Even in 2015, there’s a commemorative éS block at Le Dome. It honors the millions of dollars in skate tourism the company brought to France these past fifteen years.
It seems like after every trip to Europe, the first order of business back at the QS office is to reconcile with Menik Mati. While every critical adult skate nerd writes it off, that video really planted the childhood seed for our European travel bug. Some kids wanted to go to California and skate a schoolyard; we wanted to go to Bercy.
Is there a spot on earth where one of the best tricks done on it was legitimately a 5050 kickflip? Maybe a curb in front of some 12-year-old’s house in Alaska? Noseslide shuv-its, willy grinds, varial flips up until just recently, 5050 kickflips — all of these tricks begin getting phased out halfway through high school. They’re kid tricks. “I’ve never done a flip-out trick — well, besides a 5050 kickflip — but that doesn’t count.”
So could you believe that a 5050 kickflip ranks as a peak achievement at one of the most iconic spots in all European #sk8 #fantasy? (Lord knows why, not like any of us can skate anything besides the three stairs there…)
Visit Le Dome with a bunch of nerds, pretend like you know what you’re talking about when you start rattling off the complications with the ledge, and start running down the A.B.Ds. After the twenty seconds you spend on Flo Marfaing’s 2000s repertoire, the first trick that will be mentioned is a 5050 kickflip by Rick Mccrank in the aforementioned three-hour skate video.
Why? That ledge is a four-foot-high block of ice down sixteen stairs. *The Shady One* learned of its perils not long after said A.B.D. conversation occurred, and he decided to try his luck at turning childhood dream into reality.
McCrank spent an entire five-minute part avoiding kinks on 5050s. (See: The first one at the Le Dome line or the first trick once the Russian chants start at the slo-mo part… though it is super weird he decided to frontside nosegrind a kinked round rail after all of that…) The real clincher was him deciding to flip over one while grinding on ice, down a five-foot drop, and over the remaining stairs. One of those moments where you which there was a) a long lens angle and b) video-makers from the early 2000s never discovered slow-mo.
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