“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!
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 😉
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.
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.
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.
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 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 (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 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.
Hellmann is helping out with the transportation of the equipment.
We will keep you posted about this project.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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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”.
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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
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
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!
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.
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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!
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 🙂
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!
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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
“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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
No time to ride because of your job, uni, or school? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Well, more precisely, Anton Lindén and Deen Mondt got you covered. These guys enjoy their downhill sessions early in the morning, preferably somewhere where the roads are long, perfect and extremely fast! They found this road in the French Alps where there’s no lack of exciting corners, really fast sections, lean sweepers and tricky parts that constantly tested their skills.