'I first met Balisto during the filming of Eurothrash, 2 years ago, sat on the roof of a French apartment that used to be the pre-WT Magazine meeting place. Kronenbourgs were aplenty, young Balisto was completely integrated with the boys. During the day he would go surfing 1 foot beach-break in front of the Stone house with (Ryan) Burch. At night Noa (Deane) would take him out for beers. Integrated. Balisto and I since became good friends. We spent a lot of time together earlier this year, and truth be told, the kid is a unique specimen. I watched Baptiste go out at 10 foot Culs Nuls with not a soul in sight, a session that Jay Davies described as “absolutely savage” when showing up a few hours later. Committing to the steepest late drops knowing he’s not gonna stick it. Snapping his board, running back to his newly acquired whip and going out for more on a dinged up vessel. The kid doesn’t seem to be afraid of a thing. We worked on his iconic red moped and skated the parking lot in front of his dad’s workshop. We drove down to Spain and spent 24 hours checking every single spot only to come back with a cold... As you do in Spain. But above all, Baptiste got busy jumping off things… World War II related things. Moves that didn’t go unnoticed in town, and got him a new sticker courtesy of the good folks at Globe. Without further ado, here’s your introduction to Baptiste ‘Balisto’ Gaud—a name you will be hearing more from in the near future'
Note from Wasted Talent Magazine
Film & Edit: Yentl Touboul