The future looks bright! Barcelona, Spain is known as Europe´s skate travel destination number one, and most of the time we see its spots skated by international pros and then sprinkled into various parts and tour edits. Not with this video though. Barcelona´s very own brand Sopa Skateboards just released its latest project called “EL VIDEO” and it´s refreshing to see the next generation of locals skating their own city. We are fans! Filmed & edited by Tomas Codina.
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A lot has been said about Patrick Bös over the years & even decades – save thing to say is that not a lot of people have skated as much as Patrick has. He won’t give up or retire because he purely loves skateboarding. He also doesn’t stop progressing while still looking enormously fit, so we better get ready for at least another decade. That’s not a threat, but more of a very inspirational way of living and keeping yourself from aging. Can’t wait to see the next one!
Leon Charo-Tite is our next "Unsigned Hype" and he is from Freiburg/Germany and that part of his heritage can be an issue. Many have gotten stamped and sidelined as the "German Skater". To our U.S. audience, that's kind of like being stamped Canadian or Brazillian in the early 2000's.
Brazilians have a special place in skateboarding. It’s been tough at times but now in 2020 it has probably been the best it has ever been.If you need to know one thing about Brazilians is that they are passionate, hard-working & most of all humble people. Hugo hit us up asking if we could help him show his friends and included was an immediate invitation to Barcelona and the promise of a good time. Who doesn’t love that? We respect it and truth be told one thing we forgot to mention is that Brazilians are always good for some bangers! So, read more about Hugo and his friends below or press play straight away.
Intro By Roland Hoogwater.
Text & Photos By Hugo Blender.
We came to Barcelona in April 2019 with a big pack of Brazilians… and at the time I didn’t have a camera and we just spent some weeks only skating for fun, enjoying the city.
But once I bought the camera I started to film my friends who normally don’t have an opportunity to film. I wanted to show them and I did. The whole process was really cool and made possible because Daniel Galli helped me buy the camera.
Galli helped me use the camera and he joined in on some of our sessions. Together we went exploring the city looking for some spots.
In the end, for the name, we settled on Apolo because that was the dance club we going to every Thursday and Saturday in Barcelona. All these film sessions if they resulted in tricks ended up with us going there to dance.
So here it is all my friends doing their best just moments before we went dancing again (laughs. Enjoy!
We have been told about this project a few months ago and seeing that it finally came together is amazing. Joseph Biais has been on top of the European scene for so long but he always kept it his secret. Here’s another Romain Batard concept film instant classic.
Remember a couple of weeks back we had this interview with Craig Jackson? If you do, then you might remember him mentioning something about the Theobalds Cap Co. going to Barcelona. Well, that moment has passed, the votes are in, and counted. Turns out when it all said and done Craig did not find his experience as Team Manager that easy. A lack of motivation, no food, no drinks, too much sun, or no sun at all, grounds for a skater not to skate or influence the spirit of the group. Being that Craig is a great person he was willing to list his 12 most crucial tips so that you don’t have to learn the hard way.
Intro Roland Hoogwater
Text Craig Jackson
All photos by Rafski
In Barcelona, distractions and curveballs are everywhere, especially when you’re managing a group of skaters all with different personalities and habits. Highlights included being wet at some point at least three of the five days, losing riders on nights out, boards being snapped unnecessarily, The Kino stack breakfasts and Damm Lemons amongst everything else that stopped us from being at a skate spot before 14:00 hours every day. With that being said it was impressive watching these guys switch into tour mode and handle the many places we took them to as well as ones we would stumble across during our treks around the city.
I learnt a lot whilst playing this role for a week and thought it might be a good idea to take this time to produce a simple 12 step guide for anyone who might own and operate an up and coming brand who are about to embark on trip to ensure you maximise your experience and avoid any unnecessary hurdles. The team sheet consisted of Jake Bidmead, Josh Arnott, Jeremy Jones and Cam Barr who’s this was his first trip to Barcelona (You can only imagine how this went down) and were cheered on by our good friends Josh Brown and Phil Russell. Special shout out to Rafski for putting up with us all week, Amy Ram and Danny Wainwright for the grip tape and keeping everyone pumped. Now scroll down to learn how to “Team Manage” on a shoestring budget…
#1 – Get them on the plane.
Probably the scariest part of the whole trip. Ensure that no one has anything on them that they shouldn’t or anything that could raise a cause for concern. “What’s wrong with that?” was one of our riders response when I clocked that he was going to try and take his tobacco through in small clear baggy. I have no idea why.
#2 – Bring product.
One of our riders forgot all his Theos products. Luckily for me, I pre-packed a ton of stuff, so this did not turn into a problem. Anything that was left over was given out to the many friends we made along the way.
#3 – S.U.N.C.R.E.A.M rules everything around me.
Jeremy was the only rider who packed some sun cream (his complexion demands him to). But we only found out the need for it when we were all the way out at the infamous beer banks spot. Luckily this also turned out to be the hottest day of the trip. Regardless of any UV damage, Jake threw down this backside nose blunt while we all stood around and got toasted, nicely toasted.
#4 – Be the weatherman.
If you’ve been skating for long enough, you become pretty good at judging the weather. On one of our days, it turned out we only had a window of 3 hours of dryness in between the torrential rain. So, be spot savvy and don’t trek super far if you feel like the weather could easily change on you. When the weather started to turn, I ended up guiding the guys to this super fun bank spot around a lamp post that I first saw Vaughan Baker skate in “Lost & Found” years ago.
#5 – Don’t be afraid to break up the jam.
This rule was one of the hardest for me to come to terms with. The thought that I’d have to tell someone to “not roll that up here, wait for the next spot” didn’t do my anxiety any favours whatsoever. Regardless, we had to keep moving and not get too lost in the sauce. Time is money.
#6 – The best things happen when you least expect it.
In a city like Barcelona, it is easy to forget that almost every place has spot potential, not just the official destinations. I.e. Cam spotting this considerable road gap which had a perfect downhill in front of it that guaranteed extra speed. “READY!?” was the last thing he screamed before flying over the gap. I felt like I was watching nitro circus. Love it! MVP.
#7 – Don’t be afraid to give your riders shit.
On one of the days, we were lucky enough to have Danny Wainwright come out with us for the day as guest TM. This was an eye-opener for sure. Danny and Josh Arnott go way back and that was noticeable in their communique. He pretty much gave Josh shit and called him a wussy at every skate spot he went to. He finally gave in and proceeded to half cab over a barrier into one of the crustiest banks I’ve seen.
#8 – Everyone’s different.
Jeremy Jones is a pretty quiet guy (until he hits the sauce) and compared to others, doesn’t show when he’s frustrated. Remember that everyone is different and sometimes you’ll have to check in and make sure that your guys aren’t burning themselves out at the first spot of the day. Jeremy had to battle for this photo in the heat of the midday sun, but he had his sunscreen on and eventually nailed one perfectly.
#9 – A team captain helps.
I’ve known Jake for a fair few years now (we partied pretty hard in Monolos when we properly met back in 2012) and since he’s the oldest person on the team, it was only natural that he assumed the team captain role. Jake knows the city like the back of his hand, so after one session was over, we’d catch 5 minutes to discuss where we’d be going next and who could hit certain spots. Jake also talks in his sleep. Cute.
#10 – The media crew will keep you sane.
Always the first texts you will wake up to every morning, your photographer and/or filmer will be your best friend on tour. I was lucky enough to have one of my favourite skate photographers Rafski join us. He kept us all on our toes throughout the trip making sure everyone was out of bed and at Macba in time every day. You’re the best, Rafski.
#11 – Party time, excellent.
Team nights out are essential, don’t be that guy who tries to keep everyone reigned in, let them live. One night we got chased out of Macba by police and ended up at Nevermind. Everyone got pretty ‘lit’, Cam snapped his board, and we lost Jeremy who I luckily found talking to one of those sketchy beer seller guys near our hostel several hours later. I managed to eventually pull him away and put him to bed, reluctantly.
#12 – Get them back on the plane
Maybe even scarier that step 1, ensure that everyone gets on that plane back home. Drag them out of bed if you need too. One last final bit of advice: Make sure everyone has budgeted enough money for that airport transfer…
To start off I really like Butter Goods, I like the product, the team, and their video output but I don’t really like Barcelona footage anymore.
Why might you ask? I have seen it too much ever since the days of És Menikmati BCN has dominated skateboarding in Europe and I am oversaturated.
Basically, what tipped the scales to positive for me was the Ghostface Killah track, Tony Starks is indeed my favorite MC and a very underrated one at that. Also, Cappadonna always reminds me of that amazing Petr Horvat part.
Barcelona has a DIY, skateboarding in the Catalan capital has to be like Pokémon “Gotta Catch ‘Em All.” and now with this spot, there is absolutely no reason for any skateboarder to go somewhere else. The city has absolutely everything your skateboard heart could desire.
Each visual presentation is a benchmark for any skate company, the skating, the skaters, the music, the filming and the editing all have a strong effect on the way people percept a brand. The HY Skate Bag guys took expert filmer and editor Yoan Taillandier to the place that skaters dream of during the night and the day.
Have you ever tried to stand in wheelie position for an entire Raekwon song and do you want to know what that looks like? Watch this video!
Our favorite rapper and Asi Pack member Tightill made us aware of this timeless video compilation in the same week that he blessed us with a new album. We suggest you watch the tape and then listen to some RnB Anarchie!
Most of these images could have made it into our current issue, that is a fact. It takes a certain idea, a vibe, a setting and the right people to make a good article. It also strongly depends on the taste of the person working on a specific article direction. Person “A” might like a bit more Heitor Da Silva (who wouldn’t?), Person “B” might prefer some more grandpa’s (elderly Spanish people have the best style!) or simply a second Budgetbeuker portrait (he is a pretty one isn’t he?). Since we have other articles and a limited number of pages, we don’t want to have to leave some stuff on the drawing board just to watch them expire.
Welcome to Barcelona and welcome to our house. It’s a simple house but it has a room that’s all your own. It has a shower, a TV set, a kitchen with pots and pans and most importantly, it has “us”– other people in it. Now I don’t know if you…. the person reading this, are still living with your parents or if you recently bought your first house, but I do know that all of the above and in between know the feeling of coming into a new place. A house filled with people you don’t really know. If you’re lucky, there might be some facial recognition here and there. Upon entry, you shake hands, state your name, try to remember theirs and ask for the Wi-Fi password. You do all of this with the goal of dropping your bags and getting to your room so you can lie down for a minute and process everything. Now for some of you, the alarm bells might have started ringing. You know the feeling, you know the drill, but if for some reason you can’t remember the feeling, let me help you refresh your memory. It is the same feeling you get when you go to summer camp.
This film is featuring: Marcus Shaw, Filip Almqvist, Phillip Oehmige, Pekka Løvås, Heitor Da Silva, Daniel Spängs & Martin Sandberg.
One time ÉS Game of skate winner and legendary Cologne skater Patrick Bös just hit the internet with his newest part and truth be told it features some of his best footage to date (that last line was particularly great).
We also feel that respect must be given to the fact that Herr Bös still manages to put out good parts at a somewhat later skate age combined with a serious job as a teacher.
At the same time, we like the fact that he is an outspoken person that has been around the block and has seen trends come and go.
We suggest you give his part a watch and then read his blog
“How does it feel to be so well connected that you can go to any location in the world and be at home?”
Those were the opening words of our feature about Sara Parson-Texas and like we said in that feature Sara is still just “right around the corner”, surrounded by her friends and family.
So being that she is the family type, we started thinking and that culminated into one night at the infamous Black Lodge Bar where we asked Sara if she would like to be a member of a new family, our family and she did, she joined with a hug and a big smile!
So without further ado, we present to you the first column created by one of our favorite people Sara Parson Texas!
For the people that don’t speak French:
A.M.V.H – Alfred de Musset
In this world, we must love many things
To know, in the end, what one loves best,
Candy, the Ocean, gambling, the azure of the skies,
Women, horses, laurels and roses.
We must trample barely bloomed flowers;
We must cry a lot, say a lot of farewells
Then the heart perceives that it has become old,
And the effect that goes away reveals to us the causes.
Of these fleeting possessions, only half tasted,
The best that remains is an old friend:
We quarrel, we avoid each other. Chance brings us back together.
We come close, we smile, the hand touches the hand,
And we remember that we used to walk together, That the soul is immortal, and yesterday is tomorrow.