shout out to every skateboarder who keeps the spirit alive.

 

History Clip, Spot

Bercy, Paris

Last update:

You might have heard of the name “Bercy” being thrown around as one of those legendary European spots on the list of every visiting American pro, or even remember Andrew Reynold’s  superhuman frontside flip down the Bercy 4 block (and his even more ridiculous backside heel down the 5). Bercy has seen some very significant moments in skateboarding history and deserves its place in skateboarding’s rich cultural history. Historically, Bercy is primarily a wine warehousing neighborhood.

In 1982, the City launched a vast program to revitalize the east of Paris, starting with the official opening in early 1984 of the Bercy Arena (originally known as ‘Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy’), which is primarily an indoor sports arena and concert hall. But as skateboarders, it’s this aspect of Bercy’s architecture that specifically interests us.

Palais_Omnisports_de_Paris-Bercy

The Arena itself is shaped like a pyramid with its walls covered with grass. Remember when Ali, Bastien and Arto butt slid down the grass wall in the Flip ‘Sorry’ intro (see 1:12 in the link below).

This feature offered the perfect playground for the inner street skater inside each of us. I went to Bercy the first time I went skating in Paris, and I was hyped! Although there were a lot of people, due to the size of the place you were still able to enjoy it and also have enough space to try stuff.

While the Bercy ledges are world famous and frankly pretty insane, it was really the blocks (4 then 5) that attracted  pros from all around the world.

Unfortunately, the Bercy complex is now truly part of skateboarding’s history books in a very literal sense because the area is being redeveloped but should reopen at the end of the year. Treasure every spot now, as you’ll never know when they will become a ghost of skateboarding’s seasons past!

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Agence DVVD / Populous

 

Featured image = © Steve Shupe

Kraked

#8 – KRAKED!

We’re currently in Paris. We went to one of our most famous spot in town. But it wasn’t about skateboarding this time, it was about freedom. We believe in the freedom of speech, we believe in freedom, skateboarding means freedom! We dedicate this KRAKED! #8 to Charlie Hebdo.

Thank you for standing up, you’re heroes. We’re inspired!

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Interview, Kraken

Virgile (Paris, France)

Let me introduce you this guy, he’s our Krak homies in Paris.

What’s up Virgile?

Everything great thanks! Just back from a sesh in the north of paris at EGP, of course you can check it on the Krak app.

EGP north paris

Can you introduce yourself please.

I’m Virgile, I’m 24 years old, I’m from Lyon, France. I now live in Paris but I had the chance to live and skate in Montreal and Buenos Aires, which was awesome! On my spare time I write on Vida Skate a blog about local skate scenes and skate news in general. To finish, of course, I’m a Krak addict ;).

What do you do for a living?

I work at M6, one of the big local TV channel, I am in charge of a new Youtube channels launch. Our latest project is an acoustic cover channel called Cover Garden, here is the link if you want to check it out.

Why did you decide to join The Krak Homies?

When the Krak team first contacted me about a year ago, I thought the project was really cool and offered to get involved. So, when they offered me to be part of the Krak Homies I was really stoked and didn’t over think it, I said yes.

Your availability to hang out and skate?

Since I am working, I skate mostly at night and on the week ends of course. I’d definitely be happy to meet homies to skate and hang out.

Any favorite spot?

In Lyon, I’ve spent countless hours at Hotel de Ville, the spot is legendary where I had the chance to watch Cliché pros filming parts. In Paris, my favorite spot is Fougères skatepark at the East of Paris, cool locals and great curves, definitely recommend it (the spot is on the Krak app). In Buenos Aires, I really love the Converse skate plaza, it’s hard to get there but once you are there it’s like California in South America.

Hotel de Ville – Lyon
Hotel de ville

Converse skate plaza – Buenos Aires
Converse skate plaza

Fougères – Paris
Fougères Paris

Favorite skater?

Not very original but I am a huge fan of Eric Koston! The guy is a living legend.

Video part?

The Guy Mariano part in Pretty Sweet!

Anecdote about your worst session ever?

In Buenos Aires I remember going for an 1h30 bus drive to go to a skatepark and break my board on the second trick no skateshop around…That really sucked.

Foodporn: Baguette Cheese Saucisson or Burger?

Baguette, Cheese and Saucisson of course!

Tony Hawk Pro Skater or SKATE ?

Skate is cool but all the good memories go which Tony Hawk Pro Skater of course.

Thanks Bro!

virgile

Picture ©Helene Giansily
Left to Right: Antoine Bunel, Ishod Wair, Pierre Leroy & Virgile De Vile

Wanna see more? Find them on KRAK!