Photo Story: Chatillon d'Azergues

D.I.Y on a grander scale.
By Greg Poissonnier

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. © Guillaume Ducreux
Bowl
Bowl
Bowl Bowl overview © Guillaume Ducreux
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. © Guillaume Ducreux
Corner & Pool coping
Corner & Pool coping
Corner & Pool coping © Guillaume Ducreux
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. © Guillaume Ducreux
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. © Guillaume Ducreux
Water
Water
Water Water, still and again… © Guillaume Ducreux
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. © Guillaume Ducreux
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. © Guillaume Ducreux
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. © Guillaume Ducreux
Seb Poix
Seb Poix
Seb Poix Crappy spring in France. Cold, rainy…drying sessions have been recurrent of late. © Guillaume Ducreux
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. © Guillaume Ducreux
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. © Guillaume Ducreux
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. © Guillaume Ducreux
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