Former Blueprint riders have moved on to many interesting projects in the world of skateboarding, and one of the most notable has been Paul Shier and Nick Jensen’s Isle Skateboards, founded in March 2013. The Isle team features Shier and Jensen, plus fellow pro Frenchman Sylvain Tognelli, and amateurs Tom Knox from London, Welshman Chris Jones and Jon Nguyen from California.
After Isle boards first appeared in skate shops around the UK in June, including the Studio #1 and Push Pull #1 ranges of signature boards, things in the Isle camp went a little quiet, but they returned with a bang in December with a beautifully-made series of short films for Dazeddigital.com. Directed by Jensen himself, the series explored the idea of reflections and opposites.
One of the highlights in the series was the third film Stop | Start, which was filmed over two days in Wales in London – using Super 8 film, it conveyed the actions of Chris Jones’s skateboarding as well as his recent relocation from his hometown of Bridgend to London. Other films included Light | Dark (also featuring Casper Brooker), and Left | Right (featuring Knox and Jensen skating in synchronicity).
Other projects in Isle’s first year included the creation of a pop-up shop with Casio G-Shock, team excursions to Valencia, Lyon and Berlin, and the release of the first installment in the ‘Artists Series’ of decks, with graphics by Lee Marshall. Knox, Jensen and Tognelli also appeared in Jacob Harris’ amazing 11th Hour video.