It’s a long standing Leo Sharp tradition that every Easter, he’ll round up a gaggle of enthusiastic skateboarders and head off on a self-funded exploration of foreign soil.
The seeds for this particular trip were sown during Leo’s annual pre-Christmas visit to Milton Keynes. It usually falls upon Big L to initiate the “shall we go on a trip?” conversation, but from what I’ve been told, the question was initially thrown out there after a couple of Wetherspoon pints by none other than Sean Smith, who then went on to establish the Instagram group chat and round up the early incarnation of the crew.
Obviously word started to get around that Sean and Leo were organising an expedition, and it wasn’t long before the whole thing started to resemble a Motive Skateboards reunion. Sean, Rob Selley and Leo and Jody Smith were all firmly on board, and Dave Snaddon appeared keen in the first instance but then slowly vanished off into the group chat shadows over time, leaving us wondering in the weeks leading up to the trip if he was actually coming or not.
In the end he didn’t, as you’ll have no doubt deducted from looking at the opening group shot.
I’m not sure that you ever need a lengthy reason for visiting Italy, but I may as well explain why we found ourselves jetting off there. A couple of years back, myself and Jordan ‘JThaxx’ Thackeray had the great pleasure of spending a Spring week with the Crestani family – namely Luca and his wife Chiara – at their countryside home near Ancona, which is a port city on the Adriatic Sea. The spots on offer in Ancona are plentiful, suitable for the legs of our assembled crew and pleasing to the eye, the people are friendly and welcoming, the food and accommodation are both amazing and cheap…for this trip, a return visit to Italy seemed like a no-brainer. I ran the idea passed Luca who was instantly keen and suggested we hit another couple of cities along the way, then that was that – we were Italy bound.
There was just one Snaddon shaped space left to fill…and that honour fell on Chelmsford local, Martin McCools perpetual ‘employee of the month’ and recent ‘Off Radar’ subject Nick Rémon, emerging from the Essex wilderness for the first time in three years in order to come explore the skateable architecture of Italy with our random squad.
All photography by Leo Sharp – text and edit by Ryan Gray.