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Like a precious treasure, Tom Penny footage is always gold. Here's raw clips of him hunting spots, battling tricks, and of course his always one-of-a-kind style.
Amazing footage of an all-star cast. Hurry up and watch!
The Tempster is a living mythological champ, and his sessions with Rowley, Saari, Appleyard, and the homies are the stuff of legends.
Here's some creative weirdness and a sick backside 180 nosegrind like you've never seen before.
Part 2 continues with more ripping from the French fountain of youth, Mr Jeremie Daclin.
Jeremie Daclin is one of Europe's true OGs. Instead of moving to California, he chose to create Cliché skateboards in France in 1997 to stoke and support the local scene.
Good times roll-on in Part 2 of Flip's retreat to the remote desert compound of Sir Geoff Rowley.
The Flip squad heads to Geoff Rowley's secret Arizona compound for desert thrills and an all-around good time.
These French dream spots get destroyed by both Flip and Cliché riders. There's also a Gonz cameo, an amazing gap to noseslide, and Cairo has a brutal battle.
The number of hard-to-comprehend tricks in this edit is extensive. Prepare to rewind.
As skaters, we're always on the hunt for new terrain. In today's episode, Ali Boulala uncovers a top-secret gem in France.
To experience the ecstasy, you gotta embrace the pain... and this French maniac can't be slowed down by a handful of heavy hits.
The Flip team visits Tom Penny in France in 1999, bringing along a young Bastien Salabanzi for the first time. This episode is just too epic.
Bob is straight up bonkers. The following six and a half minutes of raw vert destruction is gonna leave your jaw on the floor.
Fred had so much epic Lucas footage in the archives we made him make a 2nd episode. Cheers to 7 more minutes of raw footy from the French master.
Lucas has been in the skateboard spotlight since he was a young buck, and French Fred was there to capture his ascendence from child prodigy to one of the best on the planet. This edit is awesome.
Cliché's Gypsy tours were based on a reality TV format and it doesn't get much more real then sleeping under bridges and showering in the rain.
10 Euros a day, a tent under the stars, and nothing to do but skate hard til you drop. It's no wonder that Cliché has stuck with the Gypsy Tour format all these years.
Pontus has always been a creative, spot-hunting madman as this edit shows. He quit Cliché before the completion of their Bon Appétit vid and these clips were lost to the ages until now.
The language barrier proves problematic as the Cliche crew try and maneuver around Japanese security. This episode includes some priceless young Puig footage. Bring back that sweater Lucas!
The battles and injuries start to pile up for the Flip riders as the Sorry deadline nears. There's still plenty of makes though.
When you head out with Appleyard, Rowley, and Arto you're going to have productive, clip-stacking missions for sure. As well as some brutal battles.
Most of these clips are from JB's Cliché era when he got on the team in 2004 and they were filming for his part in "Freedom Fries” with some recent footy mixed in there.
The infamous Lyon hubba was far from easy to skate. Steep, slippery, with a quick run-up. Many came from around the world to battle and plenty walked away empty handed. This edit has some of the greatest hits and misses, with an all-star cast.
There is so much ripping in here from so many heavy hitters. Screw this text and just watch. Cheers!
Kerry Getz was on éS in 1999 and went to Barcelona with Arto Saari where the pressure was on.
A short approach and some over-hanging vegetation makes this huge double-set hubba a real challenge.
Putting the pain in Spain, here's Arto coping with a brutal foot injury in a foreign land.
Koston is the best. Seriously. More proof here in Part 2. Additional filming by Lee DuPont.
Koston has been so good for so long it's hard to fathom. This raw footage from the Menikmati days is pure gold.
Cliché has always had a diverse team and here they are ripping some unique Greek spots. Cale Nuske is really good.
Ali Boulala lived in Lyon for many years and filmed a lot of his Flip "Sorry" video part there in '01 and '02.
Cale Nuske keeps destroying spots and slamming hard in France, mostly for his Cliché's "Bon Appétit" video part.
Cale Nuske was an Aussie beast and prodigy discovered by Cliché skateboards. Unfortunately his body couldn't follow the pace of his intense skating. Multiple knee surgeries put an end of his career too early.
Rowley, Arto, and Bastien continue to search and destroy spots around Oz including a demo in the rain with Dollin.
Here's a mission to Melbourne and Sydney for the making of the Sorry video with Arto, Rowley, and Salabanzi. This also has a gnarly guest appearance by Dustin Dollin.
Here are some rad skate missions with Javier including clips where he gets agonizingly close to a make only to get cut short.
Javi can skate it all and does it with fluidity and style. Welcome back to the French Fred episodes...
Here's another snapshot of those wild and wide-open days of skating and filming with the Flip team.
In the early 2000s, Barcelona was a mythical skate utopia. Here's Arto, Appleyard, Bastien, Rowley, and Boulala.
An entire city is one big skate daydream for this young Flip squad. Here's Arto, Geoff, Appleyard, Bastien, Boulala, and others.
Various sessions featuring Pat Channita, Kerry Getz, Geoff Rowley, Arto Saari, Donny Barley, Mark Appleyard, Omar Hassan, Brian Anderson, Chad Fernandez, and many more.
El Toro is so big that you don't get many tries—each and every attempt could destroy you. Here's Arto unlocking a monster front board.
A brutal spot creates an unforgettable skate mission. This includes hard labor to move two barriers, wet ground, hard slams, a narrow runway, and a dangerous landing.
The makes come fast and furious as Arto, McCrank, and Rowley enjoy these perfect plazas and hubbas.
This snow gap was a unique idea, for sure. And it wasn't small either. Here's some behind the scenes footage.
Fred takes you behind the scenes of some missions with Rick McCrank.
Arto gets some inspiration from Ziggy Stardust to land a beautiful frontside flip and then tosses one switch.
Arto Saari dissects a huge hubba like a surgeon and gets three amazing makes and continues to skate all night.
The Flip crew hits more Miami spots and Arto gets some early experience as a photographer.
Rain, security, and slams can't stop the Flip crew from ripping Miami.
Watch as Appleyard and Arto rip Miami on an old Flip trip.
Even a perfect spot can cause madness. Here's Ali Boulala in the midst of a battle.
Right after the mission in Mallorca, Rick Howard, JJ Rousseau, JB Gillet, Brian Anderson, Lucas Puig, Lee Smith, Anthony Pappalardo, Brad Staba, and Ty Evans hit Barecelona.
Not a lot of slams or close-calls here. This has dozens of solid makes and also features Fabrizio Santos and Carlos De Andrade.
He's known for his snap and tech abilities, but TX can jump up on some mean Hubbas as well.
This Lyon, France rail was the kind of spot that would give up 15 or 20 makes a session including an NBD or two. Or three.
Perfect spots, a no-bust paradise, and two insanely-talented skaters. Here's Koston and McCrank stacking clips at an unbelievable pace.
Steve Alba, Rune Glifberg, Al Partanen, Arto Saari, Rick McCrank, Bob Burnquist, Omar Hassan, and even Ronnie Creager ripping some backyard pits.
One last blast of Arto during a somewhat frustrating mission.
Of course there's gnarly, shocking stunts here but this clip also highlights Arto's amazing tech precision.
Even with unreal natural talent, Arto put in a lot of brutal hard work for the Menikmati video.
A filming mission for Fully Flared in 2004. Featuring Scott Johnston, Marc Johnson, Brandon Biebel, Cairo Foster, Mike Carroll, Rick Howard, Jeff Lenoce, and Kelly Bird.
This beast of a spot has witnessed many battles over the years. French Fred revisits a few of his more memorable sessions.
French Fred takes us back in time to this famous red hubba with appearances from Arto, Rodrigo Tx, Boulala, Rowley, Machnau, Bastien, Appleyard, and many others.
We know about McCrank's skills on the stuntwood, but on this particular day with Koston, Rowley, Arto, and Sumner, he decided to grab the camera and do Fred's job.
Two 25 stair spots in the same day? Goddamn! The Lyon ollie remains one of the gnarliest stunts attempted in the history of skateboarding... and he went back for seconds!
Who else made gnarly skating look so damn effortless and smooth? Appleyard (our 2003 SOTY) was in a class of his own. Let's take a trip back to the filming of Flip's Sorry video.
Remember this hammer from our September 2001 cover? Geoff got broke off, suffering just about the worst primo imaginable. But before the pain could set in he gave it another go and the rest is history.
This is one of the best things you'll see all year. Not only are Koston's goofing abilities otherworldly, but they probably help him deal with the pressure of filming major video parts. Let's take a journey to the Menikmati days. We love you Eric!
Menikmati debuted in 2000 and marked the dawn of a new era. Things got gnarly and were being filmed with a quality never seen before. French Fred was behind the lens. Now he's opening up his archives. From Koston's éS years to Rowley's suicidal Flip stunts. Get ready.
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