Crew Clips… This was originally going to be something quite different, more of a scene report for the FTL. Spearheaded by Isaac Lesser, we initially planned out a major photo and video feature showcasing the widespread FTL crew around the skateparks, music festivals and nastier drinking establishments of the UK. We had grand concepts, big dreams, ambition and ideas for something really special… But things often don’t go to plan when you go down that route.
Instead, then, we jumped on a plane with a few of the lads and headed out to Barcelona in November 2015. It’s the obvious choice for street riding – everyone knows this – but that doesn’t make it any less brilliant. As well as riding in the city, we also headed out to some other towns around Catalonia. After this, some summer 2016 sessions around London with Tom Milham (aka Ribs) boosted the clip count to a good level.
Although this project has turned out nothing like we intended, it’s still a solid mixtape packed with good BMX riding from a UK crew.
The highlights for me are many… Tom Milham scratching off fresh council handrail paint with a Little Devil keyring is very rock and roll, Billy Cooper somehow sending a big 360 at a metro station in rush hour is damn impressive, and then Isaac doing an absolutely massive wallride after dark at an indoor skatepark with power cut issues… That’s just mental.
Read on for some reflections with the riders…
Words, photos and video by Robin Pearson