12 smashing features we brought you in 2014

A look back at the highlights of our breakout year.
Axel Cruysberghs - Wallie
Axel Cruysberghs – Wallie © Switn
By Helge Zirkl

2014 was the year which saw a lot of movement in the landscape of international skateboard culture. Here at RedBull.com/Skateboarding, we have spent a large part of that time out on the road attempting to capture some of the emerging talents, new destinations, landmark events and new directions in skateboarding today. Since everything seems to go by so fast these days, we decided to pull together this little retrospective of the year as seen through our eyes. We hope you enjoy and join us over in 2015 for four more seasons of musical physics. Happy New Year from all of us here!

 

Lost in Ordos: Drifting through the Ghost City

Backstreet rating: 10
Spots rating: 7
Heavy crew rating: 7

The adventure which kick-started our series of epic journeys around the world: join an international brigade of rippers as they explore a deserted city in Inner Mongolia.

© kevin Metallier

Cuban Fidelity: Skating through the past

Backstreet rating: 9
Spots rating: 5
Heavy crew rating: 7

One of our most-watched highlights of 2014 sees Michael Mackrodt and Walker Ryan touch down in fin de siècle, Havana accompanied by pioneering lensman Patrik Wallner in a threefold feast of style.

© Patrik Wallner

Sweat And Destroy – The Panama Journey

Backstreet rating: 8
Spots rating: 7
Heavy crew rating: 7

This European raid on Panama City in central America featured three leading lights of the powerhouse Belgian skate scene in Axel Cruysberghs, Jarne Verbruggen and Kevin Tshala, as well as England’s finest Korahn Gayle. The project went on to win the “Best Movie Award” at the 2014 edition of the RideOn film festival.

© Davy Van Laere

Away From The Equator – The heat is on!

Backstreet rating: 7
Spots rating: 10
Heavy crew rating: 10

The year’s most ambitious film project was a gruelling four-leg journey from Singapore through Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Chiang Mai undertaken by Madars Apse, Barney Page, Ryan Decenzo and TJ Rogers, which resulted in a ridiculous stack of footage from pristine spots. Crazy with the heat!

© Hopfensperger

Open Water: A Finnish skate adventure makes a splash

Backstreet rating: 7
Spots rating: 10
Heavy crew rating: 8

A once-in-a-lifetime adventure for Roope Tonteri, Jaakko Ojanen and friends as they linked up with Red Bull to float a mini ramp complete with bar and sauna across a lake in Finland for a series of skate sessions never to be repeated. Jump in!

© Florian Hopfensperger

Searching for the Shade – Volcom in Oman

Backstreet rating: 9
Spots rating: 8
Heavy crew rating: 8

We linked up with our friends at Volcom to bring you this first skateboarding foray into the Sultanate of Oman. Ben Raemers, Harry Lintell, Eniz Fazliov and Daan Van Der Linden threw down power moves on virgin terrain is scorching temperatures.

© Roberto Alegria

Souvlaki Seekers – A Skate Escape to Athens

Backstreet rating: 5
Spots rating: 8
Heavy crew rating: 6

Austrian film-maker Matthias Reich orchestrated this beautifully shot feature based in Athens, Greece back in October. With a squad chosen for variety and commitment, Marco Kada, Ben Dillinger, Simon Stricker and Tobi Fleischer went all-in on what proved to be a benchmark for the Skate Escape series.

© Leo Preisinger

Coastal Business: Vladik Scholz vs Denny Pham

Backstreet rating: 6
Spots rating: 7
Heavy crew rating: 7

Contrasting the sun-soaked Californian vibes of LA with the uptown funk of the Big Apple, Vladik Scholz linked up with visual man-of-the-moment Chris Mulhern while Denny Pham rolled out with visionary auteur Russell Houghten and the legend that is Arto Saari to produce two banging edits that went head to head back in October.

© Jon Mehring

Crossing Borders: LRG Pandanavia Tour

Backstreet rating: 5
Spots rating: 6
Heavy crew rating: 9

Undoubtedly one of the best-looking skate series to hit screens in 2014, LRG’s visual aesthetic and super- tight squad ensured the Pandanavia Tour would ripple out across skateboarding culture worldwide. Featuring the sublime talents of Felipe Gustavo, Carlos Ribeiro, Kilian Zehnder, Helder Lima, Marek Zaprazny, Raul Navarro and Trent McClung it was never going to disappoint and the trail of destruction across Sweden, Denmark and Finland bore witness to that fact.

© Daniel Wagner

Last Resort: Aspotogan – A skateboard paradise

Backstreet rating: 10
Spots rating: 8
Heavy crew rating: 9

In what was perhaps our most talked-about feature of a heavy year, Red Bull gained access to an abandoned hotel in Nova Scotia, Canada, to make a dream come alive. Joey Brezinski, Ryan Decenzo, TJ Rogers and a clutch of friends put in the work to explore the cavernous space and bring you this 13-minute opus.

© Scott Serfas

40 Shades: Bobby Worrest & friends in Ireland

Backstreet rating: 7
Spots rating: 5
Heavy crew rating: 7

Keeping it leftfield, Krooked Skateboards’ Bobby Worrest linked up with skateboarding legend Brian Lotti in the Emerald Isle in the year of the former’s Skater Of The Year candidacy for a journey on the road less travelled. Joining Ireland’s very own Keith Walsh and Switzerland’s Simon Stricker to explore a hidden Ireland, the resulting film merges Lotti’s mastery of the lens and paintbrush with Ireland’s spellbinding landscape and some outrageous skateboarding in a truly unique visual project.

© Niall O'Byrne

Pushing Forward – where skateboarding is today

Backstreet rating: 4
Spots rating: 7
Heavy crew rating: 10

Our conceptual series on the state of skateboarding in 2014 took three of the culture’s hot topics and explored them with insights from the great and good of the global skateboarding scene and industry to gauge their views on where the game is headed in 2015 and beyond.

© Mike Blabac

Happy New Year from all of us here! #bestof2014