By now Sem Rubio should not be any kind of a secret to those of you who have been paying attention to the last decade of European skateboarding. This quiet, unassuming photographer has shot the who’s who of Europe and made the already impressive adidas Skateboarding team roster look even better. He’s had pictures in every skate publication known to man. But don’t let his laid back persona fool you, underneath that Mediterranean smoothness lies a photographer who has a meticulous eye for detail—the angles are always right, the lighting always clean—it may look simple to you the reader, but I can assure you it isn’t. In these times of overwhelming mediocrity within the media, it’s refreshing to see that there are some out there keeping the standards to where they should be, right at the very top. — Skin Phillips

Ibu Sanyang, Ollie into Bank, Badalona

Badalona has always been in the shadow of Barcelona. The architecture of Badalona is rawer than her famous and richer sister, but the spirit is more authentic – much like Barcelona used to be back in the day before it became a tourism fiesta. There are old men smoking cigars at the entrance of bars, and the coffee inside is still coffee. It’s in hidden plazas like this where old and young citizens meet up with their birds and play the game of the best bird singer. On the other side of the plaza, sometimes you can see a bunch of kids with skateboards playing a game of Skate, or ollieing the benches into the banks like Ibu.

Adrian Sabiote, Drop Kickflip, Pineda de Mar

Thousands of tourists and locals take the train to reach the mediterranean beaches every summer. The train line, that goes from Blanes to Barcelona, has many stops, one of them being Pineda de Mar. To reach the beach, there’s a narrow tunnel connecting the train station with the sand. Adrian found a way to cross the tunnel faster than any flip-flopped feet with this drop kickflip into the slippery bank.

Pol Catena, fs Ollie, Badalona 

One advantage of not being as famous as its big sister, is that Badalona parks tend to be emptier and are more skate friendly. This park is well hidden in between housing blocks and only few people come and go. There are a couple of people walking their dogs, a guy rollerblading with his hands behind his back and someone sitting on a bench staring at his phone. In the meantime, Pol finds another good use for a ramp, built for handicapped people to access a private business, in one of the corners of the plaza.