Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

"A Day of Few Spoken Words" on Vimeo

An amazing video showing some of the Parkour philosophy that is exactly in line with Freestyle Walking. I love the conversations. By some genious named Kaspar Astrup Schröder, at kasparworks.com


Truck Stoppin' in rural Idaho

Truck Stoppin' (Freestyle Walk in Rural Idaho) from Garrett Wesley Gibbons on Vimeo.

Friday, December 5, 2008

More Portland photos

It took me a while to get photos from my photographically-inclined friend, Nathan Cashion, but here is awesomeness:

This one has a story: I mistakenly thought that the orange rubber thing was a stiff post, so I Jumped into a handstand on it, holding it from the top with my feet straight above my head.

Of course, the rubber didn't hold, and this photo was taken about .2 seconds after I realized that I was going to be picking concrete out of my cheeks if I didn't act fast.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lesson 4: Freestyle Walking to financial independence

This is a photo of a prominent businessman in Nerja, Spain, pulling a foot-side seamless vault over a sign. Freestyle Walking in high society.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Lesson 3: Urban Freestyle Walking (Portland, OR)

Brent, here, is a master at grace and finesse. His moves aren't large, like many of my old girlfriends, nor do they involve a lot of air, but they are fine-tuned and carefully crafted. Enjoy this gallery of his work.

Photography by Garrett Wesley Gibbons. Canon 400D, 18mm f/3.5 lens.
October 2008, Portland, Oregon. USA

I call this move (depicted in the "Safeway" shot) the "Toyota," since it involves jumping like the people used to do in those nerdy 1980s Toyota commercials. Nerdy commercial, sweet move.

The Koala stall is a type of Treehugger stall (very appropriate, given the proximity of the large SUV behind Brent). A Treehugger stall involves just jumping at a tree and grabbing it so the Walker sticks and doesn't move. I recommend long sleeves. The Koala stall is when the hands go to branches instead of hugging the trunk of the tree, as seen here. Very nice form.

Lesson 2: Nature Running is also Freestyle Walking

Instead of fire hydants to jump over and rails to grind, try running down a trail and hitting a fakie off of a stump off of some trail somewhere.

Lesson 1: Freestyle Walking is a way of life

Freestyle walking is a way of life.

It is a way to interact with history and your present surroundings, and shape your future.

Your future is freestyle walking.