The Recent History of Sicilian Skateboard Tours

The Recent History of Sicilian Skateboard Tours is a documentary project about the recent spate of skate trips to Sicily carried out by the Italian photographer Claudio Majorana. After the first tour, organized in 2004 by Transworld Skateboarding and 411VM, Sicily experienced a growing interest from international skateboard companies. Thanks to these tours Sicily is becoming one of the most popular destinations in Europe.

For the past few years Claudio has been following the skateboard tours that have taken place on his island. Every time he heard of a team embarking on a skate trip there he’d ask them if he could follow them, taking pictures in exchange for hospitality in his homeland.

The project originally appeared in Desillusion Magazine 44 (available here) and is now a full publication printed in 200 hand-bound, numbered and signed books. 

Inside you will find a selection of the photos Claudio took of the skateboard tours, portraits of Sicilian local skateboarders and a brief history of how skateboarding came about on the island. Among the information that Claudio collected are the words by Jeff Kendall about the 1991 demo of Santa Cruz Skateboard Team in Sicily, magazine cuts of the first Sicilian skateboarders that appeared in Italian mags and quotes from the first generation of Sicilian skateboarders.

The exhibition and book was presented in Catania, Sicily on May 3rd 2015 at Ritmo, spazio culturale indipendente and will stay on view until July 2015.

You can also purchase the book directly from The Palomino here.