Clash Of Brands 2017 - Longboard race for teams

Clash Of Brands 2017 – Team race in Jungholz, Austria

Allgäuer Longboardverein, the oldest longboard club in Germany, is set to freshen up the European dh skateboarding scene with the first edition of Clash Of Brands 2017, a race where teams will battle to win their sponsor the “Master Of Brands 2017” title.

The event is scheduled to take place on the well known World Cup race track Jungholz in Austria, from Friday, September 8th till Saturday, September 9th, 2017.

The companies are now welcome to sign up their teams (up to 4 riders) that will represent their brand and race against the other teams.

The entry fee per rider is 110,00 Euros and the riders limit is 20 teams (80 riders). To join with your team send an email to albv@web.de and the organisation crew will take it from there.

Don’t want to race? Wanna freeride? No worries…The organisers got you covered by offering additional 30 spots available for the freeride. The registration fee for the freeride only is 90,00 Euros and you can register now via Freerides.org.

Don’t miss out.

What makes team racing so great?

Team racing is not a new concept but it hasn’t been much practiced in Europe.  However, many riders seem to be stoked about it which gives me the confidence to say that it might become quite popular.

Compared to the standard racing format where each rider competes on his/her own against the other riders, in team racing the riders will race shoulder to shoulder with their teammates against the other team.

One of the six corners at Clash Of Brands. Photo by Gordon Timpen (Gordon Photography)
One of the six corners at Clash Of Brands. Photo by Gordon Timpen @ Gordon Photography

Two teams of four, racing and making sure that every team member is as fast as possible. This means that the riders will have to work together to develop strategies, help each other with drafting and similar. Obviously, group effort will be required to win the race. The riders will get to know each other better and build stronger relationships.

What’s in it for the companies and their brand?

Besides the “team building” for their riders, the Clash Of Brands race also presents a great advertising opportunity for the companies that will sign up with their teams.

Having a team of riders racing to win the “Master Of Brands” title, working together, producing and streaming media, promoting the company…Hopefully the business owners will recognise the potential for investing into the event by signing up their teams.

About the COB 2017 race-track

Clash Of Brands 2017 will be held on the Jungholz track in Austria. The same has been the venue for the Jungholz Downhill since 2005 and it also hosted the 2007 Almabtrieb race. This track has a really rich racing history.

To get a taste of theClash Of Brands 2017 track watch the following video…

The Clash Of the Brands track stretches for 1.4 km and it is packed with 6 challenging corners. The smooth pavement will ensure a good roll speed as well as the smooth slides and solid amount of grip to rail some of the corners. The top speed the riders can reach is around 85 kmh.

Information for the riders

Included in the registration fee the riders will enjoy 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners as well as the provided campsite.

The organisers promise the first two evenings to include a DJ set while the last evening the riders will enjoy the live concert by local bands. The evening parties are exclusive to the riders.

The first runs will start dropping on Friday, September 8th so everyone is expected to arrive on Thursday evening and check-in at the registration office from 20:00 pm on.

The required protection gear for racing includes full-face helmet, slide gloves and leather suit while for the freeride the riders are required to wear a full face, slide gloves and the pads. Of course the organisers highly recommend the use of back protector as well, but it’s up to the riders to decide.

Good luck everyone!

#clashofbrands sponsors

Clash Of Brands 2017 is presented by ALBV – Allgäuer Longboardverein.

Sponsors of the event are:

Barbers Best
Gordon Photography
Luftaufnahmen Allgäu
Zötler Brauerei
Allgäu Live In
King Lui Boards
Tannheimer Tal
Dozerpucks

Clash Of Brands 2017 - Longboard race for teams

Skaid all together - a social project for refugees

Skaid brings locals and refugees together with skateboarding

Skaid is a freshly founded social project with the aim of connecting people from different cultures and social backgrounds through sharing positive experiences in sports.

Skaid all together - a social project for refugees

With a clear mindset, their first goal was to organize skate and longboard workshops for refugees, guided by the locals.

The first workshop called “Skaid – all together” took place on the 21st of May at Landhausplatz in Innsbruck.

Skaid all together - a social project for refugees

Besides the Skaid workshops for refugees, the gathering also offered a chill out area, a lottery with prizes and a King of the line contest amongst other things.

Skaid gave people a chance to get a first glimpse of skateboarding, get to feel how a rolling board feels under their feet, get some pointers from the local skaters and enjoy a chilled afternoon with a variety of people sharing the same passion.

That is what the skateboarding mentality is all about.

Follow Skaid via Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/skaidconnects

PUSH 2 - Austrian Downhill Culture

PUSH 2 – Austrian Downhill Documentary

Michael Minks, a skateboarder and videographer, released his first longboard documentary titled PUSH “A Tirol Longboard Documentary” back in 2012.

Narrated by himself, the video featured Austrian longboarders traveling to longboard events, skate sessions and miscellaneous events that happened throughout the filming period.

Have a look at what longboarding was like in Austria 5 years ago for a feeling of how the scene evolved to what it is now.

The motion captured in PUSH showed a different angle of longboarding and a representation of the contrast of how it felt to go to a longboard event besides bombing an early bird run with your best friends.

Well, we all know how longboarding advanced in the last couple of years, bigger slides and faster speeds are all the rage now.

That is why Michael has been working on another documentary for the last two years called PUSH2 “Austrian Downhill Culture” that is set to be released this June.

Here is one of the trailers featuring the Easygoinc and Graveyard Longboards crew on their home territory.

PUSH2 is Michael’s second  independent film made with the help of his close friends. This time, the stars of the show are
Patrick Bartel (Graveyard Longboards),
Julian Marksteiner (Easygoinc Longboards),
Martin Schraeg (Lush Longboards),
Quirin Ilmer (Moonshine Longboards),
the Full Grip Team  and a few other featured riders.

If don’t want to miss the release of PUSH 2, follow the PUSH2 “Austrian Downhill Culture” Facebook page for all the latest information regarding the documentary.

Awesome video filmed with bicycle featuring Ferdi Mohr, Stefan Reinprecht and Alexander Mohr

Awesome video filmed with bicycle featuring Ferdi Mohr, Stefan Reinprecht and Martin Schræg

About a month ago, Ferdinand Mohr shared with me a video filmed by his brother Alexander Mohr, featuring him and his buddies Stefan ReinprechtMartin Schræg.

Rather then full raw runs, which have overcrowded our Facebook timelines in the past couple of years or more, I’m a great fan of “edits” because it takes much more effort to create them and personally I find them to be more interesting. This one impressed me very much.

When I finished watching the video, I was curious to find out more about it because just posting a video without any additional information really isn’t what I’m trying to do here on Longboard Magazine.

So, I asked Ferdinand to tell me a bit more about what went down that day and what I found out blew me away. It might not seam that big of a deal to you (hopefully it does), but to me this was special.

As I was watching the video, I thought that some scenes were filmed with a follow car, but it turned out that the guys used a bicycle in order to make the whole experience safer. How freaking awesome is that!?

I know that to many of you this might be nothing new and for sure it has been done before, but the way this video came out… These guys deserve some respect for sure.

While following and filming a skater down a hill on a bicycle might not be an option for every situation, for example, when skating downhill at higher speeds, this is a great option for youngsters who don’t have a car or a driving licence…or if they want to play it safe.

Hopefully this video will inspire other young skaters out there to try out something similar. For more stoke check out this photo from the shooting.

Filming a run with a bicycle. Photo by Sebastian Mohr

It all started last year when my brother, Alexander Mohr wanted to film a video with me, but we were wondering how to film, because we were afraid of filming with a car. That’s how we came up with the idea to film with a bike and his glide cam. It was a funny construction, but it worked really well. We went to spots all over Vorarlberg (Austria) and Liechtenstein. Big thanks to my brother and of course to the community! ~ Ferdinand Mohr

There you have it… It doesn’t necessarily take a car to make great video which would get noticed and appreciated 🙂

BigMountainSkate’s LoRaLo 2015 official video recap by BrosBeforePros

The long-awaited official video recap of Bigmountainskate’s smallest but raddest event LoRaLo is finally here! Filmed and edited by BrosBeforePros with the help of Alexander Frischauf, it brings back memories in a coolest way possible. Four days of endless fun, drunken nights and skating with the family was a perfect ending of the season for some of us. We’re already looking forward for the next year’s edition.

 

Racing at LoRaLo is always fun and never stressful. Much respect to everyone who were able to handle all those positive vibes and congratulations to all the winners!

Ladies 1st Gloria Kupsch / 2nd Susan Heine / 3rd Corrina Weigl
Open 1st Quirin Ilmer / 2nd Matthias Mögele / 3rd Georg Mekisch
Juniors 1st Jonas Stein / 2nd Janto Just / 3rd Anton Gerstmayr
Buttboard 1st Gerrit Geiger / 2nd Alex Frischauf / 3rd Matthias Mögele

Matthias Mögele won a slopestyle and Arno Tien a miniramp contest.

If you’re keen to find out more about how this year’s LoRaLo went down, Markus Knoblechner already summed it all up in a great write-up for the Skate[Slate] magazine.

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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