Jake Johnson, Brian Delatorre, and more of the GX1000 crew explore Montreal in this feature from our 2014 Photo Annual.
Photos by Nathan Éthier-Myette
Yonnie Cruz, Ollies.
When some of the GX1000 crew, including Jake Johnson and Brian Delatorre, rolled through Montreal this past summer to explore the city, we had Nathan Éthier-Myette join them to shoot photos. Afterwards, we caught up with one of the guys behind the popular online videos, Ryan Garshell, to hear about how it all began and where it’s going.—Jeff Thorburn
What exactly is GX1000? What do you guys do and what are you all about?
It started off as just the name of the video series that we premiered through the Slap Magazine website. I guess now it just stands for a group of us who all really enjoy skating together, who share the same type of outlook on skating.
Brian Delatorre, Backside Smith Grind.
Jake Johnson and Yonnie, flippin’ spatulas.
How did it get started? It got started with Mike Hubert asking me to make a video series for Slap. He said, “I love your filming and I want you to do whatever you want, but we need a theme for the series that we can stick to.” The idea was to get people inspired to go skate and film with their friends. I thought about it and I liked the idea of using 90s underground hip-hop because to me, when I look back at some of my favorite song selections in videos, good hip-hop and fisheye VX1000 filming got me the most hyped and inspired. Not as much focusing on the over dramatics that are commonly used in skateboard videos today. We wanted to show everyone you can just go out and skate with your friends and that can be admired too. It isn’t so much about what you are doing, more about how you do it, where you do it, and how much fun you are having. I like to show that there are a lot of forms in skating. You can choose to focus on different elements not just who is going biggest or getting the most technical. Hopefully the GX series can help steer kids into realizing that private skate facilities and $10,000 HD rigs with confetti aren’t the only option. Get out, push in the streets, and film some raw street shit!
JP Grenier, Smith Grind.
Who’s involved? That’s a tough question. Basically, it’s everyone in any of the GX videos and a bunch of people that are behind the scenes making the videos come together in every way. We are like a huge family and I would hate to leave anybody out. I don’t want to make a list because by the time this is printed there will be even more people involved, and that is an awesome feeling. Its not an elitist vibe of certain people I focus on documenting, it is anyone who we can all enjoy skating with.
Dela serenades Alexis Lacroix.
Jake playing skateboards in traffic.
What sorts of projects have you worked on? Well I have had clips in a good amount of videos spread out over the years. I am stoked to say I had the privilege of working with Josh Stewart on the MIA video. Also, I got to work with Joe Perrin on his video, The Dango Is Dead. Over the past couple of years since the “MIA” video came out I have also had the amazing opportunity of contributing to my favorite video series of all, Josh Stewart’s upcoming Static 4.
Jake backside wallrides while Yonnie follows switch-style.
What are your aspirations and the aspirations of the whole crew going forward? Any lofty goals or ideas? I hope to keep the series going as long as possible. Doing that just adds more people to the GX family as we go to new places or re-visit places we have already been. We hope to return to the skate community what it has given us: joy, inspiration and motivation to keep adding to the craft that is forever evolving. I want to especially thank everyone who has ever watched any of the series or helped support it in anyway.
Jake, Switch Wallie.
Dela, Switch 180.