There’s no place like home. And as the world continues to grow more globalized and culturally cross-pollinated, many of us are increasingly blessed with primary, secondary, and tertiary homes as a result of our globetrotting upbringings and divided heritages.
Youness Amrani was born to Moroccan parents shortly after they immigrated to Hasselt, Belgium. While he grew up on the European continent, with frequent visits back to Morocco as a child, his primal roots remained firmly planted in Northern Africa. Having not returned to Morocco in more than a decade, he set out with his brother earlier this year to make the pilgrimage home to Kenitra and pay a surprise visit to his grandmother, who still lives there.
In the process, he also planned to ride his skateboard, collect photos for a TWSkateboarding article over a 10-day stretch on the northern tip of the African continent, and cover the road between Casablanca and Marrakesh by way of Rabat, Kenitra, and Agadir. Welcome aboard the Marrakesh Express.
The 2013 Element Make It Count finals proved to be the best one yet. The event began as a bald eagle flew overhead, and it concluded with an incredible day of skating up in the Sequoia National Forest. Jon Cosentino of Toronto, Canada made it undeniable that he was the overall winner, defending his title from last year and extending his sponsorship from Element. Dan Coe of Minneapolis, MN finished 2nd, and Ben Patterson of Toronto, Canada came in 3rd. All were rewarded hand carved trophies and experienced a trip of a lifetime that included sessions at The Berrics, and Transworld.
After a bit of a surprise for going pro with his new signature deck, Real Skateboards’ very own Jake Donnelly has been gifted a website of his own outfitted with videos and a chance for you to win one of his signature boards as well. Congrats Jake!
Also, just today, Real updated their InstaREAL app with three new filters and are hosting a contest to win one of Jake Donnelly’s new pro boards.
HOW TO WIN:
-Download the free InstaREAL app
-Use the 3 new filters to Post a congrats message to @JakeDonnelly on Instagram
-Tag your photo with #congratsjakenowpro
-On Friday August 9th, 5 winners will be picked to win Jake Donnelly’s first Pro REAL deck.
If you already have the App just launch it on your phone and the new filters will be in there, if you still need to get the app just download it for free from the links below.
Hybridation creatively combines a mix of Fred Mortagne’s photographic and cinematic work with the skateboarding of Flo Mirtain, Sammy Winter, Lucas Puig, Tyler Bledsoe, Arto Saari and others. Kick back and indulge in ten minutes of unadulterated skateboarding brilliance. The soundtrack by Mount Analogue, was written especially for this short. Dig in.
Long before they were called boardslides, the original mode of sliding across the bottom of your deck was coined as a “Slide ‘n Roll.” It rapidly progressed from the foundations of the Rock and Roll invented by Tim Marting. In this episode of Loveletters, Jeff Grosso breaks down this widely applied and adapted vert trick for those young and old along with bowl veterans and skate legends, Doug ‘Pineapple’ Saladino and Chris Strople. Moving that progression forward into the streets in the years that followed, Geoff Rowley discusses the wide open adaptation of this beloved trick. Open your eyes and listen in.
Since filming is in full swing for the Vans video, they’ve taken the opportunity to sit some of the team riders down to look behind the skating. In this episode, Dustin Dollin discusses his Baker 2G part from before Baker was a board brand. This is the first authorized use of this footage since its release.