The Nomad Life with KebbeK team rider Emmanuelle Daigle

Emma Daigle - The modern nomad

With the nomadic lifestyle becoming more and more popular and because we, as skateboarders, are used to travelling the globe in search of different skate locations, I caught up with Emma Daigle to talk about her travelling experiences and to know more about how she sustains her active lifestyle.

Meet Emma

Emma Daigle is a 20-something skateboarder, traveller, yoga instructor and artist. She’s known for her nomadic lifestyle, hitting the road every chance she gets in search of new experiences and enriching her life with travelling.

Emma Daigle - The modern nomad

She just got back from a month long trip in California, skating the famous Tuna, a local go-to skate spot. But as soon as she got back, she already started planning her next trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.

Last year I’ve met Emma briefly at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp, her last stop on her mini euro tour. She travelled through Sweden and Austria beforehand, visiting freeride events and enjoying some random skate trips to the mountains.

I hit Lillehammer, Almabtrieb and KnK. I enjoyed going to less events and skateboarding more. It was the best of both worlds. Link up with people at events, catch up and then run off into the mountains and skate from dawn to dusk. Non-stop.

In between events she also went rogue with an improvised Kebbek Skateboards team trip in Austria, driving around and skating epic mountain passes.

Better Weather Tour by KebbeK Skateboards
A shot from the Better Weather Tour by KebbeK Skateboards

Isac Printz, Jurgen Gritzner, Benjamin Sabol and herself included explored the nearby Alps and filmed some skate shots for their soon to be released Better Weather Tour video. Don’t worry, we’ll feature it as soon as it comes out to keep you in the loop.

A sustainable travelling lifestyle

When Emma is not skateboarding, she likes to switch it up with other outdoor activities like rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking.

And because of her active lifestyle and her yoga skills, she’s able to sustain her trips by teaching yoga and doing odd jobs along the way. This includes anything from cleaning houses and construction work to random art contracts.

In our conversation, Emma revealed, she doesn’t look up jobs online but rather follows the ‘word on the street’ and even get’s multiple job requests via social media.

So far she didn’t feel the need to find any season jobs in Europe because she lives simply and travels on a budget. But I got curious and looked up season jobs online.

I found that there are many jobs available if you’re planning a longer trip through Europe. You can do anything from babysitting to teaching English, to picking oranges in Spain…but that’s a totally different article.

Connecting with new people

Being an open-minded person means Emma is always open to work on different projects that make her see things from a different perspective. She met Oreon Strusinski, an ocean photographer and the author of the pictures you see in this article.

I wanted to shoot with him to see what type of angles and ideas he would come up with given that shooting skateboarding on ‘land’ is not his main focus. It’s always interesting to have someone from another discipline come in and bring a new outlook to the sport.

Emma Daigle - The modern nomad

Emma did the shoot on her current setup which is her pro model from KebbeK Skateboards, Paris Trucks 165s and Blood Orange wheels. Here’s what she has to say about it:

The board might look small but it’s nimble and surprisingly stable at higher speeds. It’s got a subtle micro drops which suction cup your feet to the board.
Its smaller size makes it perfect for the avid traveller.

Emma Daigle - The modern nomad

Future plans

For now, Emma is travelling through the US and simultaneously planning her next trip to Japan and China. Her focusing is on possibly making Asia her Fall / Winter reality, partially skate related and partially out of curiosity.

Hopefully, we’ll also get to see her somewhere in Europe if the wind blows hard enough 🙂

Juergen Gritzner Pro Model Longboard Deck by Kebbek Skateboards

Kebbek - Juergen Gritzner Pro Model

Juergen “Ill Eagle” Gritzner‘s pro model longboard deck by KebbeK Skateboards has finally got it’s own promo video. We are stoked to finally see Juergen back on screen since he went under the radar after the “Lost in Havana” premiere at KnK last summer.

KebbeK Skateboards completely redid their lineup and presented the new longboard decks at ISPO 2016 in Munich. We were stoked to see Juergen’s pro model in the stack, representing the Austria’s finest.

Watch the video and read the rest of the post to learn more about Juergen Gritzner Topmount 38 longboard deck and its features.

 

The Juergen Gritzner Topmount 38 longboard deck features

The Juergen Gritzner Topmount 38 is a versatile directional top mount longboard deck which features a fully functional kick-tail, flushed mount and 9 ply maple construction.

The board is 38 inches long, 9.75 inches wide and it provides multiple wheelbase options, ranging from 23.8 up to 27 inches. It features a micro drop and a 0.5 rocker concave for perfect freedom over your foot placement, while providing a good locked in feeling.

KebbeK Skateboards: Juergen Gritzner Top Mount 38 longboard deck

 

Price & Where to buy

Currently, the Juergen Gritzner deck comes with a 160 Euros price tag in Europe and around 120 Dollars in U.S. You can get one on Concrete Wave (free shipping EU) for 159,90 Euros or on Amazon.com (free shipping U.S.).

For more about KebbeK Skateboards, visit their website or follow them via Facebook or Instagram.

New longboarding products spotted on ISPO 2016 by Markus Knoblechner

Kebbek got a complete new overhaul by my friend Joey Bidner - I am pretty stoked on that as well and as on the new Pro Model for my homie Jürgen Gritzner (guy in white shirt)

Our buddy Markus Knoblechner visited the 4th edition of the Longboard Embassy at ISPO Munich at the end of January this year. The Europe’s biggest international trade fair was packed with loads of new stuff just waiting to be shredded.

The guys from 40inch longboard magazine made it possible and teamed up with even more brands for this year’s edition, to bring us the best and latest news and get us stoked for the upcoming season.

Here’s some of the cool stuff which caught Markus’ attention and sneaked into his memory card.


OLSON&HEKMATI new longboard shoe colour, Gnarlicante freeride & O&H Pro Grip downhill wheels

Olson&Hekmati longboard shoes, gloves and wheels. Photo by Markus Knoblechner
Olson&Hekmati longboard shoes, gloves and wheels. Photo by Markus Knoblechner

The free booze and friendly laughs with Alex Dehmel and Pablo Quiles weren’t the only thing to do at the Olson&Hekmati booth at ISPO. By displaying their whole array of longboard decks, including the downhill Bromodel, you could also enjoy watching fast runs by their team riders and finally see their O&H Gnarlicante Collabo freeride wheels in person. The team also featured their longboard specific skate shoes in a new neutral black colour that looks super stylish and comfy to skate in.

Related: O&H Pro Grip wheels review with Stefano Barbizzi


KEBBEK SKATEBOARDS revolution 2016
#followtherevolution

Juergen Gritzner repping Kebbek Skateboards at ISPO 2016. Photo by Markus Knoblechner
Juergen Gritzner repping Kebbek Skateboards at ISPO 2016. Photo by Markus Knoblechner

Loving everything maple, Kebbek got us curious after teasing us all winter with hints of what has jet to come. With a complete overhaul by a young mastermind Joey Bidner, Kebbek introduced their sick skate house series as well as some pro models, all completely made in Canada. We were also happy to hear, that our friend and party animal Juergen Gritzner is getting a new pro model, Topmount 38.

A video posted by Kebbek (@kebbekskateboards) on

A video posted by Kebbek (@kebbekskateboards) on

We will present the complete Kebbek 2016 collection soon.
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ROOT LONGBOARDS – The Blitzer and Lilian Gutsch prototypes

The Blitzer proto (left) and Lilian Gutsch proto (right). Photo by Markus Knoblechner
The Blitzer proto (left) and Lilian Gutsch proto (right). Photo by Markus Knoblechner
ROOT experimented with some urethan sidewalls on impact zones. Photo by Markus Knoblechner
ROOT experimented with some urethan sidewalls on impact zones. Photo by Markus Knoblechner

Root Longboards got us stoked again with their burnt wood, new board models and sick graphics by the Vaim. Amongst some new highlights in their collection, one board made for their female team rider Lilian Gutsch stood out. Although Lili’s board doesn’t have an official name yet, it promises smaller dimensions suitable for female riders. With a 22 cm width and 86 cm length and a gentle concave it will make every girl want to progress and skate even more.

Related: The Root Nymphaea – Lilian Gutsch signature longboard deck review


RAD INFLUNCE – the new wheels by Rider Approved Designs

RAD Influence wheels at ISPO. Photo by Markus Knoblechner
RAD Influence wheels at ISPO. Photo by Markus Knoblechner

Rider Approved Designs introduced their new Influence wheel for two of their riders. After more than a year of prototyping and testing at super high speeds and roads across the World, the new pro wheel for Max Ballesteros was finally approved. Available in 77a durometer with a proprietary high rebound urethane that maximizes your speed, it promises to keep you rolling fast while railing lines and bombing mountains. If you are more into going sideways, you could feast your eyes on the Jimmy Riha pro wheel in a smaller versatile shape suitable for anything from fast freeriding to trashing your local streets.


WALZEN WHEELS – finally full lineup!

Photo by Markus Knoblechner
Walzen Wheels full lineup. Photo by Markus Knoblechner

Sharing a booth with Bolzen trucks, the freshly baked Walzen wheels presented their whole collection of wheels including freeride and DH prototype longboard wheels in different colours and duros. To find out more about the Walzens check out this review by Walzen team rider Roman Tschofen.


S’PIN MAGAZINE by Maria Arndt

Maria Arndt showing off the S'pin magazine. Photo by Markus Knoblechner
Maria Arndt showing off the S’pin magazine. Photo by Markus Knoblechner

In other news, we were happy to catch up with Maria Arndt (Girls in Longboarding), a skateboarder, photographer, graphic designer and the mastermind behind S’pin, a new skateboarding magazine with a message – Girls skate! Aside from correcting the image of female skaters in the industry, the magazine promises content suitable for all genders and skill levels. It covers a broad spectrum of topics to make sure to keep you entertained all packed in a beautiful design. More at http://spin-skate.strikingly.com


Thank you for awesome photos and insight, Markus 🙂

Cuban Linx – The Juergen Gritzner transportation project

Cuban Linx - The Juergen Gritzner transportation project, Kebbek Skateboards

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!

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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