Photo Story: Chatillon d'Azergues

D.I.Y on a grander scale.

It’s the typical small village where you’d expect to find a shitty skatepark with metal obstacles lost behind the stadium with a few scooter kids using it. It’s the kind of place where you’d think there’s nothing to put underneath your wheels.
Big mistake.
Choubi, Chaussette (Socks) and Floyd, three guys hailing from Grenoble and members of the M16 association L.P.T.B, spent more than 6 months creating this concrete gem .
Cold and bad weather conditions didn’t help but young locals and a few volunteers were always keen to give a hand.
A really tight budget but also a strong motivation, sweat and blood, were enough to move the 16 tonnes of cement needed to build the thing. Cement was made in a tiny concrete mixer. All the effort is now rewarded: the trannies are steep, coping grinds perfectly and lines are smooth.
An initiative and a project to salute : when skateboarding passioneers build, the results can only be magic.

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Mickael Clebert, Frontside Five-O
Mickael Clebert, Frontside Five-O

Mickael Clebert, Frontside Five-O

After a long winter season, Mickael uses his van to cruise and skate. He grinds a 5-O in the corner now called ‘kneecap corner’, a tribute to the first guy who tried to grind it.

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Bowl
Bowl

Bowl

Bowl overview

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Florent Bavouzet, Frontside Five-O Crail Grab
Florent Bavouzet, Frontside Five-O Crail Grab

Florent Bavouzet, Frontside Five-O Crail Grab

More than 20 years riding trannies and Flo is still the most motivated when it comes to discovering new ones.

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Corner & Pool coping
Corner & Pool coping

Corner & Pool coping

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Vincent Véglio, Frontside Hurricane
 Vincent Véglio, Frontside Hurricane

Vincent Véglio, Frontside Hurricane

We had to dry the bowl four times that day, waiting between rain showers, snowfall, and even hail. I don’t know why we kept on, but the short session we had was a blast.

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Théo Lévêque, Frontside Air
Théo Lévêque, Frontside Air

Théo Lévêque, Frontside Air

Theo is Antiz’s graphics dude and he also knows how to ride a skateboard.

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Water
Water

Water

Water, still and again…

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Robin Bolian, Frontside Tucknee
Robin Bolian, Frontside Tucknee

Robin Bolian, Frontside Tucknee

I’ve met up with Robin one afternoon at the bowl. Being more used to meeting him at international contests, it’s a pleasure to shoot a few photos during a mellow session. He doesn’t live far away, and can now unwind in steep trannies.

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Team work
Team work

Team work

The bowl is brand new and everybody wants to ride it. After drying it continually through all weathers in one day, our efforts finally paid off and the following sesh was short but intense.

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Seb Poix, Frontside Feeble Grind
Seb Poix, Frontside Feeble Grind

Seb Poix, Frontside Feeble Grind

Seb is a local who goes fast and tech. I see him at every session, he lives a few miles away and the concrete gem is perfect for relaxing after work.

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Seb Poix
Seb Poix

Seb Poix

Crappy spring in France. Cold, rainy…drying sessions have been recurrent of late.

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Laurent Vivaudou, Frontside « cho7 » Five-O
Laurent Vivaudou, Frontside « cho7 » Five-O

Laurent Vivaudou, Frontside « cho7 » Five-O

Laurent is one of the three dudes who built the bowl. He just got back from a year in Australia and brought back steep trannies with him. He knows how to have fun in his own bowl.

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Julien Bachelier, Fs Five-O
Julien Bachelier, Fs Five-O

Julien Bachelier, Fs Five-O

Spending the afternoon in Chatillon with some friends, we bumped into part of the Antiz crew. BBQ and session is on.

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Elliott Auffray, Ollie Transfer into Bowl
Elliott Auffray, Ollie Transfer into Bowl

Elliott Auffray, Ollie Transfer into Bowl

The bowl is just finished and it’s already on fire. Everything’s been done- even the transfers we didn’t expect to be conquered so early. Today, this ballsy transfer was made by Joj and Elliot within a few minutes of one another.

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