There are tons of skate occasions occurring all internationally each summer time, most of that are blown out at this level. When it comes right down to it, they’re all just about the identical. They find yourself being a gathering of a bunch of degenerates and vacationers who come into city seeking to trigger a little bit of chaos and watch some skating, however that’s by no means the case with Vladimir.
Arriving in Fazana, Croatia for the primary time, we had no thought what to anticipate. The tales had guided our expectations to some extent, however all of them sounded so mystical and appeared like such fantastical folklore. Normally, worldwide movie festivals are hosted in resource-heavy cities that provide many facilities to their company. Fazana breaks the mould, internet hosting a whole bunch of skate boarders from throughout Europe (and past) in a small fishing village for the Vladimir Movie Competition simply because the vacationer season involves a detailed. The time period DIY will get thrown round so much, however this occasion is really a Do It Your self affair. It encourages each visitor to make buddies, work out the place the subsequent venue goes to be, and plan forward for late-night drinks earlier than all of the shops shut at 11:00 pm.
Except for the various movie premieres, there are different deliberate actions, like a zine-making workshop, skate trivia evening (which bought fairly aggressive), and even a ship experience to a close-by island as soon as frequented by President Josep Tito. There was additionally all the time the choice of doing your individual factor, whether or not it’s catching a bus to Pula to skate road spots, getting excessive and hanging out on the seashore all day, or trying to find hidden photograph exhibitions all through the village. Skaters of all ability ranges and trade involvement had been multi functional place, having a good time and appreciating every others’ roles on this hodge-podge collective that’s “skateboarding,” exploring and highlighting the entire coolest nooks and crannies of skating worldwide.
Earlier than you go to Vladimir your self (you will need to), pack your most fly rain jacket, a camper’s mindset, and a small pocket book to doc all of the recollections you would possibly lose whereas partying at Kasarna. See you there in 2023.
The house of the pageant, Fazana, is a small fishing village on the Istrian coast that often hosts older German vacationers seeking to chill out and soak within the solar. However for 4 days in mid-September, it turns into overrun by a whole bunch of skaters with skate movie premiers throughout town, artwork exhibits, workshops, and all-night events.
Friday evening’s movie premier was within the decaying Fort Forno from World Warfare I. Across the fort, you’re simply free to roam. There have been folks climbing on the rock partitions, like 50 toes up. It was like “enter at your individual danger,” nevertheless it was completely managed chaos. All these drunk folks watching skate movies and on the perimeters of the buildings, with two-story drops, but all of it labored out.
Kasarna appeared like a DIY bar to me. It was the after-party spot and folks would skate the ramp and there would have dance events. It appears to be like like a clubhouse with a mini ramp in it. It’s in a cement shack in an empty discipline behind an enormous grocery store. It’s simply there. You’d suppose it was deserted.
One evening we had been skating the ramp fairly onerous and we had been all doing doubles. Throughout one run, two guys did blunt kickflip fakie on the similar time and everybody stormed the ramp. That was the ender.
At Kasarna they performed typical Euro electro. Japanese Europe although, so that you’d hear dance music from just like the 2000s or ’90s after which a Rage Towards the Machine music.
Rakija is their drink in Croatia. It’s like distilled brandy, this clear alcohol, and it’s tremendous sturdy. It’s like fireplace water. Each place has its model of fireside water and anybody who drinks it’s simply gonna cringe. There was positively a variety of that going round whereas we had been dancing.
We took the ferry over to Brujini Island. We didn’t go to it however somebody mentioned there’s a well-known James Bond home. The island was once a summer time trip spot for a former president of Yugoslavia, Josep Tito. He had all these unique animals that had been gifted to him from different world leaders that also stay there.
The island has crystal-clear coves, Byzantine ruins, and a steady with an Indian elephant and a dozen zebras and llamas. Right here’s a kind of Zebras.
DIYs are all the time actually intimidating. I’m actually impressed that they exist and I believe they’re rad and I’d be stoked if I used to be in a spot that had one however should you simply present up you need to get used to it. When you stay there you understand each nook and cranny, particularly should you’re anyone that was concerned in making it. It has further that means to you.
Normally, my entire expertise as a skater is simply being intimidated and embarrassed about fully sucking each time I ever attempt to skate a DIY [laughs].
The pageant has comparable vibes to the massive European summer time contests, nevertheless it’s not even near a skate contest. You may skate the DIY, nevertheless it’s all about skate movies. You will get drunk and watch skate movies and the subsequent day you don’t must be like, “I’m too hungover to skate.”
Kirill Kobkov’s secret photograph present is an annual occasion. You must comply with a scavenger hunt for clues all through the city as a way to find it in some surprising place. This was his present from 2019, nonetheless hanging in an deserted electrical constructing by the seashore that you simply needed to enter by climbing by way of a window. It was additionally the positioning of the second clue for his present photograph exhibition someplace in Fazana.
Whereas wanting in one other deserted constructing behind the DIY for Kirill’s secret photograph exhibition, we stumbled upon our personal photograph exhibition that accompanied our Saturday evening movie premiere for a Salad Days Pakistan journey, “First Push”. Photographs by Holla Zack and myself.
I’ve recognized Patrik Wallner for a very long time. He’s the mellowest individual I’ve ever met, and he’s been in a number of the craziest conditions and locations on this planet. We’ve gone to Madagascar, Kazakhstan, in all places… however on one of many journeys I didn’t find yourself going to, they bought invited to a warlord’s home in Afghanistan.
He’s type of a nerd about geography and historical past. He’s not simply going to those locations to get wasted or do bizarre shit, he’s like genuinely within the place and the geopolitics of all of it. He would invite folks on the journey and be like, “It’s a dry nation, should you wanna drink, you received’t be capable of drink for 2 weeks, I hope that’s okay with you,” which isn’t for everyone. Everybody occurring the journey assumes duty for themselves and their actions will have an effect on the entire crew in a variety of these locations.
On the movie pageant, he had a photograph exhibit from his time in Hong Kong alongside along with his “Paper Trails” origami. It was all on show on the bocce ball alley the place he additionally premiered his new quick doc on Cuban skateboarding, El Flujo.
My pal John Dahlquist is the Vice Principal of the Bryggeriet College in Malmo. The college is for skateboarding but additionally encourages filmmaking and all the opposite elements of skateboarding. He introduced the graduating class with him to the pageant and was chargeable for all of these 18 years olds [laughs]. One of many youngsters in that graduating class made a skate video referred to as Commencement that confirmed all of the skaters from that class. It was an actual road video, like a neighborhood skate video from Malmo. It additionally had clips from alumni like Deedz Galasso, Ville Wester, and Oski.
The Vladimir Movie Competition could be very Euro-centric and it’s a really well-kept secret. I bumped into some folks I do know, like Connor Kammerer, and so they had been like, “I got here right here 5 years in the past and I’ve been coming yearly since then!” Whoever I met had made a degree to come back again right here.