News Tagged ‘France’

Big Magenta skateboards drop awaits your fingers

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

Magenta skateboards has long been one of Europe’s most aesthetically conscious skate brands. Founded by French legends Vivien Feil and one time Landscape pro Soy Panday to stand in direct contravention of the crass commercialism of mainstream skate companies, it’s difficult to think of another imprint more deserving of the term ‘artistic’.
Magenta skateboards came about after Vivien Feil had spent a few years bouncing from one US flow deal to another with little hope of actually being given a platform of his own. Tired of this, Feil linked with Paris legend Soy Panday who’d just left Fos’s Landscape brand and set up on their own out of Bordeaux, France.
Emerging at the point where Cliche had evolved away from its roots as a European brand and into the Frankenstein’s monster that it became, Magenta skateboards took over the reigns and reinvigorated the idea of a grown up brand, with beautiful graphics, a focus on style rather than stats and a decidedly French approach to soft goods.

Magenta skateboards

Since their birth, Magenta skateboards have released numerous videos embracing the often overlooked cultures within global skateboarding and using their own platform to shine a light on others. Perhaps the best example of this is their 2013 release Soleil Levant. You can watch a section of that one below but please, go search out the full length, it’s beautiful.

One thing that Soleil Levant did, and Magenta as a brand has always done, is to foreground how incredible the (until recently) under appreciated Japanese skateboard scene is. Long before the mainstream had jumped on it, Magenta skateboards were hosting parts from inspirational Japanese heads like Takahiro Morita and the TightBooth Productions crew. If you don’t know what TBPR is, do yourselves a favour and watch their latest video below. It’s bonkers.

Anyhow, as usual we’ve veered wildly off-track. Magenta skateboards have a new pro. He’s called Ruben Spelta and he’s from Milan, Italy. He does fakie impossibles out of switch nosewheelies. And we have loads of sick new Mangenta skateboards in stock. Work it out. Bye!

Vans UK Team – ” Les Denis” Edit

Friday, December 23rd, 2016


The Vans UK team have seriously ‘GONE IN!’ for this one. With the newly appointed team manager Josh ‘Manhead’ Young at the helm and guiding the tour van across sunnier climates of France the whole crew managed to come away with this ridcoulous edit. Filmed and edited by master lennsman Sirus Gahan.


And of course massive props to Black Sheep family rider for smashing the back doors in on his first Vans UK Team trip!


Get your viewing pleasure on below for the all new Vans UK Team edit “Les Denis”





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‘FACES’ by Ben Chadourne

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016



Skateboarding has changed dramatically over the past few years, we have witnessed the burst of skateboarding in Europe, putting our gritty style of skating on the universal map. Europe as a whole has become more recognized than ever before and fairly so because the UK and all the shredders across the channel are killing it right now. This edit ‘FACES’ is a perfect example of why it has done so, filmed and edited by the master Ben Chadourne. Ben has captured the dudes who are right at the top as we speak such as Kevin Rodrigues, Hjalte Halberg, Vincent Touzery, Gregoire Cuadrado, Sean Pablo, Roman Gonzalez and many more. If you’d like to witness the freshest of footage from these guys then dive in right now. I guarantee you will not be disappointed…


Quentin’s hometown weekend contest at PLO skate-park.

Friday, April 22nd, 2016


My name is Quentin and from 1995 there has been a contest every year in the city I grew up in at PLO skate-park. That is thanks to the organizers Ploskateclub. This annual contest is an opportunity to meet new people and skate in a unique atmosphere. I mean as we all know, competitions and skate events are more than adventurous. People from all over the country come every year to skate and party during these two special days when the contest is held. The ‘PLO Skate Club’ spirit is to share and promote Skateboarding around Brittany giving the kids a decent place to go skateboarding but also a place for any skaters to evolve. The skate-park opened in 1993 and since then we have seen some amazing skate sessions, parties, video premieres, contests and International trips. Have a little look below to gather an understanding of what goes down at the PLO skate park and even more so when the yearly competition is on.




The contest is divided into 4 parts. First of all you’ve got the death race which often sees a few collisions, it’s lethal. Then it is the standard skate-park competition which is held as a jam format for the kids and then nervy one minute runs for the older dudes. I have entered more than a few times from the age of 8 although sadly have never won aha. Well in fact I did win once but it was as a team so maybe that doesn’t count. That is followed by a bowl comp that sees the transition guys smashing it and finally we finish with the best trick. The best trick is held on the second day which is normally the Sunday due to all the antics on the previous day. You need a little rest don’t you. Well in fact that isn’t the case as the big party is on the Saturday night and pretty much everyone parties too hard then fail miserably on the Sunday. View some photos below and watch an edit to understand what I am talking about. Maybe in the future we will see a few people from the UK at the contest or even just to skate the park.




Salim Vs Theo in a war. ( Photo by Evan Lunven )



Nolan Insane Bs Alley oop Melon.



Tanguy stylish backside smith. ( Photo by Evan Lunven )



To finish we have an edit for you guys to watch. I mean the photos are amazing above although I feel that watching the edit is the best way to understand the beauty of the weekend contest. It’s made by passionate skaters and I feel it’ll express the atmosphere with the kids, parents, traditional crepes, beers and rad skating to its best. I love this weekend and it has been a huge part of my life since a young age, enjoy!







France’s Finest Skateboarders

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016


Today I want to to do an article on some French skaters who inspired me since the early days. I used to have some sketchy copies of these VHS videos, all of them in black and white, recorded by older guys from the skatepark. Some of these parts are quite old, others are more about the ” NEW” scene. Check it out, here are some of my all time classics.


Franck Barattiero




Geoffroy Leblanc




Bastien Salabanzi


Lucas Puig


The Fresh Parisian scene


Max Geronzi


Florent Mirtain


Jean-Baptiste Gillet


Unbelievable Florentin Marfaing








Thursday, March 10th, 2016





Supreme and director William Strobeck give us a look into their latest project together, titled ‘PUSSY GANGSTER’. Previewed earlier today the video features the most current skate fanatics at this stage in time, such as Tyshawn Jones, Sage Elsesser, Kevin Bradley, Sean Pablo, Ben Kadow, Na-kel Smith, Greg Blobys, Kevin Rodrigues, and Vincent Touzery. Have a watch above as they tour the urban sprawl of France, you do not want to miss this one!


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Skate Europe – FRANCE / ENGLAND ( Vice episodes)

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016


A few years ago, VICE published some episodes about Skateboarding in Europe. About the history of skateboarding in each of our countries, about the brands, main spots, magazines and the great skate scene we’ve had during the last 20 years. In case you missed it, here are the 2 small documentaries, to continue with the UK/ France connection. Sit back and enjoy the show…









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The life of a French Intern

Monday, March 7th, 2016


As a French student I needed to find an internship linked with my life and the things I enjoy doing day to day. So what about working in a Skateshop in Manchester ? The Black Sheep ! Plane tickets booked ! Just had a quick session in Paris then took my plane over to England. I do not live in Paris, I was born in Brest 23 years ago. I started skating when I was 8 or something, with older guys who became real friends.The city I live in is called Plougastel (unpronounceable!), there is a really important skate scene here thanks to the indoor skatepark (SINCE 93’S) because it is raining all the time (but only a bit less than in Rainchester haha!).
It is cool to be here in Manchester and finally meet the impressive skate scene and the different spots and skateparks you have to offer, lets create a connection between our two countries! See you at the Black Sheep or around the corner looking for a chippy mate !!!!






brest france



New Plo Skatepark, Plougastel ,France – Backside Noseblunt

plougastel quentin



Plo Bowl, Plougastel, France – One of the best spots !

plougastel bowl



Some lost footage of our crew !



Then the last skatepark edit we got, filmed during the last 2 months maybe, just take a look !




See what i get up to with my time in England and Manchester on Instagram !