The High Black Corner Jam 2016 Recap

The High Black Corner Jam 2016 Recap – Just In Case You Missed It

It was a hell of a weekend for the Team of Rollbrett Salzburg and all the 100 skaters who came up to our home spot in Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden.

The Rollbrett Crew hosted their second Downhill Freeride Slopestyle Festival from the 27th to the 29th of May 2016. It turned out to be the biggest event we threw down to this point. The team built up a badass Slopestyle track for the skaters for all different levels and different styles – perfect conditions for a weekend of pure skateboarding.

High Black Corner Jam 2016 2016

The basic idea of the event was to invite longboarders from all over Austria and Germany but as well to support the local Salzburg skateboard scene. A chance to try some downhill, go nuts on obstacles and also the IOU Miniramp let them up to the event as well.

On Friday most riders arrived and were pretty eager to go skate. Alhtough only a few tried the obstacles around the track, we could look at some serious skating and tricks.

For example Nico Nührig, a well know all-terrain shredder from Austria, went crazy as one of the first guys on the obstacles. Little later, after he broke the ice for the rest of the riders, a few others tried to hit the slopestyle track. Guys like German skater Lukas Voigt as he did a massive tre-flip with his longboard – nice to had you around buddy!

The first day of skating took it’s tall. The day ended with a little miniramp session in front of the beautiful panorama of the german alps, some beers and some skate videos – all in all a successful first day and riders could even expect more for the next day!

Saturday showed us its beautiful sunny side. A full day of skating was on it’s way. The guys just got insanely comfortable on all the obstacles and shit was about to go down!

After noon it was time for some mini-games: Koffer and me, Markus dresses up as traditional german gameshow hosts, figured out 40 challenges and got everyone hyped on the minigames! Check out the list: “Prost Mahlzeit” – skate the beerbank or “Beiboot” – skate a LY Dinghy or “Verpackungskünstler” – skate with a carton around your body or even “zom hoidn” – skate down stand up hand in hand with a friend!

People were hyped and it was tons of fun to watch the guys go nuts, smile and win some nice goodies – a big shoutout to all our sponsors for that!

While the mini games went down, the warm up for the miniramp contest started already. Local shredders from Bavaria and Salzburg showed up and enjoyed the big IOU Miniramp while entertaining the crowed.

Well, and besides all this fun and much runs of skating, people were super eager to party. And party with Rollbrett means something – Rock’n’Roll baby! So the guys invited Ooral Sea from Slovenia to play and have fun!

And yeah, what should I tell you? It was fucking fun and a really sick concert and you better wait and have a look at the upcoming Ooral Sea – High Black Corner Jam video! If you haven’t been here this year, that thing most definitely will convince you, trust me!

Sunday was lazy Sunday. Nah, not quite lazy Sunday, but a few riders left early and missed there chance to participate at the “Pfoten in die Luft” outlaw race. A fun mix of 2,3 and the final 4 riders who where only allowed to skate stand up and with the hands in the air. But, they were allowed to use all obstacles. Check this one out to see what happened, when Nico Nührig took the shortcut through the gras and won the heat of the final four!

So what more is needed to be told, I cant thing of any. You better check out Rollbrett Salzburg and Longboardingmagszine.eu to get the first insight for the next years registration and not miss next years madness! See you on the hill!

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Kebbek Skateboards; A love affair with skating over 20 years long – Scabs, road rash and all

Kebbek Skateboards; A love affair with skating over 20 years long – Scabs, road rash and all

It’s 2008 and I just picked up skating for the third time in my life; I’m visiting New York for work but all my free time is spent pushing around Manhattan and learning how to slide from some amazing folks over in Brooklyn, I ask for a recommendation for a downhill board and I’m told to get a Kebbek.

But that’s not where this story starts, it’s just where I come into contact with one of the most focused board companies out there.

Rewind to 1992 and a young Ian Comishin returned to Canada after studying in Japan for a year, he decided to make skating a core part of his output to the world and started raising money by selling T-shirts under the name Powder Milk, which was the name of a store his friends ran in Japan.

After a short while he turned this into a full on Skateboard operation, now dubbed PM Skateboards.

Having grown up in the mountains of Kimberley BC, Population 8000~, where skateparks were a rarity, it wasn’t odd to find himself and a crew out on the hills or skating stairs sets, ledges or whatever they could find, at a time when Skateboarding was even more criminalised than it is today.

Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek
“Mad racks of PM Big Bugger boards” Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

By the late 90s PM Skateboards had moved to Vancouver from Rossland, sponsored an all Canadian team of riders as well as having their boards produced domestically, having put so much attention and focus into supporting the scene it was only logical to spread the word to small towns and cities across BC.

This gave birth to the 1999 Hicks on Sticks tour that would bring live music and skateboarding to other small communities introduce new generations to the freedom that seemingly only piece of wood, metal and urethane can bring.

At a time when the internet was still in it’s infancy, getting the message out there took more effort than just a few clicks and boobs.

This tour is a story in itself and there’s even a documentary about it, you can watch the full version here:
iTunes – Hicks On Sticks

A fresh start

From the crippling debt of the tour a couple of seeds were sown, one of these continues to be benefit to the Vancouver skate scene to this day, while the other was the re-birth of PM Skateboards as Kebbek.

Having moved to Montreal to work and get everyone out of debt from the tour, Ian got in touch with Jody Wilcock and Jim Zielasnki (AKA JimZ), old friends from back home, and urged them to come and work with him in Eastern Canada in the province of Quebec, where the name Kebbek came from.

"Ye olde shop sign on Ville Emard, Quebec, where Kebbek operates" Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

Jody had designed lowered boards for Downhill Skateboarding, between him and JimZ they started supplying these to Landyachtz while still living in BC, when they moved to Montreal to join Ian, Kebbek was born and the concept of lowered boards moved into it’s heyday of the early 2000s with Kebbek prominently leading the market not only in design, but in research and production.

It’s thanks to work in robotics and CNC which Jody and JimZ brought to Kebbek that the level of detail and thought that went into each board meant that boards were produced with amazing consistency.
JimZ also produced some of the most early CNC trucks for longboards as well, the Speedparts truck, which is still a highly regarded truck today by those in the know.

"Ian in front of a stack of off-cuts from the CNC mill, holding his Signature board and successor to the Evo (AKA Comishin/JF Boily/Jon Caften" Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

At this time they were still producing boards for Landyachtz and Ian was behind the Evo’s design, arguably one of the more known lowered boards in downhill skateboarding, which made it’s way onto more podiums worldwide than possibly any board before or since.

Video: Re-edit of the Kebbek video for Concrete Wave DVD Evolution ~2006

Alongside these speedboards, Kebbek produced high quality slalom boards along with occasional PM homage models, in house artist Pierre Gravel supplied artwork for many years worth of ranges while also holding it down as a top contender in Slalom along with other Kebbek team riders Claude Reigner and Jean Pascal (Rockin’ Rookie).

Photos courtesy of PM/Kebbek
Aside from having lean your parents dream of, Pierre holds it down in many fields including art, running cones and putting on the odd ISSA event.
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“Before the BigZig revolution, you’d find the Kebbek team pre-drifting down some of the more fancy roads in Quebec city. Legend has it those toys are made by the Devil….” Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

The same ethos of a tight knit crew centred operation that was at the heart of PM is also a core belief in Kebbek, no other brand before or since in the world of downhill and slalom has ever supported so many riders with unique Pro Model boards.

This time though, riders outside of Canada found their names on a few boards, like Australian Legend Stephen Daddow, German master Bassi Haller to name a few.

“Race unknown, but JimZ in 1st, JF in 2nd, Jody in 3rd and Adam Colton in 4th.” Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

As the years went on, most of the early Kebbek team retired their models and made way for the young blood, but you’ll still see the legend’s names popping up here and there at events.

“JimZ developed the one handed approach to sliding toeside, even K-Rimes acknowledges this feat! https://goo.gl/Rmd12e” Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

To date, most of the technical achievements pioneered by Kebbek have gone on to inspire countless other riders and board designers worldwide.

"JimZ signature board; with CNC cut drop through for Randal 35 flushmounted baseplates..... such detail. I've read the Crail version was a fucker to do..." Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek
“JimZ signature board; with CNC cut drop through for Randal 35 flushmounted baseplates….. such detail. I’ve read the Crail version was a fucker to do…” Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

It’s the constant drive to support their riders and skating as a whole that really sets the tone for Kebbek, while also pushing forwards with board design and this year we see a refined line up with 4 pro models and other models.

To me it’s never been so much about the brand, but instead the people behind it, with great skaters like Emma Daigle, Ben Dub, Amane Kishida and Juergen Gritzner putting out signature boards this year, I’m just as stoked about skating a Kebbek as I was back in 2008.

Moi, the author, trying to survive Peyragude 2Luxe Cup 2009 on my 1st Kebbek board, a JimZ. Still grab from Yvon Labarthe’s video
Life after deck: Why you should give your old board a new purpose

Life after deck: Why you should give your old board a new purpose

Skateboarding is a sport that is all about pushing the limits, where serious boarders are always trying to break into new territory with their stunts. But the pursuit of new frontiers can put a lot of stress on both the body and the board, with one major difference: a human can recover from a fall, whereas a skateboard can’t.

Broken Skateboard © Joe Shlabotnik https://flic.kr/p/EraKt
Broken Skateboard © Joe Shlabotnik

After suffering a serious bail, a board is usually irreparable and no longer in a good enough condition to be ridden on a day-to-day basis, leading many people to simply throw them away. The same often happens when a skateboard becomes worn out — at least in the eyes of a serious skater, as there is no real need to hold onto something that does not perform up to the high standards that they need.

According to Chasing Green, over 100,000 decks are produced in the USA every month, with the vast majority made from Canadian maple wood. These trees take 40-60 years to mature to the point they are suitable for processing into skateboards, and at the current rate of deck manufacture the unsustainability of this practice is fairly self-evident. It is of little surprise to discover that the skateboard industry is the number one cause of deforestation of maple trees in the world, even outpacing the furniture industry.

Thankfully, one of the new focuses within the world of skating is sustainability, with many skaters and deck companies finding ways to recycle old boards and create new more eco-friendly models. Liam Gleeson, skateboarding expert at Yakwax surf and skate store, strongly advocates giving young boarders a chance to enjoy the sport, even going out of his way to share his old decks with the local skaters.

He said: “I will quite often give my old decks to the younger kids at the skate park. Some of them will have squared off or delaminated boards, so I’ll take two or three of my old ones and give them away for free. My old decks still have a fair bit more skating left in them for a kid, and giving them away means they don’t just get sent to the landfill. I hope the sentiment gets passed on and that some of these kids might do the same kind of thing when they’re a bit older.”

Skateboarder's unity - Art by Haroshi
Skateboarder’s unity © Haroshi

Donating your old board to younger skaters is not the only way you can give them a new lease of life. Art and jewellery made from old skateboard parts are growing increasingly popular, with artists like Haroshi using the wood of old decks to create fascinating sculptures that burst with colour and vitality. He is not alone, with a recent art show called No Comply opening in Toowoomba, Australia that uses old boards to explore the evolution of skate design through the decades. There are also jewellery designers like Thrashion and Sesh who specialise in cannibalising old parts to make new and innovative accessories.

Environmentally friendly boards are also on the agenda, with several different companies taking the initiative to explore new tactics in ecological skate gear. Glide Skateboards and BambooSk8 are both producing decks using more sustainable materials than fresh maple wood — Glide uses reclaimed wood, while BambooSk8 utilises bamboo from managed forests. There are also companies like Comet Skateboards which take into account the bi-products of skateboard manufacturing and use green methods like water-based inks, zero-formaldehyde glues, and renewable energy in the making of their decks. The company also offers a service where skaters can send back their used boards to be recycled into new ones, receiving a nice discount on their next purchase.

With so many new ways of recycling broken and old skateboards, there is little reason why the skating industry can’t move towards becoming more environmentally friendly in the future. Follow the example of many of the visionaries mentioned in this article and think twice before you throw your old board away.

Newton’s Shred show Episode #008

Straight outta London, Newton’s Shred is a Longboard Shop and News Source focusing on the UK and sometime EU scene, I’m your host, Alex Ireton.

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Joining me for this episode is Jorge Higgins, a local skater I’ve known for years, he now works in our shop and is supported by Lush Longboards and Slide Perfect Wheels.

I’m one of the owners here at NS and I’m a big fan of podcasts, so I thought I’d combine  my passion for skating, reporting and shop news into my favourite format: Audio
But then I thought, hey, I could just as easily record a video at the same time.

To learn more about me and our shop, I’d recommend you check out:
Longboard Magazine EU Intro YouTube only
Episode #000 : “Pretty much the head of everything..” YouTube iOS/iTunes SoundCloud Stitcher

Show Notes

Whassup

Recent Events
Brianne Collective: Fumble In The Valley Outlaw race – SkateSlate article by Will Edgecombe
BLBB Presents: Bo Peep session – Videos and photos by VIAL images
London Longboards: Beginner / Slide tips session

Upcoming Events
So You Can Longboard Dance?
Dance competition
Netherlands
April 2-3rd

Hog Hill Events in 2016
Downhill, Slide Jam, Slalom, Dancing, Buttboard freeride / race
England, UK
May, July and October

#BigMountainSkate Series
Alpenrauschen, Freeride, Austria, June 9-12th
Almabtrieb, IDF Race, Austria, July 13-16th
KNK Longboard Camp, Freeride, Slovenia, July 25-30th and August 2-7th
Bela Joyride, Freeride, Austria, August 24-27th
LoRaLo, Freeride, Austria, September 15-17th

Dishonourable mentions

SkateHouse 6 Thing Men In Longboarding Need To Stop Doing
SkateSlate 6 Things In Longboarding That Girls Need To Stop Doing
Alex Ameen Sketch Fest 2016 Pt 2 Video (Doesn’t allow embedding, sorry)
Goat Longboards Soul Dancer 42″ Deck announced
Sergio Valdehita 360 variations

Credits
Produced, shot and cut by Alex Ireton
Whassup jingle courtesy Dale Kean / PreCool
Dishonourable Mentions jingle by Ben Stainer
Images and videos via Kai Menneken and VIAL images
Big thanks to Jorge Higgins for joining me this week.

Newton's Shred show Episode 007

Newton’s Shred show Episode #007

Newton's Shred show Episode 007
Perhaps the only Podcast focused on longboards, the UK/EU scene and grandmas…

I’m back from taking a short break over the holidays. It turns out I missed some fun skate sessions, but my good friend Olly joins me on this episode and fills in the gaps.

The show is only available as audio this time, because I didn’t have enough space on my memory card and only recorded 7 minutes of video.

Thankfully I was recording the audio separately and still have the full show to release.

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I don’t expect anyone to watch a 40 minute video, it’s too long for this kind of show.
The show is originally conceived as a Podcast, which is an audio only format.

Here’s the magic of audio; Your eyes don’t need to be stuck to a screen.

So you can do something while listening to the show, like:

  • Travel to skate / work / school
  • Do your chores at home
  • Change / maintain your longboard setup
  • Work out at the gym
  • Where would you listen to it?

It’s like getting any kind of radio station you want, delivered straight to whatever device.

Who’s is Alex? What is Newton’s Shred?

I recommend you check out Episode #000 to get a better understanding of the show, you can also listen to all the episodes in order on this playlist below:

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Christian Kreuter - CK Photography

Mastering longboard photography – The Christian Kreuter Interview

CK Photography – I guess most of you guys already got shot at least once by this guy. Christian Kreuter, the Kassel (Germany) local is not only a downhill skateboarding addict, but also a passionate photographer.

What’s he up to do next, where does his passion come from and how long does it usually take time for Christian to get that one perfect shot – read through to find out more. Enjoy!

How did you start with the photography and what inspired you to focus on longboarding?

Photography drew my interest when I was a little kid, because my grandpa was one of the first guys in our area that owned a SLR (analog single-lens reflex) camera back in the days. I was embossed by countless old school slide evenings with my grandpa.

I started skating back in 2012 and because I was using my DSLR for two years already, I just gave it a try and shot my first longboard pics with the local scene here in Kassel.

One year later I shot my first downhill event, the I-Berg Freerace. I didn’t skate back then, but I wanted to get a closer look at the “pros”. I attended a few other events in 2013 for skating and shooting.

After attending the Fairytale Freerace 2014, I got some inquiries from different skaters wanting to get a glimpse of my pics. One of them was TD Longboards founder Lennart Thomsen.

He asked me, whether he could get a shot of his teamrider Quirin Ilmer and indicated me to launch a Facebook page, so that all skaters could see my pics. I thought that was a good idea and a few days later I launched the Facebook page “CK Photography”, the feedback of which was really lovely.

KnK Longboard Camp 2014 ~ Facebook gallery by CK Photography
KnK Longboard Camp 2014 ~ Facebook gallery by CK Photography

The KNK Longboard Camp later in the year 2014 was my absolute highlight. Despite poor weather conditions I had some very unique runs with skaters, who I later became good friends with. KNK was pure madness (laughs).

One week later, after I finished my post production work, I uploaded the pictures on my Facebook page and the “likes” went totally crazy. I literally reached the whole world with my work. People love their sport and I can capture those moments, this is just an awesome feeling.

Are you planning to shoot any events in 2016?

Honestly I wish I could attend every BigMountainSkate event in 2016. I really respect all the work the guys do and I wish I could be part of it with my pictures. Almabtrieb, Alpenrauschen and Bela Joyride are definitely on my radar for 2016.

OH Rider Fionn Kraft at KNK 2k15 ~ CK Photography
OH Rider Fionn Kraft at KNK 2k15 ~ CK Photography

There are some big differences between a planned shooting for advertising and shooting at events. I really know this by myself. How about you? Do you shoot “planned” shootings as well?

No, not really. As I often shoot at events, I don’t plan that much, I like to do some extra detail planning on portrait shootings and landscape pictures. Sometimes I plan skate shootings, like a shooting at noon with a flash. Here you tell the skater the exact place where to slide or do a trick, but I am more into the “real” pictures, which are not set-up.

At an event you can’t really tell the skaters how to skate and what kind of shots you would like to get. How does it take to get good shots out of an event?

As you said, as photographer you can’t plan where the skaters skate and slide before a corner. Only when you skate the road by yourself, you know exactly when something is about to happen where and when.

Tech-talk alert! You shoot with a Nikon camera, right?

Oh yes, I am a real Nikon Fanboy 🙂 I shoot with a Nikon D800 Body since 2015 and in previous years I worked with a D7000.

What I want is maximum quality and the Nikon D800 provides me with 7360×4190 pixel photos when shooting raw format (info: raw means, that the photographer has to do the final development of the picture. Shooting with .jpeg files, the camera does the development and you get a finished picture).

Chris' gear for getting awesome shots

Only the burst mode is pretty slow of the D800, but I exclusively shoot with single exposure. This means I only have one chance to get the perfect shot. So if I miss the moment, it’s forever gone.

What lenses are you using for shooting downhill skating?

I am shooting 90% of all my skate pictures with the NIKKOR 70-200 2.8 VRII. When I shoot with a really wide open aperture, the pictures are pin sharp and on point and also the focus speed is really fast. And only for about 10% of my shots I use the Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART for landscape or campground shots.

What about post-production? How do you get the perfect image done?

I don’t make any difference, if it is people, landscape or skateboarding photography – I always check my basic rules, to see if I this is the perfect image.

  • Is the focus on point?
  • Is the exposure right?
  • Did I capture the right moment?

So straight after a skateboarding event, the picture selection can take some days. When shooting a three day event, I mostly have 800-1200 picture to look at, but I learned to keep the rejects small.

And when I know the pictures that suffice my criteria I do some small corrections and put on the “CKP Look”. Right after that, I do the easiest thing, but also the most satisfying part of my work – export the pictures for Facebook, upload them and share them with all the skaters out there.

Would you share some useful tips for all the hobby photographers out there?

Sure! Here are some tips:

  • So firstly don’t focus only on one photography topic. Take a look at the whole spectrum of photography, because you will learn a lot of things from one topic which you could use for another.
  • Secondly I would say, that creativity is the next important thing. Therefore you should look for new angles and try some different camera adjustments like aperture, exposure time, or shooting with flash.
  • Last but not least, I think you should take a look at other photographers and probably try to copy them or adopt stuff you like, to find your own photography style. Also, ask questions – talking with other photographers really helps and I honestly feel happy when I can help others. So contact me anytime you want!
  • Uh, and before I forget, I have some tech-talk information for you guys out there: The lens is way more important than the body of your camera set-up and you should get your hands on fast memory cards. It is really a pity, if the memory card is too slow to capture the right moment!

What other motives do you shoot besides longboarding?

I also shoot people, landscape and travel pictures and therefore I launched a second Facebook page at the end of 2015 for those kind of pictures. As you said, I recently shot a lot of skateboarding, but I want to broaden my mind and learn something new.

The good thing with photography is that you can shoot everything and therefore it is really necessary to look beyond the boundaries.

When shooting with people, I don’t want to catch an orchestration, I am more interested in people and how they live, what they have experienced or what makes him or her special. And when I’m shooting landscapes, I am aiming to capture pictures of touching places and where I can think back in time when looking at them.

Thank you Christian for a great interview and your insight into longboard photography. Any shoutouts?

Of course. I would like to thank everyone out there who support me and follow me on social networks. I’m very proud, that i can work with BigMountainSkate and Longboard Magazine. Special thanks goes out to my family and friends:- Mom and Dad, love you.- of course Grandpa, who has shown me the path to photography- my crew: Arthur, Fionn, Al, Philipp and Elias- the „Sonnenblümchen Racing Team“: haha, if you read this you will know who i mean 😉

If you’re in town, get in touch and we skate some hills together and take some photos. Otherwise, I hope to see you on the hill soon and keep safe. Cheers!

This is Döwnhill 2015 with Alexander “Tiki” Frischauf

This is Döwnhill 2015 with Alexander “Tiki” Frischauf

Alexander Frischauf was not wasting his time during the summer of 2015. He was bombing hills across Europe and filmed a lot. Many cool raw runs and edits crawled out of his computer last year to remind us how much fun we had at the events.  This year’s This is Döwnhill 2015 video recap sums it all up very nicely, a real pleasure to watch.

Related: Click here to watch This Is Downhill 2014 video here (plays in overlay)


How was 2015 for Alex?

I had a quick chat with Alex to find out how the year 2015 went down for him. Read through to find out more. Let’s drop in!

Past summer I noticed you’re mostly bombing with a camera in one hand while grabbing a rail with the other. So much great footage. What events did you visit in 2015?
High Black Corner Jam (at), Agnosine (it), Pimp Mai Ride (de), Alpenrauschen (at), Ekstremsportveko Voss (no), KNK only Cult Single Set Survivor race (slo), Teolo (it), Bela JoyRide (at), LoRaLo (at), Jochpass (de) and some filming sessions with friends in Austria.

What gets you excited about filming downhill skateboarding, why is it so much fun to you?
It’s that very close riding and watching the different styles of riders. Plus it’s challenging to ride that close and fast with the skaters.

You skate with so many different riders not knowing their “next move” on the track. I guess, after so many years on the hill, you already have a ton of experience and know what to expect.
Yes, you can “read” most of the riders and see their moves in advance.

Alex following a pack, shot by Paul Brosig
Alex following a pack, shot by Paul Brosig

Do you often crash with riders you’re filming? When the crash happens, is it yours or the other skater’s fault?
No, I think it was just 5-10 times in the last 3 years. Yes, most of the crashes were caused by the skater.

I know there’s no other way to learn it than to just go out there and skate, but perhaps there’s an advice you would like share with people who might find themselfs in a filming run with you the next season?
Just skate like every time – chilled, no race lines and leave at least half of meter for me on the inside 😉

You’re a street luger. How are the street luge and classic luge scene doing with downhill skateboarding? Do you think that there could be done more for the luge?
Downhill skaters have to check the history of the sport. Without luge, there wouldn’t be this downhill skate scene now. The big events where luge races were the handful of skaters always were very welcome to join in. IGSA was founded and ran by lugers and many events were organised by the other lugers (like myself).

Would you say that the number of people doing street luge is dropping or rising?
Numbers are now slightly rising after years, especially with buttboard (classic luge) joined by skaters at smaller races for the fun of it.

Doing street luge in open traffic is usually discouraged by the community – at least that’s what my impression is. I guess that’s the reason why not so many people decide for it.
The problem with open roads – car drivers won’t see you on the luge, other than skaters. We ride open roads, but less frequently than skaters and on really lonesome roads. There are always idiots going into high traffic, but there are shitheads within every scene.
I’m also doing open road filming with skaters, but only with the ones I know well and with radios and that kind of security thing.

Aaron Skippings at Bela Joyride 2015 by Alex Frischauf
Aaron Skippings at Bela Joyride 2015 by Alex Frischauf

What kind of luge are you using?
I’m riding a MM Streetluge made in Austria by my very good friend and top rider Michael Müller. I’m also using a front fairing on it by Russell Naude’s “company” Lasertec Streetluges from South Africa, also a very good friend.

Was the year 2015 in any way “better” than the previous years? Would you say that you’ve done any progress with your skills?
Yes, by far my best year of filming, got a better cam, being more compfy with everything and got invited to Voss! Also made it on the world championship podium again with my 43 years 😉

Jorge Pernes Alpenrauschen 2015 by Alex Frischauf
Jorge Pernes Alpenrauschen 2015 by Alex Frischauf

How’s your favourite person of 2015 and why?
Kim Anderssen, he is my Norwegian brother from another mother, top skater, top bloke and the same kind of crazy like me!

What’s your plan for 2016?
Film as much as possible, going back to Norway (Voss and Lilyhammer) doing a little “roadmovie” documentation thing and of course filming at all the Bigmountainskate.com events in Austria. Maybe coming back to KNK for the cult race and one or two days more of filming there. Doing 2-3 races for myself aiming for the podiums 😉

Awesome. Looks like we’ll be seeing each other a lot 🙂

Some really cool people support your work, let’s do some shoutouts.
Big one goes out to my only sponsor – BTR Leathers, thank you Ras for believing in me and my skills!
Cult Wheels for being great friends and helping out with wheels – the Raptures are awesome!
Mikel Echegaray for being just himself and a close friend, learned a lot from you!!!
And of course, all the riders and friends I had a hell of fun on the hills the last years!

Thank you for the chat Alex! See you on the hill soon!
Thank you! And we have to do a film run finally 😉


There you have it 🙂 To stay on track with Alex, follow his page on Facebook and also check out the StreetLuge-Austria.at official website.

Longboard Speedmeter

Longboard SpeedMeter App – What’s your top speed?

Longboard Speedmeter

The folks from the Longboard Spotfinder app, have been consistently working on and improving the little sister of the Spotfinder, the Longboard SpeedMeter. We are stoked to announce that the SpeedMeter is available for both iPhone and Android, and is plastered with new features.

Use this app to record your run. See your top speed, average speed, distance, elevation drop, and even a recorded line on a map of your run. New features show you WHERE on the run you hit your top speed.

Did we mention its free?
Use this app to tweak your line to get to the bottom as fast as you can.

Download the Longboard Speedmeter

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Banana Longboarding – The best of 2015

Banana Longboarding – The best of 2015

The year is almost over and as winter slowly starts to take over, it is time to take a look back to this amazing season, which of course does not mean we stopped skating, because fortunately the roads over here are still dry and snow free. Probably even snow would not keep us away from doing it, but deep down we all wish the summer back, especially with all this great memories and the certainty, that 2016 is going to top it again.

The BananaCrew, located in Vienna enjoyed the season on their favourite homespots, explored tons of new roads and had an amazing time during all the events skating the sickest mountain passes that Europe has to offer.

First we joined the High-Black-Corner-Jam in Berchtesgaden organised by Rollbrett Salzburg, where the riders basically had a downhill skatepark with some sweet hairpins for sliding.

Jakob Grasmann at Graveyard Slide Jam © Banana Longboarding
Jakob Grasmann at Cementary Slide Jam © Banana Longboarding

After that, it was time for the BigMountainSkate event series, which started with the by now infamous Alpenrauschen, a really fast and dangerous track.

Next stop was the KNK Longboard Camp, a six-day-long event in Slovenia, where we had countless runs on the Bear. The fact that it was our third time at KNK, shows how much fun this road is.

Philip Tankarian rocking at KnK 2015 © Laroulette Bruxelles
Philip Tankarian rocking at KnK 2015 © Laroulette Bruxelles

Then, in August, there was Bela Joyride, again well organised by the BMS Crew, providing the stoked skaters a 6km long rollercoaster with 16, mostly banked hairpins. The name speaks for itself!

Leon Kutzner at Bela Joyride © CK Photography
Leon Kutzner at Bela Joyride © CK Photography

Finally there was the well known LoRaLo, a freeride and race at the same time, with a night slide jam and mini ramp contest, which fulfils all a downhill skater could ever wish for. About two month ago we organised a little slide jam on one of our favourite slide spots in Vienna, which was a lot of fun too.

And to top it of, between all these events we skated the wonderful BananaLand!

Jan Winkler, Jakob Grasmann and Philip Tankarian © Banana Longboarding
Jan Winkler, Jakob Grasmann and Philip Tankarian © Banana Longboarding

So you can imagine how stoked we are about the past season! Some of this great skate moments are captured in our 2015 Compilation and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Big thanks goes the the awesome downhill community in general, and especially to the BigMountainSkate Crew, Rollbrett Salzburg and Longboard Magazine!


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Longboarding as a backup getaway plan gone wrong

“It started out as just another Los Angeles police chase of stolen BMW, driving in a wrong way and against traffic, doing 90 mph at one point… And then Buum! But the rear ending wasn’t the surprise ending of this story. Lugging a getaway skatebord, was.”

If only he’d been better at pushing, he even might had some chance to get away, I guess. Although it didn’t work for him, having a longboard cruiser in a car is always a good idea. For example, if you would run out of gas, you could easily push to the nearest gas station. Or if you would have a hard time finding a parking spot in a city centre, you could simply park a bit further out and push to your destination. After all, why not save some money and cut back on a pollution, you know. It’s healthy.

And who knows, you just might have to run away from the police. If that would be the case, make sure you know how to push properly. Stay safe!

Filming a longboard run with a car

Stick to my ass as close as possible – filming a run with a car

Recently I watched a raw run video featuring Austrian racing machine Quirin “Qui” Ilmer. The Tyrolian beef-cake is really pushing his limits to the max and is always eager to get down the road as fast as possible. Check this raw run to make sure you understand what I’m talking about.

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Watching him hitting the roads in such vicious race mode makes me even more stoked about skating fast. Quirin doesn’t care if he’s racing against three other guys, when he’s on the top of the hill, it’s just a nip-and-tuck race between him and the road.

As I was wathcing the raw run video, I couldn’t overlook how damn close to Quirin the follow car was.

Did you realise how damn close to Quirin the car is as he hits the apex? That’s really close! Both the rider and the car driver are not allowed to make any mistakes in these kind of filming sessions.

This reminds me of all those SkateHouseMedia edits done by Alexander “Bad Decision” Ameen. Everybody knows him for beeing really fearless follwing down the skater as close as possible to catch some good footage.

But who’s the guy that rips down with a car like this over here in Europe? Let’s hear it from Quirin:

The filmer is called Nussi (Gregor Nussbaummüller). The wicked thing working with him is, that if you make a mistake, he knocks you over. And that’s the way it should be! The follow car has to stick to your ass as close as possible. Thats the way a raw run should be filmed these days, because then you get the best footage out of a run! ~ Quirin Ilmer

Nussi, a Salzburg (Austria) DH skater is responsible for this kind of action. As I talked to him about this later, he told me that he was putting his first car sideways all the time.

After he passed his driving license, his first car was a rear-wheel drive BMW and this kind of forced him to drift through corners, especially during winter when he was driving up to the mountains to go snowboarding. “Often I would end up in snow off the road”, said Nussi while laughing out loud.

Nowadays he still drives up to the mountains but mostly during summer. He either skates down or follows a skater with his car and a camera fixed to it as he sticks close to the skater’s ass to get the raddest footage possible.

When it comes down to filming with the car, Nussi has some strict rules.

It is very important to know who is in front of you. Every rider has an unique style and tries to transfer it to the road. Downhill bombing or some stand-up freeriding make a huge impact for filming. So mostly I like to skate a run together, to get to know the skater I am about to film. ~ Nussi

When Nussi and I got together, we decided to hit a fun and fast track somewhere close to Salzburg, to show you how he handles the car. If you pay attention closely, you will notice how he drifts “sideways” in a second corner!

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When going out filming a raw run, Nussi uses a tripod car mount and a Canon DSLR for filming in high resolution and 25 frames per second.
By the way, this raw run was filmed with a VW Polo, which is “small & crispy”, just as Nussi likes a follow car to be. Still, Nussi also has a slightly passion for big old cars 😉

Cuban Linx - The Juergen Gritzner transportation project, Kebbek Skateboards

Cuban Linx – The Juergen Gritzner transportation project

Austrian shredder Juergen Gritzner has set out to make an incremental change in the lives of 100 Cubans by bringing 100 skateboards to the island to give away.

Cuban Linx - The Juergen Gritzner transportation project, Kebbek Skateboards

For decades, Cuba has had limited access to western lifestyle sports through crippling trade embargoes imposed during the Cold War. Juergen feels that the act of skateboarding has empowered him as he grew from adolescent into adulthood and believes that his sense of community and self-esteem are directly related to his many hours and years rolling through the streets of Vienna and mountains of Austria.

Where one is born has a huge impact on the opportunities that await a human existence and Juergen knows how little people have to struggle in Austria to achieve the basic subsidence compared to virtually everywhere else on the planet. His goal is to use his good fortune achieved through the simple act of skateboarding and pay it forward.

Grinding on a hot day © Skateboards For Hope

Juergen and his board sponsor KebbeK Skateboards of Canada have teamed up with Skateboards for Hope, a not-for-profit organisation based in Montreal to ship 100 complete Juergen Gritzner pro-model boards to Havana to be given out in the first two weeks of 2016.

The objective is to provide an alternative form of clean and healthy transportation to adolescents and young adults in Cuba. By providing these boards, Juergen hopes to help people be able to get to and from university or work and of course engage in thrill that skateboarding gives him.

The Havana Crew © Skateboards For Hope

Skateboard for Hope is organising the events with the help of the Longboarding for Peace Movement in the New Year in and around Havana with local advocates. Both organisations work to create an oasis of trust and freedom for children, so they can get inspired to become strong leaders in their communities.

With this donation from Kebbek, Skateboards for Hope will see the creation of their first skateboard school in Havana and Juergen will be more than happy to inaugurate the school by giving away his pro model.


Kebbek Skateboards
KebbeK Skateboards is a manufacturer of skateboards based in Canada founded in 1992 by Ian Comishin. For this project they will be donating over $20,000 worth of equipment and 10 000$ in flights, accommodations and meals.

Longboarding for Peace
Longboarding for Peace (LFP) is a movement of peace, balance and justice powered by skateboarders. It was founded by Concrete Wave Magazine publisher Michael Brooke as a vessel for change. It currently operates in over 25 countries with a volunteer “army of peace.” LFP helps co-ordinate delivery of skateboards from a number of generous companies. LFP will flying Betty Esperanza down to Cuba for this trip where she will be teaching the curriculum that has been created specifically for students. A detailed story about the trip will be appearing in the March issue of Concrete Wave.

Skateboards for Hope
Skateboards for Hope gives underprivileged children the tools to break the cycle of poverty. Recycled and reused skateboards, longboards and equipment are donated to youth all over the world to promote and teach them the message of community, collaboration and trust. Founder, Betty Esperanza lives her dream through this amazing project; Using skateboards as a tool for hope to build sustainable community projects for youth all over the world.

Hellman Worldwide Logistics
Hellmann is helping out with the transportation of the equipment.

We will keep you posted about this project.

If you are down for helping out, you can share this post for world to see the good work this organisation are doing. Thank you!

Newton's Shred show episode 6

Newton’s Shred show Episode #006

Newton's Shred show episode 6

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally got my shit together and brought a Ferrari…
Wait, that’s not what this column is about?!?

Ok ok, wrong website, well here I am to introduce to the show I’m running for Newton’s Shred, I could fill you in with all the details, but hey, that would take a while to write and I prefer to talk.
Anyone out there feel like typing it up for me? 😉

This was recorded on friday, but to delays only released on sunday, which explains some of the difference in timing.

Check out the intro below for the show, then scroll down to find episode 006.

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You can stream this episode from this page as Audio or Video, to subscribe, check out the links at the bottom.


Audio – Catch up with Sam Holding

If you listen to the show here on Soundcloud, you’ll have the bonus Catch Up session with Sam Holding, where we talk about his long distance push through the desert and working with Orangatang and Original in USA.

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Video – Newton’s Shred show EP #006

In this week’s episode I talk about Skate To Escape’s Winter Chaos outlaw race, The Santa Cruise and New Year’s Skate Bash. There’s also some sweet video recommendations in the Dishonourable Mentions segment that are worth your time.

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I want to extend the boundaries of the human nature – The Steven Vera Interview

Landyachtz has been around for almost two decades. If you haven’t started longboarding just yesterday, you should know them very well by now, if not, you will get to know them soon enough for sure. Since day one, they’re pushing the scene by contributing with board development as well as supporting many talented skaters around the globe.

The team over at Landyachtz brings together an impressive mixture of personalities and skateboarding skills. Throughout the recent history of downhill skateboarding they’ve gained a well deserved worldwide recognition and have achieved a lot.

However, this year they stepped up the game by inviting Steven Vera to their OG crew, stretching its diversity more than ever.

Steven Vera © Jon Sevik
Steven Vera © Jon Sevik

Vera is American/Ecuadorian by nationality and currently 21 years young, residing in New York, where it all started for him. His positive attitude, diverse skateboarding style and life achievements at such a young age stand out in today’s crowded skateboarding scene. Getting to know and interview him was a great pleasure. Let’s drop in.

Vera’s backround

His journey on the board began around 5 years ago, back in 2010, while he was in high school in New Jersey. After graduating he moved to Brooklyn, New York for a short period before he started traveling. “The city and its people took me in like family“, he says, hence why he represents the City all the time.

Steven Vera © Jon Sevik
Steven Vera © Jon Sevik

Watching him flipping the board with such precision and so much steeze, one would probably think that he must have had a solid street skateboarding background before getting into longboarding, but he doesn’t. As he says, he loves the concept of skating in the streets though and he thanks the City of New York for that.

Street skating is rad and all but I like having a setup where I can do it all. From tre-flipping off a bank to going straight to DH/Freeride. I also like pushing fast on gusher wheels because when you’re on small hard wheels, chances of reaching from point A to B are not enough, at least for me.

At the time when Vera started longboarding, Bustin was big in Brooklyn and their OG crew (Solomon Lang, Adam Crigler, Cami Best, Marc Rodrigues, Paulie Connor) had a big influence on his drive which started gaining power rapidly. It didn’t take long for Bustin to recognize his huge potential and embrace his creative ways of skating. In 2011, he joined their team.

He had a great time with the Bustin family and he remembers the Broadway Bomb 2012 in NYC as one the raddest times they had together.

These guys took me in like family when I knew nobody in the city and that’s what I liked so much about it, for I didn’t feel like I was only representing the brand at the time, but those OGs who’ve given a positive approach to the community over here in NYC.

Back than, longboarders would often be disliked online by short sighted skaters who couldn’t bare that there’s much more to skateboarding than what they were doing. Vera was no exception, but that never brought him down. As he says, at the end of the day it only made him want to skate his style even more.

Steven Vera © Jon Sevik
Steven Vera © Jon Sevik

Showing his little brother that the possibilities of doing anything is in his reach if he would work hard for, was additional motivation that helped him pave his own way.

I don’t want to be normal, I want to extend the boundaries of the human nature, I want to be unique with my own style unlike anyone has ever seen. I want to be different.

Vera had a great time with Bustin, that’s for sure and his role in the company’s marketing was huge. But those days are now over. Talking openly about these things can be hard or somewhat unpleasant. I really appreciate his willingness to share with us the reason why he left, showing that he’s an open and honest person as well.

I left because that good old vibe left a long time ago. And it’s understandable when a company is growing to help out others but in my opinion, you should always remember who backed you up when you started. No beef though, I wish nothing but the best for the company and its riders.

The business of skateboarding

Some skaters have a hard time mixing business with skateboarding. Some might feel that combining the two alienates the reason why they started skating in the first place.

Steven Vera © Jon Sevik
Steven Vera © Jon Sevik

Feeling like being a marketing tool in hands of a businessman can easily lead to a loss of interest for pursuing the career as pro skateboarder. Here’s what Vera thinks about it.

Everyone has a different way of seeing it and for me, I believe skateboarding should somewhat be treated as a business if one wishes to get something back from it. Especially if you’re a company/mag/rider etc that is funding the sport in the progress. Take the Berrics for example, why do you think the future has been bright for them?

But as he points out, balance is the key.

That being said, I also believe you should always try finding the balance in remembering your roots and have fun doing it because at the end of the day, for me at least, seeing a kid of any age, any gender, be hooked on this sport and away from the negativity of this world tells me I’m doing something right.

Vera is grateful for all opportunities he got in every sense of the manner. He’s traveling at a young age, exploring and understanding different cultures. As he’s not taking part in school at the moment, though he feels that this has been his education so far and wouldn’t give it up for the world.

Steven Vera © Micheal Alfuso
Steven Vera © Micheal Alfuso
Steven Vera © Micheal Alfuso
Steven Vera © Micheal Alfuso

He’s open minded and doesn’t like staying in one field when it comes to making a living. He freelances a lot with modelling gigs, photography and projects he does with the companies he’s sponsored by. He also helps his father with his trucking business back in the east coast.

In addition to that he says:

Hell, I even work in the sponsored companies’ warehouse just because I support my companies’ big time and I always like to know what’s up with the fam!

When he started skateboarding, Vera never expected to do it professionally. Skateboarding has always been his canvas and as any artist with passion for their craft, one likes to perfect it, no matter what, he says.

A bright future with Landyachtz

It’s too soon to talk about it, I guess. But from what we’ve seen so far, Landyacthz is a company that’s loyal to the scene and riders who represent it. They obviously have a great time together and care much for each other so this sounds like a great place for Vera to settle down.

My mission is to, literally, Skate and Explore and get more work done with these guys! They really skate everything! And that’s something I’m really stoked about.

Landyachtz team @ Landyachtz
Landyachtz team @ Landyachtz

Vera hasn’t been skating in Europe yet but we hope to the see him fly over as soon as possible and urge Landyachtz to make it happen for him 🙂

Vera’s choice of Landyachtz decks

Landyachtz - The Tomahawk
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LY Tomahawk 2015 – Vera’s Board of choice.
LY Loco 33 – when he hits the skatepark
LY Drop Carve 37 – when he’s heading to the city for a cruise and want to do a flat ground session
LY Dinghy – Vera’s go-to board when it comes to the store or running errands.

Shoutouts

Shoutout to my other sponsors Bear Trucks, Orangatang Wheels and Triple 8 Helmets for always constantly having my back and my parents!


Related links

Steven Vera official Facebook page
Jon Sevik – Photography
Michael Alfuso, Alfuso Film – Video production & photography
Landyachtz skateboards

Living Room Bowl

Opening of the Living Room Bowl in a 400 years old house across the Pogo farm

Few days ago, on November 21st, I was working late into a night when a chat window popped out at 3:50 am. It was Reinhold (Skoa Trucks), replying to a message I sent him earlier that evening. He was saying “Hi! Sorry that I haven’t got much time… I was helping a friend to get his bowl inside a 400 years old house ready for the opening today… Its now 3.50 o’clock and we are done!!!“.

There you have it! The opening party video 🙂 Watch it and if you are interested to see more photos of the bowl in the making as well as some more shots from the party, check out Confusion Magazine’s post here.

Congrats to Pogo crew for such a cool project! Looks like the guys ‘n gals are going to have a place to play during this cold winter. Have fun!

#ACOS Issue 4

Sabre Trucks welcomes Jorge Pernes, young gun Roman Tschofen joins Walzen family and more

Our headquarters is busy developing a tool for faster content delivery which will enable you to plug in your creatives directly into our streaming system. We’ll let you know more about it as soon as it’s ready. In the meanwhile, here are a few exciting videos. Watch them to make sure that your stoke level stays up high. Use #ACOS or #LBMAGEU hashtags when posting on social media to help us track down your posts faster. Everyone is welcome to join the party and anything goes as long as it’s rad and interesting.


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Skate the Peaks – Ben’s tribute to Peak District’s amazing downhill skateboarding scene

About a month ago, Ben Holmes (Arbor Skateboards UK and Sucrose Wheels UK) released a longboard film “Skate the Peaks” as a tribute to Peak District’s amazing downhill skateboarding scene featuring some of the best UK’s longboarding spots and UKDH community members.

He’s been stacking the footage since April and it took him additional five weeks to complete the edit. The film covers 12 spots and according to Ben, the best would probably be a secret spot called “GK” or as mentioned in the movie, “a secret downhill testing facility”.

You might also be interested to watch some other notable Ben’s works, like “Lyndsay McLaren || Easy to Love” or “Slacklining Trip || The Lake District”.

Video - Lyndsay McLaren || Easy to Love
Video – Lyndsay McLaren || Easy to Love
Video - Slacklining Trip || The Lake District
Video – Slacklining Trip || The Lake District

Behind the scenes for Skate the Peaks 2015

There’s a nice interview with Ben about the making of the video over at Thrill’s website, in case you’re interested to find out how that went down.

You can follow Ben around via his Facebook page “Ben Holmes Media“.

A Cup Of Stoke - Issue 3

Longboard Tour Morocco, Markus Knoblechner joins Root, T-shirt announcement

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A Cup Of Stoke - Issue 3

Welcome to another #ACOS live post – Issue 3! Check out some of the best stuff we curated for you in the past 24 hours and stay tuned for more as we add new cool media and info during the day. Use #ACOS or #LBMAGEU hashtags when posting on social media to help us track down your posts faster. Everyone is welcome to join the party and anything goes as long as it’s rad and interesting.

Let’s do this!


RAJU CAMP BroRuns, Team Andalucia at the Po-Po

Checkout the latest edit coming from Andalucia by RAJU Camp squad and Team Andalucia at one of their favourite local runs, Po-Po. If you are down for some adventure around Malaga, another RAJU Camp is announced for the February 2016. We’ll keep you posted!


Let’s do more of what matters

If you’re going to share something on social media today, let this be it. A message delivered by Yassine Boundouq from Safi in Morocco, holds a great value which almost seemed to be forgotten – we should step out from our self-centred minds and reach out to others.

He traveled 3000 kilometers throughout Morocco on a longboard meeting people, with a noble goal on his mind; To spread the culture of longboarding and inspire people to create communities and space for it. His message to the world is:

I am living for the longboard and no matter how bad it is or how bad it’s gonna get , I am still going to spread the longboarding culture out here ~ Yassine Boundouq

As he describes in a post on Facebook, he’s thankful and proud of what he achieved. He feels like he made a difference as people are getting more and more interested into the Longboard Sessions he organises, as well as starting sessions and communities in their cities across Morocco.

Well, Yassine, you have a big fat respect from us, that’s for sure!


BMS announces dates for Alpenrauschen 2016

Alpenrauschen track © BigMountainSkate
Alpenrauschen track © BigMountainSkate

Last year’s Alpenrauschen organised by BigMountainSkate.com crew was so much fun despite the bad weather which resulted in downsized number of runs. Those who went can tell you only the best about it and the same goes for other BMS events. Decision hasn’t been done yet if it’s going to be a four or three days event. For now, the announced dates or June 9th – June 12th, 2016. Can’t wait!


Root welcomes Markus Knoblechner to their team

Markus Knoblechner is excited as he got welcomed to the Root Longboards team. The guys are a great bunch of skaters doing great stuff and Markus will definitely enjoy their company as well as contribute a lot with his skateboarding, filming and writing skills.

I am super happy to shred those beauties. I love the boards and the badass graphics from Boogie! Also, Root has such a great team of skaters and I am really proud to be a part of it! Damn, it just started to snow here and I’ll have to wait awhile till I can take the Bughuul out for a skate in 2016. ~ Markus Knoblechner


LBMAGEU T-shirts announcement

UPDATE: Check out the Longboard Magazine T-shirt here. It’s awesome 🙂

We are out of our minds for this one! While Markus was “spamming” longboarding related Facebook groups with our website link, Andrea Berton, a great Italian artista, got in touch with him. We immediately fell in love with his works and agreed that he will design a graphic for the first Longboard Magazine Europe t-shirt. Hopefully, it should be available for purchase sometimes in December 2015. We’ll let you know more soon!

Corefilio designs © Andrea Berton
Corefilio t-shirt designs © Andrea Berton

Andrea has also done some art for Earthwing skateboards. Check it out on Corefolio FB page or it’s official website. Rock on, Andrea!


Team Andalucia

The guys from Andalucia are tearing local runs apart with no mercy. While since yesterday most of Europe is covered with snow, they enjoy beautiful weather conditions throughout all the winter. Bastards! Nah, we’re just playin with them, they’re alright 🙂 Watch the video and be amazed.

Z&G Skatehouse is down there to feed your unrestful skate demons during these cold times. They have plenty to offer including some of the best roads in the area, if not the whole Spain. For only about 55 eur per day, you’ll get the whole experience, from food and transfer to skating incredible runs with some great people. Check out Z&G Skatehouse’s website for more info.


Featured photo by Sergio Herrada

Justo Mullor going toesideways © Sergio Herrada
Justo Mullor going toesideways © Sergio Herrada

For your viewing pleasure we’re featuring this awesome photo of Justo Mullor  repping 992 Custom Longboards sideways, shot by Sergio Herrada, a freelance photographer and SpinoS Custom Longboards & Diversur team rider. Follow Z4 Longboard Almeria for more.


You’ve reached the end of today’s #ACOS live post. Use #ACOS or #LBMAGEU hashtags when posting on social media to help us track down your posts faster. Everyone is welcome to join the party and anything goes as long as it’s rad and interesting. Please, don’t abuse it 🙂

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Federico and Roberto slaying Almabtrieb, Gipsy Team 2016 trailer, Tuck Yeah and more

Hey rippers! We’re back with the second issue of the #ACOS series showcasing some of the coolest stuff that came out today. Check out Alex’s freshly baked video featuring Federico and Roberto, Gipsy Team’s 2016 trailer and Tuck Yeah Apparel’s coolest t-shirts ever. There’s an official announcement for the SKOA’s newest team member as well as Pernes’s failed attempt of flying. Enjoy and share the stoke!


Federico and Roberto – Almabtrieb 2014

Alexander “Tiki” Frischauf (Streetluge-Austria.at) shoots out another great video, this time from last year’s Almabtrieb 2014, featuring Federico Barbezio and Roberto Marasca, the Verdicchio Race organisers. Thumbs up for a great choice of music 🙂

Another good news which popped out recently is that Almabtrieb is coming back in 2016 and the race is announced to be a part of the BigMountainSkate series, held on a furiously fast road in Austria. Woohoo!


The Gipsy Team says “We will be back”

The notorious skate gang from Italy has been around for a while now and it looks like they don’t intend to leave. Well, that’s good to know 🙂 Bring it on bit***, the game is on! One of the bangers and a good friend of mine, Stefano Barbizzi also runs a project in his basement, the Tuck Yeah Apparel. You should check out the stuff he does, it’s cool. Even James Kelly wears Tuck Yeah stuff, which confirms it’s worthy 🙂

Tuck Yeah Apparel's latest t-shirts © Tuck Yeah
Tuck Yeah Apparel’s latest t-shirts © Tuck Yeah

If you are stoked about having one of these unmatching cool t-shirts, you can get it for 14,90 € at BDS Ricami website. Worth every cent!


It’s official: Pablo Quiles joins Skoa team

Pablo Quiles joins SKOA Trucks team

This is kind of like a “last year’s snow” but since yesterday, he got a well deserved feature on their website. So now, it’s official. Congratulations! Here’s what Reinhold Uhrner from SKOA Trucks says about it:

For us Pablo is a very important skater and we like how he lives the skate life. We are impressed how he and his spanish friends build up the whole Gnarlicante scene (Salsito House, Gnarlicante Tours, Gnarlicante Longboard Shop, etc) he is really focused in all he is doing and with his passion for skating he is pushing the whole European skate scene. ~ Reinhold Uhrner

Nicely said, Reinhold and well done, Pablo! We’re looking forward to see what this collab has to it.


Jorge Pernes belives he can fly!

Jorge Pernes belives he can fly!

Cult’s Jorge Pernes was out there playing with some prototype wheels. If you’ve missed it, check out this short video featuring him flying off the board while doing a Switch 180. “You won’t belive what happens next” style!


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A Cup Of Stoke / Issue #1

Announcing Gnarlicante O&H wheels while DTC chips in with new slide gloves

We’re popping out with the first collection post in the A Cup Of Stoke series. As you know, we’ve launched our website just recently and there’s much stuff that needs more tweaking so expect some changes and upgrades.

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Gnarlicante / Olson & Hekmati wheels

Alex Dehmel has landed in Alicante and is already enjoying sweet Spanish hills with Pablo Quiles. As Olson & Hekmati is known to be one of their biggest supporters, they’ve announced new Gnarlicante / O&H wheels.

Alex Dehmel & Pablo Quiles © Alex Dehmel
Alex Dehmel & Pablo Quiles © Alex Dehmel
Gnarlicante / O&H Wheels © Bjoern Hekmati
Gnarlicante / O&H Wheels © Bjoern Hekmati

They are white, have a cool graphic and are soft as fuck having a duro of 76a. The rest remains a mystery so far. In one of my recent conversations with Pablo regarding an article I’m putting together to introduce Alicante as one the winter longboarding destination, he promised smooth slides, great roll speed and more. I guess they are going to be soon up on a Gnarlicante Longboard Store, price remains unknown to this point. Let’s see where this goes – we’ll keep you posted.

Update: You can get these over at O&H store now for 42,82 Euros (discounted from 54,90 Euros). Knock yourself out 🙂


DTC releases new slide gloves

DTC Distribution announced new DTC PRG slide gloves. These are meant to be extra comfortable, providing a perfect fit comparable to golfing gloves. Sounds nice.

DTC Slide Gloves © DTC Distribution
DTC Slide Gloves © DTC Distribution

They also seem to be “leather suit friendly” thanks to the position of a tightening band which is placed over the upper side of a palm, rather then around a wrist. Stretchable fabric and additional perforated leather makes them great for hot summer days while being durable in contrast to slide gloves made fully of fabric (aka freeride gloves). Did I mention the double leather layer on finger tips? I did now.  Price is more than fair, you can get them for only 45 Euros. Definitely worth the money. Also, their sleek design kicks asses!


LGC repping in a video ad

Longboard Girls Crew did a great job repping in a video commercial for Bouygues Telecom, one of France’s biggest telephone companies. The video was shot in Southern France and features LGC girls including Eider Walls, Ishtar Bäcklund, Lyde Begue, Noelia Otegui, Femke Bosma and Valeria Kechichian. To make sure everything meets required standards, the ad was shot under the orders of Ty Evans, director of Pretty Sweet and We Are Blood. Jump over to their website for some nice looking photographs.


Mischo Erban featuring Next Boards

We’ve shared this massive achievement in one of our earlier posts, when Mischo Erban rolled into the Guinness Book Of World Records by skating on what is currently being the fastest electric skateboard / longboard on the planet. Here’s the official video recap, filmed and edited by Flying Focus (Yvone Labarthe). Watch the video to found out how the whole project went down.

Related: Mischo Erban sets a speed record with NGV electric skateboard


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Amazing downhill skateboarding in the Alps under the full moon – Project Moonlight

We’ve been waiting for a highly creative video like this one for the whole year. As it almost seemed like there’s not going to be any, Yvone Labarthe (Flying Focus) and a dedicated group of shredders finally made one.

Update, October 10th, 2016
Unfortunately, Yvone Labarthe had to remove this awesome video from the Internet according to the authorities who run the national park where the filming took place.

Skateboarding down the alpine road in a night-time, lit only by the moonlight, can be frightening, mysterious and a wonderful experience at the same time, especially when you do it with a bunch of rad people. If you haven’t done that yet, this video will definitely get you stoked about it.

Until now, we haven’t had the chance to see it captured in such a great quality, creative setup and performance. In order to shoot a video like this one, you’ll need a bit more pricey camera, like Sony a7s, but that’s not the only problem.

Project Moonlight filming crew © Remi Nguyen Cao
Some of the Project Moonlight’s filming crew © Remi Nguyen Cao

The Challenge

I’ve had a quick chat with Yvone about it who says that the biggest challenge was to have all the required conditions fulfilled. There are only four days of a full moon during a month and in addition to that, the sky has to be clear, plus, all the riders have to available for filming.

Another interesting fact which Yvone brought to my attention is that the footage is so clear due to the high altitude of the locations where it was taken.

Project Moonlight © Remi Nguyen Cao
Project Moonlight © Remi Nguyen Cao
Project Moonlight © Remi Nguyen Cao
Project Moonlight © Remi Nguyen Cao

Filming locations

The video was filmed on two mountain passes in France. The first one is Cormet de Roselend (1,967 m) in the department of Savoie and the second is Col de la Bonette (2,715 m), a high mountain pass near the border with Italy.

I believe that this piece will definitely get it’s well deserved place in the history of downhill skateboarding videos. It’s simply mind-blowingly-amazing.

Follow Flying Focus on Facebook or check out the official website.

Featured riders: Mathieu Zeder, Johanne Grandjean, Pierre Hardillier, Greg Péré, Keven Le Ber, Jules Hornung and Maxime Sorek
Photographers: Alban Pernet and Rémi Nguyen Cao
Special thanks: Artiom Missiri, Ana Lowry, Lyde Begue, Diogo Costa and Roman Brunisholz.

Mirko Paoloni & Majanal Crew

Mirko Paoloni meets his homies from Majanal Crew for some grip n rip fun

During the summer holidays Mirko Paoloni (@pinguz23) had the chance to hang out with his homies, the Majanal Crew from Rome, Italy. Andrea Cararo, Lorenzo Carosi and Mirko spent most of their time scouting Rome’s surroundings for some new hills and found amazing downhill runs they’ve never skated before. Watch the guys rip and grip while enjoying a classic day up on the hill.

Featured skaters
Mirko Paoloni (Atlas Truck Co, Cloud Ride Wheels, G-Form, Easygoinc Longboards, Moreboards, Falla)
Andrea Cararo (Majanal Crew, Kahuna Shop, Knog)
Lorenzo Carosi (Majanal Crew, Kahuna Shop, Knog)

Skateboarding is fun and always should be – The Jürgen Gritzner Interview

Jürgen Gritzner is a badass and well known downhill skateboarder from Austria. He’s also the first and so far the only Austrian who’s got his pro model deck produced by a non-Austrian company. We’ve met for a chat and talked about how his relationship with Kebbek Skateboards started in the first place, how he ended up on the RAD Wheels and Caliber Trucks flow team as well, about his alter ego “Ill Eagle” and his views on racing. Let’s drop in!

Jürgen Gritzner shredding a bowl. Photo by Markus Knoblechner
Jürgen Gritzner shredding a bowl. Photo by Markus Knoblechner

“Be true to yourself. Skateboarding is fun and always should be.” ~ Jürgen Gritzner

Hey Jürgen! How are you dude?
I’m fine! Thank you for asking. Partying and skating with the homies, you know, the usual business.

Great! To start off, tell us about how you got hooked up with Kebbek Skateboards?
It’s funny how that went down. My buddy, Felix Rupitsch (Bigmountainskate.com) was partying at a local Bastl Boards Bash and met the German distributor for Kebbek. They talked, had fun and in the end he mentioned that Kebbek’s looking for a European skater to represent them. Felix told him some s*** about me, how I love skateboarding, creating music and art, plus all other kinds of things I care about very much. It all ended up with Kebbek being pretty excited to get me on board and the next time I’ve met Felix, he asked if I would like join Kebbek’s team. I said “F*** yeah”, got in touch with them and sealed the deal. Later on, when I was already on their team, I finally got to meet Ian, the founder of Kebbek Skateboards.

That’s great. So, Kebbek was your first sponsor. How did you manage to get involved with your other sponsors? You’re also on a RAD Wheels team, right?
Yes, Kebbek was my first sponsor. Joining their team spiked up my motivation to travel to the USA and get some skate action overseas. I went there by myself and got to know the Skate House Media dudes. We were skating together all days long. A year later, in winter 2012/13, I managed to get back to the States, but this time I went with my homie Flo Wagner (Landyachtz Longboards, Hawgs Wheels) and we stayed there for five weeks. We’ve met Louis Pilloni in San Diego and showed us around the Sector 9 headquarters. That was exciting. He hooked us up with some wheels and a bunch of stickers. Loads of stickers. At some point, he finally turned over to me and asked “You wanna join the RAD crew?”. You can assume what my answer was, haha!

Jürgen Gritzner at Bela Joyride 2015 © CK Photography
Jürgen Gritzner at Bela Joyride 2015 © CK Photography

Of course, your answer was “F*** yeah!”. And you’re repping the Caliber Trucks as well, right?
That’s true, yes. It was not long after we’ve returned back home to Austria when I received a phone call from Dave Tinachi. He told about James Kelly joining the Caliber Trucks, but what really flipped me, was when said how each pro skater on their team gets to choose one “flow team rider” as well and that James chose me! Pretty rad!

What’s expected from you as a team rider for Kebbek and the other sponsors?
Basic stuff, you know. Going out skateboarding, snapping some shots and doing some other media works, like movies and sharing online. Once I mentioned that I would enjoy doing some graphics as well and Ian gave me the chance to do the designs for some flyers, stickers, posters and similar for Kebbek in 2014. Later that year, I also proposed that we could produce a promotion video for my pro model boards. Teammates Katiana Torrebella and Benjamin Dubreuil joined the party and we went on a nice skate trip for filming in a skateboarding heaven, Barcelona. My homies over at Frame Fatale from Vienna did a really good job filming and editing this movie.

That’s a great video. How did you end up with pro model boards?
After ISPO 2013, Ian and I really got to know each other. After we did a promotion tour across Europe he arranged a job for me in a German company where he was working as well. We talked a lot about skateboarding, my visions and other stuff. I guess he enjoyed having me around and wanted to push my skateboarding even further. He kind of mentioned once something about the pro model deck, but it didn’t seem to be so serious at that time. It was as all nice and chilled until at ISPO 2014 he pulled out a catalogue with the new boards. As I had a look at it, I saw my pro model downhill and pool decks in there. A big surprise! F***, Ian just knew that I also love to shred trannies and street. I was very happy about it.

Jürgen Gritzner - Alps by Kebbek Skateboards
Jürgen Gritzner – Alps by Kebbek Skateboards

So, Ian kind of secretly examined your skateboarding mind?
Haha! Well yes, if you want to put it that way. In order to pull that off with the pool deck, he definitely had to sneak into my mind. Regarding the downhill deck, he already knew what I like. I told him that I would love it if the board would feature a kicktail to be able to play around and that a platform has to be wide enough for my big feet. The same goes for a solid concave and a rocker. He did a pretty good job! I got even more stoked about it when he included “Ill Eagle” in the graphics for both boards.

What is “Ill Eagle”?
It’s kind of my alter ego, my artistic name. For example, I build skateboards with old snowboard moulds and create lots of art pieces with my hands. And in the end, it stands a symbol of my rebellious personality and skateboarding style. I’m always flying around! Haha!

Jürgen Gritzner - Ill Eagle
Jürgen Gritzner’s alter ego Ill Eagle
Jürgen Gritzner in his workshop
Jürgen Gritzner in his workshop

Most people know you for your badass freeride style, but probably for some racing as well as you where “flying” at Kozakov back in 2014. Where do you draw a line between racing and freeride?
Phuu, I think those two are hard to separate. Personally, I think in racing there are moments and situations which almost never happen while freeriding. And this is good as it is. Those special moments give me the thrill of racing on a skateboard. Only in racing you push your limits to 110%.
With freeriding it is just all about fun, racing is really serious. I never freeride without my homies. You know, I want to enjoy a good sunny day full of skateboarding without any stress and unhealthy competition.

Jürgen Gritzner at PND 2014 © Dmitri Elson
Jürgen Gritzner leading the pack at PND 2014 © Dmitri Elson

But you are still a competitive skater?
Hm, that’s a hard question. Probably, there are times when I get extra ambitious, especially when racing. But I’m not that eager for winning like some riders out there, who are ready to subordinate everything just to win a heat or a race. I’m definitely not that kind of a skater. I love racing and getting that adrenaline rush, but some people are just going to crazy about winning. You can often see how they f*** each other up. This is not something that I stand for. What we do when racing is still skateboarding. Be true to yourself. Skateboarding is fun and always should be.

Great words and a nice closure for our interview. Any more last words, Jürgen?
Yes, I think so as well. Go out, skate and have fun. And of course big thanks to my sponsors Kebbek Skateboards, RAD Wheels and Caliber Trucks as well as a big shoutout to my homies!


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Ian Freire winning the Red Bull No Paws Down 2015. Photo by CK Photography

Ian Freire’s Eurotour 2015 video recap

Ian Freire, the Red Bull No Paws Down 2015 champ dropped in with his Eurotour 2015 video recap. We had a quick chat so check out the videos and read-through to see what he has to say about it.

At the end of June 2015, me and my teammates and good friends from Face Skate Wheels, Tiago Mohr and Carlos Paixao packed up and travelled overseas to Europe. First stop was Italy where we joined up with our good friend, also a Face Skate team rider, Fillipo Salerni. We stuffed our gear in his awesome van and started our Eurotour. Mission objective – Hit some IDF races and freeride across Europe.

Tiago, Carlos and Ian at Kozakov '15. Photo by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cgsa.cgsa" target="_blank">CGSA</a>
Tiago, Carlos and Ian at Kozakov ’15. Photo by CGSA
Tiago Mohr at Kozakov '15. Photo by CGSA
Tiago Mohr at Kozakov ’15. Photo by CGSA
Fillipo Salerni at Kozakov '15. Photo by CGSA
Fillipo Salerni at Kozakov ’15. Photo by CGSA

We went to three races, TMI Lillyhammer, Kozakov Challenge and the Verdicchio Race while always freeriding some sick spots between the events. I’m not much of a racer, but my buddies did well. Carlos won Verdicchio Race and was 3rd at Kozakov, Tiago was 6th at Verdicchio and Filippo’s best result was 45th at Kozakov.

We also skated the KnK Longboard Camp. For me it turned out to be the best time of the trip. I was wondering how Slovenia would be like and it turned out to be a super sick and wild place with rivers, thick green forests and massive mountains surrounding the Bear’s Guts.

Ian Freire at KnK '15. Photo by Luca Longboards
Ian Freire at KnK ’15. Photo by Luca Longboards

I ended up winning the Red Bull No Paws Down race and couldn’t be more stoked about it! I was so happy to finish the event like that after so many days of riding!

Ian Freire winning the Red Bull No Paws Down 2015. Photo by CK Photography
Ian Freire (1st), Dominic Shenk (2nd), Thomas Rushovich (3rd) at Red Bull No Paws Down 2015. Photo by CK Photography

40 days later, after traveling through 11 countries, we’ve made it back to Italy with the best memories possible and smiles on our faces. Mission accomplished. We can’t wait for 2016 and are already planning our Eurotour for next year. See you soon again everyone!

Words by Ian Freire

Ian Freire repps these fine companies:
Face Skate Wheels, Coast Skateboards and Rhino Skate Shop