The BIG One, a THS film premiere

The Homies have been itching to put out a full length film for while. The content that we had been throwing up to our Youtube channel (THS – The Homie Skate Media) had been smaller clips with good content, just a bit of skating here and there but nothing BIG.

Tyler added me into a group chat one Friday afternoon, little did I know, the boys had planned a huge trip. We spent four days hopping the gulf islands hitting several spots, that our Filmer Jake had picked out on Google maps. The plan was set; Salt spring Island, Vancouver Island, then film clips of the local roads that we grew up skating. This trip was bound to be Big, the production, bound to be one for the books.

The Skate trip started out like most do, an afternoon ferry ride out to our first island stop, Salt Spring – accessible by drive on ferry. The boys were locked and loaded, with boards in the trunk, and fresh thane to burn! We were stoked.

There was something about the mystery behind the spots that had us itching with excitement. We couldn’t wait to shred the spots that Jake said “Google maps doesn’t do justice.” This is normally a good thing when you’re heading into unknown hill territory.

The trip was over all an amazing time. The hills were beyond belief. Even sitting here writing this takes me back to some of the spots wanting take better lines and huck even harder. We Camped, hung out, drank, ate, and went full send. Confidence in our minds and the knowledge in our feet, we knew what we were doing.

A serious conversation needs to be had around the reason we film the way we do. The dangers associated with filming long-boarding are possibly some of the greatest of any sport in the world. Followed by a car two feet off your ass, we attempt at putting the viewer right into the shoes of the rider. Some adrenaline filled viewing, for an inspiring content base, someone looking at getting into downhill would be scared silly. We talked maybe changing the style of filming for this video, arranging stationary shots. We added some, for variety but we decided to put raw runs in because it all went to the ground when we saw these spots. Steep, deep apexes, pasted on mountainous country sides, we knew for a fact that anyone watching our full length was going to be doing one thing – sitting there in awe. This is the top tear performance of Vancouver riding: styling fast down every hill, adding grace to everything by slowing down while standing up.

The Homies Skate does not encourage the use of follow runs, nor do we think it’s a good idea, but for us it was the best way to put the viewer into our shoes and see what downhill skateboarding is all about.

The new content we plan on broadcasting will show a variety of shots and give more knowledge on how to go about trying the sport safely. Look forward to this in the future. We’re brainstorming some good stuff to run down the tube.


HERE IS THE FULL LENTH, ENJOY 

 

Amsterdam Skateboard bowl

Arriving in Europe the natural thing to do,  I felt, was to head to a skate park. After meeting up with the Australian’s, we cruised on brick roads, and over cannel bridges to a freshly painted Marxinstraat skate bowl.

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Bowen Island; three man mission into the fog.

2018_0103_112050002018_0103_11274900Jake Nick and myself headed out to Bowen Island last week doing a video shoot for Original. The fog trapped us in for good portion of the day. We ended up getting a couple of dry shots but it was super fogged out, and really wet, for a good portion of the day.

I had my FujiFilm the whole day, getting Nick to snap pics, but I also got behind the lens, and took a couple through the day.

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Croatia, Prementura’s atriatic sea

After riding hills in Slovenia for a few days, checking out the Socha Valley, Nanos and the surrounding area’s, Mihael decided he was going to show us the atriatic sea in Croatia. We rallied our crew, camping gear, no boards. 

We drove for a few hours, through Slovenia, then into Croatia, crossing the boarder. Once we got into the camp area, tents got set up, and swim suites got thrown on, then off to the water we headed. Mihael had told us on the drive that there was a cliff jump spot to check out, Emily and I were super keen to check it out to go for a jump or two. Once we got there, the cliff was around 60 ft tall, definitely jumpable. Emily, with a broken toe, about 2 weeks fresh, stepped up before me, the sangria finished moments before was the liquid confidence she needed to send it. She jumped and landed it. Stoked, she hopped back up the rock to giver again. I jumped and followed her back up. One more time, with me jumping first she followed me shortly afterwards, this time she was not too lucky with her toe. She hit the water and was ok, afterwards when she hopped out the toe was soar and the sun was setting. We all sat on the rocks, chatting about nonsense, watching the sun set.

The next day, after waking up fully, we decided we would rent a boat. Breakfast was sandwiches and crackers, we hit the water an hour later.  Our boat was an open top, with a dodger, and 5 horse on the stern. Benjamin, and Sabrina where in our boat, and Mihael, Nadia, and Emily where in the other.

The day whittled away, putting around small islands, snorkeling at each spot we chose. The blue water popped against the green alge, schools of Mediterranean fish swam by the rocks as I free dove. After, we putted into a cove with a bar in it to grab some beer. Chatting about the downhill scene, as longboarders do. We cruised back later to the camp site, we chilled out and recover from the insane sun burn.

 The trip was well worth the time and effort. Croatia’s coast line was one for the books.

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