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)

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

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)

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.

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

Visualtraveling presents ‘Holy Cow’ a short ten minute piece summarizing a month long journey through the chromatic & chaotic countries of South Asia. Starting of in Islamic Bangladesh while working our way through Hindu India and Sri Lanka right after Ramadan turned out to be the ideal route to exploration. While we mainly focused on gathering video footage of four wheels rotating, the desire to understand these obscure cultures sometimes leads one  becoming part it. Dying ones hair henna, riding rickshaws, or curry-overdosing… Its all part of the adventure that needs to be lived.

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

After completing a 10,000 Kilometer journey from Moscow to Hong Kong, Patrik Wallner is proud to present the continuation of the trail around the Asian peninsula with ‘The Mandalay Express’. The route from south Vietnam to northern Myanmar is followed by Casey Rigney, Geng Jakkarin, Dan Zvereff, Kenny Reed, John Tanner, Laurence Keefe and Denny Pham. This skateumenatry style shot film displays the skateboarding and adventures of an one month journey through the exotic Southeast Asia.

Kenny Reed, John Tanner and Stas Provotorov shredding their way around the visually astounding & architecturally amazing countries surrounding the Black Sea.

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner

“10,000 Kilometers” is a Skateboard Documentary of the Transiberian Railway created by Patrik Wallner. It documents a two month long journey of eleven people traveling only by trains from Moscow to Hong Kong while skateboarding the unique architecture in various cities in Russia, Siberia, Mongolia & China. “10,000 Kilometers” is not just a skateboarding film, it will cover and document the stories and entertaining adventures with detailed commentaries and Interviews. The Trailer featured here gives you a two minute insight of two month long trip. A couple shorter trailers will follow and be posted on visualtraveling.com before the release of the full length film around early 2010.

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Patrik Wallner