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Eclectic squads and unexpected destinations are what we bring together, and on that front Patrik never fails to deliver. Georgia, Armenia and the tiny, disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh were traversed in search of yet more untouched spots and undiscovered culture. This area, where the easternmost reaches of Europe meet western Asia, is one of the most richly cultured and yet unexplored parts of the world – certainly so in terms of our own tribal movement which we call skateboarding.

Naturally, Plan B legend and rainy backlipper Pat Duffy was enlisted alongside Latvian stuntman Madars Apse, England’s finest, Barney Page, bohemian American ripper Walker Ryan and Russian shocker Gosha Konyshev in what must be a new benchmark in random squad assembly. Love it.

Inevitably, given the skaters involved and the visionary behind the lens, this is a superb three-parter which deserves to reverberate around the world of skating and beyond.Wallner is setting the agenda for visual standards in this kind of skate film right now and the spontaneous skating produced by new terrain and quick hits locks into that aesthetic perfectly. Really, nobody else is doing this kind of stuff today.

Directed, Edited & Filmed by Patrik Wallner
Featuring Pat Duffy, Madars Apse, Barney Page, Gosha Konyshev and Walker Ryan
Guiding and Translating by Kirill Korobkov
Photography by Alexey Lapin
Produced by Red Bull Media House

Two of skateboarding’s finest ambassadors found themselves on the prowl around the Indian state of Rajasthan during Holi, the Hindu festival of color. Michael Mackrodt and Vladik Scholz landsharked it around New Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur with an excellent wingman in Dan Zvereff. We asked Dan to set the scene for the unique Patrik Wallner skate edit above:

“Skateboarding is an activity that combines athletic endeavour with the urge to explore the cities of the world,” says Zvereff. “In some senses it could be described as an art form that evolved on a world covered in cement; what attracted us to the board all those years ago was that original experience of finding a new place where no trick had ever been done before.”

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner
Photography by Dan Zvereff
Featuring Michael Mackrodt, Vladik Scholz and Dan Zvereff
Produced for Red Bull Media House

 

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When you think of the Maldives, you probably think of pristine beaches and luxurious houses frequented by only the richest of the rich – that is, until now. Join Nick Garcia, Nick Boserio, Korahn Gayle and Jordan Trahan as they explore the magical chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, where they find a wealth of skate spots dotted around the beautiful landscape and afterwards finish the journey by the island of Sri Lanka to explore the capital city of Colombo, as well as the northern Province of Jaffna.

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner
Produced by Red Bull Media House
Still Photography by Sam McGuire
Featuring Nick Garcia, Nick Boserio, Korahn Gayle and Jordan Trahan

visualtraveling.com
redbull.com/en/skateboarding

‘The Ninja’ a short visual feature of the everyday Ninja lurking and strolling the streets of Sapporo in Japan’s most northern Island, Hokkaido.

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner
Featuring Laurence Keefe
Inspired by Billy Rohan
Titles by Phoebe King
Locations in Sapporo (Hokkaido) & Tokyo
Shot with a Sony a7s and Leica lenses
Sponsored by Ninja Lager

While the turmoil in the Middle East doesn’t seem to have an end in sight, the Visualtraveling project zigzagging around the Eurasian peninsula has somewhat concluded. Exploring the nations on the edge of the Arabian peninsula was mandatory even while Yemen was going through a coup and was swept with chaos. But considering the past ventures such as taking a ten thousand kilometres trek on the Trans-Siberian, meeting the ‘stans, turning ginger in Bangladesh, taking the Mandalay Express, circling the Black Sea, traversing Iran and the Caucasus in the Persian Version and various other smaller journeys, the dedication to explore this last pocket of Eurasia with the mysterious Dragon blood trees lurking on the island of Socotra was intriguing.

A film by Patrik Wallner
Illustrations by Phoebe King
Featuring Walker Ryan, Gosha Konyshev, Laurence Keefe, Tobias Ulbrich, Michael Mackrodt
Locations in Oman, Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon
Hosted by Thrasher Magazine (also article in the July 2015 Issue)

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I was honored with a quite sweet award from the European skateboard community, the ‘best film-maker of 2014′. Along with a trophy, Red Bull pretty much told me I can choose any place on earth and film a short piece. I scrambled through a world atlas and thought that Madagascar would be the ideal place to celebrate this award as well as explore the streets of this exotic island along the Indian Ocean with some good friends.

Produced by Red Bull
Directed, Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner
Featuring Barney Page, Denny Pham, Nestor Judkins, Wilko Grüning, Brian Dolle, Gosha Konyshev
Photography by Lev Maslov
Text and French interpretation by Kirill Korobkov

Here is Kirill Korobkov giving a short intro to our trip: Madagascar sounds a bit like something from the pages of a fantasy novel. Everyone knows that this place exists, but it’s so remote that it is almost like a myth. The big island resides on Africa’s west side and is a rare destination for outsiders, isolated by both sea and distance. In terms of the skateboarding? Madagascar just might be the perfect mix of originality, adventure, vacation and the unpredictable unknown.

 

When glancing down at the blaze at the ‘Gateway to Hell’, one has a hard time believing that this gas crater fuming natural gas is still burning, considering it was set to flames by accident over four decades ago. Turkmenistan has been a ‘stan a bit more complicated to set foot into because of its political obscurity and sensitivity towards filming and photography. Never the less, after overcoming a couple denials, I was able to enter the post Türkmenbaşy and present day Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedows’ build on white marble state. Here is what I saw on a week long trip around the country on a mandatory guided tour through my newly obtained Sony a7s. All shots are handheld and shot with a 24mm and 85mm lens. Minor color correction was added to give the short feature a film visage.

Locations: Ashgabat, Erbent, Darvaza, Köneürgench, Dashoguz, Balkanabat, Yangikala Canyons & Turkmenbashi

Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner

Titles by Jesper Lindgren

The act of running is slowly emerging and becoming a big trend within mainland China. In this autumn campaign ad from Adidas China, we gotten together with various female runners from the big coastal cities and documented their stories of why they run. Reasons varying from fitness, team work, endurance and competitiveness, such as for the Mok Chi Ling who been wanting to finish the marathon under 2 hours and 55 minutes.

Produced by Doris Yang

Director of Photography, Videography & Editing by Patrik Wallner

http://www.adidas.cn

 

It was time to upgrade while also downgrading in camera size. The Sony α7s has been a charming tool while taken along to the Baltics & Belarus. Since vacations don’t really exist for lens pointers, I stayed true to the saying and spend the last two weeks on the road testing out the camera in various lighting.

Shot on a Sony a7s with various lenses and a bit of color retouching.

Featuring Tobias Ulbrich, Stas Provotorov, Madars Apse, Kirill Korobkov and Gleb Bentsiovski
Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner
Titles by Jesper Lindgren

Special Thanks to everyone who let us crash throughout the Baltics & Belarus, Lauri Täht, Madars Apse and Yarik Zvinevich.

Fleeing the heat and humidity of the equatorial zone, professional skateboarders TJ Rogers, Ryan Decenzo, Madars Apse and Barney Page meet local ripper Farris Rahman in his hometown of Singapore to take him on a journey through Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Chiang Mai – and away from the Equator!

Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner
Photography by Florian Hopfensperger

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Some beautiful filming documents an epic trip here. These spots are so buttery it’s unreal. Includes Nick Garcia, Trent McClung and rippers that are legends in their home countries but maybe new to you like Phil Zwijsen, Michael Mackrodt & Karsten Kleppan. -Thrasher-

Filmed by Patrik Wallner & Tommy Zhao
Edited by Patrik Wallner
Executive Producing by Alexandre Deron
Special Thanks to Kenji Haruta

Right around sunset in the core of Bangkok, when the Thais and foreigners are out for their daily exercise after the daily national anthem, Wilko is playing his lovely instrument underneath a tree.

Performed by Wilko Grünig
Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner
Titles by Jesper Lindgren

Visualize Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur and surroundings (Putrajaya) in a moving time-lapse!

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner
Produced by Milda Ratkelyte
Titles by Jesper Lindgren

Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

Walker Ryan and Michael Mackrodt took to the streets of a slowly changing and beautiful Havana.
Time stands still in Cuba, as the old US cars and vast colonial mansions vie for your attention. If you’re on the lookout for a beautiful background for your skateboarding, there’s no place like this Caribbean island.

Even though the Castro brothers are becoming older and Cuban society is now on the verge of transformation, things change slowly in Havana. Videographer Patrik Wallner and skateboarders Walker Ryan and Michael Mackrodt took what may prove to be their last chance to visit the ‘untouched’ Cuba. – Red Bull-

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner
Additional Filming by Tommy Zhao

Walker Ryan has proven to the skate world that he’ll walk far from home to discover some new terrain. During the production for this five minute part, he has crossed oceans and continents filming in Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Japan, Taiwan, China, New Zealand, Germany and the United States.

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner
Titles by Jesper Lindgren

Skateboarding has once again taken us to a bizarre part of the world. Never thought we would be filming tricks in downtown Tehran, Iran if you asked me a couple years ago. Very pleased to present ‘The Persian Version’. Enjoy a journey from Iran to Turkey via the usual land transportation in our continuous trek zigzagging around the Eurasian peninsula.

Featuring Laurence Keefe, Michael Mackrodt, Kenny Reed, Tobias Ulbrich, MJ Rahimi, Gosha Konyshev, Walker Ryan, Phil Zwijsen and Denny Pham.

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner
Music Coordination by Benoit Florencon
Production Assistance by Kirill Korobkov
Illustrations by Jesper Lindgren
Director’s Assistance by Derek Flood

Production by Vice.com
Filmed by Jonathon Lim & Patrik Wallner

Produced by Kota Engaku
Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner
Titles by Dan Zvereff
Location Managing by Kenji Haruka
Photography by Iseki Nubou

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner
Produced by Milda Ratkelyte
Titles by Jesper Lindgren

The vibrant capital of Thailand is a destination not to be overseen just because of ubiquitous amount of tourists. One can easily find charming remote corners hidden besides the small soi’s and klong’s.

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner
Produced by Milda Ratkelyte
Titles by Jesper Lindgren

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Asiarooms.com has hired me over the past year to film some visual pieces throughout Southeast Asia. When the Indonesian island of Bali was on the horizon, I was stereotypically expecting the cliché of an island run by Russian and Australian tourists. Much to the contrary I was quite overtaken by the serenity.

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner
Produced by Milda Ratkelyte
Titles by Jesper Lindgren

Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

Asiarooms.com released a short visual piece on Singapore I shot for them earlier this year.Even though Singapore might not be the most exotic place, many attractions like the Sand Marina Infinity Pool, Gardens by the Bay and the Indian, Chinese and Arab quarters do define Singapore’s modernity, diversity and nobility. Go visit, but bring a wallet with money!

Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

Two minutes of the lovely vocals of ‘The XX’ parallel to the most on sync choreographed performance known as the Arirang Festival was the best I could come up with the few shots I had from my recent visit to North Korea. The initial purpose of the trip to Pyongyang was to skate the first skatepark ever to open within the hermit kingdom, but I couldn’t resist the lens pointing, especially at the Grand Mass Gymnastics and Artistic Performance, the Arirang.

Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner
Music by The XX – Reunion

Laurence Keefe chasing a wheel through Shanghai.

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

Michael Mackrodt pushing from East to West Berlin.

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

Is there a more ideal locale for skateboarding than to the teeming Kumbh Mela festival in North India which hosts what was estimated to be the world’s largest religious gathering ever recorded?

The answer is yes, probably any back alley or random village street would be more productive and doable than at this joyous, ancient gathering. At the Kumbh Mela, Gurus and millions of other assorted Hindu devotees make their sanctified bathing pilgrimage to wash away their accrued sins at the confluence of the Ganges, and Yamuna Rivers, that takes place every dozen years in the city of Allahabad.

In early February 2013, Sean Malto, Sebo Walker, Mark Suicu and Nestor Judkins traveled to legendary India. Their plan was to traverse the breadth of the Subcontinent’s core with their ultimate goal to reach the Kumbh Mela gathering. The four sought to try and demonstrate that even in the most densely populated, chaotic places in the developing world, one can indeed push forward and manage to skateboard despite the visceral challenges such conditions present.

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner
Hosted by the Skateboarding Magazine skateboardermag.com/
Illustrations by Jesper Lindgren
Music Consultancy by Benoit Florencon
Location Assistance by Poornabodh Nadavatti (Allahabad) & Moritz Meyer (New Delhi)

Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

The Cherry Blossom season in Japan usually falls around late March or early April, undoubtedly the most romantic and prettiest time to get a glimpse at the country of the rising sun. VHS put together a five day Kansai trip, consisting of Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka. Even though we got rained out for half the time, Osaka was filled with spots, beers and motivation.

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

Two short commercials shot early January 2013 with the Sony FS 700 (at 400 frames) and the Nikon 600D of the two chinese Converse riders, Keng Qu and Blackie skating/dreaming in Guangzhou and Foshan. For more from Converse China go to converse.com.cn

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

There’s no doubt that Denny Pham is one of the most talented and promising skaters in Germany. But thanks to his flawless style and a nice bag of tricks his name is also gaining weight in the rest of Europe. Denny is now rolling for Red Bull and this great edit by Patrik Wallner shows that he’s taking no prisoners. If you have the chance to see him skating in person, witness how effortless skateboarding can look. We’re more than happy to welcome him to the team! – Red Bull -

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner

Why is there such an obligatory feeling to work on ones holiday? In most case scenarios, I wouldn’t have bothered bringing and burdening myself with my new Nikon toy & its accessories on my week off. But I was going to Myanmar, a nation that I have placed close to my heart and visually strikes me as one of the most photogenic countries I have even seen.

Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner
Motivation by Tobias Ulbrich and Tommy Zhao
Music by Jean-Claude Vannier
Illustrations by Dan Zvereff

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Be taken along a Day in the Life of Laurence Keefe who has relocated himself to the other side of the planet, Tokyo, Japan.

Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

Agency AKQA Shanghai
Filmed by Patrik Wallner & Janchai Montrelerdrasme
Edited by Patrik Wallner

Not much is known to the world about the bizarre countries within Central Asia all ending with ‘stan. ‘Meet the Stans’ documents the journey of a group of various skateboarders traveling along the ancient Silk Road traversing China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Featuring Dave Bachinsky, Jimmy McDonald, Laurence Keefe, Dan Zvereff, Stas Provotorov, Gosha Konyshev, Walker Ryan, Kenny Reed and Michael Mackrodt.

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner
Additional Filming by Charles Lanceplaine, Lui Chan, Tommy Zhao
Titles by Dan Zvereff
Sponsored by Absurd Skateboards, Element Skateboards and VHS Magazine.

Built for 1 million people and currently inhabited by just a few thousand.It’s been called the Dubai of northern China, showered with wealth, packed with public infrastructure and located near to precious natural resources in a region plagued by water-supply troubles. Ordos is a ghost town located in Inner Mongolia. Seeing the potential of this city in terms of spots we decided to organize a skate trip and be the first ones to skate such a surreal place.

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Charles Lanceplaine
Additional filming by Patrik Wallner & Tommy Zhao
Music: You Me by Hamacide + Chacha
Sound mix: Gaetan Lourmiere
Logo: jmartdesign.com

The Converse China team once again embarked on a journey, this time to the northern neighboring country of Russia. While Skateboarding is booming within China, the team was looking for something more obscure to skateboard and the Far East sounded like perfect option. The only problem was that no one expected it to be freezing in April. Besides dealing with the language barrier, skateboarding on rough terrain, the gang had to get accustomed to traditional soviet style ice swimming and much more.Featuring the Converse China team, Xiao Xing, Xu Ying, Blackie, Keng Qu and Alexander Hwang.

Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner
Additional Filming by Anthony Claravall
Titles by Annie Inyong Kim

Skateboarder Magazine “We probably should have intervened when our Senior Photographer Jonathan Mehring got together with the globetrotting filmer Patrik Wallner to concoct some harebrained excursion to another third world country for a skateboarding trip, especially when they started throwing motorbikes into the mix. But as they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward, which is probably why the likes of Jerry Hsu, Keegan Sauder, Joey Pepper, Javier Mendizibal and Michael “Michi” Mackrodt were game to accompany them on this journey down nearly the entire length of Vietnam despite some of their limited past experience with riding motorbikes.”

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner

Traveling to the Hermit Kingdom is already bizarre enough, but when we heard that North Korea would be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Great Leader & eternal president, Kim Il-sung, there was no way to let such an epic birthday party slip through our hands. Laurence Keefe, Kirill Korobkov and I flew over to Pyongyang for two days to witness the madness. While skateboarding within the DPRK was our main intention, it was overshadowed by the celebrations & the ‘no sliding’ anywhere rule. The three minute clip portrays a small insight into North Korea from the 15th of April 2012.

Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner

Visualtraveling presents ‘Holy Cow’ a short ten minute piece summarizing a month long journey through the chromatic & chaotic countries of South Asia. Pushing and on board were Walker Ryan, Laurence Keefe, Michael Mackrodt and Kenny Reed.

Directed, filmed & edited by Patrik Wallner

The Thai skateboarding scene is definitely the most blossoming in southern Asia. Preduce has been holding it down for a decade in Thailand. ‘Chaiyo’ a full length skate video features the parts from Tao Kitpullap, Geng Jakkarin, Ryan Sripadaraja, Lert Saeri, Kyle Brown & Leo Anzevui. The premiere and DVD will release for the 10 year anniversary in mid February 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. Op Sudasda directed the full length and I personally spend one year from mid 2010 to late 2011 filming for this film with the team mainly in Thailand and China.

Trailer Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner
Full Length DVD on preduce.com

The Converse China skateboard team ventured up north to give their neighbor, Mongolia, a week long visit! Besides filming skateboarding in Ulaanbaatar, the troupe journeyed through the chilly Gobi Desert via camels, stayed in traditional yurts and experienced some unwelcoming as well as sketchy situations while trying to just film some maneuvers on rough terrain. “Where do we land?” features the skateboarding of Keng Qu, Thrasher, Xu Ying, Blackie, Dan Leung and Xiao Xing.

Directed, filmed & edited by Patrik Wallner.