A new full-length video one from the capital of Czech Republic featuring Vojtech Freitag, Emil Wolan, Fanda Sestak, Matus Mozola, and Stepan Bares who is no stranger to our readers.
You may know some of these skaters from past videos we posted, especially Stepan Bares is one we love to watch.
Press play and enjoy and maybe even watch more Sid.
Normally these plaza edits are all about the tricks but this one is all about politically organizing yourself and standing up. Not only to save one of the best skate spots in the world but also a piece of history.
Big-ups to all that made it happen!
It was about a year ago that Stepan Bares sent us his last full part filmed mostly in Prague.
Now, 12-months later we get a follow up to that video but this time we get him and the homies and not only Prague but Split, Bratislava, Budapest & Vienna. It is great to see pockets of quality developing further and we can’t wait to see what comes after this. Enjoy!
We guess that it must be the time off work that motivated both Simon and Victor but it is impressive to see 3 Scandinavians, 1 spot and 3 days of skating turn into an amazing result.
Accidentally, our friend and photographer Conny Mirbach was present at the famed Prague plaza to witness this destruction and he has since proclaimed that Junkyard’s own Victor is now one of his favorite skaters.
The piece was created by lensman Makke Bengtsson who is actually one of the nicest people ever.
Anyway, if you are not convinced see for yourself what 72 hours of skating Stalin Square can amount to.
The Czech Republic is known for quite possibly the best skate plaza in the world, A prime example of skateboarders turning a place with sour public memories to a positive place.
Now most of us have gone on a trip to the capital city but few people have wandered off the beaten path. Even if you asked the locals they said there was not much to skate in the town itself.
Well, with this part by Stepan Bares opinions are going to have to slightly shift a bit. Even though he did do some trips this part is mostly Prague based.
Enjoy the scenery and start planning those springtime skate trips.
Ben’s new video is highly recommendable and definitely worth a second or even a third watch. Here’s Hjalte Halberg, Bobby DeKeyzer, Nik Stain & Paul Grund in Vienna, Prague, Berlin, and Budapest.
It is worth repeating that Antonio Durao is the motivating force behind this video and as soon as you watch the video you will know why. So press play.
The year is almost over and we are looking back to one hell of a crazy year. Talking about crazy we have to mention our last summer’s French Intern Augustin Giovannoni who just dropped is 2017 mixtape featuring Franz Grimm, Joffrey Morel, Auguste Bouznad, Juan Saavedra, Yann Garin & us. Loye you, Noni <3.
A while back, when Marc-Alexandre Barbier and myself were out filming and skating in Marseille, the guy who owns “Chill or Die” (Baptiste Besse) called us and wanted to know, if we would like to spend the first week of April in Praha (Prague). We didn’t really need to think about it, we were immediately down to go.
That’s how we ended up joining a crew consisting of a total of 5 guys: Vincent Coupeau, Matt Debauche, Baptiste Besse and of course Marc-A and myself.
Because Marc-A is scared to fly, everybody got on the bus for a 15-hour drive out to Praha, the journey was long! But we had fun and drank a lot of booze.
What can I tell you about our destination? Praha is the capital of the Czech Republic and the countries largest city. I would say it’s a cosmopolitan city and according to our research (clubbing), we found out that there are large groups of foreigners amongst the city’s population. Since I landed on the subject, the night life there is pretty cheap if you compare it to most of the other capital cities in the western part of Europe. As you can imagine, we fell into the city’s dark side pretty easily, this meant Matt was at his absolute best! And Marc-A was able to show everybody that he is indeed a killer on the dance floor.
The only spot we knew before going there was the world famous Stalin Platz, which has a similar function as the Republique Square in Paris, the only difference being that it is better than Republique. “Why?” you might ask… Because there are simply more things to skate, you can grind, slide, fly down some stairs, over and down gaps, do wheelies and skate handrails, which was the object of Marc-A’s first trick of the trip, a 50-50 grind up and down a long rail followed by a lengthy firecracker down some stairs!
Like most main spots you get sucked in quite easily and we did film a bunch of stuff there but we didn’t want to hang out there for the whole tour.
So we went into the city to search for some street spots that could enhance our “street cred ” (laughs).
During one of our first spot-hunting missions, Marc-A had the brilliant idea to grab hold of a very nice Porsche! When the driver finally noticed him he brusquely stopped the car, jumped out and wanted to engage in a fight with Mr. Barbier. The guy had such a bright red face that I started to doubt if it was anger or alcohol that had turned his face strawberry-red.
In the end, we managed to find this cool little square with multiple skate-able benches, after we seshed it, we found out that the spot was only two minutes away from our apartment. From that point on almost all sessions ended at this little peaceful square, and Praha being as cheap as it is, these moments where naturally accompanied by a nice cold beer clenched between of our fingers.
Photos by Vincent Coupeau
Text by Augustin Giovannoni
A while ago I posted the first clip of Sports Class, which was really nice and made me already curious about what to expect next. Now in Fresh Beer Cold Beer the team travels trough more or less the three of Europe’s well-known skate metropolises: London, Prague and Barcelona. And especially kind of brings back memories of a time when Prague’s Stalin Plaza was the place to be in Europe.
Featuring Tom Snape, Toby Locke, Goeff Campbell and more.