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On Santorini 2012

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Undoubtedly the most-hyped freerunning event of the year, the Red Bull Art of Motion competition on the Greek island of Santorini showcased an amazing variety of talent from all around the globe. Twenty-one traceurs and traceuses descended upon the Santorini rooftops for several days of training, culminating in the actual two hour long event.

Note: From now on there will be spoilers. If you haven’t seen the event yet, go watch it here. It’s worth the run time. Continue Reading →

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Interview with Take Flight Founder Adam Dunlap

Adam Dunlap

Take Flight Apparel has been going through quite a bit of turmoil lately. Their actions for the past few months have been increasingly alarming. Things came to a head late last April, when I reported on their acquisition of parkour.com and the subsequent disappearance of that site’s former content. The comments on that post led to Adam Dunlap, founder of Take Flight, offering to do an interview to explain – the only one he plans to do. Here it is, along with my analysis of his answers.

To get a really good grasp on everything we talk about, you’ll want to read DavidBelle.com and Take Flight Apparel and Goodbye, Parkour.com; Hello, Parkour.com, which document the history behind this.

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Goodbye, Parkour.com; Hello, Parkour.com

Parkour.com, formerly one of the most prominent parkour news sites in the world (and the only one affiliated with Sébastien Foucan) has, as of April 16, begun redirecting visitors to Davidbelle.com/parkour. No more news. No more videos. No more useful links. Just a static page.

Worst of all, the content of parkour.com is not cached or saved, it is apparently gone forever. Try this link, or this one, or this one, and see what you get. Only a 404 page.

Parkour.com belonged to Sébastien Foucan, as of at least Jan 23, 2005. The fact that it’s now likely owned by Take Flight under the guise of David Belle is troubling. What will happen next?

[Tip from parkour-blog.com]

Update:

Well, that was fast. Parkour.com now directs visitors to a website that – oh so shockingly – has a very strong Take Flight influence. Not only does the website have the same design as davidbelle.com, but the content is essentially the same.

Take Flight and Parkour 91 are both owned by Adam Dunlap. Davidbelle.com, as I have noted already in great detail, is very strongly associated with Take Flight/Adam Dunlap. This site is obviously very, very Take Flight centric. Granted, it’s still being built, but for a website whose tagline is “The Internet home and resource for traceurs worldwide,” it’s strange that all of the links will lead to Take Flight’s website within at most 2 clicks. No links to learn parkour through video tutorials or relevant articles. (Hey, you know who provides a ton of links to learn parkour on the front page of his website? Me.) Nor are there links to parkour news sites or popular parkour YouTube channels. The video of the week is a Take Flight promotion. Take Flight seems to be Taking Center Stage on the new parkour.com.

video of the week

Another thing:

That “official” business really annoys me. Official clothing of parkour, official website of parkour, official Facebook page of parkour.

NO.

There can be no official anything of parkour, because there is no governing authority. While David Belle could have been a leader, but he decided a long time ago to let everyone follow their own path. The door to the position of official parkour leader is now firmly shut, and nothing can open it again. In parkour, nothing is official, nothing can be official, least of all clothing. What makes TF clothing “official”? Because David Belle is friends with founder Adam Dunlap? Because David Belle wears their shirts? David Belle also wears Novel Ways’ Reach/Escape shirts. Why isn’t Novel Ways the official clothing of parkour? Especially considering other prominent traceurs such as Shaun Wood, Alexander Zyulev, and Callum Powell who wear those shirts.

Take Flight’s in-progress domination of parkour is very disturbing. Those of us who have been following the parkour scene for any length of time will know that TF is essentially making it all up. They’re leveraging the positivity and general pleasantness of the parkour community in order to make unsubstantiated claims (because no one will call them out on it), use David Belle’s reputation to sell shirts (because David is friends with Adam Dunlap), and use their money/influence to buy multiple parkour-related domain names.

Be wary of Take Flight. They’ve been slowly, slowly building up a backlog of actions that in and of themselves are relatively innocent, but taken as a whole, point to the inevitable conclusion that Take Flight – a clothing company – is trying extremely hard to become the world’s dominant parkour organization.

Keep a sharp eye on them.

–Alan

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Daniel Ilabaca To Play Faith in Live-Action Mirror’s Edge Movie

As Parkour Generations reported a few days ago, there’s a live-action Mirror’s Edge movie in the works. It has now been exclusively revealed to FYPK that parkour star Daniel Ilabaca has been tapped to play female protagonist Faith Connors.

“Daniel Ilabaca was the obvious choice,” said the unrevealed director of the film, which is slated for release in 2014. “His long, flowing black hair, his name recognition among traceurs all over the world, his incredible style and skill, all come together to make him the perfect candidate for the live-action version of Faith.”

“Our only problem might be prying him loose from Wrigley. After doing that totally freaking sweet commercial for their 5Gum product several months ago, I’ve been told that it’s very difficult to get him away from his computer-generated parkour paradise. He even sleeps there, it’s been reported. However, we think we can entice him away from that blue and orange wonderland with the promise of a custom-designed parkour house in the location of his choice, as well as a hundred pairs of any shoe he wants. We’re even willing to commission custom shoes for him – in any color he wants! At least, as long as they’re red.”

When asked about the problem of Ilabaca being male and Faith being female, the director brushed it off as trivial. “The wonders of modern CGI will take care of that easily. I mean, have you seen Avatar? If James Cameron can make convincing blue kitty people, our crack team of animators can easily deal with the effects of an errant Y chromosome. Not a big deal. Piece of cake.”

“We’re very excited about Danny coming on board,” FYPK was told by other personnel involved in the movie-making process. “We think he’ll make a brilliant Faith.”

No word yet on who will play Faith’s sister Kate Connors, although the director hinted that Daniel Arroyo, on account of his previous experience doubling females, was in consideration.

Update: Yes, this is in fact an April Fool’s joke. Daniel Ilabaca will not be playing Faith, although the Mirror’s Edge movie is supposed to happen.

But wouldn’t it be funny/awesome if he did?

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Mirror’s Edge Movie?

Mirror's Edge

Late last night, Parkour Generations posted that the Mirror’s Edge will soon be made into a movie. This is exciting news, although I’m a little skeptical of whether it’ll actually happen, considering that Mirror’s Edge 2 was discussed several months ago, and nothing has yet come of it yet. It’s even more sketchy considering that there are no other details provided, such as the studio producing it, scriptwriters, possible directors, etc. Granted, this is very early in the process, so all that uncertainly is unsurprising. Still, since PKGEN was involved in making the original Mirror’s Edge game, they would likely been contacted for help with the movie. Anyway, I’m hoping for the best. Who would play Faith, though?

Wouldn’t it be cool if Mirror’s Edge 2 and Mirror’s Edge the movie were released at the same time, with concurrent story lines? With one preceding the other, or the game following the plot of the movie?

Via parkourgenerations.com

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Smart 341 Parkour Wins LA Show Design Challenge

The awesomely ridiculous Smart 341 Parkour has won the LA Show Design Challenge. The participants in the Challenge presented their cars in a script for a short film. Not at all surprisingly, the Parkour won out.

In the story, the 341 Parkour helps reporter Annie Angle on a mission to write her first and potentially career-making, front page news article in a city notoriously known for a lack of parking spaces. The “epic” story goes that on an early Sunday morning, a newspaper article catches Annie’s eyes, titled: “Smart Granny Robots Missing!”Using her Smart 341 Parkour and its three different modes – a typical drive mode, a fly mode that allows the vehicle to hover far above the streets, and a climb mode that allows the vehicle to run up the walls of skyscrapers – Annie sets off on an investigation to discover the missing link for her journalistic masterpiece.

via carbuzz.com

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