Riders: Dalton Beeson, Adam Ottenberg, Scotty Englund, Zach Cusano, Brian Hamm
Filmed: Billy Buttertooth
Dusted – a skateboard video by Chris Varcadipane. Full length film featuring parts from Ben Raybourn, Dustin Brown, David Gravette, Kevin Kowalski, Nick Peterson, Mike Davis, Tameron Eaglehorse, Gabe Luna, Eric Denier, Andrew Gray, Jake Selover, and Damon Carpenter.
Cachagua Land is a must ride! Unbelievable vibe, killer area and the best hosts around. Sweet thing is you don’t need to know anyone to get in, all’s you do is make a reservation and your guaranteed to sesh. Not sure if it is, but I believe Cachagua Land to be the only Airbnb DIY destination in the world?…
Vladimir Skate Film Festival 2016: The Power of Raw Enthusiasm – a story about a true independent skate film festival
“I could say I remember it like it was yesterday but that would be a lie – in fact it seems like a lifetime ago. No smartphones, no email, weed was illegal no matter what your doctor cared to write, and the strippers had zits on their asses in Portland. Looking back it seems like 1995 was a completely different world than what exists today. I mean shit was real seedy back then and modern day terms like gentrify just weren’t in the average American’s vernacular. But even without the aid of booking flights and hotels online and the fantasy of transporting legal weed we somehow still made it to Burnside that summer because we fucking had to. “Build it and they will come” may be a corny ass line from a Kevin Costner movie but in the case of the granddaddy of DIY, it’s pretty much the way it was…” – Bruce Rodela
It’s been pretty much exactly a year when I talked on this channel about professional d.i.y. and told you about a new street / flowpark we had built in Glücksburg near Flensburg on the most northern tip of Germany. And I remember promising you that I would try to realize more skatepark projects in my […]
Full length film featuring parts from Ben Raybourn, Dustin Brown, David Gravette, Kevin Kowalski, Nick Peterson, Mike Davis, Tameron Eaglehorse, Gabe Luna, Eric Denier, Andrew Gray, Jake Selover, and Damon Carpenter.
Filmed / edited by Chris Varcadipane
Cachagua Land, Monterey Area
Cachagua Land is a must ride! Unbelievable vibe, killer area and the best hosts around. Sweet thing is you don’t need to know anyone to get in, all’s you do is make a reservation and your guaranteed to sesh. Not sure if it is, but I believe Cachagua Land to be the only Airbnb DIY destination in the world? If I’m wrong who gives a shit? The only thing you need to care about is making reservations for this must ride spot – if it’s not it should be on everyones bucket list.
Builders: Zarosh and crew
How to get in: Google search “OM Oasis – Country tranquil retreat” and get your trip planned today
Adam’s Bowl: Willits
These Willits guys are some of the best builders in Northern California. The world famous Lincoln Nass lives up here and has his hands in probably every build in this area and beyond. The planning that went into constructing Adam’s bowl, on the side of the hill it sits on, is redneck engineering at its best. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to sample the other spots in the area due to a prior engagement with a pirate ship built out of psilocybin.
Builders: Adam, Lincoln and the rest of their crew.
How to get in: Good luck, not even sure how we got in.
Pat Black’s Ponderosa, Point Arena
The only wooden spot included in this article belongs to the world famous Pat Black. Not your usual ramp due to the fact that Pat milled all the wood himself – if that isn’t fucking DIY I don’t know what is. This prodigious looking pirate ship, located well off the grid, is a skateboarder’s perfect weekend camping destination. If you can get in, get in, make sure to bring your dirt board if you have one and beware of the acid taking Samsquanches roaming the property. Shit gets real Area 51 out there if you let it.
Builders: 100% milled, 100% screwed, 100% layered, 100% designed by Pat himself… Just kidding, I have no idea who helped Pat. Probably too many to mention anyway.
How to get in: Buy Pat Black a beer or 12.
Filmed / edited by Bruce Rodela
For PART ONE go to: www.confuzine.com/2016/10/06/the-almost-complete-guide-to-nor-cals-diy-spots/
A story about a true independent skate film festival
Article by Tibor Rep
Photos by Marina Jakulic, Ivana Tomic, Kristijan Smok, Tomaz Santl, Peter Fettich
Nikola Racan a young Croatian skateboarder, filmmaker and instigator of a local film festival couldn’t have thought even in his wildest dreams that his small-scale brainchild will in only six years grown into probably one of the best European independent skate movie festivals. Probably one of the hottest independent skate film festivals in the world has been enticing more and more skateboarding, photography, documentaries, fashion, philosophy lovers to the southern part of the Istria, largest peninsula in Croatia. The August Senoa Skateboard Club from Fazana doesn’t provide only good malvasia and anchovies. “It’s an independent film manifestation, that’s why we are trying to stay away from big commercial sponsors that could interfere in the content and the course of the festival. Since in Croatia the cultural projects are starving financially, our project doesn’t bring political points to the Fazana commune that doesn’t have enough knowledge, experience and interest to recognize good content, our program is founded the way it is. It doesn’t have founding,” ironically adds Racan. It sounds pretentious but the setting of the event in Fazana, a small fishing town, it adds a mythical dimension to the event. Nikola masterminded an unforgettable atomic premier in the Pula’s gallery Cvajner of his first full length skate movie Solstice, featuring more than 60 skateboarders from the ex-Yugoslavia region, Bordeaux, Paris and London. During the projection the gallery Cvajner, a legendary cultural space in Pula, was bursting at the seams.
This year’s program between the 22nd and 25th of September was exceptional, culminating the last day with the masterpiece of the New York’s skate video illusionist Colin Read. This is what he had to say before the screening: “For every premiere so far I’ve been dreaming of something like this and trying. For the first one in New York I tried to do it in the Central Park and it didn’t work. In Amsterdam we tried to do it in Safari preserve and it didn’t work. But here finally we got to do it on Brijuni Island which is pretty much the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to in my life so thank you for being here. Enjoy Spirit Quest.” The festival organizers claim that the Brijuni Islands are part of mainland Fazana mostly because of the outdoor theatre where Marshal Tito (president of ex Yugoslavia), a real filmophile, had regular private screenings.
The sixth edition of the festival, featuring five locations, hosted an international photo exhibition of four skate photographers and projections of two documentaries in the movie theatre Valli. “At one point we decided to move part of the program to Pula. Valli opened its doors to us and we’ve grown together. We do not want any kind of restrictions, the least of all creative ones. We select the movies and put on art shows in the theater’s lobby,” points out Racan.
The Vladimir Skate Film Festival has a strong support in Pula and non in Fazana’s commune. “Probably because of the great infrastructure in Pula. In Fazana we’re trying to set up something. We would welcome the support and help of the local institutions, who are always turning a blind eye. The August Senoa Skateboard Club cannot even get its own space,” says ironically Racan.
They’ve paved their way to success with raw enthusiasm. That’s probably what’s lacking in our society. We need pure enthusiasm so that energy can flow between people, so that they can clap and yell wildly at a premiere. Not forced by sponsors or what looks cool or not, but to really open up to skateboarding. This collective spurred by its headstrong course has shown that love for music, art, comic strips or something else always finds a way. They’ve shown that they’re not crazy. Organizing such an event in a region without skate industry is a great feat.
All the festival activities flow one into the other. Oleg Morovic takes care of the visual aspect, Marko Zubak communicates with the international skateboard scene, Elvis Butkovic does the technical part, Iris Mosnja works as the PR and media contact, Marta Baradic deals with the foreign media, Marina Jakulic leads the social media ensemble and Tibor Marko Jakulic could be labeled as the executive coordinator of the festival, since supervises almost everything. At this festival everybody, the organizers, filmmakers, photographers and the visitors, breathe as one – partly because everything is free of charge, except the dirt cheap boat ride.
A few days after the event I’ve phoned Nikola Racan and asked if the crew is enjoying the deserved rest, he surprised me: “I’m on my way to Italy – Colin Read has a flight to catch. In the morning Marina drove part of the guests to the Pula’s airport, Zubak is skating with the remaining guests, Marta and Iris are preparing material for a state’s competition and Oleg is editing photos. I’m dog-tired, but happy. This festival means a lot to us. Since last year we’ve extended it to four days and we’ve double the number of guests. It’s been fun skating and meeting everyone. It will be hard to forget the projection on the Brijuni Islands, the photo exhibition and Sergej Vutuc’s performance. All the exhibitions, films, Dom Henry’s freestyle and the mini ramp sessions in the old barracks were epic.”
For more info: www.vladimirfilmfestival.wordpress.com
“It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.” – Napoleon Hill
I could say I remember it like it was yesterday but that would be a lie – in fact it seems like a lifetime ago. No smartphones, no email, weed was illegal no matter what your doctor cared to write, and the strippers had zits on their asses in Portland. Looking back it seems like 1995 was a completely different world than what exists today. I mean shit was real seedy back then and modern day terms like gentrify just weren’t in the average American’s vernacular. But even without the aid of booking flights and hotels online and the fantasy of transporting legal weed we somehow still made it to Burnside that summer because we fucking had to. “Build it and they will come” may be a corny ass line from a Kevin Costner movie but in the case of the granddaddy of DIY, it’s pretty much the way it was.
You may be asking what this cute little tale has to do with Nor Cal DIY, the subject of this fine article, but it has everything to do with it. Burnside blew it’s proverbial load over the collective conscious of skateboarders world wide and not only holds the title of (maybe not the first) but being ground zero of what DIY can be. While sure, there would be spots getting built by skateboarders for skateboarders even if Burnside was never created, but the DIY scene here in Northern California and worldwide would not be where it’s at today – that’s just a fact. My momma always told me to show respect to our elders and heads like Red, Sage, Monk, Chris Bredesen, Osage Buffalo and Bret Taylor etc… paved the way for this recent explosion in Northern California whether you know it or not. Props fellas, thanks for laying down the tracks.
Filmed / edited by Bruce Rodela
Now to the killer builds getting laid down in this sweet patch of California. Shit’s going off to say the least, with earlier builds like the Bird Bath, the Flower Shop and Bordertown laying the roots down, it’s shown the kids in Nor Cal that there is no reason to wait for someone else to do it for you – the time to build is now. From the SF bay to the stoney region of Willits, over to the Truckee mountains up the 99 to Visalia, and Bakersfield, cross over to the coast through the 101 and back to Oakland – you’re going to find insanely good shit to skate built by skateboarders. As you know though, an unfortunate reality of a lot of these spots is their tight shelf life – here today, gone tomorrow is just the way some of these renegade builds go. With that in mind, I decided to get the usual suspects together and do what we do best – hit an insane amount spots in a tight amount of time and document a definitive list of what’s out there in our northern region of California. The boys usually only have the weekend off with maybe an extra day thrown in so we cut Northern California up in six sections and mapped out our routes. With the car packed we mixed up our ritual faux meth truck stop recipe of gummy worms, high voltage cup’s of coffee and some questionable high energy pills and hit the road. And hot damn did we ever hit some killer shit and meet some bad ass people. From Gene’s pool, to Beeble’s bowl to the legendary Lower Bob’s the terrain getting raised in Nor Cal is nothing short of amazing! This is the best time for skateboarding ever and these builds have a huge part to do with it. So not only do I raise a toast to the legendary forefathers that got this movement going but a huge salute goes out to these modern day builders that are taking it to the next level here in Northern California! When the next big asteroid hits the earth and we are all but extinct, the few survivors will stumble upon these builds like the great pyramids and will be just as baffled as to how and why they were built. Until then, let’s keep the stoke going and get out there and build more!!!!
Words & Photography: Bruce Rodela
Special thanks to the Rippers that got in the car: Ryan Carpenter, Popcorn, Kerry The bag, Hot Cheese, Big Butt Blake, Ryan Johnson, John Worthington Jr.
Unfortunately I didn’t hit all the spots in Nor Cal, a more complete list will be hitting the interwebs soon. If you have a spot that wasn’t included hit me up through instagram.com/4wbs
San Francisco Spots, SF CA
More spots per capita than anywhere in Nor Cal, SF is home to a thriving DIY scene. The Sunset bowls are insanely fun, the Flower Shop is legendary, the secret Tadashi spot is rad as fuck and even the Pink Taco is fun as shit to roll around for a hour or two (and a beer or 6). Combine all the DIY spots with all the rest of the terrain SF has to offer and the city by the bay is still the #1 destination in skateboarding. What are you waiting for, the time is now!
Flower Spot DIY
SF Jersey Barrier spots #1 and #2
Bird Bath DIY – San Francisco, CA
Builders: Too many to mention but here’s a few: Aaron Hazlewood, Iris George, Tadashi, Jason Klemoff, Neb, Kevin, Richie, Pablo and some help from Sage, Danger, Carl and Peter Gunn (at least at the flower shop)…
How to get in: Flower Shop and the Pink Taco are open to all, the Sunset bowls are invite only. Don’t worry about Tadashi’s secret spot
George’s Bowl aka Iris Bowl – San Francisco, CA
George’s Bowl aka Iris Bowl, San Francisco, CA