Having left Primitive in 2020 after only a very short time, many feared they may not see much of Bastien Salabanzi on a skateboard ever again. However, if there is one skater who seems to always be able to pick up right where he left off it's Bastien and just this week Thrasher dropped his most recent part 'Not So Sorry.'
Bastien is often remembered for his parts in the iconic Flip Skateboards videos 'Sorry' and 'Really Sorry' or tearing up comps all over the world when he was knee high. He has however over the past few decades taken time out to spend time with his family, teach children how to skateboard via the Bastien Salabanzi Academy and simply chill with his guitar. After a brief stint on Jart Skateboards he returned to skating by joining arguably one of the best skateboarding teams in the world in Primitive. Primitive may have not worked out but it seems it hasn't stopped Bastien one iota and he sure hasn't lost a step or the best half cab flips in the game!
With the last decade culminating in a bit of a 'stop start' relationship with Skateboarding, Bastien blows minds once again and shows skills reminiscent of his Flip days. At a cool three minutes, the footage is up there with his best work and has warranted repeat watching for us here at Just Passin' Through Skateboarding Blog. The video is filmed and edited beautifully by Kyle Steneide with additional filming by Joe Krolick, Alex Kissinger and Bobbys Bils.
I don't think anyone was expecting this part and in a skate community that often leans towards recent bias and the 'new generation,' it has reminded us once again that Bastien Salabanzi is one of the greatest to ever do it!
Just a day after releasing the part Thrasher also treated us to Bastien Salabanzi's "Sorry Era" Retrospective Video with raw footage of a young Bastien going in!