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How French Fred Innovated Filming With éS’ ‘Menikmati’

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20 years ago, skate videos were big-budget affairs that were years in the making. It was during this golden era that filming techniques that have become staples in skateboarding were still being invented. The rolling long lens is a prime example. French Fred Mortagne recalls how it came to be in a new interview with SOLO reflecting on éSMenikmati two decades later.

How did you come up with the rolling long lens? The “Frangle.”

I wanted to try to be innovative, and I also wanted to have some sort of cinematic shots, like the dolly shots in movies. After a few useless tries, sitting on my board, standing behind a fence, and creating some motion with my body and board, I figured out that a skateboard could be a perfect dolly system, without the need of anything else, except smooth ground! I started to practice on certain sessions when the conditions were gathered. But when it came to film like this for real hammers, I remember Koston telling me “you are not going to film my trick like that aren’t you?” He was scared. But I knew what I was doing, and reassured him that I praticed enough, to be in control the whole time. I knew this was a game changer. The result was epic and new.

Take a trip down memory lane here.

Image Via Jody Morris / SOLO

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Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode

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Nike SB Global Brand Manager Kelly Bird opens up about growing up in Houston, getting into skateboarding, becoming a pro, and eventually transitioning to the industry side of skateboarding.

Before he became the global brand manager of Nike SB, Kelly worked for DC Shoes and Lakai Footwear.

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Catch Up with Mariah Duran in the Latest Nine Club Episode

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Pro skater Mariah Duran has always been into sports as a young kid, she revealed in the latest episode of The Nine Club.

The goofy-footed skater from Albuquerque, New Mexico got introduced to skateboarding when she was around 10. Initially, she would borrow his brother’s board, but her mom eventually bought her a board.

She was also into softball when she was younger and basketball when she was in high school. Later on, she shifted her focus to skateboarding.

Mariah won the USA Skateboarding National Championships Womens Street in 2019, and 2021. She placed 4th in the most recent competition.

She is also a two-time X Games gold medalist for Women’s Street Skateboarding.

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Nyjah Huston Talks About SOTY 2022

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Nyjah Huston has only good things to say about his rivals for the 2022 SOTY.

In the ONSTIX Episode 108 streamed on Thrasher’s Twitch channel, Nyjah described the 2022 SOTY Tyshawn Jones as the “King of Pops” for “skating over anything and everything possible.”

He also said that Louie Lopez is just straight-up creative and had a good chance of getting SOTY for many years now.

He also commended TFunk’s latest video part.

Nyjah said in the interview that he watches almost every video that Thrasher posts, even those names he hadn’t heard of.

I love watching everyone’s skating because everyone skates differently and that’s what beautiful about what we do.

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Tyshawn Jones eventually got the 2022 SOTY title. He is one of the three double-recipients of the title, the other two being Danny Way and Chris Cole. He earned his first SOTY in 2018.

Watch the full interview here.

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