Feeding The Need

Looking To Feed The Need, The Osiris Crew Got The Bulk Of The Job Done In Barcy.
Words by Mike Fitz
Barcelona. We set out in pursuit of leisurely skateboarding, where the spots are plentiful, and the tricks come easily. The team was hoping for sessions where the atmosphere alone can motivate you to grab your board and make it happen. Our course of action was a one-month stay in the beautiful skate paradise of Barcelona-we were looking to Feed The Need. With the Osiris team divided into two groups for two-week stints in a lavish apartment decorated with an overabundance of antiques and knickknacks, and a complete lack of sleeping options, we were ready to take it to the streets. Both crews skated in between daily downpours and tried to maintain sanity through a language barrier, a few stolen wallets, and an overall lack of personal space. These are the trips lifelong memories are made of. The following pages contain a firsthand recap from the team’s experience as they skated some legendary spots and shared a few laughs.

Corey Duffel
Is this your first time visiting Spain?
Yeah.
How was your experience in Barcelona compared to other places that you have visited?
Actually, it wasn’t the best since I had a broken foot and we had to walk everywhere. I’m a fat, lazy American-I hate walking! I didn’t think the food was as good as other places I’ve been. Barcelona was neat, skate spots were pretty awesome, and it was really rad. But I’d rather go back to China or Australia.
You got hurt pretty early during the trip but still managed to get stuff done. When you go on international trips, do you take it easy in the beginning and turn it on toward the end?
I normally just want to skate always and get tons of stuff going. But with all the walking and train hopping, I’d be too tired and lazy by the time I got to the spots. I like to save some tricks for the end of the trip. That way I can think about it and be ready to skate it. But I got hurt and didn’t get to handle the business I wanted to. I seem to just go with the flow always. I’ve found out it is much easier to just agree with others and stay
mellow.
Is food a problem for you when you travel overseas, or do you just find the local fast-food burger spot?
Hell yeah! I can’t stand eating in other countries. Five bucks for a small, warm Coke-that sucks. The portions are small and way too pricey. I ain’t trying to hate on Spain or other places, I just like America and I like the way things are over here. Fast food all night and everything is really convenient. Normally I never have a problem, but for some reason Spain was wack with the food. Gyros are the best route, for sure. Pretty tasty.
I remember when we were at that spot with the yellow tile banks and you ollied into that sketchy hill bomb through the poles. It seems like spots like that you don’t find ever yday. What was the best spot you skated out there?

Damn, dunny, that spot was buttery. Bombing down stuff is always the best I think. It gets me hyped, just a real cool time. That’s the one thing we’re lacking out here in California, good bank spots. They’re always a pleasure.
If you had one draw back about Barcelona what would it be, and do you think you’d like to go back?
I need to get back there, there is so much stuff I want to skate that I didn’t get a chance to. And I think I’d like to stay in a different part of town, not so far away from everything. I would rent a car. I like to drive-the Metro is overrated. Like I said, I’m a fat and lazy American. I’ll be back to Spain though, some of those spots are amazing and it was a really good time. I know what to expect now, so I’d make things better for myself. Also, when I go back my foot will be healed. Being broke off always spoils a good adventure.

Diego Bucchieri
How long have you lived in Barcelona?
Three years, but I’ve been going there since 2000.
Did you mind driving the rental car thrghout the city and in long-distance filming missions?
Not at all, it was fun driving all the guys around, especially when we all got footage.
How often are you approached to be the tour guide when friends come to visit?
Ninety-nine percent of the time.
What’s your favorite spot to shred without filmers or photographers?
Parallel, Sants, and the ledges with flatbars. Cruising down the city is always good too.
How many more years do you consider Barcelona being viewed as the “The Skate Mecca”?
Not for too long, but I will still skate there because it’s fun.
In your opinion, what’s the best city to skate?
Barcelona. I heard China is great as well, but they don’t speak Spanish there.
Are you getting burnt out on the spots in Barcelona?
Never. When I get tired of one, I’ll move to the next one.

Clint Peterson
How many times have you visited Barcelona?
I think this would be my fifth or so, I’ve lost track. I still speak restaurant Spanish. I’m so typically American I can hardly stand myself.
Are there particular spots you wanted to hit this time but never ended up skating?
Yes, there are too many spots to hit up in just two weeks. I reckon you’d need about two years to hit all of the spots, maybe even more time.
How many visits to Bar Monolo, the local skate bar, does it take you to realize Barcelona is not all that different from Los Angeles?
I wish bar Monolo was in L.A., or maybe I don’t. I guess the fact that it’s not makes it Bar Monolo. I like Flamingo Bar, but it burns your eyes with the smoke situation.
What happened the night you decided to help a damsel in distress and act as a guardian of the streets during a nighttime purse robbery?

One night nobody would go out with me and I was riding my bike around Ramblas. I heard a woman scream, then seconds later I saw a lanky Moroccan running full speed with a purse. Next thing I know I ditched my bike and I’m diving at this dude tackling him to the curb. I wasn’t able to keep his slippery, thieving ass down too long but these other guys who were chasing after him caught up and pinned him down until the authorities arrived. It felt amazing-the adrenalin high riding back to the crib was intense.
What was going through your mind as you detained the thief?
I can’t recall. I didn’t actually detain him-I just got the tackle!
Did the accosted woman reward you for your good deed, monetary or otherwise?
No, it was too hectic. I heard her speaking what sounded like Dutch. She was hyped to get her purse back. My reward was the bike ride back to our apartment and the story that can be told for years to come.

Gailea Momolu
How many times have you visited Barcelona?
I’ve been to Barcelona around eight times.
What are your favorite spots to hit every time you return?
That would have to be MACBA because it has the best flatground ever. I also like Sabadell, the flatbar on top of bench spot.
Were there any particular tricks you were hoping to get for your video part you were unable to due to heightened security or police?
There were tricks that I wanted to get, but yeah, the cops kept on rolling up. I can definitely say that with all my trips to Barcy, this one involved a lot of cops giving us the boot.
Did you prefer to stay at a friend’s place versus the Osiris apartment?
My friend lived down the street with an extra room. I couldn’t turn down a bed versus sharing a couch with Stu (laughs).
What amenities did Fernando’s place offer?
My own room and bed, phone and Internet, and it was really close to the Osiris spot and that was the coolest part. I could skate down the street and be ready to go.
Any other countries you plan on visiting?
Austria. I’m going there in a couple of days. I’m in Valencia, Spain right now on a Darkstar tour. I can’t wait to go back to China, though. I’m trying to hook that up right now.
What’s your dream destination?
This place in China that Anthony Claravall told me about, it’s a place where all the marble in the world comes from, so that sounds like a good time. I wouldn’t mind going to Dubai or on the road with Kenny Reed for a year.
What are the main differences between China and Spain?
The people. Everybody is nice and happy in China. It’s a safe place. You can leave your backpack on the ground and not worry about it getting jacked. You can walk around by yourself and not get jumped.
Would you consider China to be on top of the must-visit list of countries for traveling skaters?
It’s cheap. There are tons of spots. You don’t really get the boot from anywhere. You just have to know where you’re going, though-that’s the catch.

John Rattray
How many times have you visited Barcelona?
I’ve visited Barcelona on four prior occasions.
What set this trip apart from previous missions?
The baroque decor of the nineteenth-century apartment we rented.
Did the recent crackdown from police and security put a damper on the fictional skate free-for-all Barcelona is rumored to be?
I feel that the police still have worse things to deal with and are probably still too underpaid to really care about skaters. I do, however, think it’s a good thing if the skate community maybe lays off Barcelona a bit for a couple of years. I heard tales of 40 kids turning up at MACBA on a bus from Germany, and a recent pro team trip was rumored to be 30 heads strong. I mean, come on, that’s just plain rude.
Favorite Spanish cuisine?
It would have to be Raquel’s fried fishes at Bar Tio Pepe in the Guinuetta barrio.
Did you prefer to cook at the apartment, or go out nightly?
A healthy balance is my Libran preference.
What is your strongest memory from the night you decided to drink the “Blood Of Heavy”?
The flight reflex kicking in at around 2:00 a.m.


Garrett Hill
Is this your first time going to Barcelona?
Yes, I’ve never been to Barcelona before. I’m sure of it.
How does Spain differ from other countries you’ve visited on skate missions?
Having a population of 1,510,000 people, I think they’re more accustomed to seeing skateboarding out there, so we weren’t completely foreign looking.
What’s a necessity for traveling long distances?
Copious amounts of cotton candy, a customized fanny pack that perfectly houses marbles, and a paperback book on quantum physics.
In Barcelona it seems like there are still new spots popping up. What was your favorite one you skated while you were out there?
Skating to the Metro was probably my favorite part. You can’t skate on the sidewalk because it’s all cobblestone, so you’re forced to skate in the street where everyone drives like Cruella de Vil. It was like Frogger every time we left the apartment.
Despite it raining a few days while we were there, do you think Barcelona was as good as you were promised? Would you like to go back in the future?
I’ll go again as long as they still sell Calippo.

James Brockman
Was this your first time in Barcelona?
Yeah. It sucked!

What were the highlights for you being out there besides skating?
Going to the bar underneath the apartment.
I remember bombing that hill from the ledge over gap to that huge matchstick structure being so much fun. What was one of your favorite spots you skated out there?
MACBA-bluntsliding on the flatground at night.
Somehow you and me would always end up at the Dow Jones bar to play pool toward the end of the night. How important is it for you to unwind after a long day of skating when you’re in a different country?
I like to unwind with a couple beers a night. I think it’s always important on long trips.
Do you think you would like to visit Barcelona anytime soon again?
Yeah, for sure, but not anytime soon.

Shuriken Shannon
So was this your first time to Barcy?
Yep, first time. Sh-t is crazy.
It seemed like you were having a bln China that Anthony Claravall told me about, it’s a place where all the marble in the world comes from, so that sounds like a good time. I wouldn’t mind going to Dubai or on the road with Kenny Reed for a year.
What are the main differences between China and Spain?
The people. Everybody is nice and happy in China. It’s a safe place. You can leave your backpack on the ground and not worry about it getting jacked. You can walk around by yourself and not get jumped.
Would you consider China to be on top of the must-visit list of countries for traveling skaters?
It’s cheap. There are tons of spots. You don’t really get the boot from anywhere. You just have to know where you’re going, though-that’s the catch.

John Rattray
How many times have you visited Barcelona?
I’ve visited Barcelona on four prior occasions.
What set this trip apart from previous missions?
The baroque decor of the nineteenth-century apartment we rented.
Did the recent crackdown from police and security put a damper on the fictional skate free-for-all Barcelona is rumored to be?
I feel that the police still have worse things to deal with and are probably still too underpaid to really care about skaters. I do, however, think it’s a good thing if the skate community maybe lays off Barcelona a bit for a couple of years. I heard tales of 40 kids turning up at MACBA on a bus from Germany, and a recent pro team trip was rumored to be 30 heads strong. I mean, come on, that’s just plain rude.
Favorite Spanish cuisine?
It would have to be Raquel’s fried fishes at Bar Tio Pepe in the Guinuetta barrio.
Did you prefer to cook at the apartment, or go out nightly?
A healthy balance is my Libran preference.
What is your strongest memory from the night you decided to drink the “Blood Of Heavy”?
The flight reflex kicking in at around 2:00 a.m.


Garrett Hill
Is this your first time going to Barcelona?
Yes, I’ve never been to Barcelona before. I’m sure of it.
How does Spain differ from other countries you’ve visited on skate missions?
Having a population of 1,510,000 people, I think they’re more accustomed to seeing skateboarding out there, so we weren’t completely foreign looking.
What’s a necessity for traveling long distances?
Copious amounts of cotton candy, a customized fanny pack that perfectly houses marbles, and a paperback book on quantum physics.
In Barcelona it seems like there are still new spots popping up. What was your favorite one you skated while you were out there?
Skating to the Metro was probably my favorite part. You can’t skate on the sidewalk because it’s all cobblestone, so you’re forced to skate in the street where everyone drives like Cruella de Vil. It was like Frogger every time we left the apartment.
Despite it raining a few days while we were there, do you think Barcelona was as good as you were promised? Would you like to go back in the future?
I’ll go again as long as they still sell Calippo.

James Brockman
Was this your first time in Barcelona?
Yeah. It sucked!

What were the highlights for you being out there besides skating?
Going to the bar underneath the apartment.
I remember bombing that hill from the ledge over gap to that huge matchstick structure being so much fun. What was one of your favorite spots you skated out there?
MACBA-bluntsliding on the flatground at night.
Somehow you and me would always end up at the Dow Jones bar to play pool toward the end of the night. How important is it for you to unwind after a long day of skating when you’re in a different country?
I like to unwind with a couple beers a night. I think it’s always important on long trips.
Do you think you would like to visit Barcelona anytime soon again?
Yeah, for sure, but not anytime soon.

Shuriken Shannon
So was this your first time to Barcy?
Yep, first time. Sh-t is crazy.
It seemed like you were having a blast out there. What do you think about the whole Spanish culture and the vibe of the city?
It was amazing to experience a culture like that-everybody’s mellow and respectful to one another, and in the city you can just mob around anywhere and check out some pimp-ass architecture that you’ll never see in the States.
What was your favorite thing about Barcelona besides Dow Jones and the skate spots?
Creepin’ over to La Rambla and check out the wild people dressed up in some crazy gear.
Do you think that certain spots are getting played out, or do you still appreciate the fact that the city has a lot to offer as more spots are popping up?
Well, there are those spots that people always skate, but there’s so much more stuff layin’ around everywhere that people don’t even think to skate. That place is just amazing for everything from skatin’ to whatever you feel like getting into. Fools know what I’m talkin’ about if they’ve been there, but if ya haven’t, then it’s definitely a must. I’m grateful that I got to experience something like this from skateboarding.
Barcelona is one of those cities that’s pretty easy to adapt to. Can you see yourself living there or do you have plans on going back in the future?
I’m definitely trying to get back out there. This trip was just a teaser and who knows, maybe in the future I can see myself posted up out there. We’ll see.

Marius Syvanen
Was this your first time skating Barcelona?
This was my second time I’ve been there within the last five years.
I know you were a bit younger the last time you were there. How was this trip different?
The trip was two weeks of ridiculously good times rather than four days the first time. In those two weeks a lot of hilarious stuff occurred.
Being from Finland, do you think that skating in Europe is a bit looser than it would be in the States? And what do you think are the differences compared to, say, Southern California?

Wow, skating is extremely loose in Europe compared to anywhere in the U.S. Especially in Finland there isn’t any hassle at spots you might find yourself at. Barcelona is sort of becoming a bust due to the mass skaters piling in there because the spots are so legit. Southern California may have its share of fun spots to cruise around at, but nothing compared to Spain or any other country in Europe.
Do you think Barcelona is still one of the premier skate cities in the world? Also, what were you favorite spots you skated?
Barcelona will definitely always be one of the most elite skateboarding cities in the history of skateboarding. Every spot has its own uniqueness, so I’m going to have to favor all the spots we went to.
What did you remember most while you were out there? And do you have plans on going back over there in the future?
How scandalously sketchy the dudes walking around on Las Ramblas are. I hope to go back to Barcy as soon as possible. Good times were definitely rolling!

Stu Graham
How many times have you visited Barcelona?
Five times all in.
What was your impression of “Skate Paradise”?
Cholo’s bowl in Hawaii is about the closest to paradise you’ll get. I’d prefer to skate Cholo’s over pushing around the streets of Barcelona any day.
How much speed would you have needed to get to the top of the tile wave? I saw you charging to carve the gigantic drainage pipe, but you needed more horsepower!
At least 40 miles per hour of speed, 75mm wheels and some huge balls! I tried to get Dani Lebron to pull me, but the timing just never worked out.
I know you clocked a few ledge lines at some iconic spots. How many years has it been for “Street Stu” to come alive and attack the ledges and stairs?
Damn, eight years, man. It’s been a while since my last ledge line. Is that bad? Will some people trip on that? I need to set up a smaller board for that sh-t.
What spot were you dreaming of skating, only to be let down by the recent skate proofing or the iincreased bust factor in Barcelona?
The steep tranny to metal wall-the spot where Haslam and Appleyard skate. Especially after seeing the ollie blunt from Rattray in the Creature video! I was so bummed to not be able to skate that thing.








out there. What do you think about the whole Spanish culture and the vibe of the city?
It was amazing to experience a culture like that-everybody’s mellow and respectful to one another, and in the city you can just mob around anywhere and check out some pimp-ass architecture that you’ll never see in the States.
What was your favorite thing about Barcelona besides Dow Jones and the skate spots?
Creepin’ over to La Rambla and check out the wild people dressed up in some crazy gear.
Do you think that certain spots are getting played out, or do you still appreciate the fact that the city has a lot to offer as more spots are popping up?
Well, there are those spots that people always skate, but there’s so much more stuff layin’ around everywhere that people don’t even think to skate. That place is just amazing for everything from skatin’ to whatever you feel like getting into. Fools know what I’m talkin’ about if they’ve been there, but if ya haven’t, then it’s definitely a must. I’m grateful that I got to experience something like this from skateboarding.
Barcelona is one of those cities that’s pretty easy to adapt to. Can you see yourself living there or do you have plans on going back in the future?
I’m definitely trying to get back out there. This trip was just a teaser and who knows, maybe in the future I can see myself posted up out there. We’ll see.

Marius Syvanen
Was this your first time skating Barcelona?
This was my second time I’ve been there within the last five years.
I know you were a bit younger the last time you were there. How was this trip different?
The trip was two weeks of ridiculously good times rather than four days the first time. In those two weeks a lot of hilarious stuff occurred.
Being from Finland, do you think that skating in Europe is a bit looser than it would be in the States? And what do you think are the differences compared to, say, Southern California?

Wow, skating is extremely loose in Europe compared to anywhere in the U.S. Especially in Finland there isn’t any hassle at spots you might find yourself at. Barcelona is sort of becoming a bust due to the mass skaters piling in there because the spots are so legit. Southern California may have its share of fun spots to cruise around at, but nothing compared to Spain or any other country in Europe.
Do you think Barcelona is still one of the premier skate cities in the world? Also, what were you favorite spots you skated?
Barcelona will definitely always be one of the most elite skateboarding cities in the history of skateboarding. Every spot has its own uniqueness, so I’m going to have to favor all the spots we went to.
What did you remember most while you were out there? And do you have plans on going back over there in the future?
How scandalously sketchy the dudes walking around on Las Ramblas are. I hope to go back to Barcy as soon as possible. Good times were definitely rolling!

Stu Graham
How many times have you visited Barcelona?
Five times all in.
What was your impression of “Skate Paradise”?
Cholo’s bowl in Hawaii is about the closest to paradise you’ll get. I’d prefer to skate Cholo’s over pushing around the streets of Barcelona any day.
How much speed would you have needed to get to the top of the tile wave? I saw you charging to carve the gigantic drainage pipe, but you needed more horsepower!
At least 40 miles per hour of speed, 75mm wheels and some huge balls! I tried to get Dani Lebron to pull me, but the timing just never worked out.
I know you clocked a few ledge lines at some iconic spots. How many years has it been for “Street Stu” to come alive and attack the ledges and stairs?
Damn, eight years, man. It’s been a while since my last ledge line. Is that bad? Will some people trip on that? I need to set up a smaller board for that sh-t.
What spot were you dreaming of skating, only to be let down by the recent skate proofing or the increased bust factor in Barcelona?
The steep tranny to metal wall-the spot where Haslam and Appleyard skate. Especially after seeing the ollie blunt from Rattray in the Creature video! I was so bummed to not be able to skate that thing.








or the increased bust factor in Barcelona?
The steep tranny to metal wall-the spot where Haslam and Appleyard skate. Especially after seeing the ollie blunt from Rattray in the Creature video! I was so bummed to not be able to skate that thing.








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