03/04/2009 | by admin
Back from Athens for a week already, finally found some time to post these up. Above, you will find Kevin Tshala front nosing some downtown riot squad protected concrete. They were about to kick us out, but decided it was OK for a photo. Just one photo though, then you have to leave! Tshala is righteous entertainment, morning til evening. He showed up on this trip with 10 euros for 9 days, spent most of it the first night and then somehow kept his head up all through the rest of it. If you need advice on how to switch frontside flip double sets with no change in your pocket and no idea where your dinner’s coming from, I suggest you give him a bell pronto.
Notis was 13 last year when I first met him. Which would make him 14 this year, if I’m not mistaken? This hip was in a nice part of Athens called Glyfada. Strangely, the square was one big Gypsy camp when Notis was trying this fs bigheels, kids even younger than him running around chasing each other and falling over on his run-up. I’m not sure if this counts as a make really? Maybe a webmake? An animated .gifmake? Certainly not a magmake, but his feet don’t leave the board n the landing, so I’m posting it. The Gypsies enjoyed it.
This little plaza is right in the center of Athens. The number of riot police around has greatly reduced the number of junkies in the scenery- this plaza is mostly inhabited by homeless people in cardboard boxes. They’re decent people. At one point the cops showed up and started giving them shit for no real reason. They didn’t mind Phil skating the blocks, until Tshala turned the camera on them. They went apeshit. To make matters worse, Tshala said he didn’t film anything. Not a good idea. The cops insulted him for about 10 minutes and made him erase the clip with them on it. In the end, Tshala got off with nothing more than a bit of verbal assault hurled his way. Malakas.
Thanos can skate rails. He has no fear. We spent about an hour on this rail, Giannis tried everything he could think of. Thanos filmed it all. Then, when everyone started putting their stuff away, Thanos jumped on the rail out of nowhere and did a 5050 to lip slide first try. Phil was lucky to still have his camera in his hand and haphazardly pointed it his way and got it. I didn’t. Instead, I got this 5050 warm up after the real trick. Sorry Thanos. But next time you want to go nuts on a handrail, maybe let someone know, so they can document it? Unless if you don’t really care, which is also cool.
Similar thing happened on this rail. Well, Phil was going for something which didn’t work out, did a boardslide, then changed into something else, which I didn’t shoot. I told him I was on the wrong side for his trick. I said it was too dark for a sequence. Really, it was. Thanos filmed his trick though, so I’m sure it’ll pop up somewhere at some point. Until then, all I can give you is this boardslide.