BLADE CHECK | FRED BUKOWSKI Writing by Cavin Brinkman Photographs by Cavin Brinkman and Warren Digne The first time I met Fred was in Paris in 2014, as I was filming a team edit for his shop sponsor NOMADESHOP. He was a bit shy (or like all Frenchies not good with the English language, and therefore quiet). Since we were skating with a big group, and some people were skating hard, he did not got too many tricks in, but I saw potential in his skating and was curious how he would be if we were to film with a smaller crowd. My premonitions were accurate, as at that following Winterclash in 2015, the then 17 year old French skater killed it and went home with the trophy for amateur. He was already picked up by SEBA and was taking under the wings of Pottier and CJ, it isn’t so strange that Pottier brought him on to skate for his frame company FLAT. Fred is a busy student so not a lot of time to film with him. I took 2 small trips to Paris to film this small edit for his shop NOMADESHOP filmed on 3 sunny days and 3 cold nights in Oktober and November 2018. Plan for 2019 is to film a full profile for his other sponsors with more time and some travels outside of France. Young skaters like Fred are the future. Keep your eyes on them and support them. Boot: Seba CJ black. Liner: Stock Wheels: Nomades Pottier Pro Model Frame: FLAT frames Tell us about your setup. My set up is made for street/park or for freeskating, I skate Street spots and park and than I skate home with the same skates. What I like the most about this I can just skate everywhere and every ground and don’t have to worry that I get stuck. What parts do you wear through the quickest? Quickest to go are laces and the soul plate, those rub the spot the most. What part do you break most often? ￼ I never manage to break anything on my skate. Which parts are you paranoid about breaking? I am afraid to break a wheel during a trick. What spares/tools do you keep in your backpack? I always forget tools but I trust my setup 100% though. Where do your parts go once you are done with them? If the skates are still useable, I give them to younger bladers. If not I recycle them. Anything you plan to change on your current setup? For now I have the perfect set up but who knows maybe in the future FLAT frames will come with a even better frame. Do you skate different setups for different terrains? I never change because my set up is all terrains so I can go anywhere I want. Flat or Freestyle? FLAT and flat 🙂 Fred Bukowski lives and works in Paris France. You can follow him on Instagram here.