If you’re not familiar with ISPO, here’s the short walk-through. It is the biggest European multi-segment trade fair within the sports industry. With over 85.000 visitors from 120 different countries, ISPO is stretched out through 16 halls showcasing 8 segments that cover everything from winter sports, team sports, health & fitness to manufacturing & suppliers.
We mostly spent our time in Hall A5 at the Longboard Embassy organized by 40inch Longboard Magazine. Looking back to 2013, when I last visited ISPO, this year’s Longboard Embassy looked a bit smaller than back then, but it was still filled with a wall-to-wall skateboard and longboard products.
Walking through the Longboard Embassy, one could try out surf skating, electric longboards, watched Legende Longboard chisel a block of wood, what later became a handcrafted and fully functional longboard, or rest their legs at the lounge area overlooking the Whitezu 12 meter long surf skate wave system.
In the four days of ISPO, we got a chance to talk with and interview 33 brands covering different skateboarding disciplines.
Wheel and truck wise, we got a chance to check out Seismic’s new downhill race wheel, the European Walzen wheels, and the new Bolzen truck models and also talked with Bangfish about their new surf skate trucks.
Regarding protection, we saw the Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver, stopped by at TSG and saw what’s new with Pro-Tec’s Full Cut skateboard helmets.
We also saw the Buggy Rollin suit by Jean Yves Blondeau. He’s most known for one of his stunt characters, the Rollerman, which we also got to see in action.
While we are still editing the interviews to show you what the brands had to say about their new lineups and products, here is a photo gallery from the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy.
I would like to end this article with an interview with Philippe Roose, a member of the Ministry of Stoke and their F*** Cancer Foundation. In the video, he said that the beer fundraiser at ISPO was a success and shares his personal story with everybody who takes the time to watch the video below.
We’re now less than a week away from ISPO 2018, Europe’s biggest international sports trade fair in Munich, Germany. Once again numerous longboard brands, manufacturers, distributors and fellow action sports exhibitors will be gathered on the floor of the 6th Longboard Embassyin Hall A5, organised by 40inch Longboard Magazine.
This year’s Longboard Embassy will host over 50 longboard and skate brands from all around the globe. You can see the list of all exhibitors who have confirmed their participation on Longboard Embassy’s Facebook page or on the photo below.
Besides organising a place for exhibitors to present their new collections, 40inch also made sure to keep visitor entertained with a Whitezu 12 meter long wave system, a surf skating workshop with Matteo Tontini and his crew and performances by Ben Blaskovic on Sunday night and Eddie Booze on Monday.
Join the fund raiser for Philippe and Esther
40inch will also organise a fund raiser for Philippe and Esther who were diagnosed with cancer and need financial support in order to get the drugs they need and trust.
As a surf and skate magazine, we have created a platform that is about the fun of life. However, there are more important things than surfing or skating. Things that could change our lives in a moment. In the positive as in the negative way.
It is shocking when acquaintances or even young people get cancer. You can not do anything about it. The diagnosis appears like a thunderbolt. That’s what happen to Philippe and Esther. Both talented, both super positive and both have changed their life because of the disease.
In addition to the disease, a financial ordeal began for both of them. Medicine that is not manufactured and promoted by the pharmaceutical industry is not payed by the health insurance fund.
In particular, the active substance THC, is only prescribed in certain cases. If you trust it and know that it helps, then this does not necessarily mean that the insurance company covers the costs. For Philippe and Esther it means somehow finding the money for the drugs.
Visitors can help raise funds for the cancer treatment of Philippe and Esther simply by bringing a few beers from their home region. The Longboard Embassy bar will sell the beer, while the price will be determined by the buyers. One euro of every beer sold will go to the cashier and the rest will be donated.
We also plan on bringing a few Laško’s to help out and of course drinking a beer or two while we’re there.
Last but not least, 40inch is also planing a little surprise, so be sure to bring your street skate along with some beers to Hall A5.