“We live amidst surfaces, and the true art of life is to skate well on them.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Brooklyn’s Ian Durkin teamed up with cameramen Michael Clarke, Kevin Steen and Nick Stefani to capture The Worble crew in their element. Or should I say, elements. They traveled the Green Mountain state seeking out and documenting the many surfaces that define the Vermont skate experience. StokeLab’s Mike Horn recently connected with Durkin to hear more about the project.
StokeLab: What’s up Ian? Can you fill us in on your background? How did the idea for “Surfaces” come about?
Ian Durkin: Hi. I grew up on the East Coast, went to school up at Middlebury College in Vermont. Now I live in Brooklyn, New York and work for the website Vimeo.
I really loved the refreshing approach to skateboarding that the guys from The Worble had, as well as the videos that they were putting out. So we linked up and made plans to make a cool video during the tail end of summer 2012. I shot some photos for the company Poler earlier in the year, and thought that it would be a great video to feature some Poler Stuff in, and they were into it.
The feature you guys built at the campsite out of plywood and a log — that was awesome. I’ve never thought about doing that before. What inspired that scene?
The guys from The Worble had done it before in their great video, Tree Rail. I grew up building my own rails and jumps out of every material under the sun, but I too had never used a fallen tree for a skate rail. They’re real creative fellows and we had a fun time building it.
How many different surfaces did the crew skate on? Was there a favorite spot out of them all?
Let’s see… They skated on pavement, metal and wood. Hanging out with my friend Ian Compton and the rest of the gang in the Northeast Kingdom, building the rail, playing tunes and skating was the best part for me.
What motivated you guys to create “Surfaces”? What’s unique about the skating in Vermont?
I think that skating is all about using your environment and whatever you have available to have fun on a skateboard. The Worble guys found a real amazing way to adapt to the landscape in their home state of Vermont despite its lack of pavement, and I really wanted to document that.
How long did the project take start to finish? Got anything fresh in the works?
Well, we shot it in just a few days. But it took some time to plan and then a little bit to edit. I do have some stuff in the works; I’m pretty much always working on a video or photo project.
Shout out to the crew?
No duh! Thanks Tom, Steve, Dave, Nate, Alex, Clarke, Kevin, Nick, Charley, Ian and Matt for such a fun week making the video and being awesome — and to Jackson for letting me use his great tune!
Direction/Edit: Ian Durkin
Primary Camera: Michael Clarke
2nd Cameras: Kevin Steen, Ian Durkin, Nick Stefani
Music: Jackson Lynch