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Cliché Driving South

08.04.2015 - ExclusiveArticleVol. 02 Issue 03

Back in October 2013, Grey was invited along on one of the first filming trips for the new Cliché video, Gypsy Life, which is available on DVD starting today (and on iTunes from April 13th). Below is the article resulting from the trip, as featured in Grey vol. 02 issue 03. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Instagram accounts for some unused photos from the trip.

Words and photography: Henry Kingsford

Marseille_incidental_GREY_Henry_KingsfordMaxime Geronzi, Aix en Provence.

Chasing sunshine
Cliché is already working on the follow-up to Bon Voyage. The new video will be shorter and based around several filming trips plus a fourth Gypsy Tour. Grey was invited along for one of these filming trips this past October, split between Lyon – the home of Cliché – and Marseille, a three-hour drive south. Along for the ride were: Adrien Coillard, Kyron Davis, Arthur Derrien, Thomas Leurentop, Flo Mirtain, Ricardo Paterno, Boris Proust and Lem Villemin.

Lyon was cold and wet when I arrived. Me, Arthur and Thomas went wine tasting then the crew had an Eleventh Hour premiere at Flo’s apartment. That night everyone went out on a boat somewhere and of course the next day it was dry, just when everyone seemed too hungover to skate. But somehow Arthur, Thomas, Flo and Kyron all landed new tricks at the Gorge de Loup banks. Kyron had only had two hours sleep and actually looked quite ill, but he soldiered on, battling his trick for hours.

It was raining in Marseille, which was quite frustrating as the whole point of driving south was to escape the rain and cold in Lyon. Maxime Geronzi arrived on the train from Perpignan and some of the crew skated the mini-ramp at Momo’s new shop, Bud. Next day, we skated a block three where on a previous visit Boris had encountered some kids on mopeds who later followed the van and tried to open the back doors at a red light, hoping to grab camera bags. In terms of drama, this visit didn’t disappoint either. Some police in riot gear pepper sprayed a guy breaking into cars right where our van was parked. Shortly after, Momo asked some kids to move from a ledge Maxime was skating. They left, crossed a busy road, then started throwing stones, one of which hit Ricardo on the head, drawing blood.

The last two days were really the only sunny days of the trip and I witnessed the team in full swing. It was quite overwhelming, so many tricks being landed in quick succession and at such a high standard – it’s not what I’m used to. The new video should be really good, so look out for it next spring. Thanks to Al Boglio, Jeremie Daclin and Eric Frenay at Cliché for being great hosts and to Momo (Laurent Molinier) and Karim Cherif for showing us around Marseille.

Kyron_frontside_feeble_GREY_HENRY_KINGSFORDKyron Davis, frontside feeble grind, Marseille. Jeremie did a wallie nose wheelie at this spot in Europa. Kyron paid homage with a stylish frontside feeble grind.

Arthur_Derrien_switch_backside_tailslide_GREY_HENRY_KINGSFORD_02Arthur Derrien, switch backside tailslide, Lyon. This bank is really short and much steeper than it looks, but thanks to years of practice at Gorge de Loup, this switch backside tailslide was no problem for Arthur.

Thomas_Leurentop_GREY_HENRY_KINGSFORDThomas Leurentop, Lyon.

Flo_Mirtain_backside_kickflip_GREY_HENRY_KINGSFORDFlo Mirtain, backside kickflip, Marseille. Flo landed this trick perfectly about seven times before he was satisfied. During a later attempt, he collided with my flash at full speed, slicing open his shin in the process.

Kyron_Davis_BS_180_nosegrind_revert_GREY_HENRY_KINGSFORDKyron Davis, alley-oop 180 nosegrind revert, Lyon. It’s unusual to see Kyron trying tricks for a long time. On this occasion he was still drunk from the night before, so this complicated manoeuvre took him three hours to land.

Maxime_Geronzi_switch_backside_heelflip_GREY_HENRY_KINGSFORDMaxime Geronzi, switch backside heelflip, Marseille. This trick was the first in a long and impressive line that and was landed pretty much every go, many times over.

Adrien_Coillard_noseslide_GREY_HENRY_KINGSFORDAdrien Coillard, noseslide, Marseille. We thought Adrien was joking when he started trying to ollie between the two posts and onto this ledge. He wasn’t.