French Fred – Barcelona w/Flip 2001

ETB is headed to Spain for spring break! The hype levels have been slowly simmering since we bought tickets but they are reaching an all time high. Everything that has to do with Barcelona just looks different when I watch footage. I find myself looking at tiny cracks in the tile, the bevel on a ledge, the traffic on the street.

Flip’s Sorry is the video that brainwashed me into skateboarding for life and essentially built the image of what I thought skateboarding could be. So much of that video was filmed in Europe and Barcelona that they didn’t even seem like real places. They might as well be The Shire or Modor.

Well now we are making our pilgrimage to MACBA and all the holy sites we have seen for years. Here is Fred capturing a golden moment in skateboarding to get us hyped for our own trip.

YoYo Shultz Freestyle In San Diego

Working with LookBack Library I have had the chance to see tons of skateboarding I was always too young for. The basic joy of 80’s skateboarding, along with everyone just kind of figuring it out is charming. I have also been ashamed to admit how many legends I don’t know. We will be working and someone will come up and be half interested in the mags and talkĀ  a little, and when they leave I am asked “Do you know who you were just talking to?” it is good for keeping me from being starstruck but also shoes how little I know.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet YoYo from Germany. No only is he older then I ever paid attention to, but he is also a freestyle skater. He came through super nice and willing to chit-chat about his tricks hes invented and showing off his custom board. So with a sharp left turn here is some freestyle skating in sunny San Diego.