For this video, a part of the Vans Skateboarding roster also traveled to the lesser-known cities and spots of Portugal to have a good time and experience the Portuguese “Bom Viva” way of life. The country definitely has a lot to offer.
When Nature calls you better pick up. Element Skateboards brought their team into the wild and they came back with this video. Proud to see LEON up in their as well.
Featuring Phil Zwijsen, Jaakko Ojanen, Madars Apse, Nick Garcia, Rafa Cort, Leon Charo-Tite, Vinicius Costa, Vitoria Mendonça, Victor Cascarigny, Cesar Dubroca & Alex Amor. Concept by Phil and filming by Clément Legall.
Vans is a company that has invested a lot in their skate program and 2021 is the year they sow what they seeded. With first the German, Austrian & Swiss teams joining each other to produce “Going Nowhere” under the guidance of Max Pack. We now get a presentation from the South-West of Europe. With team management by a legend in Roberto Alemañ the Spanish and Portuguese teams delivered the goods. We like cross-pollination and thus we celebrate the inclusion of Joscha Aicher & Martino Cattaneo amongst others to show that Vans is not only built out of teams in countries but when the situation allows they also skate all together. We wondered about some of the main people in the video so we asked Roberto to tell us a bit about some of the people in the video.
Intro by Roland Hoogwater.
Text by Roberto Aleman.
Hey Roberto, can you tell us a bit about Tania Cruz?
One thin is, she will take the gnarliest slam and will get up like nothing ever happened… Tania is thought as a bull.
What about Duban Machuca?
He is calm and quiet until he lays his eyes on the gnarliest spot, then he changes into hammer-mode automatically. After he lands the trick… like a flick of the switch he goes back to being calm.
Sounds like a silent killer! What is the one thing that Pedro Roseiro is responsible for?
He is the only person on the team allowed to cut the Jamón*!
And lastly, the dude who has just put out a full part, Rafa Cort:
He is the only one in the team that fucks up the jamón… but he did it sneakily when everyone was fast asleep.
Thank you Roberto!
*Jamón Iberico is a dry-cured ham that is globally recognized as a symbol of Spanish culture, and from now on it is also known as the title of this video.
Felipe Bartolome is actually one of our favorites. He’s one of those people you have to meet in real life to see and feel his power and the way he deals with things. Although he won’t be up before noon, there is a huge amount of energy parked somewhere in his body, that pours out just right after he wakes. His batteries are charged around noon, I guess.
When we met Felipe again in January for a Converse event in Stockholm, Sweden he told us to come to Madrid and stay for a while to go out skating with his friends. While he was probably just being nice to us, we had actually thought about it earlier but kept our mouths shut because we thought packing our things to visit Spain for the 50th time might be a bit much. Besides, we didn’t wanna make a false promise, of course. Though Felipe admitted he was a bit astonished when he got the call that we will be on the plane within the next few days, he surely responded positively to the news.