An Interview With Ben Chadourne

November 9th, 2016 | 5:20 am | Features & Interviews | 5 Comments

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Photo by Manuel Schenck

Words & Interview by Zach Baker

It seems like yesterday that we were blowing on cassette tapes and using t-shirts to dust DVDs off. Even shitty 240p YouTube videos feel like they weren’t all that long ago. Technology has evolved at a downright sketchy rate over the past couple decades, and it’s fun to watch society transform in its effort to keep up. The ways in which we waste money, photograph our own genitals and ingest media have changed drastically, and both we, along those in charge of doing the creating, have found ourselves adapting alongside them.

Skateboarding’s past couple years have been defined by the Vimeo auteur’s surge in popularity. Guys like Johnny, Peter, Nick Von, GX — without sponsorship from a larger company or any real promotion — have been able to go out, film their buds and throw original, quality edits up on the web for anyone to see. Skaters meritocratically recognize what’s tight and show these things enough love that it has gotten to the point that these guys are actually turning their creative side projects into full-blown careers. They have not only shined a light on lesser-known scenes, skaters, spots and tricks, but in using the tools at their avail, upheaved the traditional means by which a skate video is made and watched. The industry has been forced to keep up with them, and shit, even hire them.

Ben Chadourne has been on a serious tip lately — belting out HD edits of the Blobys, the Converse team and most recently, the Bobby Worrest/Hjalte Halberg edit for Nike SB, a love letter to skateboarding’s greatest plazas by two of the best ever to skate them. And Chadourne, with his admittedly useless art school degree, taste for Rod Stewart, and familiarity with the state of New Jersey, couldn’t be more on-brand for this site. We FaceTime audioed all about it while he paced up and down his street in Bordeaux, watching the people pass by and being self-conscious about his English, which is nearly perfect.

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What’s the last trick you learned?

Damn, I haven’t been skating that much anymore, that’s not good. I don’t know. Fuck. I’m doing the same. I’m working on my v flips because they’re trendy now.

What’s your favorite trick?

Fakie flips and ollies!

You’re from Bordeaux?

Yeah, it’s like a little Paris. It’s southwest, forty five minutes from the coast, three and a half hours train to Paris. You can refresh really easily compared to Paris; you can escape. That’s why I stay here.

What are a couple of your favorite French films?

You know this movie called L’Argent? It’s five short films in a movie, from different French directors. I like that, and La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz. I like Raymond Depardon as well.

When did you start skateboarding?

I started at a skate spot called Malraux, it’s like a skate plaza. I started with guys who were way older than me: I was 13 and they were around 20. They helped me out all the time, gave me boards and stuff.

Weren’t you sponsored?

Yeah, I used to ride for Nike SB and 5Boro. The first time I came to New York, I was 16 and I went to Tombo Colabraro’s house in New Jersey — the big skater house with the Ax Throwers, Andrew [McLaughlin], Willy Akers, Danny Falla.

Sk8ers in Paris

October 30th, 2015 | 7:05 am | Video & Remixes | 8 Comments

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Photo via John1Spaceheater

Been a slow couple weeks around here — which is strange because there’s no shortage of motivational Khaled interviews to inspire productivity. Jk, sorting shops out with the merch has eaten up a good bit of time. Your local shop should have all the gear by now, and the webstore launches on Monday at midnight (like, as in Sunday night.) We should be returning to regular scheduled nerdery next week :)

Below is a two-week-late Paris update. For whatever reason, there were five million people from New York out there at the same time, all due to various circumstances. Brought the camera out on two of the days, and this is what came of it. Didn’t make much sense to be the fifth guy with a camera out yaknow? The rest of the time was spend watching the hours go by at République / the greatest hang out that exists in modern skateboarding, minus some downtime for the most immature Louvre visit in the museum’s history.

You should go to Paris, it’s great. Have a good weekend and be safe on Halloween ;)

Also yes, pretty much made this clip to laugh at these four seconds over and over. Can’t lie. Dabbing going in the dictionary.

Features Hjalte, Vincent, Juan, Casper.

Constantly Chilling

April 27th, 2015 | 5:20 am | Daily News | 12 Comments

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We restocked the webstore with a few spring items that were sold out before. This will be the last go-around for these. #supportyourlocalskatesite ;) ♥ ♥ ♥

Zered Bassett v.s. the Yonkers white hubba.

Another Brian Brown sighting. What’s the most-trick record for a single IG line?

25 minutes of raw footage extras from Life is Goodie. Buy a DVD copy here.

Someone compiled all of @olsonstuff’s Instagram footage.

Yo shout out Norway and Norwegians: “For Snøhetta’s Opera House in Oslo, architects consulted skateboarders regarding surface textures and materials, leading to parts of the building and its immediate surroundings being kitted out with skateable marble ledges, kerbs, bench-like blocks and railings.” Damn, that’d be chill if we got consulted for the Lincoln Center renovation.

Great John Choi footage in this Puerto Rico B-sides clip with the Paych dudes.

Boil the Ocean on Cliché’s Gypsy Life video. Also #lol @ “Arcadian manual-pad mixologist who had languished for a time in a kind of post-Tyron Olson teammate limbo” re: Joey Brezinski.

On the topic of French people, got a kick out of this Youtube account, which has a bunch of spot compilations for name-brand French skate spots e.g. the Lyon hubba, the Bercy blocks, the Le Dome hubba, etc.

Ripped Laces has a lengthy interview with Franck Boistel, the guy who designed a bunch of the most well-known skate shoes from the late nineties and early 2000s.

Yaje has a new part filmed during a three-week period out in southern California. A lot of hot moves. (“It’s cool, but it’s still Cali.” — E.J.)

Mike Carroll recreates a ~30-year-old photo of Mickey Reyes.

#1 in this week’s Worldstar Vine Comp

The Times ran a cool New York skateboarding photo feature.

Listicles: Theories of Atlantis on the greatest switch and nollie hardflips, and SMLTalk on the ten best credits sections from skate videos.

The Vans vid will be on iTunes May 5. New York premiere access info here.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: This wasn’t as surprising as it would’ve been for any other player in the NBA. Which is scary.

Quote of the Week: “I want to get really good at skating gnarly shit.” — Yaje Popson

Free Rob and the S.O.T.Y. Keep y’all heads up :(

All Hail Jean-Baptiste

November 18th, 2014 | 11:24 am | Time Capsule | 3 Comments

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Photo by French Fred via Live

Something that wasn’t shined on enough in yesterday’s post was that the Kingpin “Greatest Plazas” list also included a new “Best Of Hotel De Ville” edit from J.B. Gillet. Anyone who grew up burning holes through the Rodney v.s. Daewon videos has probably spent the past fifteen years dreaming of skating that endless two-level ledge plaza with a hip in the middle. Research reveals that it is far too run down today to resemble what it did in the nineties (more on that later), but it still has to rank as one of the coolest-looking spots ever to grow famous through skate videos.

J.B. was the original cool French skater before Lucas Puig became a fashion-foward adult. Always thought of him as a French Kalis — great hip-hop white guy style, chill switch mongo push, amazing flip tricks, all the right ledge tricks, and an ability to be associated with one particular plaza throughout the duration of his career (yeah, Kalis might be associated with two at this point.)

Any remnant of associating a sizable portion of one guy’s footage with a single spot is in Europe. Even then, a lot of the “A-list” guys just seem like they travel around a lot e.g. there’s no real “Lucas spot” to the extent that there is a “J.B. spot.” For us Americans, the “single spot part” in 2014 is a rarity and pretty much impossible unless you’re Bobby Worrest turning in the year’s best. (Sorta interesting to know if Europeans who have never visited the States / don’t routinely get chased by cops for skating a ledge *got* how wild the “Hometown Turf Killer” part was.)

“I spent about, uh, 15 million hours here.”

The above was from 2011. French Fred, via Live in 2013: “So, HDV, as the young generation calls it now, is a sad state… To a point where it just gets worst every over week. For the locals that are used to it, it’s usable, but for people visiting Lyon, it’s a great disillusion. They freak out, and find it just unskatable. From the beginning, you had those lateral grooves that are part of the design, and that already was never easy to adapt to, but add hundreds of cracks all over, and it’s a mine field! Then again, Mark Suciu came, observed, then skated, and according to Flo Mirtain, did the craziest line ever done there, so everything is still possible! For the latest Go Skateboarding Day, Jérémie Daclin put some metal angles on the ledges that were in Beirut mode, totally unusable, and that gave a little boost to the spot.”

Mark Suciu seems like a horrible barometer by which to judge the average person’s ability to skate the spot. It’s probably best to scratch skating H.D.V. off the bucket list. The Lyon scene still seems like it’s going well though, no matter how dilapidated the “dream spot” may have gotten.

Previously: The Quietly Incredible Year For Euro Skaters Over 30

Cruise Out of the Town in a Rental

August 25th, 2014 | 12:56 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the shop and bought some gear this weekend. Everything should be available in the webstore by mid-September. If you want to check out the IRL #TFREPORT wall, it’ll be up for a bit at New Fancy Foods on Leonard Street and Broadway (a few blocks from Black Hubba.) Shout out to Street Fam.

These dudes out in Philly rigged their own wear test video of the Quartersnacks dunk.

R.I.P. to the most popular spot in New York: July – August 2014.

SML Talk runs down the list of notable fakie heelflips done by someone besides Weiger. Add in every single person who has done one in a game of S-K-A-T-E, as it’s the most respectable annoying trick you could possibly do. (The most annoying not-respectable trick you could do is a nollie backside bigspin, obvs.)

More Static IV follow-ups: Slam City Skates has an interview with Aaron Herrington, and Street Canoe has an interview with Brendan Carroll, where he controversially proclaims his love for TF West flat over its eastern counterpart.

Ishod and Andrew Wilson rip around FDR Park.

The week in Tompkins-based iPhone clips: “A Pile of Clips” and “Batch.”

Aside from standard-issue Tompkins antics, this website’s second most-discussed brand of skateboarding is EuroTech™. Therefore we are contractually obligated to point you in the direction of this Route One interview with Javier Sarmiento. *Cue nostalgic music supervision*

Having been informed that “bungee cords are not a ting,” Jordan Hoffart opted to push his way towards a boardslide halfway around southern California.

Ah, ah, ah, but the remix…

2012’s Nevermind video is online in full.

Some dudes making a NY/NJ/Boston video edited their teaser video to Keef, but more importantly, is that low metal loading dock ledge at ~1:16 actually in NJ? Where?

Gonna start saving for next summer’s France trip now.

Quote of the Week: “There’s nothing worse than a hot girl on a cleanse.” — Barnes

Yes, this has been the least exciting lead-up week to a Jeezy album in QS history…