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Золотое кольцо / the Golden Ring

Nov 2016 by Route One

We really didn't know too much about this clip, featuring a cast of unknown (to us) Russian skaters tearing up unseen Russian terrain, that first appeared online a couple of weeks ago. So we did a bit of research!

Absurd Skateboards, the company behind the video, is one of the longest established brands in Mother Russia. Started by photographer Lev Maslov and skater Gosha Konyshev they, in their own words, "Don’t take skateboarding too seriously, it’s just absurd." 

A quick google search tells us "the art direction of the brand is influenced Pasha Kuznetsov, who has been riding for the brand since day one. With the weird state of Pasha’s mind, Absurd graphics look like nothing else in the game. The ironical approach towards skateboarding and life itself is reflected in Absurd videos and products. Absurd is inspired by Russian culture, truth, originality and having open mind to exchange with the rest of the skate universe. Absurd team is a “boy band” crew, looking forward to skate spots all over the world, living absurd life."

So, now we know a little about the brand, let us tell you a bit more about this clip - it's bloomin' great! Proper raw skating, zero pretentious production value and a group of mates that seriously rip. Regardless of language, you really can't go wrong with that!

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