What do you do when half of your crew bails to chase Animal Chin in California?
You skate with what’s left.
A week after local hero, pro skateboarder, and X-Games spokesman Alec Majerus’ “The Alec Majerus Project” played on ABC for families nationwide, the scene he came from will premiere their vision of skateboarding at the Bleu Duck.
The movie, titled “Whats Left,” filmed mostly on a GoPro, is as underground as it gets. It documents a crew of friends going out and doing what they love. On display are the talents of Cory Distad, Cole Peterson, Jordan Garris, Daliso Chitulangoma, Donnie Chuop, Josiah Clarke, Andrew Woodward, Torre Johnson, Kody Kleber, and Collin Gaul. Ryan Schoeppner edited the film. According to Gaul, viewers should expect some never been done at famous Rochester spots. Some parts will be released for free online after the premiere, but some will only be seen at showings of the film.
Details for the event, like the particulars of the after-party, are still being hammered out. They’ll be released on Facebook when finalized. Keep refreshing this page until then: bit.ly/2f26u09.
507: Why is it important to put a regional skate film together?
Gaul: The idea behind doing it basically came from the fact that there’s not a lot of the skateboarding scene left in Rochester after all the kids kind of followed Alec out to California. We just wanted to create some hype and hopefully get some younger kids into skateboarding and really try to hype the scene as best we can here in Rochester.
507: Is that a pretty deep tradition in skateboarding? What role does a video play for the sport?
Gaul: The video just, for skateboarders, it’s going out and working to get those tricks. Skateboarding’s life lesson is basically, ‘You fall down. You get up. You try again.’ In the streets, when you’re filming, you have something that you’ve seen that you want to do a trick on, and you’ve got to fight for that trick. Once you accomplish it and get it on video, it’s just, the feeling behind landing what you wanted to do and fighting for it.
507: What was the toughest spot you guys filmed at? Did you have to show up anywhere at, like, 3 in the morning or anything?
Gaul: There were a couple spots we went to that, security was fierce, or the owners of the business that we were skating at were very non-compliant. We went out on Marion Road, or something like that, and we were skating and we got to skate it for a while. Then the sheriff showed up and he just put a kabash to it. He was not happy. He told us, this is private property and we had no business being there and he ran all of our names. He basically said that if he ever caught us back there again that we’d be pressed with charges. For skating at a spot. Not doing any harm, we weren’t grinding anything, we were just gapping* off of a loading dock. [*note: gapping means jumping over a gap]
507: Who has the film’s standout part? What’s the gnarliest trick anybody got?
Gaul: Standout part, I mean, Corey Distad is just, he’s one of the best of what’s left here in Rochester after all the kids moved out to Cali. Then you’ve got young guns like Cole Peterson and Daliso that just, they tore it apart as well.
I’m not really going to give away what the ender tricks are, but they all got some enders that are just going to be mindblowing.
507: How do you make friends at a skateboard premiere? What’s a good ice breaker?
Gaul: The best way to really do it is just going to be to recognize the hype. If you’re in the crowd watching the video and somebody lands a big trick, doing your oohs and ahhs and cheering them on and clapping, that really hypes up the person that did that trick. They’re going to be stoked on you being stoked on them. That’s skateboarding. It all revolves around hype. If you go out to skate a spot and there’s no hype, no one’s really going to do anything. That’s just how it goes. You’ve gotta keep the session lit. Hype, that’s what all skateboarders look for, people who respect what they do.