LW Mag Jean-marc Johannes Skater Profile

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He’s no stranger to the skateboarding world and with a mass of achievements under his belt, we catch up with Cape Town’s Jean-marc Johannes to chat about skate life, the year ahead and more.

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Full name: Jean-marc Johannes

Nickname: JM

Age: 25

Hometown: Cape Town

Years skating: 11

Deck setup: Almost skateboards 8.0 , Tensor Trucks Mag light 5.5, Andale bearings swiss and Connexion wheels 52MM.

Sponsors: Globe, Almost skateboards, Tensor Trucks, Connexion wheels, Andale bearings, Biogen, VonZipper, Nixon, GoPro, Outdoor Tech, vida e caffe , Revolution, Rockstar Energy Drink and The Shred Skatepark.

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Welcome back to LW Mag. How has your 2016 kicked off?
Hey guys! Thanks for having me back up here, 2016 has been great so far. I recently got an invite to my second world cup skateboarding event, Far n High, in Paris this year. I’m also looking forward to another FISE World Series following my results from last year. I’ve been given a slot on Good Hope FM/ DJ Ready D’s show at the end of each month as well, so I am very stoked and looking forward to the rest of 2016.

What’s changed in your skateboarding career since we last featured you?
My career goals for starters and next would be my sponsors. My dream hasn’t changed a bit though, going Pro is my all time highest goal as is every skateboarder, but I wanted to focus on certain events in my career rather than running every race I could possibly get in and exhausting not just myself but every avenue and resource to make it happen. So I went back to the drawing board and made few changes. It was more beneficial to focus on a few large goals like getting to compete and then qualifying in a big contest series like FISE and filming a short video for Tony Hawks RIDE channel in last year, which is the biggest online skateboarding platform in the world. My vision is clearer in terms of where I’m going and what I want in my career but it won’t be very easy of course. As of 2015, I was made aware that my Ollie from container to container that took place in 2013 was now up on a permanent display in the national museum of sport in France. This is a very big step for me and for South Africa. I have also been able to give back in my career and I am so grateful I am able to do so with my charity initiative, Fill The Gap. My initiative will also be taking a different direction this year by going back to its roots and where it all began from skateboarding, so look out for Fill The Box.

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At the moment, what are your favourite spots to skate?
In Cape Town, The Shred Skatepark is definitely where it’s at. It’s perfect, it has every obstacle you could possibly ask for and it’s the best vibe ever. Jamie O’Brien and Mike created a masterpiece.

What plans and goals do you have in place for this year regarding tours, contests, etc?
Firstly Far n High WCS, then FISE series in China and finally Tampa AM 2016. It would be a dream to compete in Street League Open and BATB. My ultimate goal is to get back to LA as soon as I can.

You have a stack of tricks that you’ve come up with on your own. What’s the latest?
The latest trick I’ve got I never exactly came up with but it’s new for me. I’ve been trying the Indy Backflip and I’ve got a bit of sketchy one, but the first in contest I landed was in my first heat at Ultimate X 2016.

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How much work goes into each trick and where do the ideas and inspiration come from?
The crazy thing about skateboarding is there’s no timer on when you’re going to land. I would think of a combo I want to get and I would try every possibly way to do it, try after try. One of them will be just right where your foot position is perfect, your pop and flick were dead set on timing and your reaction to land was perfect to the last inch. It’s either going to happen in the first 5 tries or the next 500. The real trick to it is to enjoy the struggle and never give up.

Explain the feeling of landing a new trick?
It’s an accomplishment like no other, it’s making something a reality that no one can see but you.
I think it’s the fact that you have to do everything yourself with no right or wrong way or to seek approval when you make it happen. Once you land, then that was all you. The reward of putting an idea into action and succeeding at it is something we live for.

What are your top 5 tricks that you have on lock?
Recently it’s been, Hardflips, FS flips, Flip BS Noseblunts, Hardflip BS Lips and Big Flip FS Boardslides.

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What would your perfect run during a contest consist of?
A little bit of everything I rate. Solid grinds and slides, Nollies and standard variations of them, a few flip tricks that have a lot of style to them, transition tricks, and one or two bangers.

Which skaters are going to be your main competition this year and what will it take to beat them?
I think 2016, just like every year, is going to be interesting. We can never really tell who is going to be on a roll early into the contest season as everyone seems to be really on point and focused, but at the end of it all we’re all going out there to shred, give it everything and do what we do.

Which local skaters do you look up to?
The skaters I look up to locally are Khule Ngubane, Christi Weihann and Dlamini Dlamini. They are really humble individuals and masters at their craft.

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What does the sport of skateboarding mean to you and where do you see it taking you?
Skateboarding means more to me than I previously realised and this impacted to every other part of my life. Last year it was very much entirely up to skateboarding to basically keep me going. I had no other choice but to make it everything I have because it was close to the last thing I had left. It was scary but it was more motivating than I could have ever imagined. It took me from where I live in Athlone to being a part of the world of skateboarding just by having an idea and believing in myself, to giving me a voice and telling a story that I am still busy living. It took me from the ground up more than once and it will take me further than I can even think of because it’s my passion and what I live for.

How would you best explain your style of skating?
Very street orientated, although I enjoy airs and transition. I always look at every aspect of skateboarding from a street perspective because it’s how I started.

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What are your views on the local skate scene at the moment?
It’s on an international level in my opinion and we can thank the internet for that, giving every country and small town a platform to be seen. It’s amazing to know that the rest of the world sees the latent South Africa/ Cape Town has.

You have quite the list of sponsors. What do they do for you and what do you do for them?
My skate sponsors like Almost, Globe, Tensor, Connexion Wheels and Revolution have been supporting me for years and the reason I can keep focusing on progression and filming. I am also supported by World of heroes, VonZipper, Nixon and Outdoor Technology for electronics, watches, eyewear and action cameras. Biogen have taken me on as their first skateboarder, official brand ambassador and nutritional partner helping me be my best from a fitness perspective. I have always focused on my own health and fitness as an individual and I am very grateful to be supported be the leading brand in its field. Rockstar Energy recently started supporting me with the energy to keep going!

Photos by Grant Mclachlan

 

Who Let Him In The Building: Ep. 04

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This time on “Who Let Him In The Building” Reda tries to start more beef between Almost skateboards and Enjoi while he talks to Chris (the enjoi art director) and critiques the enjoi “almost super heroes” series.

Almost Famous Ep. 23

Almost Famous Episode 23

Daewon Song, Cooper Wilt & Michael Sommer – Almost Famous Ep. 23

Daewon Song having fun in the South Bay & Almost Local Michael Sommer spends summer vacation jumping over trash cans in Oslo.

Almost Famous Ep. 20

Almost Famous Episode 20

Almost Famous Ep. 20 – Haslam Mini Ramp Tech & Cooper’s 5 1/2 Remix. Almost skateboards’ Chris Haslam and Cooper Wilt get tech on everything from mini ramps to strange log formations. Watch a new episode of #AlmostFamous right now.

Almost Famous Ep. 18

Almost Famous Ep 18

Willow’s World Remix – Almost Famous Ep. 18

In this episode Willow takes a twisted journey down the rabbit hole, AKA Willow’s brain. Enjoy the awesomely deranged skating that it produces and don’t let the big smile and loose style fool you, Willow is gnarly! This episode features some reworked footage from Willow’s World.

Revolution May Sale

Revolution May Sale

We’re having a sale in all our stores from today until 25 May!

The specials:
Buy any full price hood and get a tee less 50%.
Buy any full price hood and get a second hood less 25%.
Selected decks R499 (excluding grip).
Selected completes R599.
Selected Nike and adidas shoes R599.
All longboard completes and hardgoods less 25%.
Selected shorts less 50%.

Brands:
Fallen, Globe, adidas, Nike SB, Vans, KFD, RVCA, Almost, Hurley, Volcom, Enjoi, Verb, LRG, Cliché and more…

Store details:
Revolution Cresta, Gauteng: (011) 678 1685 / cresta@revolution.co.za
Revolution Menlyn, Gauteng: (012) 348 2959 / menlyn@revolution.co.za
Revolution Long Street, Cape Town: (021) 423 3482 / longstreet@revolution.co.za
Revolution Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town: (021) 447 6801 / woodstock@revolution.co.za
Revolution Online: http://www.revolutiononline.co.za

WHILE STOCKS LAST

info@revolution.co.za

T’s and C’s apply.

Almost Famous Ep. 9

Haslam kills it on a 4×4, spinning grandmas, Rodney ripping, and more of the craziest trick contest than you can handle – winners announced next episode.

Almost Famous Ep. 8

Daewon Song & Manny Tranny Tricks – Almost Famous Ep 8

In this episode, the Instagram #MannyTranny Trick contest winner is announced on another mixed bag of fun and crazy skating including Daewon Song, CJ Tambornino, Chris Haslam, Lem Villemin and more Manny Tranny Tricks than you’ve ever seen before all on Almost Famous Ep 8.

ALMOST FAMOUS EP. 7

Crazy Trick Contest, Haslam Freestyle, Youness Cruising – Almost Famous Ep. 7

The Almost Skateboards team put down some parking block hammers, Youness Amrani owns a handrail, and Chris Haslam sets up the new #AlmostCraziestTrick winner.

ALMOST FAMOUS EP. 6

In episode 6 of Almost Famous, we go back in time with Chris Haslam, Youness Amrani goes for a fun day of skating in his how town, and another Instagram Almost Craziest Trick winner is announced.

WILLOW WILD PUSSY

Impact “Double” is Willow’s weapon of choice, especially when he is skating big drops. The main reason he likes Impact “Double” is because they last longer while keeping the same feel as when he first set it up through the end of the board’s life.

Above is a quick line of Willow skating his Impact “Double”. Willow is in California at the moment working on a few projects. Get ready for more Willow in your life!

JEAN-MARC DOUBLE SET SESSION

Team rider Jean-Marc Johannes puts in a quick session at a double set during the making of The Unlikely Video. Jean-Marc rides for Revolution, Almost, Globe, Tensor, and Red Bull.

Filmed and edited by Grant Mclachlan.

‘MARRAKESH EXPRESS’ YOUNESS AMRANI VIDEO PART

There’s no place like home. And as the world continues to grow more globalized and culturally cross-pollinated, many of us are increasingly blessed with primary, secondary, and tertiary homes as a result of our globetrotting upbringings and divided heritages. Youness Amrani was born to Moroccan parents shortly after they immigrated to Hasselt, Belgium. While he grew up on the European continent, with frequent visits back to Morocco as a child, his primal roots remained firmly planted in Northern Africa. Having not returned to Morocco in more than a decade, he set out with his brother earlier this year to make the pilgrimage home to Kenitra and pay a surprise visit to his grandmother, who still lives there. In the process, he also planned to ride his skateboard, collect photos for the following article over a 10-day stretch on the northern tip of the African continent, and cover the road between Casablanca and Marrakesh by way of Rabat, Kenitra, and Agadir. Welcome aboard the Marrakesh Express.

RED BULL UNLOCKED RESULTS

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Congrats to Revolution, Almost, Globe, and Tensor team rider, Jean-Marc Johannes, who came third at the Red Bull Unlocked event on Saturday.

Red Bull Unlocked happened this past Saturday, and showcased some of South Africa’s best skateboarding. It took place at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa. Anyone who has skated there before knows how perfectly smooth that surface is and how good the spots are.

Final Results:
1st place – Gavin Moses Adams
2nd place – Dlamini Dlamini
3rd place – Jean-marc Johannes

Prize Money:
1st – R10 000
2nd – R3 000
3rd – R2 000
Vans Best Trick – R2 500

Photo courtesy of Red Bull

Photo courtesy of Red Bull

WINNER OF THE ALMOST UBER LIGHT

Almost Uber Light Some High Tech Shit Limited to 500 Worldwide, the Almost Uber Light is the world's most technically advanced skateboard, developed by Rodney Mullen. Enter the competition below to stand the chance to win one with R1200! Uber Light Carbon Foam Core the board within a board technology.

Congratulations to Katleho Exito Morajane for winning the Almost Uber Light skateboard deck competition!

The Almost “Uber Light” Deck is exclusively available from Revolution: revolutiononline.co.za/product/almost-uber-light/

Jean-marc Johannes tests out the new Almost “Uber Light” deck, the most technically advanced skateboard deck in the world.

Limited to 500 worldwide.

Deck inside a Deck: This was developed by Rodney Mullen and C.L Composites. After experimenting with many different layups, they arrived at a method using an actual deck within a deck. The internal carbon fiber foam deck is ultra light and nearly as stiff as metal. It acts like rebar, or a skeleton embodied by a standard 7-ply layup. It also vastly improved the lateral rigidity. The deck wears, slides, and looks like a normal 7-ply, but its lighter and has a supernatural pop last lasts far longer than any normal deck.

Balance is at the very heart of design in anything that spins, flips or flies. By reducing weight and adding rigidity (particularly laterally), the deck reacts more quickly to every movement while flipping faster and more precise.

WIN AN ALMOST UBER LIGHT

Almost Uber Light Some High Tech Shit Limited to 500 Worldwide, the Almost Uber Light is the world's most technically advanced skateboard, developed by Rodney Mullen. Enter the competition below to stand the chance to win one with R1200! Uber Light Carbon Foam Core the board within a board technology.

How to enter the competition:
1. Sign up to the Revolution newsletter, either in the top left corner of this site, or on Revolution Online in the footer.
2. ‘Like’ Revolution On Facebook.
3. ‘Follow’ Revolution on Twitter.
4. Comment below with your favourite feature about the Almost Uber Light.

Easy. Good luck!

Competition closes on Sunday 4 August, and the winner will be announced on Monday 5 August.

The Almost “Uber Light” Deck is exclusively available from Revolution: revolutiononline.co.za/product/almost-uber-light/

Jean-marc Johannes tests out the new Almost “Uber Light” deck, the most technically advanced skateboard deck in the world.

Limited to 500 worldwide.

Deck inside a Deck: This was developed by Rodney Mullen and C.L Composites. After experimenting with many different layups, they arrived at a method using an actual deck within a deck. The internal carbon fiber foam deck is ultra light and nearly as stiff as metal. It acts like rebar, or a skeleton embodied by a standard 7-ply layup. It also vastly improved the lateral rigidity. The deck wears, slides, and looks like a normal 7-ply, but its lighter and has a supernatural pop last lasts far longer than any normal deck.

Balance is at the very heart of design in anything that spins, flips or flies. By reducing weight and adding rigidity (particularly laterally), the deck reacts more quickly to every movement while flipping faster and more precise.

WILDCARD WEDNESDAY

Wildcard Wednesday

TODAY ONLY

Get your hands on the most technically advanced skateboard deck in the world, the Almost Uber Light, for R599,95! Regular price is R1199,95. Only 3 available for today’s special. The Almost Uber Light was developed by Rodney Mullen, and they are limited to 500 worldwide. This is a steal.

How it works:

1. Go here: http://revolutiononline.co.za/product/almost-uber-light/
2. Choose your size i.e. 7.75″ or 8.0″
3. Add it to your cart
4. Go to your cart.
5. Put in “uberlight” where it says ‘Apply Coupon’.

Easy! Get one before they’re gone.

Please note: This special is ONLY available from www.revolutiononline.co.za, not our physical retail stores.

INTRODUCING ALMOST UBER LIGHT

Introducing the Almost “Uber Light”, the most technically advanced skateboard deck in the world.

Limited to 500 worldwide. In South Africa, the board is exclusively available from Revolution.

Deck inside a Deck: This was developed by Rodney Mullen and C.L Composites. After experimenting with many different layups, they arrived at a method using an actual deck within a deck. The internal carbon fiber foam deck is ultra light and nearly as stiff as metal. It acts like rebar, or a skeleton embodied by a standard 7-ply layup. It also vastly improved the lateral rigidity. The deck wears, slides, and looks like a normal 7-ply, but its lighter and has a supernatural pop last lasts far longer than any normal deck.

Balance is at the very heart of design in anything that spins, flips or flies. By reducing weight and adding rigidity (particularly laterally), the deck reacts more quickly to every movement while flipping faster and more precise.

Check out the Almost Uber Light Mullen on Revolution Online here: http://revolutiononline.co.za/product/almost-uber-light/

Almost Uber Light Tech Info
Almost Uber Light Mullen Chicken

Almost Uber Light Rodney Mullen

Almost Uber Light

INTRODUCING IMPACT PLUS

The Dwindle camp is coming out with some amazing stuff. Impact Technology is proud to announce a new construction, Impact Plus, the newest addition to its family.

The original Impact Support construction consisted of two carbon discs embedded on the truck-mount to prevent premature breakage among other benefits. Impact Plus has the two over truck carbon discs, PLUS a die-cut top laminate. The additional carbon insert strengthens and helps maintain board memory, extends board life, and retains the pop longer.

NEW REVOLUTION ONLINE STORE

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The new Revolution Online store is now live!

www.revolutiononline.co.za

Current specials:

Get a Verb, Killer, or KFD hood for R399,95, or two for R599,95. Simply choose two hoods, add them to your cart, then put the coupon “hoodspecial” into the coupon field in your cart.

Other specials coming soon!

Revolution Online currently stocks:

Fallen, Brixton, Iron Fist, Globe, Vans, Killer, Verb, KFD, Almost, Enjoi, Darkstar, Brigada, Deathwish, Dusters, Mystery, Speed Demons, Tensor, Threat, Zoo York, and tons more other brands that will be consistently added to.

Information about the website:

– Brand spanking new Revolution logo and branding.
– The website is responsive, so you can browse the site easily on your desktop, laptop, iPad or smartphone.
– Orders are now processed through PayFast, so you can pay securely via credit card or electronic transfer.

The site is going to be constantly updated with products, specials and other stuff, so make sure to keep coming back.

Get your fix of Footwear, Clothing, Headwear, Accessories and Skate products online now!

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TECH SESSION PHOTOS

Last weekend at Salesians was the Tech Sessions competition in partnership with Woodies Ramps, Red Bull, Revolution, Almost and Globe. There were 60 skateboarders of all ages that competed in the divisions as well as a good support crowd that came along to watch the comp.
Jean Marc hosted the event and forced the skaters to really push themselves. The skaters were expected to do a 3 – 4 skate run using the ramps and obstacles in the course. Jamie from Woodies Ramps also did a great job at making some additions to the set up at the park. Well done to all the skaters that competed!

Thanks to Nebula for the write up and photos. Have a look at their site for more pictures over here.

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