Friday, 21 September 2007
Just got back from Barcelona. That place really is the skate capital of the world. Even if the spots (although amazing) are blown out from everyone doing every trick you can think of there, the atmosphere and tolerance is amazing.
We visited 4 of the main skate spots and caught up with some pros along the way.
MACBA has an amazing atmosphere, every evening it's filled with about 50 skaters. The standard of skating is extremey high, these guys have great weather and great spots.
Classic spot Sants has been in so many videos, the benches have had so many grinds they are rounded on the edge.
The Universitat blocks are the best, be warned - they are higher than they look...
MACBA keyhole gap - this is scary. If you're brave you can grind through the space and off the end. Beast.
Fondo is a huge space with lots of 5 sets, benches and banks. The hips are excellent, steeper than they look though.
Element shop. You don't get these in England.
A local at MACBA warms up.
Blueprint hero Tuukka Korhonen back lips the block.
Dave meets Tuukka.
Dave meets DC pro Jody Smith - part of the DC King of Barcelona competition entourage, go to http://www.dckingof.com to see the action of the competition that went down.
Others have been...
Becca at MACBA big 4... and believe they are big. Check out Emerica 'This Is Skateboarding' to see these being hammered by Andrew Reynolds.
The DC Shoe team session the keyhole gap at MACBA for footage.
Greg Myers switch bs flip, it makes you think...
Brian Wenning was filming lines...
And Josh Kalis watched the action.
The public accept skateboarding in Barcelona, people stop to watch your tricks. ground is always smooth, the spots are amazing. You're bound to see some big tricks. Just go there.
Lookout for the footage from this trip on the next Hooked video.
Monday, 3 September 2007
Some amazing skating happened
Ben Cundall from Death Skateboards
Danny was excited
Dave, Moggins & Harry
Our Hooked t-shirt signed by all the pros including Ben Grove, Franklin Stephens, Craig Smedly, Ian Rees, Danny & Ronny Calow + LOADS MORE
The Independent Trucks demo was awesome. Loads of sick skating went down along with a bit of partying. Among the skaters that shredded the ramp & hung out were Danny & Ronny Calow, Paul Silvester, Ben Grove, Moggins, Ben Cundall, Rob Smith, Craig Smedley, Div Adams, Nick Zorlac + all the usual suspects at the ramp.
Some of the standout tricks were Craig Smedley's frontside flip disaster transfer, Harry's kickflip 5-0 + a lot of blunt fakies and frontside smiths.
The skating was cut short slightly at 11:30 when it rained everyone inside. If you missed it, make sure you look out for the next event on myspace bulletins or the Hooked website.
Can't wait for the next one.