News Tagged ‘French skateboarding’

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.

 

QUENTIN FLYER

 

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.

 

 

QUENTIN DEATH RACE

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

 

QUENTIN MELON

Nolan Insane Bs Alley oop Melon.

 

QUENTIN BS SMITH

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!

 

 

 

 

Quentin.

 


French Intern’s Road Trips

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

 

Every summer, THE PLO SKATE CLUB ( France ) organises a Skate trip in France for the kids and in a foreign country for the older ones. Kids travel in France to Skate all the good skateparks and spots our country has to offer. The older ones have to choose a new destination. We’ve been to Spain a few times, the basque country, known for these crazy rad bowls and concrete skateparks.

 

 

Algorta’s famous spot

 

algorta french intern
In 2013 a few of us went to Copenhagen for the CPH PRO 2013 with all the pros, then Sweden and finally Germany (kiel) to visit our German friends who’ve been to France a year before.

 

cph pro french
In 2013, members of the Skate Association decided to go further and take the plane for the US. A decision taken after more than 20 years of work for Skateboarding. The road trip of every skater’s life, the one your thinking about after watching your first video. They make it possible after all these years of patience and dedication for the association, all these demos, contests, kid’s classes, and working day to day at the Skatepark.

Arnaud Castel, in Las Vegas, America
arnie usa trip
This is the video they made, thanks to Yann Quenez, photographer and filmer. Hope you’ll enjoy it mates.

 

 

 

Quentin

 


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

barratiero

 

 

Geoffroy Leblanc

geoffroy

 

 

Bastien Salabanzi

 

Lucas Puig

 

The Fresh Parisian scene

 

Max Geronzi

 

Florent Mirtain

 

Jean-Baptiste Gillet

 

Unbelievable Florentin Marfaing

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Quentin

 

 


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…

 

France

 

 

England

 

 

 

Keep up with VICE magazine on Instagram.

 

Quentin