It almost feels like the whole year the echo of the adidas Away Days video did not fall completely silent. Now as it finally went online on youtube also the remaining small group of people that might not have seen it yet (if there are still any) have the chance to watch it. We talked with Patrick Zentgraf about how he together with his friends Kai Hillebrand and Sandro Trovato got the honor to play a small part in such a big project and what it meant to him personally.
Interview by Roland Hoogwater
Photos by Danny Sommerfeld
How did it happen that you and three of your German Adidas teammates got tricks in the Away Days video?
About a half a year ago Torsten Frank got a message from the people over at Adidas, the idea was that Kai (Hillebrand), Sandro (Trovato) and me would all film one trick for the Away Days video.
Do you know why did they choose you guys?
Some of the american guys over at Adidas had heard about us and I guess they liked what they saw.
Basically we often skate, tour and chill together so they wanted to catch that vibe by including us in his part. On the other hand it could be that it is because of Adidas’s German roots and they needed some Germans to show that (laughs)
Do you know in what part of the video you will be in?
Well as I said we all skate together so our tricks will be in Lem Villemin’s part, not to fill the timeline but to show the kind of flavour we have together. It is not just a trick though we also landed in Lem’s intro, you see us pushing through downtown Frankfurt together. Lem really liked the idea as well so we started filming some tricks and along the way Torsten would comment on our trick and as the video progressed he basically started to give us more of an idea what kind of tricks would fit well with Lem’s footage.
So what direction did Torsten give you?
Go tech (laughs).
I heard that you also met some of the higher ups.
Yeah! I met some of the higher ups at Adidas we talked for a bit and they told me you get what you deserve if you put the work in so to then be given such a golden opportunity is something I wanted to give my all for.
So did this opportunity change your attitude and motivate you?
I am just really thankful to have this chance and I feel really good about being able to have a trick in a major video but at the same time I don’t think my expectations changed, I mean it would be nice to turn am but in the end I’ll just take it as it comes and keep it moving.
This is a office favorite! Chewy Cannon, Benny Fairfax & Blondey McCoy in “Away Days”. Not only the Lucien Clarke cameo is a highlight but also the three clearly different styles mixed together; maybe it’s a Palace thing:
If you haven’t seen the video in whole, make yourself comfortable and skip back to the beginning:
Stuttgart’s brand new and pretty nice looking indoor skatepark got inaugurated with the premiere of the Adidas Away Days video followed by an open skate session with the German team riders Kai Hillebrand, Patrick Zentgraf, Daniel Ledermann and Sandro Trovato.
The time has come! Today Adidas Skateboarding’s biggest project Away Days has its online premiere and is available for the next 24 hours before you can buy it on itunes tomorrow. No more words needed. Enjoy!
While currently the premiers of Away Days are taken place all over the world the Far & Away episodes further on provide us with interesting insights. This time we can see how Dennis destroys his own backyard, Donnelly shows tremendous pop, and Nak runs the dice game.
The fourth behind the scenes episode is about the mental and physical struggles the Adidas team riders had to face while filming a full part but it also shows some very nice appetizers for the Away Days video, as well.
The third installment leading up to the release of the new Adidas tomorrow in LA. This one is mostly about the international vibe of the team but since we already spoke on that lets just say that it is about Chewy Cannon. Chewy is one of the best! Why? Because he can do an ollie on flat ground in a line and still have it look better than your nollie tre flip, in addition to that he skates fast and on the nicest terrain. So yeah Chewy’s part is probably going to be one of the best in the video.
The second installment of the Far and Away series is here and it features one of life’s most important lessons, share your wealth and share your opportunities with other people so you can grow together.
If you by any chance missed the first episode click here to see it.
Adidas presents us with episode 1 of the Far & Away series. This series provides us with some small previews of what we can expect from the video, at the same time we still don’t fully know what to expect from the Adidas crew. All in all this episode is a good little teaser to get you excited to see the video.
Adidas Skateboarding presents the official trailer for their first full length film, which will premiere in the month of May 2016 and features only top-class skateboarders like Dennis Busenitz, Salias Baxter-Neal, Lucas Puig, Mark Gonzales, Mark Suciu, Nestor Judkins, Benny Fairfax, Rodrigo TX, Lem Villemin, Pete Eldrige, Jack Fardell, Jake Donnelly, Miles Silvas, Alec Majerus, Na-Kel Smith and Tyshawn Jones. As that already sounds almost too good to be true, the trailer is also insane!
Adidas has joined the rubber toe cap bandwagon but somehow they managed to do it in their own inimitable way. The team is skating the shoe a lot, Puig’s insta feed has been full of clips of him skating this shoe and it is our opinion that if the team is skating a shoe it means that the shoe is good.