London Day Out With Korahn Gayle

A mostly cloudy day out in North London with Skateboard Cafe Pro, Nike SB rider & a positive human being Korahn Gayle.


Words and photography: Maksim Kalanep

As Korahn is now London local - he moved to the capital about a year ago, it was quite easy to meet up with him in Forest Gate where he is now based and explore the area.

We met on Tuesday morning. Korahn was just chilling with his cat Rammi and finishing re-lacing his shoes. Since none of us yet had a tea or coffee - we set off to the local cafe through Wanstead Flats where Korahn usually goes for a long walk to get some fresh air and take some photographs with his Minolta Riva Zoom 70C film camera. The place is enormous - people come here for cycling, horse riding, running and walks of course. We did wonder a bit and ended up by the pond full of local swans - lots of them. Some of them were after food, some were pre-occupied with diving and had no interest in us. At this point, it was still mostly sunny but it didn't last long.

By the time we got to the cafe - none of us was into warm drinks anymore and we decided to go for some sugar full lemonades. At this point, the sun was gone and we went to look for a local skatepark Korahn heard about but never been to. It didn't take us along and soon we were at this weather damaged & graffiti-covered plywood skatepark by the name of Cann Hall Park skatepark. It had lots of transitions and a good mini ramp.

Korahn went in for a warm up straight away, I hesitated since my legs were still too sore from the previous night's running session. Park was empty. A nearby school was full of kids and lots of noise was coming our way. We didn't stay long. Korahn had a little session and we moved on. On the way back to his house we randomly stumbled upon a Royal Mail post box with a mysterious key on top of it. We had no use for it and left it there. Right next to it Korahn did a wallride nollie out on the freshly white painted wall.

When we got back to the house - Rammi was done with his walk too and was sitting by the house door. Korahn let him in, grabbed the car keys and we went to the local gas station for a top up in his now old school VW Golf 3 Cabrio. Korahn put some tunes on. I've never been in one before - so I fully enjoyed the ride without the roof top on the back seat. In no time we were at the station. Petrol was in and off we went. 5 minutes later something flew right into Korahn's hands - it was the petrol tank cover that he forgot to put back in. Luckily we didn't loose it and now it was in safe hands again.

After the ride, we swapped car wheels for skateboard wheels and set off to Forest Gate overground station. We decided to go to Angel and skate the road gap. Korahn switch ollied it the 2nd try and went for a 360 flip on the way back. It took him a couple more tries to finish it off and when he did - he rolled away on one foot in style.

Since we still had some sort of daylight available - we decided to try our luck and went South East to the Old Street ledges. The daylight started to disappear quickly, but Korahn did land switch backside 5-0 almost in no time and we could wrap up the day before I had to push the film beyond 1600 ISO. We took couple more portraits on the way back to the station and then it was time to go our own ways.

Shot with Nikon F100

Nikon 35mm f/1.8 G ED lens at f/1.8-2.8
Nikon 85mm f/1.8 G lens at f/2.8
Nikon 105mm f/1.4 E ED lens at f/1.4

Film Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO pushed to ISO 800 & ISO 1600
Developed with Kodak T-Max developer
Scanned with Nikon D810 + Nikon 60mm f/2.8 G ED lens at f/8