Louie Barletta Footage Feast

Ph: Gaston

Louie Barletta is a one off in the world of professional skateboarding, someone who has avoided the trends which have come and gone through our strange tribe but still maintaining respect from pretty much everyone. With a massive bag of tricks taken indiscriminately from any era of skating, a backside boneless or frontside invert are equally as likely as a hardflip over a gap or 5-0 to switch crook on a ledge – all whilst having more fun than Vic and Bob at the seaside.

The bowl cut, chin beard and dedication to mucking about can’t conceal a genuine talent on a skateboard, if anything highlighting it, and with a solid 15 years of sections under his belt we decided it was high time to put together a Footage Feast for one of skating’s favourite eccentrics. Louie’s on some fine wine shit and his sections seem to only get better with age, so browse through at your leisure and enjoy someone who never fails to remind us all that skateboarding is meant to be fun.

Footplanting, late-flipping, Morrissey-loving stoke awaits…

Maple Skateboards – Black Cat (1999)

Probably the most rail-heavy of Louie’s sections, his part in Black Cat – a late 90s classic that deserves watching in full – still showcases an eye for approaching things differently (a la the handrail to ledge grind at 1.17), floppy arms and pillaged tricks from all eras that we would come to expect. The jangly indie pop soundtrack accompanies this perfectly.

NC Boardshop – Tilt Mode! (2000)

While the Youtube clip is wrongly titled as ‘Man Down’, visible just below this clip, this is in fact NC Boardshop’s Tilt Mode! video. Comprised of mucking about, bails and sketchy makes as it is, it perfectly captures a ‘sessions with mates’ vibe.

Tilt Mode Army – Man Down (2001)

Kicking off with a homage to Steve Quintin (the besuited can jumper in Deathbowl to Downtown) and a jump ramp session, Louie goes into full on street charging mode – one foot inverts over brick bank hips, high speed uphill charging and some moments (2.30) we can’t quite put into words…

Osiris – Subject To Change (2003)

Barletta and Jerry Hsu repping the Tilt Mode Army hard in Osiris’ Subject to Change, in one of the best shared sections ever put out, skating to a classic Peter Hook bass line.

Enjoi – Bag Of Suck (2006)

Broken board lines, American Football mascots and Rod Stewart…throw in a bunch of creative, awkward and gnarly tricks and you’re onto a winner! More of an insight into this one can be found in the audio commentary version released by Transworld last year.

Tilt Mode Army – Bonus Round (2009)

Louie’s world tour takes in Andrechts on DIY barrier spots, homages to the Bones Brigade Video Show and even a beer drinking piv fakie at our own legendary Bloblands park. The reverse-the-hearse at a Catalonian classic is also worthy of note.

Ten from way back when (2011)

A few clips from a New Zealand demo courtesy of Network Skate; primo slides and slam dunks, with a bonus back tail on a gnarly looking kinked hubba.

Enjoi – Tweak The Beef (2012)

Another Hsu cameo backs up Louie’s hunt for skateable terrain of all kinds – whether getting tech with bank and ledge combos, crailblock sliding through an over vert wave or sal flipping down stairs, it all gets hit.

Thrasher – Louie’s Key to Mini Ramping (2012)

Just under two minutes of Louie charging a miniramp which should definitely bring some hype for the next session, hopefully this body of footage will keep you happy – otherwise, go out and buy a copy of Enjoi’s Oververt to see his most recent section…

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