Arto Saari

Match Made in HEL – Connecting the Skateboarders of East and West

For two days in October 2014 some of the best skateboarders from East and West were connected to share their passion on the top of the world at Finland’s Helsinki Airport. This first-ever skate session was directed and hosted by Arto Saari and includes his Flip Skateboards teammates Curren Caples and Louie Lopez along with Golden Tickets winners Matt Berger, Hiroyuki Matsuo, Kasperi Kropsu, Andreas Larsen and Gosha Konyshev.

Have a look at the amazing footage from a 48-hour period when these heavily skilled skaters got access to totally unique skate spots to test the limits of the gateway between East and West.

For more about this unique event, check out Match Made in HEL and be sure to check out Arto’s introduction with this truly unique skate session right here.

“Let us Roam” Trailer

Be sure to keep an eye out for “Let us Roam”, a new series of webisodes from Leica Cameras that features stories about photographers, artists, filmmakers and musicians inside of the skateboarding culture. This first four part film portrait series tells the stories from behind the lens and path that led Atiba Jefferson, Greg Hunt, Arto Saari and Ray Barbee to photography.

New Beginnings and Team Roster Changes

Trevor ColdenJust in time for Tampa Pro, 2012’s Tampa Am winner Trevor Colden has been ushered into the Pro ranks with his own Skate Mental signature model. During a skate session in Arto’s backyard Curren Caples has joined the Monster Energy skate team roster. Hard Luck MFG is a skate related brand out of Japan headed up by Jason Jessee and friends that has finally made its way to the USA. Have a look and see what Team Go Fast is all about. Sad but true, nothing lasts forever, and as such, Ronnie Creager and Blind Skateboards have parted ways after a 20 year relationship. We wish Ronnie the best in his future endeavors.