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Parksville skateboard film 'Rudy Cuatro' back after 7 years in the making

Trevor Ribeyre will be among the many faces seen in the Rudy 4 premiere this weekend at the Parksville Community and Conference Center. - Photo submitted by Gordon Nicholas
Trevor Ribeyre will be among the many faces seen in the Rudy 4 premiere this weekend at the Parksville Community and Conference Center.
— image credit: Photo submitted by Gordon Nicholas

The fourth instalment of the Rudy skateboarding films is set to debut at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m.

Rudy Cuatro (4), which features local skaters Trevor Ribeyre, Dan Higgins, Pat Hooney and their good buddies, has been in the making for seven years. Producer Chris Gaetz let out some early info about the movie, which he’s excited to see finally come together.

“It’s been a long time in the making. We’ve all been growing up and not having as much time as we’d usually like to skate but it’s finally ready,” Gaetz said. “We had a lot of fun skating in different places and it’ll be good to share it with everyone that wants to see it.”

The group traveled as far away as Barcelona, Spain, to shoot some footage for their latest release. They also traveled to California, Toronto, various places in the Lower Mainland and of course, many of their favourite spots here on Vancouver Island.

“Barcelona was amazing to both skate and shoot. The architecture and environment over there was very conducive for both skateboarding and videography, so that was pretty cool,” Gaetz said. “Of course, we love shooting at home too because we’re with all of our close friends but Spain takes the cake, by far.”

Their video also features tons of amazing Vancouver Island talent, past, present and future. Erik Kobelka, who also filmed for Rudy Cuatro, owns Manual Skateboards and is excited about their latest project.

“Every time you go out and try to film skateboarding it ends up being kind of special. Sometimes it’s a battle for the skater to get the trick, taking many hours, lots of pain,” Kobelka said. “Each five second clip usually has a pretty good memory behind it. That’s why having a whole video of your friends put together to watch in a final product is a fun way to celebrate what we all love.”

Tickets are $5 at the door and footage starts to roll at 8 p.m. It’s an alcohol-free event and anyone is invited to the premiere.

“Everyone is welcome to come out to see the video but at the same time need to warn folks there will be some explicit lyrics and silly behavior in the film,” Gaetz said.

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