A video with an almost spiritual vibe at times, artsy at other times but not without some of your favorite skaters doing some nice tricks spread throughout!
Sometimes there is something different about somebody, they move in their own way, they think differently, they play by their own rules.
Think about people like Quim Cardonna, Karl Watson, Lennie Kirk, Paul Shier or even Theotis Beasley. We are not talking just about style, many people have their own style it is just that the programming is different they have found glitches and made it their own.
In this day of training at the park, more people move in unison, trends are followed and opinions are shared. It seems harder to find some of these people that polarise through their skating. But there are some to name a few Santiago Sasson, That kid Stanley on Yardsale, Siebert Glele, Jun Kummer, Hugo Snelooper and finally, we would count Noah Bunink to that group.
It is nice that skating exists in nooks and crannies still because that is where we came from and that is where some of us chose to be to this day.
Valuta is a Dutch brand with deep roots in skating. The name Valuta means currency and their video piece together with the Booticelli boys is definitely good money!
We usually don’t talk to police and even when in court did not say a word but our very own Roland Hoogwater recently broke that rule while he was visiting a few friends back in his motherland, just to get a few clips for Ziggy Schaaps new series “Horizontal”. Fair enough!
The first one comes with Sebastiaan Vijverberg, Pascal Moelaert, Alex van Zwietering, Myself, Jip Koorevaar & Noah Bunink skating Amsterdam & Den Haag.
The annual Paris with the Pop squad is upon us once again but this time it seems they really went all out.
Another Paris edit from Holland’s most fashionable crew!
By the way, a special s/o to Hugo Snelooper for keeping his fans happy with that classic line!
On Saturday, September 15th, 2018, Pop Trading Company joined forces with Vans to host the first edition of Vondel ‘18. An invitational skateboard contest in the middle of Amsterdam’s Vondelpark. The concept of this event is referring back to simpler times, where phones were not our first priority. You could find basic obstacles reminiscing of San Francisco’s Back to the City contest or closer to home the 3rd Floor Skatepark in Pakhuis Amerika back in the mid to late 90’s.
Next to an impressive line up of some of the best skateboarders in the world and a very interesting location, unique to this event was the lack of media. All skateboarders were documented by one crew using Hi-8 camera’s as it would happen in the early days, pre-internet, where you would have to wait for the latest 411 Video Magazine or Transworld Skateboarding to see who had won a skateboard competition.
With checkpoints at both entrances the crowd had to go back in time with us as phone cameras were stickered, Berghain style, where the court was treated like a movie set, nobody films or shoots photos apart from the invited media.
The contest footage is released on VHS tape, which you can find now at a few select local dealers.
Shot by Peter Buikema & Alex van Zwietering
Edit by Peter Buikema
Produced by Roland Hoogwater & Peter Kolks
Artwork by Ric van Rest
***New talent alert*** in this new pop clip and on top of that some great footage from the rest of the team.
It is good to see that Bucky is finally back!
A new Grey x Pop collabo clip which features some really good skating in a slightly confusing edit.
The pop boys went to what once was the capital of the world and dominated. Hup Holland Hup!
I just came home after a long day to sit down and watch this beautiful best-of-edit of the Pop Trading Co. guys. Definitely a smooth way to end a day with!
Featuring Alex Raeymaekers, Bob Groot, Willem van Dijk, Jeremy vd Eijk, Alexander Belhadj, Hugo Snelooper, Marc Haan, Noah Bunink, Bastiaan van Zadelhoff, Othmar van Rijswijk, Billy Hoogendijk, Simon de Boer, Mats Edel, Jair Gravenberch.
Filmed by Jan Maarten Sneep
Introducing Yeelen Moens, here is Pop Clip #32. This time with music (and a hidden message for the Dutch viewers). Also featuring Alex Raeymaekers, Mats Edel, Billy Hoogendijk, Jair Gravenberch, Hugo Snelooper, Noah Bunink, Ali Belhadj & Buddy Swinkels.
Pop Clip #31 is here. Featuring Othmar van Rijswijk, Billy Hoogendijk, Noah Bunink, Willem van Dijk, Niklas Hallman, Hugo Snelooper, Mats Edel, Jair Gravenberch and Marc Haan, who didn’t take it easy this time.
POP has been at it, putting out mass amounts of footage!
2017 seems to be the year where the Amsterdam based company goes to the next level.
Pop Trading Company Clip #29 is here. Check out that last line by Billy Hoogendijk. Also featuring Niklas Hallman, Marc Haan, Noah Bunink, Othmar van Rijswijk, Willem van Dijk, Alex Raeymaekers & Hugo Snelooper.
“Who has the keys to the Beamer?” Pop Trading Company reminds us all that driving a German whip is the ultimate achievement when it comes to upper echelon automobiles.
Photos by Joel Peck
Skateboarding is about many things, mostly it is about the skateboarder and his skateboard interacting together. This interaction begins with you learning to stand on the board, pushing, ollieing, shoving the board, nollie, fakie, switch or normal stance. Some learn faster, some slower, but the objective is the same; “Stay on the board.” This article is not about that, this is about getting off the board (and getting back on afterwards), walking or running with or without, maybe even away from the board.
Today we offer you a step by step analysis (lmao) of some of the most influential skaters who got off the board.
A Different Route.
Right off the bat, we start with two of the most classic walks caught on tape! At the same time, both Jason Dill and Louie Barletta use walking to get somewhere or to walk over something they could not get to by staying on the board. Louie’s might be a little more eccentric because not many people skate terraces like he did, but still, both these guys made a lot of people get off the board.
John Motta uses the same principle but instead of picking his board up and taking it with him, he chooses to leave it and jump on the next one. A technique, mostly used by filmers, while filming long lines, with a lot of ups and downs like stairs. Normally I’d go for the pickup but doing it John’s way creates a little more suspense about what is about to come next.
Cruising To The Spot.
I am not totally sure if Mike V just got back from an injury here or if he just has that much pent up punk rock Aggression, but Mr. Vallely does deserve his props for this ‘powerful cruise through the city’ style line! He manages to push skateboarding by keeping it true to his style of skating, whilst at the same time doing tricks that every skater would like to do, while going from one to another spot.
Vincent, on the other hand, seems like he just came from the corner store where he bought a soda, and on his way back, he noticed he could flip his board in there. Probably the most relaxed walk of the bunch, which contrasts quite nicely with Mr. V’s spurt.
The Bail To Pick up a.k.a. The Never Give Up.
This is a more recent phenomenon, ever since iPhone filming became an everyday thing, skaters started to worry less about wasting tape and thus happy accidents made it into our collective memory. The reason why we like this style of walking is because it makes everything seem so much more spontaneous, it reminds us of skating around with the homies, instead of the sometimes tedious process of perfecting things in front of the lens.
The Hop Off, Hop On.
The Hop off and Hop On is a method perfected by one of today’s most influential skaters: Mr. Kevin Rodrigues. He has a knack for wall riding, no comply flipping or throwing down his board (to hippy jump) and moving into the next trick. The great thing about this combination is that everybody can join in, just remember: the most important thing is the rhythm of your walk! Hesitation can sneak in and ruin an otherwise great line.
The Mid Trick Walk Along.
To be honest, a lot of these moves seem to come straight from a Louie Barletta, who should be on everybody’s favorite skater list by now. Go watch his parts and you will notice that the only difference is that these tricks are done in a serious manner, instead of with a weird hat and a Rod Stewart track. Anyway, you have to find the right trick and spot (a long slide) to do this but if you do the possibilities are endless.
Walk The Line.
This one doesn’t really need any explaining, does it?
Walking as a mode of skating.
A fancy way to say that walking can be the actual main dish instead of a side order that only add’s to the meal. Case and point CK1’s stroll on these metal arm rests, imagine him replacing that walk with a series of hippy jumps, it wouldn’t be the same right?
The Stop Walk And Roll.
This is the only section that doesn’t involve the board moving before hand, it is the simple idea of placing your board somewhere (very high in this case) and jumping on it. Most skaters use this to test out spots but very few use it as a means to an end, which it can be in the right hands. In our opinion, this is the little brother of the caveman nosegrind that Andrew Allen popularized a while back. We say little because everybody can try this one at almost every spot.
The Walk Home.
For the older skaters amongst us, this is a pretty common thing. You need to wrap up the session because your significant other wants to home and the baby needs to be fed, time to go, leave the board and take a walk home.
What can you really say about Noah Bunink? He walks the walk and he talks the talk, he is the kind that even when he drops his board the line continues and if you were ever out skating with him you know that a line can change slightly from try to try!
It is a pretty bad cliché but you need to see young Bunink skate live because video doesn’t do him justice unless you install a 24-hour webcam. Enjoy this Live Skateboard Media remix!
Already well-known in Europe it was only a question of time until our Dutch friends from Pop Trading Company get their deserved attention also from the other side of the big pond. Their Thrasher debute could be described as sort of a best of compilation from their clips of the past year, which is still kept black in white but this time they spiced it with some hot tunes!
Featuring Bastiaan Zadelhoff, Noah Bunink, Alex Raeymaekers, Hugo Snelooper, Ali Belhadj, Willem van Dijk, Jeff van der Veken, Jair Gravenberch, Willem Dirks, Marc Haan, Othmar van Rijswijk, Niklas Hallman, Billy Hoogendijk and Mats Edel.
Photo by Danny Sommerfeld