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COVER: Fabio Colombo_nollie heel flip_Edinburgh_ Photo_Davide Biondani_

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ISSUE _21

CONTENTS FRAGMENTS_ kidnapped by aliens_Alessandro Bonacci_ DC_IT/UK _pushing together_UK_

Places_ROMANIA_ the flavor of chemistry_ POLAROIDS_ THE FALLEN VACATION_a journey to southern Italy_

BOOK_The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan_ Dusted Off_A COLD MORNING_

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JOSEPH BIAIS - BACKSIDE LIPSLIDE - PHOTO: GUILLAME PERIMONY


EDITOR and CONCEPT Davide Biondani.

(davide@abriefglance.com) ASSOCIATE EDITOR Guido Bendotti.

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Leo Sharp, Kévin Mètallier, Nils Svensson,

DVL, Friedjof Fèye, Garric Ray, Bear Bridges,

Graham Tait, Marcello Guardigli, Eric Antoine, AlanMaag, Reece Leung , Kazuhiro Terauchi,

Davide Biondani, Riccardo Ceccato, Bertrand Trichet. CONTRIBUTORS

Jonathan Levin, Jeroen Smeets, Francesco Paolo Chielli, Mauro Caruso, Jerome Campbell, Samu Karvonen,

Lorenzo Formenti, Ale Martoriati, Holger von Krosigk, Simone Bertozzi, Niall Neeson. DESIGN

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EDITORIAL_21

You know the feeling_

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FRAGMENTS

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Mark Baines, Crooks. Photo_Reece Leung. Sheffield.

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FRAGMENTS

Oliver Kofler, Half cab. Photo_Davide Biondani. Bozen.

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Nikolai Danov, Fs wallride. Photo_Davide Biondani. Italy. a brief glance


FRAGMENTS

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Diego Melorio, Bs nose grind. Photo_Davide Biondani. Lecce.

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interview_

Kidnapped by aliens_ One Sunday morning I found myself with a pack of fearless dudes on a deserted beach, in front of a stormy sea and under a grey sky, with an icy wind that seemed to bite your face. We were all dressed

with heavy jackets, beanies, and scarfs. Everybody except Ale, who was wearing just a white t-shirt and

a light cotton jersey. Our mission was to photograph a trick along the dock, and Ale’s board fell into the

water more than once, forcing him to dive in to retrieve it with an absolute naturalness, and start skating again as if nothing had happened. Until his board ended up under the dock and was swallowed by the

gelid waters… and Ale dove into the water dressed in a vain attempt to recover it… surfacing after about 20 minutes as if he had just come out of a pool on the hottest day of the year, putting on his t-shirt and exclaiming: “Too bad, it was a cool board!” Nobody could believe their eyes. Ale is like that, at times it

seems like he is the main character in one of those 70’s films where aliens kidnap people, sucking them up in a beam of white light, only to drop them off somewhere else with a newly acquired super-power. Ale

doesn’t represents the stereotype of the modern skateboarder; he listens to Donna Summer and Whitney Houston, has a passion for cars, works as a model, is a sportsman, and doesn’t drink beer. He’s a reserved

individual, and every now and again he will say something that definitely confirms the theory that aliens really do exist, but most often this peculiarity of his is hilarious. Ale is an incredible skateboarder with a pop and consistency that are quite uncommon.

Ale, tighten your damn trucks and start killing it once again!

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ALESSANDRO Bonacci_ Photography and words_Davide Biondani_

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Tell us a couple things about you. I am Alessandro Bonacci, I’m 23 years old and live near the city of Ancona. I started skating when I was 14. Back then we used to do down hills sitting down. I always had a strong passion for skateboarding, and started getting more serious about it about 2 years later. Why do you ride your trucks so loose? Don’t you think it would be less difficult if you tightened your trucks “normally”? Skating with loose trucks makes it more fun for me. Of course it’s more difficult and you need more precision. Sketchy tricks are not an option. I’ve always skated with loose trucks, but I got the idea to loosen them even more from Daewon Song, who skates with his front truck super loose. I must say I did encounter some problems after I loosened my trucks completely. Is it true you modified your BMW and that the cops stopped you, and now you can’t drive it any longer? How did you modify it, and what model is it? I have a passion for cars. At times this passion becomes an obsession that takes time away from other passions that I’m actually more passionate about. I’ve had a BMW Z4 for the past two years, and I literally have given it no peace at all between taking it apart, making it lighter, and other modifi-

cations. The Carabinieri have been keeping an eye on me because I have the habit of driving nearly lying down with the seat leaning far back. The last time I really exaggerated, and plenty of people told me that the car seemed to be going on its own without anybody driving it. Do you still leave the house with your toothbrush and toothpaste in your pocket? I try to safeguard my health and that of my teeth as well. I am a type of skateboarder and person that is very different from the norm and some things that seem normal to me, are strange to others. Explaining my habits is difficult and some people have no chance of fully understanding them. It’s just easier for me to say that I am a little crazy. When we shot the photos for this interview it was really cold, but you were always wearing short sleeves, and also jumped into the sea with your clothes on more than once to get your board, and then you just kept skating... Don’t you feel the cold? Usually I prefer to dress lightly. During the winter I swim in the sea while people are strolling on the beach dressed in coats and sweaters. As long as I move around, I’m at ease even at really low temperatures.

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“Skating with loose trucks makes it more fun for me. Of course it’s more difficult and you need more precision.”

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What are the advantages of not feeling the cold? Don’t you ever get sick? My heart, as well as my other organs, works well, very well. This means that by moving around even at extremely low temperatures, my blood circulates and maintains the right body temperature. Having an efficient circulatory system brings many advantages. One of these is that I never get sick. You also work as a model, exactly what type of work do you do and how did you start? I do photo-shoots and other stuff as well. There isn’t that much work in my area and the little there is, isn’t that serious. I do receive proposals to go work in Milan where the work environment is much more professional, but I need to think about it because I’m afraid it may force me to abandon skateboarding. Tell us the funnest part of your job and the least fun. Seeing yourself in photographs is always a pleasure, but being at the disposal of photographers and advertisement managers can be really tiring. Do you pick up a lot of women models by being a model yourself? Unfortunately, I’ve met very few models that have the same interior qualities as they do on the outside. Usually I’m the one who gets picked up. The problem is I don’t know who to hit on. I barely get along with anybody, and I have difficult tastes. Is it true you’ve been asked to work on TV? Will you? Yes, it’s true. They did contact me to do something, but for now I’d rather try to provide for my future in a way that doesn’t put into discussion my habits and skateboarding. You are a super sportsman. What other sports do you do besides skateboarding? I love swimming and running, testing my abilities with physical challenges that I always win. This is also to keep in shape.

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Kidnapped by aliens_

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They recently built one of the best indoor bowls in Europe in your area, the Big Air Lab. Do you ever go there? Do you like skating bowls? Trannies for me are something completely new. Even though I’ve had them at Osimo for a few years now, I was never really attracted and had never really skated them. Now, thanks to Luca Crestani and Mario the Big Air Boss, I’m starting to skate tranny with more interest and passion. When I land a difficult trick on the street I feel a strong sense of satisfaction. When I do something in a bowl, apart from that moral pleasure, I get adrenaline and so I have fun. There is an additional physical feeling you don’t get by jumping off a ledge, as much as it may be fun. Do you use super loose trucks when you skate bowls as well? Ahahahaaa I use loose trucks but not as loose as when I skate street. Is it true that you tried to break Giorgio Zattoni’s ankle a few days ago because he rides better than you? Hehehe I tried to, but physically, he’s too strong and I barely scathed him! I need to put in the effort and learn to fly like him. Tell me your favorite skater of all time, favorite video of all time, best place you’ve ever skated. My favorite skater is Daewon Song. Round Three and First Love are my favorite videos. The new skate-plaza in Bolzano is one of the best places I’ve ever skated. Despite the fact that you’ve been around quite a few years and you know how to skate, we haven’t seen much material from you. Why are you so elusive? I’m pretty solitary. When I’m alone I give my best. Sometimes I do incredible things. When other people are around I’m more easily influenced, emotionally speaking, and find it hard to concentrate. I am more of a closed and sensible nature. I don’t know that many people and find it hard to get along with people. After years of having a team, finally the DVS/Lakai group got together for a mini tour. How important do you think it is to push and unite a team in order to promote a brand? DVS means devious, diverse, and it means a lot to me to skate for a company that personifies me. Apart from this,

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DVS has an image that clearly shows its deep commitment to skateboarding. We try being united and get together every so often to skate together, even though the times are really tough for someone who wants to skate. You are very consistent and do tricks that are not really too common. What tricks drive you mad the most? I made the big mistake of loosening my trucks all the way from one day to the next just so I could dedicate myself to a trick I had in mind that I wanted to learn. This made me regress a bit on all my other tricks, even though I did learn what I wanted to, that at first seemed impossible. As a kid, who did you grow up with skateboarding-wise? Who pushed you to progress? Lately I’ve been skating alone a lot, even though my friends Silvio, Amadeus, and David have always been there in the past during the best times we had skating together. Where is your skateboarding headed: from full-street to all-around? Tattoos on your neck and knee-high socks? Hehehe now I would like to learn how to skate trannies without losing touch with street skating. I always try to skate everything. Name three bands/songs you are listening to lately? My iTunes library contains a lot of important stuff. I have an unusual taste in music as well: Elton John, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, Celine Dion, Cher, Donna Summer etc. Three cities or places you’d like to visit, and why. I still have to explore the United States. I’ve always been told that I should’ve been born on the West Coast of the U.S. I want to thank Davide Biondani, Luca Crestani, DVS shoes and Fresco Distribution, Mayday Distribution, Suck Clothing, BigAir Shop, and the Holy Spirit.


“Explaining my habits is difficult and some people have no chance of fully understanding them. It’s just easier for me to say that I am a little crazy.”

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DC_IT/UK

TOUR

pushing together_ PART TWO_ UK_

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SCOTLAND_ENGLAND_WALES

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DC_IT/UK

pushing together_

The DC Pushing Together tour was a joint collaboration between DC Italy, DC UK, and a brief glance skateboardmag that brought together the two teams to skate one week in Italy and one week in the UK. After the first part of the tour to Italy, the second part of the trip was scheduled to take place in the UK, and when I saw the places we would visit I couldn’t believe it: Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff. Scotland, England, and Wales all in one week. Amaning! What better chance to visit so many places in such a short time, and travel across the United Kingdom from North to South? In the 14-seat van there were, Leo Sharp at the wheel, Jody Smith sitting next to him, and behind them, Dylan Huges, Sean Smith, Dave Snaddon, Nicky Tyler, Ale Morandi, Fabio Colombo, team manager Danny Galli, and the filmers Sergio Minnici and Morph. I spent the whole tour sitting at the back of the van in a seat buried by bags and boards. A little uncomfortable, but it was fantastic to observe the landscape and skate-life from that position without having, for once, to worry about finding our way to the spots, since the guy doing all of that was sitting in the driver’s seat and at the wheel! It was an incredible week, probably the least rainy week of the last 10 years in the UK. The sky was almost always blue and a warm sun greeted us every morning. We tried skating lesser-known spots, and avoiding more famous ones. The crew was great and we had lots of laughs. What more could we ask for?

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Photography and words_Davide Biondani_

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EDINBURGH_ I’ve always dreamt of going to Edinburgh since I was in high school, when my English teacher made us

read articles about this famous music festival that takes place there every year. I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland, and the fact that the tour began there got me really excited. Edinburgh is a beautiful city, and

luckily the DC guys were a little late, allowing us some time to take a walk around the center, admire the architecture, and breath in the atmosphere of a nice summer day, with thousands of people laying down

in the green parks, chatting and getting some sunshine. Priceless. Graham, our local guide and editor of

North Skate Mag, brought us to the first spot of the tour, a triple set where Fabio and Dylan officially set it off with a nollie heel and a switch tre flip. Bonjour. The session continued at a big three spot not so distant where various tricks went down, including an incredible switch heel by James Bush. The day ended with a dinner and some relaxing at the hotel for someone, and drinking some whisky for somebody else. Guess who?

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DYLAN HUGES_switch tre flip.

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JAMES BUSH_switch heelflip.

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MANCHESTER_ We left Edinburgh, and after many hours traveling through the green Scottish Lowlands, then the English countryside, we finally reached Manchester in the afternoon where we hooked up with Ben Grove and John Bell who immediately drove us to a

couple cool spots where a dope session went down on some typical red-brick banks. The next day we spent three hours trying to have lunch in a pub with the slowest

service ever‌ Once our stomachs were full we filmed some lines at this ledge spot called Urbis, also the local hangout for eleven-year-old punks and blotchy junkies, one of which even tried stealing Sergio’s videocamera. Unfortunately for him, the

tripod weighed more than himself and he was nearly crushed by its weight. What a

genius. We left the city while listening to The Smiths under a very light rain, headed for Liverpool.

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DC_IT/UK

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DAVE SNADDON_nollie over into the bank.

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ALE MORANDI_crooks.

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NICKY TYLER_bs nosegrind pop in.

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JAMES BUSH_switch tre flip.

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LIVERPOOL_ I really enjoyed Liverpool. The atmosphere was really positive and relaxing, and

the depressed and degraded image the city had in the past decades seemed to be a

distant memory. The evening we arrived we saw clubs filled with people and beautiful girls and the sun shining the following day made our session even more enjoyable. Our visit to Lost Art was an occasion to have a nice lunch with Makie but not before having bought a couple shop tees. Unfortunately, at the first spot, Sean hurt

his knee, so end of the tour and train home for him. Total bummer. After a mission

in the university area, the session continued at a spot on the seafront, where we spent several hours filming, photographing, and enjoying the completely relaxing sunset.

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DAVE SNADDON_ollie.

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DANNY GALLI_corner to corner fs stale.

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SAM PULLEY_fs grab transfer.

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BIRMINGHAM_ We arrived in Birmingham late one evening and were lucky to find the last open restaurant in town just

in time before going to sleep. The next day we woke up with the typical English weather for the first time, a grey sky and an incessant light rain. We took the opportunity to visit the local shop, Ideal, for some

greetings, a ping pong match, and a quick brunch. Dave Pegg caught up with us at the shop, and as it had stopped raining, he drove us to a local spot, a gap in an abandoned area where we spent some time and where everybody filmed a line. We then headed towards Bristol.

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DYLAN HUGES_nollie heelflip.

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FABIO COLOMBO_fakie kickflip.

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CARDIFF_ Cardiff is in Wales, and one of the coolest things of this tour was being able to go to Scotland, England, and Wales, and see places and cultures that are part of the

same territory, but nonetheless very different from one another. Nicky and Dylan

are from Wales, and Nicky gave me a Welsh flag. We skated some fun spots near the seaport, from where the gulf was visible. Dylan, Dave, and Ale Morandi all brou-

ght home some tricks on a circular bench, while Nicky fucked up his heel trying to

skate a huge rock. The best trick of the day was Jody’s kickflip wallride on a strange

bank-like structure. The session ended inside a velodrome where there was a gap into a sloping section of the racetrack. Everyone loved this spot and several tricks went down, like Dylan’s bs flip, and team manager Danny Galli’s fs 270° flip. Definitely one of the funnest days of the week.

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JODY SMITH_kickflip wallride.

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DYLAN HUGES_bs kickflip in.

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ALE MORANDI_bluntslide.

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BRISTOL_

Bristol was the last stop of our tour, and also the city where Dave and Nicky live. They spent the whole

week promising us we would party together in Bristol, but since we never did, we will definitely have to go

back and they will have to pay for drinks! After such an intense tour we were starting to feel the fatigue, so we decided to conclude the mission with a session and an imperial barbeque at the Dean Lane skatepark,

an awesome cement park with huge banks and really rough trannies. Certainly the best way to end a perfect week.

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DANNY GALLI_bs smith grind.

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DYLAN HUGES_fakie ollie to switch bs noseblunt slide.

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PLACES_Craiova_Romania

Photos_Riccardo Ceccato_

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The flavor of chemistry_ I’ve always been fascinated with Polaroids. The whole process, to the shooting of the photo, to the instant gratification of watching the photo appear in front of you. I had a Polaroid 600 camera and mostly used it for fun shots, nothing serious. Soon after I discovered what you could actually do with Polaroids and different techniques you could apply to get different results. I found a company called Daylab, that made their own enlargers that allowed to you photograph your own 120 slides onto Polaroid film, allowing you to then manipulate the Polaroid a number of ways.  I started experimenting just as Polaroid announced they were discontinuing their line or film, so I packed it up and forgot about it for a couple of years. I came across a Polaroid Land Camera in a second hand store which rekindled my interest. I bought some film that was now being made by Fuji and tried some other techniques.  The photos we have here are all 120 film slides shot onto the Fuji polaroid film. The back of the ‘throwaway’ part of the peel apart film was then bleached revealing a negative that can be used. Probably seems like a lot of effort, but I like how the look!

Photography and words_Graham Tait_

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George Horler_50 50 grind_

Daryl_portrait_

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Dave Lane_tre flip_

Tom Shimmin_crooks_

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The flavor of chemistry_

Dave Lane_fs shove it_

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Charlie Myatt_bs tailslide_

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Bobby Baillie_bs lipslide_

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Charlie Myatt_kickflip_

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The FALLEN vacation_ 2013

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Photos and words_Davide Biondani_

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The very end of the heel of the boot which Italy closely resembles is known as Salento. It is a very common place to go on vacation lately because of its beautiful sea, good food, wine, affordable prices, and warm people. I hadn’t been back in a few years, so the Fallen Tour 2013 was the perfect excuse to visit my friends down there and skate the various spots. The 10-hours van ride was definitely long, but when you travel in good company time goes by quickly. The Fallen team was composed of Filippo Baronello, Alexis Loss, Raffaele Schirinzi and Guido Stazi, the latter being the object of every possible joke both ways of the trip. Lecce is a relaxed and welcoming city, whose historical center features baroque-style architecture and is composed of a myriad of tiny alleys and streets forming a sort of labyrinth that gets crowded with people in the evening and assumes a yellow hue thanks to a very characteristic lighting system. Being that the region is very long and narrow, and made up mostly of small towns and villages scattered between the coast and the backcountry, in order to reach the spots it is necessary to drive long ways and it is not easy to skate more than two spots per day. Not too bad though, considering that the places we saw were all beautiful, and the spots were no exception. The relaxed atmosphere and peaceful mood of the guys on the team made it such that we had a nice week with no stress. The good weather and mild temperatures we encountered all week made everything even more enjoyable.

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GUIDO STAZI_FS BLUNTSLIDE TO FAKIE_ Guido was really on fire during this tour, he wanted to skate every spot we went to, and the gnarlier they were, the more he was hyped. We had to go back three times, three days in a row, and drive an hour each time to be able to skate this really perfect rail. If only the run-up was also perfect. Guido was forced to do a 90째 turn just before ollieing onto it... Fs blunt to fakie on this thing is damn cool. Good job Guido!

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bs bluntslide_

RAFFAELE SCHIRINZI_OLLIE FROM THE SMALL LEDGE INTO THE BANK_ On the way to this spot we ran across this huge fire that destroyed an entire natural oasis. We drove through the fire on a road that was closed by firefighters shortly after we had passed. The flames were nearly 10 meters high and fueled by a strong wind... the sound of the flames consuming everything made your blood chill. Once at the spot, a seafront on

the east coast, Raffa mitigates the tension by jumping this gap and landing in the small, steep bank a few meters away.

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FILIPPO BARONELLO_FS OLLIE FS GRAB TRANSFER_ Baro flew from London, where he is now living, just to come on this tour. The English capital helped bring out his passion for reading and it was not rare to see him at spots with a book in

his hand... He even went to buy a new book when he finished the one he’d brought along from home! The only spot where the book stayed in the van was at the famous natural cement quar-

terpipes. This spot is a must on Salento tours, even though often there are cars parked there, and you’ll eventually get kicked out by the cops. Even though there were cars parked there this time

as well, obstructing the runup and forcing you to ollie up on the sidewalk just before the tranny, Baro jumped over the gap from quarter to quarter with style.

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ALEXIS LOSS_KICKFLIP_ While wandering around like idiots in the labyrinth of alleys of a tiny village in the middle of

the countryside, looking for a way out, we casually found ourselves on this tiny street at the end of which there was this bank nobody had ever skated before. Even the locals that were with us

didn’t know of its existence. We asked the guardian for permission to take a couple photos, and he kindly let us skate as long as we closed the gate on our way out. Great!!!

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GUIDO STAZI_OLLIE IN_ This spot had never been skated before. We drove by this canal many times, but because of the

spot’s gnarliness as well as the fact that it was super rough and dirty, nobody really felt inspired to ollie into it. Of course Guido wasted no time and after setting up the flashes, he landed the

ollie in three tries. Not satisfied he did it twice without ending up in the canal at the end of the landing.

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Dusted_Off

Anton Jandet_2004_

A COLD MORNING_

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Photos and words_Davide Biondani_

It was a cold, grey, Sunday morning in January and we were driving Anton to the airport because he had to catch his flight back to Melbourne. Taking an exit off the ring road we spotted this bank at the back of a big factory. We couldn’t believe our eyes, we drove by that road a thousand times, but we never noticed that spot. Being slightly ahead of time, we immediately stopped, jumped over the fence, and despite the fact it was cold, and our fear that there may be dogs guarding the place, we took a photo of this treflip. We’ve never been back to this spot.

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Dusted_Off

Ollie up to tre flip_

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BOOK_ The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan_

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The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan is a book about the history, people, origins, successes, failures, and challenges faced, and the future of an “impossible dream�. 320 pages filled with texts, stories, interviews and amazing pictures. A privileged point of view that tells of a complex reality such as that of Afghanistan from the inside, helping to understand many things through the eyes and words of those who lived it first-hand. An example of how skateboarding sometimes exceeds all imaginable limits. A must have book. db_

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“I thought, maybe I could make soma skateboard buddies by having more skateboards with me.� (Oliver Percovich_ Skateistan pioneer, founder and executive director).

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“I’ve been to lots and lots of places where I’ve made instant connections with people through skateboarding, and I wanted to give that gift to Afghan kids...”

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BOOK_ The Tale of Skateboarding

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in Afghanistan_

www.skateistan.org

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