Another strong edit from Russia by Dmitry Kononov. You might wonder what “Karelia” could be meaning? Well, say no more:
“Karelia, the geographical area of North-West Russia – or as some call it, the ‘Scandinavia of Russia’ – is on the Finish border and is renowned for its forests, lakes, swamps, rivers and fresh summers. But how good is it for skateboarding?
Vans Russia’s Eugene Nikolaev was born in Karelia and this is where he started skateboarding. His plan to visit his hometown with the team fell perfectly during the moment the pandemic closed all the borders and international traveling became mission impossible. Thanks to decent weather, endless daylight and proper tour guiding, a week-long expedition up north with 20+ people resulted in an unforgettable experience and a solid tour clip.
Rough spots of Petrozavodsk and Kondopoga that had been shaped by Soviet architectural traditions and harsh winters provided a unique terrain for improvisation on skateboards. Vans Russia’s main team mixed with national flow riders and legends helped turn this edit into one for the books. Eugene Nikolaev showed us Karelia and now we want to show it to the rest of the world.”
You might have heard that we are big fans of the Absurd Skateboards videos from Moscow. For the latest one, they went to Sochi, a city that isn’t strange to us either. This time they brought Phil Zwijsen along as a special guest.
“It was closer than Barcelona and cheaper than California.”
Feat.: Gosha Konyshev, Pasha Kuznetsov, Dima Rodionov, Phillpp and Dilip Kharel, Vova Pavlov, Victor Terentyev, Tolya Titaev, Phil Zwijsen and Leo Lukin.
We are big fans of Absurd Skateboards, as you might have already figured out. Is this the first skateboard wedding tour video ever? Absolutely amazing. All the best to he wife and to Kirill Korobkov, the always traveling nice guy.
It is definetely no secret that we are big fans of Absurd Skateboards and their videos and yet there is another one from Russia’s finest board brand. This video features Gosha Konyshev, Dima Rodionov, Vova Pavlov, Philipp and others skating a region around Moscow known as “The Golden Ring”. Filmed and edited by our friend Barabakaa:
Absurd skateboards and Vans Russia team rider Vova Pavlov filmed this little part out in Kyrgyzstan. In places like this, it is not as much about the tricks as it is about the challenge of finding good spots to skate. Which seemed hard, as you’ll see in the first half of this clip but Vova managed to find some pretty good spots in the end.