Kilian Martin: fearless and innovative.
“Have you heard the one about the American, Spaniard and German stuck in the desert?” What may sound like the beginning of a really bad joke is actually a tweet by director Brett Novak kicking off our trip into the Mojave Desert to film the much-anticipated new Kilian Martin video for mb! by Mercedes-Benz. See the result of our collaboration on the next page!
Kilian Martin is the punk of skateboarding. Not that it’s obvious. As we meet over breakfast with common friends in Long Beach, he’s easy going, instantly likeable and full of enthusiasm. Yet behind the friendly face there is also a focused, fearless and sometimes annoyingly persistent athlete who refuses to be pigeonholed.
Criticised at times by other skaters for his cross-disciplinary and dance-like style, the 24-year-old Oceanside resident, who originally hails from Madrid, invariably stays true to his own principles. “I don’t care about what category or style I am skating. It is only skateboarding – and I do what I enjoy.”