The Drive: Jart Day 1

Alex Irvine Alex Irvine


This is where it all starts for Jart, a great youth hostel lost in the mountains of Hondarribia, San Sebastian. It was raining. A lot.

While waiting for everyone to wake up, met this hunter seeking shelter from the pissing rain. Whilst never letting go of his cigar, he said it was going to rain for a long time, probably days.

Just a nice old picture in the wall.

When everyone was kind of awake, drinking coffee at the bar, Jean Marie (TM) started to organize the challenges and a peculiar shopping list.

Plenty of time to waste, so I went for another little walk around the house. Downstairs there was a room with huge machinery, old but still fully working, which used the energy of the river to turn the gears and crush tonnes of apples to produce ‘Sidra’.

A window in the ground and the river running underneath. Water level was rising every minute from the amount of  rain falling.

Here’s the crew eating behind Jart’s factory, where there was a little corridor under a roof, where we gathered to skate a bit.

Since we had no ball with us, Sergio Muñoz and Iván Rivado created one from cardboard and tape. Sergio told me he used to do it in school whenever the teacher confiscated their ball. Clever.

In the meantime, Mathieu was tailoring two pairs of pants to get the two tone ones needed for the Garret Hill challenge. Good job Mathieu!

Jan Kliewer filming his lines without wheels. I actually thought this challenge would be harder, or maybe it’s just that they guys are too skilled. In any case, mental note: lines with only 1 truck next year – these fuckers did it too easy.

Iván Rivado took the challenge of riding a board with trucks set up the wrong way round. This one was a bitch actually, after he landed it he was fully soaked in sweat.

After the team ended the skating it was time for footballey, using the manny pad as an improvised net.

Oh, and Sergio got the Maradonna challenge easily as well, left foot, right foot, left knee, right knee, left shoulder, right shoulder, head.


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