The 12 skaters that qualified went head to head in the Game of G.L.O.B.E finals that were held at the Revolution store in Longstreet, Cape Town. Check it out!
Globe have released their Summer 2016 team edit featuring Ryan Decenzo, Mark Appleyard, Louie Barletta, David Gonzalez, Chris Haslam and Paul Hart.
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.
Full name: Jean-marc Johannes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Watch Mark Appleyard’s Run & Gun part and vote for him to stand a chance of winning.
The GLOBE back to back contest presented by Globe South Africa and supported by Monster Energy took place on the 28th of November 2015 at the Mill street skate park in Cape town. This was an open contest to everyone with 10 winning spots to earn R1000 rand vouchers to spend at all Revolution stores. The best Back to Back lines over the bank to bank obstacle earned a spot to win.
Outdoor Tech gave away a new set of “The privates” head phones as a spot prize to a Young gun of their choice:
Winner – Allan Adams
The contest was a tough one to judge with so many skateboarders that came out and ripped, lines were getting one upped and kids were going bigger to get a spot on the list. Everybody was really stoked on the Back to Back idea and the idea of an open jam. We will definitely be hosting another one in 2016!
Globe team rider David Gonzalez’ “In Transition” part is so gnarly. Watch him destroy.
The history of Globe International reads like the plot of a movie that we’d like to watch. The CliffsNotes version: three bothers who are really into skateboarding but don’t want “real jobs” end up becoming the founders of one of the first and biggest skate/surf/street labels in Australia.
A guy called Jason Boulter just wrote a book called Unemployable that goes kinda like that. To celebrate its release, we hit up youngest brother and Globe CEO Matt Hill to talk about the unemployable/self-employed life him and his bros have made for themselves.
Can you explain why you settled on the title Unemployable?
Throughout the years one of us three brothers would periodically be asked, “What inspired us to start a skateboard business?” And we would half-jokingly respond, “We were basically unemployable so it was our only option.” The truth was we saw ourselves as unemployable in a more positive light in that we had aspirations to do something meaningful for ourselves, and different to the options we saw in front of us.
As the business grew we discovered tons more like-minded people with the same “unemployable” trait. And so many of those joined without formal training but they did have creative flair, ambition and work ethic that would not have been relevant in more traditional career paths. The company became a bit of a blank canvas and vehicle for those people to make their mark. As that expanded we realised this unemployable trait was the common theme for the diverse subcultures we operated in from skate to surf, street and even filmmaking.
You guys started skateboarding at such an early age. How did growing up in that scene shape you and what you wanted to do with the brand?
My brothers Peter and Stephen discovered skateboarding in their early teens — when I was five years old — and from that point on it was cemented in our household. It drove the influences in music, art, film and fashion at a pivotal time when the whole skate scene was underground but vibrant and finding an identity. At the same time it was a functional performance driven sport with equipment needs and technology developing.
The desire, particularly for my brothers, to skateboard at a time when there were no skate parks, no “industry” and a tiny scene generated amazing entrepreneurial behavior; [the desire] to create an environment they wanted to operate in. There was no master plan to create a brand, just a desire to keep skateboarding, be part of that culture and keep progressing. But after years of that experience you’ve absorbed so much creative and functional knowledge; when we came to start brands it just naturally came out in those brands and products.
What was your day-to-day life like in those early days when you were trying to get the brand off the ground?
Like all startup businesses it was fly-by-the-seat of your pants stuff. You make mistakes and learn from them, and hope you have enough ability, and good luck, to respond to those mistakes and still keep moving forward. It was literally doing everything. In those early days there was no distinction between skating, working and private life — it was just one massive existence.
What’s been the most surreal moment of your skateboarding career?
Seeing how large the whole skate scene has gotten and how it permeates all popular youth culture in so many ways. Also, how many people who came from skating have become influential and successful in the mainstream world in graphic art, film, acting or design. To think that grew from a time when we were growing up and you basically personally knew everyone in the entire country who called themselves skaters is amazing, and really special to have been part of that movement.
What’s been the biggest achievement of Globe as a brand?
Surviving! Our markets and tastes change and our challenge is to adapt, not sell out or lose our core principles and values and, most importantly, our culture. It’s not always easy and we certainly haven’t always got it right but we’re still here so we must have got it right more often than not.
How important is function versus style to the label?
Function is always the most important. We create products that embody the subculture they are directed toward whether it be skate, surf or street. Obviously at any point in our history from a style and fashion point of view those products need to be relevant and on point. However, at the end of the day you need to be able to do the activity those products align with to the highest level. If they don’t function we have no credibility. So the short answer is they must do both!
What was the process behind creating such iconic styles like the classic Globe skate shoe?
Like everything in our business it was organic. We don’t sit around with a corporate strategy and some market analysis. We see a need or demand in the market for something people, in this case skaters, are actually needing. No one was addressing the market for a true functional performance skate shoe at the time. It needed to be able to perform for modern street skating, handle impact and take a beating. All shoes skaters were using at the time were getting worn by default and mostly not specifically designed for skating. We saw the need because we, and others in the company, had the need as skaters. From there we decided to launch our own Globe skate shoes. We became part of a movement with some other companies around the same time, which really set skate shoes on a path to being a staple in the footwear world.
You were the first to bring that kind of style to Australia. Did that feel like a big deal at the time?
At the time it just seemed like a natural progression. I think retrospectively there’s always a danger that ego gets away from you and you suggest more significance or foresight to your behaviours. We just wanted to make shoes for guys we saw weren’t being catered to, and it wasn’t just in Australia but around the world. You start small with a couple of shoes, and hope it grows from there. At the time, not that many people probably even noticed — until it started growing!
Do you feel that brands like Globe and those skate styles of the late 80s/early 90s are becoming more popular again, and if so why?
Yes, we are seeing a push back to bigger chunkier skate shoes that were iconic in the 90s. I think like all things there is a fashion cycle that is inevitable. To that degree there is always a degree of good luck when your heritage is on trend. However, our goal is always to stay credible and not lose our roots so that we are in the right spot when that fashion wheel turns. After 20 plus years in shoes we have a wide range of styles and shoes but our true core will always be functional 90s skate shoes. It’s fun to see that coming back and people getting a buzz out of that styling.
Wildcard Wednesday! Globe Motleys at R299. Available exclusively from Revolution Online. Limited Stock. While Stocks last.
Wildcard Wednesday! Less 60% on Globe snapbacks. Available exclusively from Revolution Online. Limited Stock. While Stocks last.
Wildcard Wednesday! Selected Globe Motley at R399. Available exclusively from Revolution Online. Limited Stock. While Stocks last.
Cape Town Magazine just released a clip of Jean-Marc Johannes killing it around Cape Town.
Oxford Wheels Project Skatepark gets paid a visit by the Globe EU Trippin’ tour.
The Globe EU Trippin’ tour hits the Rampaffairz skatepark in this clip.
The Globe team stopped by the Marbella skatepark in Barcelona while on the “EU Trippin” tour. Check out the clip.
Wildcard Wednesday! Less 30% on all Globe winter apparel. Available exclusively from Revolution Online. Limited Stock. While Stocks last.
Chris Haslam, Paul Hart, Louie Barletta, Rodney Mullen and the rest the Globe team are trippin balls over in Europe right now. Here’s some video coverage compliments of Route One of their demo at London’s SouthBank.
Wildcard Wednesday! R499 on selected Globe Mahalo’s. Available exclusively from Revolution Online. Limited Stock. While Stocks last.
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Wildcard Wednesday! R399 on the Globe Charcoal Sierra. Available exclusively from Revolution Online. Limited Stock. While Stocks last.
Available exclusively at www.revolutiononline.co.za
Watch Globe team rider Kent Lingeveldt get interviewed on CNN.
Share the image above on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and hashtag #revolutionskatesupplyco and #globebrand to stand a chance to win a Globe voucher worth R3000! The winner will be announced on June 4th.
Globe welcomes Kent Lingeveldt to the team in this clip filmed and edited by Matthew Lesch.