Video: Russian Skate Park Love

May 20, 2018
by BlackbirdCREW  
Views: 10,103    Faves: 122    Comments: 14


Everybody knows that Russia is huge, but not everybody knows that it is full of great riding spots. Despite high levels of corruption and lack of support of the government, there are lots of enthusiasts that push the spirit of our sport.

One of the riding hot spots in Russia is region in the south located around Sochi, dubbed Sochifornia, with a great warm climate and a huge amount of spots to ride. This is the destination that Ivan Popov (rider) and Andrey Kot (filmmaker) have chosen as the spot to shoot their video.

bigquotesI was always dreaming to have a filming trip. Like 1 bike, 1 camera, two ambitious people -- that's enough to have couple weeks of absolute funIvan Popov

They did not have any budget or exact plan but had ideas.

Evening park chill

One month exploring famous spots from all the Moscow web videos (like "The Pit" - the birthplace of Russian dirt jumping, or "Sadovniki" - pure fun concrete pool), they turned their focus on moving forward to the south of Russia, where the weather is warm during the whole year, parks are dry, and the flow is limitless.

Tobo in a concrete plaza

Oppo bar on natural terrain
Rosa Khutor is a unique place in the mountains 1170 meters above the sea level. It's only about 50 km from the Black Sea. Loaded with lots of activities after the Olympics in 2014, this place looks like a small Disneyland, with toy-building, rocks covered with snow, and lots of forests all around. That was our base for the next couple weeks. We would like to thank everybody who hosted us, helped with digging, filming or just chilled together. That was the moment that we understood the power of being part of the biking family, when the one and only thing that you need is the wish, and everything else is possible.

Chilling time between shots

Our next stop was in Adler, near the sea coast, where the "Olympic skatepark" is situated. The place was specially built to host a Russian BMX Championship, it's not the biggest park, but definitely one of the funniest. Transfers, air jumps, street sections that's all in one.


We ended the trip in Sochi - a huge touristic city that is pretty noisy, dirty but still cosy and full of XSA skateparks. After all, we felt some kind of unfinished feeling inside. Like we were glad to shoot all this stuff and put it all together in a video, but absolutely not satisfied with it.

Hand plant at a local skatepark in Sochi

Fakie frontlip in Krasnodar. Photographer -- Andrey Kot



58 Comments

  • + 41
 Man, that guy can Popov anything!!
  • + 25
 give that man some sponsors
  • - 8
flag filmdrew (May 20, 2018 at 15:42) (Below Threshold)
 YO Ivan, what's up with the duck-taped Nikes and Vans boat shoes? There are some great shoes available nowadays.
  • + 8
 @filmdrew: No future, no rich, my friend =)

Basically just had no shop in the mountains =)
  • + 0
 @Veget: wow I guess that came off wrong. whoops! keep riding man. love the fastplant.
  • + 25
 cyka blyat
  • + 4
 Biva biva
  • + 18
 Great ride and video edit. So fresh style riding. Crash section great as well Smile .
  • + 7
 for real crashes were great. the park jump straight for the oncoming biker was 10/10.

this was highly entertaining, and im usually bored to death by anything remotely technical in riding. the one handed triple bar spins were something else. fast plant front flip? noice.
  • + 13
 So sick. Best film I've seen in a while. Great work guys! #nobrakesnopronlems
  • + 13
 VOD...KA. Such an awesome edit! But seriously, this deserves a vod, haha.
  • + 8
 Turndowns never look as good on a 26 yet somehow that backflip turndown was super clicked! Amazing riding all around.
  • + 6
 Of all the places in Russia, Sochi region (Krasnodar Krai), seems like the best place to be. Warm climate, coastline and mountains in the background. Sochifornia.
  • + 26
 Thats one way of "Putin" it.
  • + 15
 Hard to Trump that pun.
  • + 3
 @cunning-linguist: well quit "Stalin"!
  • + 2
 @cunning-linguist: Just a matter of time before Trumps Putin it in May.

Superb riding in this vid.
  • + 7
 Well done boys, best vid I've seen in a long long time.
  • + 6
 Dat foot plant rodeo flip thinger was titties
  • + 6
 Was that a Fakie Frontflip?
  • + 7
 Is this frontflip or is it backflip because he's fakie'ing? I mean. If you're going backwards, you have to frontflip to backflip. Right? Well...I am lost...mind blowing !
  • + 4
 There's also a switch backflip option.
  • + 2
 @Emmartus: no no no. its a switch/fakie front flip.

Super impressive vid & bag of tricks though
  • + 5
 Bike check?
  • + 1
 Gonna drop it pretty soon! =)
  • + 4
 Double bars on fucking lock holy shit your a god
  • - 1
 you are, sorry
  • + 3
 This reminded me of some new world disorder street segments...amazing!!! Huge talent and commintment!
  • + 1
 Dope, love the vid, love the riding. Haha, that part where you hit the other dude across the box had me like oh shit for a moment.
  • + 2
 despite all the bar spinning; pegless pedal grinds are something that the mtn bike community needs more of! radness..
  • + 3
 nice video
  • + 3
 Some Sick riding...
  • + 2
 MAN THAT CRASH AT 04.00 Big Grin
  • + 1
 The amount of russophobia is underwhelming in this article. Doesn't Putin bomb nerve gas on skate parks or something?
  • + 1
 Mad props! So much respect for you guys.
  • + 1
 i needed a video like this, simply magic
  • + 1
 he Represent russian very well !!! well done bro !
  • + 1
 I KNOW u in v v c force 2008 ! you are good MTB Rider !
  • + 1
 2:07 the ramp was missing half the deck and he flipped it whatt..
  • + 1
 Good vibes for sure!! Keep killin it
  • + 1
 Backflip to manual to bar toward the end was my fav line. This was good
  • + 2
 no brakes, big balls
  • + 2
 Holy shit thats insane
  • + 2
 Awesome!
  • + 2
 Sick
  • + 1
 Greatness
  • + 1
 well good cheers
  • + 1
 Very savage!
  • + 1
 sick ride!!
  • + 1
 What a rad video!
  • + 1
 awesome
  • - 1
 Super sick riding and insane edit......I personal would have went with a different soundtrack for the riding tho
  • + 1
 sweet movie man!
  • - 3
 crazy shit....pedal grinds on a mtb just look soo wrong in so many ways! :`DDD
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