Producer of the famous skateboarding video ‘A Summer Well Wasted’ Paul Mahon only speaks of happy times when the subject of his original video highlighting the skateboarding scene in Kilkenny is brought up.
Speaking to KCLR’s Saturday Scoreline, Mahon says that the video was an incredible platform to build his video production business Geppetto from.
“I can trace so many things back to that video. Everything spawned from that.
“It was a lot of fun though. When I was 18, I didn’t think I’d make a career from it. It was just a hobby,” said Mahon.
Funnily enough, Mahon was not a skateboarder throughout his youth. Instead, he was an avid BMX fan.
“I was a BMXer but there weren’t enough people into BMX in Kilkenny at the time so I made the skateboarding video.”
Mahon revealed that the making of the video was not as smooth as the end product looked with the ability to stay at locations for a substantial period of time becoming an issue.
“There were problems. We only had an hour at most public spots before we were kicked away.
“There’s so many different locations in ‘A Summer Well Wasted” because of that,” said Mahon.
Here is the video in question shot back in the early 00’s.
Mahon doesn’t undersell the importance of the documentary to his own path in life.
“It was the catalyst for everything I’ve done since. I went and got my own camera and made the documentary. Everything spanned from there.”
The magnitude of the documentary is probably best left to this text that Saturday Scoreline received during the interview.
“Thank that man (Mahon) from me. That video got me into skating and I would make trips into town every week to skate around. A real piece of Kilkenny culture.”
Check out the interview below and Pauls Website Geppetto.ie