If you didn’t already know, Adidas Skateboarding have just released their first full-length, feature skate film Away Days.
After the premieres in New York, London, São Paulo, and Tokyo, adidas also dropped a surprise 24-hour free stream on their YouTube account (generous right?). If you weren’t lucky enough to catch the stream you can download it on iTunes or using the download code that comes with the Away Days photobook. But adidas won’t be producing any hard copies – no DVD or Blu-rays – so if you want to watch it you’d better get over to iTunes.
The culmination of more than three years’ filming across over 100 cities, Away Days is an awesome achievement. It pushes the boundaries of what we expect from skate videos by experimenting with the traditional ‘part-by-part’ format and including some stunning whole team montages. That’s not to mention the soundtrack, which is amazingly well-selected – from House of Pain to Skepta to The Pixies – and includes a touching tribute to the late David Bowie at the movie’s close.
There are parts from pretty much the entire Adidas team roster. But the standout footage comes from Silas Baxter-Neal, who puts to rest any doubts about his skills that might have arisen since taking more of a back-seat in international skating recently. Seriously, his part needs to be seen to be believed and proves, once again, why he took the Skater of the Year title in ’08.
Go pick up a copy on iTunes here.