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History Clip, Spot

Bercy, Paris

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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.

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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

App

Exploring new cities

Every week we’re gonna highlight new features of the Krak app that may interest you for your skate sesh. This week, we focus on exploring new cities.

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The thing about skateboarding is that it totally redefines the way you see a city, the way you travel. We all remember being new in town, looking for spots to ride and peeps to be with.

So how do you do to find amazing spots in a new city? Do you prefer to go to a skatepark to meet new people or to enjoy the street on your own?

With the Explore button, KRAK is offering you the possibility to see where the good spots are, with photos and videos uploaded directly by the Krak community.

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We went to Paris the other day and this is impressive how the Krak community added so many great spots! And the sweet thing is that they are still so many ones coming! Barcelona would be no different, we’re mapping it right now!

PARIS spots

So now tell us, how do you explore cities? Even more important, how can we help you with the app?  You’re also more than welcome to email us, whatsapp us, snapchat. We’re serious man, say hi and come for a high five!

Share pictures of you discovering new cities & we will add them to this article!
Interview, Kraken

Inspiration: Manuel Rampl

Today you will discover this bro!! Manu joined the KRAK Gang early December and he’s ripping it so far!! KRAKED #3, KRAKED #4, KRAKED #6 and KRAKED #9 he is everywhere, gifted you can say.

What’s up Manu? Can you introduce yourself please.
My Name Is Manuel, 20 years old. Skateboarder and Photographer from Austria.

When did you start skateboarding?
I started in 2009.

Who is the person who influence you the most?
My parents and my girlfriend haha (;

How did you originally found KRAK?
One day in class i took a look on product Hunt and there was the App! 😀

Are you part of a crew? Who are your homies?
Not really! Just me and my Friends! We Are going to drop a full lenght video callled “brettljausn” (some footage here). Pics: Alex & Philipp.

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Any favorite spot?
Secret Spot – Hargaland (DIY Park made by me and my Friends, top Secret Haha).

favorite skater? Chris Joslin

video part? Chris Joslin – Plan B True (itunes full edit or free extract here)

Anecdote about a worst session ever?
5 craked boards for One Trick! Hahaha

DAMN! Anything you wanna add?
Thanks To the KRAK guys for the Support! I am fucking proud!Manuel Rampl KRAK

App

Into the app – vol 2

Yo folks, you should have received a notification today. Something like this:

notification

Yep it’s kinda party time, BIG update has been released. There are some cool perks inside but let’s focus here on a major change: the uploading process!

1st step hasn’t changed: you got a sick content you wanna show it so you click on that little (magic!) sign ‘+’ at the bottom of the screen and then on the camera icon, you choose your filter and => you’re at that page:

app screen upload

 

Here is the news: now you’re able to upload right away a content without a spot attached to it.

Which means that if you click on the ‘upload’ button BANG your video / pic is instantaneously right up in the air with no spot. Why’s that?

While some people love the fact to map their city and create some spots we’ve to admit that skateboarding is way way wilder than that. For ex. look at those next 2 pics. First one by Aldeanda; second one by Felix.

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Our question has been: does it make sense to attach a specific spot to them? It’s skateboarding related for sure which means it makes sense to have them in the app. But because it’s more artistic and/or general, you don’t necessarily want to attach a spot to them.

Our solution has been simple: let’s people choose. Now each time you wanna upload some content in the app, you have the choice: map it or not.

If you don’t care about the spot

It’s damn simple: you click on the ‘upload’ button and it’s up.

If you care about the spot

Click on the ‘map’ button and here you are:

2 ways now:
– if the spot is on the list (ie it already has been created by someone), you just need to click on it
– if not you have this little sentence at the end of the list (like in the following screenshot), click on it

Then you’ll get a pop up like the following one, it will send us a direct message and we’ll be able to create ourselves the spot. Give us as many details as possible to make the process easier. Then we promise to do it in the next few hours max (yep we don’t sleep a lot, we’ve a hell of a passion for this!).

If you care about the spot and YOU wanna create it yourself (yep we love surprises, so it’s possible)

In this case: krak in first! Which means that before uploading your content, when you click on the button ‘+’ at the bottom of the screen, click on the ‘pin’ icon (versus the camera one). You’ll get that page:

KRAK IN

And from there, if you click on the sentence at the end of the list, you’ll get that:

new spot

Here you’re able to create your spot as usual. And then you can upload your content and attach the spot you just created to it.

Well we’re dying to discuss w/ you if you have any feedback / questions so please, feel free to reach us. Instagram, twitter, mail whatever you want (mine is: k@skatekrak.com).

Cheers folks, and keep on pushin’

Kraked

#7 – KRAKED!

What happened last week on KRAK?

Every week we highlight the most inspiring content (both videos and pics) in the app. Last one was special due to Xmas but we’re still out there shreddin’ the streets and so do you apparently! It makes us really happy. Keep on pushin’

Well let’s start w/ this special piece of street art by Virgile in Paris.

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Here are the videos:

Virgile de Vile (again; you were on fire this week bro): nice bowl party
Felix Baillet: w/ a double pole jam (and a pretty rad krak tag man)
Tibo Rebie: watch the Pintode Crew in action (heyy we see Felix again)
Amelien Foures: ahem looks like you love bs smith on that hubba! regular, bs out and flip bs smith… sick!
Joseph Garbaccio: you thought a switch 180 over the stairs was enough… check the following 360

And the best staff pics are:

KRAKED

Here are the direct links to share them w/ your folks:

Felix; Marius; Siooo; Jeremiah

Check them out into the app > Menu > Find Skaters

Picture © eep! [Theory Propaganda]

Interview

Aldeanda, designer of the LA tee

Who are you bro?

Im Alfonso de Anda, also known as Alfonso de Anda.

call me a fool

What did you have for breakfast?

I had a bowl of honey bunches of oats and some blue berry/banana pancakes.

So Skateboarding & designing, uh?

Yeah, fun stuff you know?

fun stuff you know

Damn! So I heard you designed the LA Xmas Tees

Yeah, word on the street says I did.

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How do you feel about this iconic spot?

I think its pretty epic. Some gnarly tricks have been pulled off there and there is good food around also which, hands down, makes one of the greatest great combos.

Best autoportrait…

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Thanks Dude! More about his stuff here

Get your Santa Monica Triple Set Tee-shirt here
& Have a look to his profile on the KRAK app 😉

Random

Limited collector T-shirt / Santa Monica Triple Set

You’ve been waiting for it? We’ve been too!! We’re excited to introduce you to our very first, limited edition, Krak t-shirt, branded in L.A.! Hurry up, you just have 3 weeks!

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This design takes inspiration from one of the most iconic skate spot in Los Angeles. Remember having voted for your favorite? On Dec 14th, YOUR #1 was Santa Monica Triple Set!!

100% made in Los Angeles

designed & manufactured! –

Soft & resistant material, perfect for your skateboarding sesh (we’ve tried it on & it’s our favorite by far!)
American Apparel designs: boys (triblend) & chicks (tank).
25 USD each + delivery

This campaign starts today and will be running during 3 weeks only.
Limited edition.

How to get your L.A. tee?

  • Paypal / Credit Card >> Online
  • Cash >> Meet-the-Krak-team! Come for a high five, here is our schedule:
    • Los Angeles: from Thursday 18th December to Sunday 21st December. Call/sms/whatsapp: 310.382.6865
    • Lyon: from Wednesday 24th December to Thursday 8th January. Call/sms/whatsapp: stay tuned!
    • Paris: from Monday 5th January to Thursday 8th January. Call/sms/whatsapp: stay tuned!

Any question, contact Mathilde at: mb@skatekrak.com

 Merry Xmas everybody and keep on pushin’!!!

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Spot

What’s your favorite skate spot in L.A.?

We are curious. Who said too much?! We’re dying to hear about your opinion on that easy, simple, straight-to-the-point question: “what is for you the best skate spot in Los Angeles”? The most iconic, legendary, emblematic skate symbol of L.A. The one that made & makes L.A. the mecca of skateboarding. Well, you get the point.

We’ve introduced some of them but this is an open list where you can happily bring up yours! In fact, we really much encourage that.

Because we love suspense and because we love surprises even more, we’ll be preparing you something rad for Xmas… On December 14th, midnight PST, we shall pick up the top of the list…

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Kraked

#4 – KRAKED!

What happened last week on KRAK?

Every week we highlight the most inspiring content (both videos and pics) in the app. And we have one magician who made it to all of them so far; congrats to you Billy#1#2#3 and now here; great job!
A big up to Manuel as well cause today we’ve 3 pics man, best score so far! Keep on pushin’

And THE video to watch last week was:

Kevin Ozcan at EGP18; well it was simply a tre-flip overcrook on the rail!!

And the best staff pics are:

KRAKED

 

Check them out into the KRAK app > Menu > Find Skaters

Picture © Brian Kim

App

Into the app – vol 1

At Krak we’re deep believers in Design. Isn’t it awesome to have a clear and simple app for skateboarding pictures and videos? We truly aim at offering you the best experience possible so we have been working hard on new features that totally transform our world into an amazing playground for skateboarders.

#1 Explore

You may have noticed a new “explore sign” on the home page. This is the most exciting feature ever! Go find out new spots and identify clearly if it is street, park, shop or private spot thanks to their pictograms. You are now able to check a spot and vizualise real pictures shot by the Krak community. This is powerful and priceless. But wait ? Yeah the app is free!

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#2 Add favorite spots to your Wishlist

We all dream of skating golden spots like West LA Court House, Venice Skatepark, Stoner Plaza, Republique…but even more to find the sickest spot ever downtown. Timing here is everything but Krak has a solution for you: Create a wishlist and save the spots you wanna krak later!

  • Go to Menu > Wishlist
  • Create a new wishlist by giving it a name and adding a caption
  • Now you can just save any spot you find on the app.

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Thinking of riding some ledges after school/work?
The app locates all the  spots around you, you can easily identify the street spots and add them to your wishlist.

Looking for skateparks near your holiday house?
Check it out easily on Krak and add them to your wishlist.

You just saw a kickass vid on the app and love the spot?
No worries, just save it for later.

You asked, we did.

#3 Create your Crew

Clearly, this is your area! You build your own crew, include your homies and show to the world how cool it is.

Make the most of it in 3 simple steps :

  • Go to Menu > Crew
  • Follow a crew or Create one by using the “+” button!
  • Ask friends to join the crew: with the search bar for existing Krak users, otherwise bring them in!

So who’s gonna be the most badass crew on KRAK? Can’t wait to see and write about it soon! Stay tuned here in the mag…

#4 KRAK IN!

Last but not least, you can now shout out loud what spot you are riding at the moment thanks to the KRAK IN feature. As soon as you kraked in, a message will be displayed on your feed. Easy to invite homies to join for a skate session.

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Yeah…it is true you can totally KRAK THE WORLD now!