Invoking The Summer Goddess And Other Equinox Incantations
“Into a single river”
A bright path lies ahead…
Ever since I started riding winter has always been my most progressive time of the year. Very much looking forward to a big change in my life this year in May, I started to go out in December to work on some tricks I had in mind for a while. This year’s Austrian winter wasn’t too bad and temperatures around 0°C or wet floor couldn’t slow down my motivation. Early February the list of ideas was worked off.
For sure, there are always more ideas, more lists,… this never ends. But there are also more winters … and I’ll be out again, whatever conditions, and believe in a wheel.
Thanks for all the motivation and help Simone (+1), Tom, Markus and Alexis.
Thanks for the support HERESYBMX, PROFILE RACING, MAXXIS, VANS VIENNA, FOURPEGS BMX, VISITOR CO.
Everything happens for a reason. I met Matt Coplon (who filmed clips and edited this) through writing letters and trading tapes/records of our respective obscure hardcore bands around 1995-96. None of us knew we both loved BMX until 1998 when I mentioned coming over to Florida to enter X-Games qualifications in St-Petersburg. When bridges between the DIY HC/punk and BMX scenes took me on bridges over the Tampa Bay. A place I had only heard of through its death metal history. It’s no coincidence I’m here, I love both. DEATH Leprosy. MORBID ANGEL Gateways to Annihilation. ASSÜCK Misery Index. REVERSAL OF MAN… And now HORSEWHIP. That music scene. These bands and records. These people.
Skatepark Of Tampa. The most iconic skatepark in the world. Supporting BMX since Day 1. UNBROKEN played in 1993. If only I could have been there. Or ASSÜCK. Or any of the many 90’s shows the park welcomed.
2018, I want to see this little edit as a chance to thank SpoT for the great times and all my people in Tampa, from BMX, skateboarding and music, and in more than one case sharing these worlds. Just like flatland can inspire some street/park riding. It’s all connected. This edit wouldn’t be without taking in all of these different sources of energy and inspiration.
Love riding to death. See you next time Tampa.
Wait to Pleasure
Mexican Summer records
Matt Coplon @Profile, Brian Schaefer and crew @SpoT, Jasamine White-Gluz & No Joy, Brett Rohlfing, Lucas Porzio and Tom Sevisual.
In December 2014, I got an email from George (Manos) asking me if I would like to send a few clips to the skateboarding group known as BA.KU. (Barrier Kult) as they offered to feature some clips of H E R E S Y riders in the friends section of their upcoming DVD. Being in contact for some time and having mutual respect for what we both do, some of us filmed a few moves in 2015 and sent the material. I had been willing to experiment with some lighting for some time and thought this was the chance to do something I had not done before with video. It was not about capturing rare tricks but just playing with lighting versus obscurity and spending a few hours one night by myself in a remote 2500 square meters warehouse on top of a hill, switching all lights off except for a halo. In the end, this footage didn’t make it into the BA.KU. DVD so here it is. HALO.
EDITING : Sevisual
RIDING : Alexis Desolneux
FILMING: Alexis Desolneux
MUSIC : sunnO)))&Boris
“Blood Swamp”, ALTAR, Southern Lord Records
Special thanks to Mathias Thomer and Cosanostra Skatepark (Chelles, France) for their precious help in this project. AD