Paris Days 2000 by French Fred.
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So after the chaotic week spent in Barcelona, we flew to Paris. Because we went to the french
capital ahead of our schedule, it was tough to book a hotel. We could only find one that was so
great. The rooms were small and smelly. After not being stoked in Barcelona, I thought this
could ruin even more the vibe of Koston.
In my memory, Rick McCrank stayed the whole time with us, but when going through the tapes
again, I realised that he just skated one day with us. I don’t remember why he left early. The
two soldiers left were Koston and TX. We didn’t hit so many different spots, and instead went
back couple times to the same spots.
At le Dôme, Koston had a rough time doing his Bs 5-0 grind on the famous kinked hubba. The
run-up is very short, and the ground rather slippery, because of the extra smooth marble. Eric
played a mental game with the spot, but eventually won. Stéphane Larance joined us on few
sessions. I invited him to come, as we were good friends. We filmed a lot together in the
previous years. I might be wrong, but I think Stéphane was on éS in France few years before,
with Luy Pa Sin. For the story, I did film for the éS video, back in 1998, for what turned into an
abandoned first attempt of the video, way before I got the job to do it. I filmed with the 2
frenchies, we collected good footage, we sent it over, and the video was cancelled. But my
tapes disappeared, and never saw them again. I don’t even remember what we filmed. For now,
it is lost forever, but I always hope for the tapes to somehow pop up again some day.