Austria with the boys

Wow…. I just went through the skateon Posts and found this unpublished gem. Some memories from my Iphone to a very nice weekend with my friends, i feel like not publishing it would be a waste – eventhough it makes me miss summer even more.. I really can’t wait to travel to the mountains again.

So here we go…

The trip to Austria came pretty unexpected – i had my weekend already planned with a big barbecue with friends in my yard, a visit to the pogo/longboardshop guys and some chilled skate sessions. When I called Basti (Hertler) to ask if he wanted to join me for some skate sessions he told me about the Austria trip. My old plans were goneright away, i felt really bad to call my friends and tell them that my bbq party was canceled but going to the real mountains with a sick crew so close to the season is something I can’t deny. Sometimes you just got to make unpopular decisions if you want to get the sweet shit.

We arrived at the meeting point in the middle of the night. I was pretty happy that i could sleep inside "Boja" together with Andi and Basti. We slept pretty good but short after a quikck safety meeting.
We arrived at the meeting point in the middle of the night. I was pretty happy that i could sleep inside “Boja” together with Andi and Basti. We slept pretty good but short after a quick safety meeting.
This mountain will make you shit your pants. This July. Believe me..
This mountain will make you shit your pants. This July(Alex: now it’s last july^^). Believe me..
Felix is one of the faces behind Big Mountain Skate. He organizes some of the sickest events in the history of downhill sakteboarding. You better be thankful to him!!!
Felix is one of the faces behind Big Mountain Skate. He organizes some of the sickest events in the history of downhill sakteboarding. You better be thankful to him!!!
Unfortunately there was still a lot of snow on top of the mountain. It's still an amazing view and I'm really scared of the moment when i have to race down this hill!
Unfortunately there was still a lot of snow on top of the mountain. It’s still an amazing view and I’m really scared of the moment when i have to race down this hill!
Of course we still found some dry spots to skate. It is just too beatiful to be real out there. Here Andi and I are enjoying a sweet corner of another premium BMS hill. Shot by Felix on Hertlers cam.
Of course we still found some dry spots to skate. It is just too beatiful to be real out there.
Here Andi and I are enjoying a sweet corner of another premium BMS hill.
Shot by Felix on Hertlers cam.
After a great day full of sick runs we got ourselfes a nice hostel where we ended the day with some indoor football..
After a great day full of sick runs we got ourselfes a nice hostel where we ended the day with some indoor football..
..and slept in some really cozy beds.
..and slept in some really cozy beds.
The next day was full of driving and hill scouting. Our friends from Graz left and we headed southwards. To skate more awesome hills. Andi and me in full tuck mode - picture by Hertler
The next day was full of driving and hill scouting. Our friends from Graz left and we headed southwards. To skate more awesome hills. Andi and me in full tuck mode – picture by Hertler
The shark attacking
The shark attacking
Camping in the middle of the forest. Unfortunately we got kicked out by some wannabe-hunter-assholes in the middle of the night..
Camping in the middle of the forest. Unfortunately we got kicked out by some wannabe-hunter-assholes in the middle of the night..
...no problem, getting up early gave us even more time to skate awesome austrian hills!
…no problem, getting up early gave us even more time to skate awesome austrian hills! Shutdown slide before a cattle guard.
What a view!
What a view!
PEEEEEEEEEW
PEEEEEEEEEW
Two relly important nutrification factores on a sakte trip - bananas and beers ;)
Two relly important nutrification factores on a sakte trip – bananas and beers 😉
"Nur Gösser ist bösser"
“Nur Gösser ist bösser”
This is Andi. He rides for Root, Longboardshop.eu, Team Adaequat and Venom. And he is probably one of the best guys to take on a skate trip i know - he is always in a good mood and spreads it among everyone in the car. Thank you Andi!!! Picture by Hertler
This is Andi. He rides for Root, Longboardshop.eu, Team Adaequat and Venom. And he is probably one of the best guys i know to go on a skate trip with – he is always in a good mood and spreads it among everyone in the car. Thank you Andi!!!
Picture by Hertler
After many runs we decided to head back towards Germany. On the way we stopped in Salzburg to meet our friend Max Stamler. He is a super rad guy and part of the skate scene since many years. He is also involved with the construction of the Salzburg skatepark, "The Cage", which is definately the coolest park i have ever skated in whole Europe! After a session in the local park Max invited us over for a barbecue in his house.. It was a rad day but on the way back i fell asleep within a few minutes. Thanks again to Andi for driving us home through the night!
After many runs we decided to head back towards Germany. On the way we stopped in Salzburg to meet our friend Max Stamler. He is a super rad guy and part of the skate scene since many years. He is also involved with the construction of the Salzburg skatepark, “The Cage”, which is definately the coolest park i have ever skated in whole Europe!
After a session in the local park Max invited us over for a barbecue in his house.. It was a rad day but on the way back i fell asleep within a few minutes. Thanks again to Andi for driving us home through the night!
Just check this super rad pumptrack. It's not in Austria but really close to the Steezhaus in Suttgart. We had a little session there before i drove back to Mainz... It was a lot of fun =)
Just check this super rad pumptrack. It’s not in Austria but really close to the Steezhaus in Suttgart. We had a little session there before i drove back to Mainz… It was a lot of fun =)

 

 

What a great trip. Honestly stuff like that is what keeps me going, if i had the chance to travel like this for the rest of my life i would definately go for it.

Thanks to my supporters for making it possible!!

 

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ON the Road: Sebastian Hertler, Jakob Raab & Crew, Grim Mountain Race 2014

Words: Jakob Raab

Staying at home just because of Grim* mountain weather wasn’t an option for the Stuttgart-Heilbronn connection. After lots of bears, skating on the highway parking and a talk with some sĂ€chsisch policemen our convoi arrived on the windy soccerfield just at top of the hill.

 

It didn’t rain over night so the first runs in the morning where dry, fast and grippy. After a rainy lunchbreak the most weren’t in the mood to get back on board, went to some restaurants or chilled together with the guys from Berlin, Dresden and Prague.

 

The road is supposed to be unable to skate when wet, but without the top sweeper and a shorter start, we were all surprised that its a fun track which you can almost race as dry.

Unfortunately I slid out behind Hertler at the semis and could’t get back on board fast enough.
Great stunner was birthday child Burak. He almost crashed out every run but managed to be at least second until the finals.
Hertler made it on first followd by Pavel Zajíc second and Zdeněk Zatloukal third. Burak who was a real sportsman, disqualified himself because of a crash with Zdeněk and became fourth.

I’ll be there next year for sure, hopefully with all of you fair-weather captains!

 

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ON the Road: Matze Ebel Ep.3, Britannia Classic 2014

words&pictures: Matze Ebel
translation: Alex Dehmel (following tonight)

Jakes Rash war mittwochs vorbei und wir mussten uns nach der Siegerehrung und einem krassen vierten Platz von unserm Dude Mike Fitter beeilen, es rechtzeitig auf die FĂ€hre zu schaffen, wo man sich dann mit vielen anderen Skatern traf. Gabi und ich ĂŒbernachtete bei Laines Familie, da wir mit ihm und seinem Vater am nĂ€chsten Morgen zum Streckenaufbau nach Britannia fuhren.
Zu unserem GlĂŒck hatte Lee (Cation) dieses mal die “guten” Heuballen bestellt, die geschĂ€tzt 100 Kilo wogen. Den Abend verbrachten wir dafĂŒr ganz lĂ€ssig, nach ordentlich Freibier und Pizza im Swimmingpool.

Am nĂ€chsten Morgen dann wie vorausgesagt Regen… Was nur bei Gabi, mir und anderen internationalen Fahrern ein gewisser Stimmungskiller war. Die Dudes aus Vancouver skaten ungefĂ€hr ihr halbes Leben im Regen und waren daher recht gut drauf. Ich sparte mir dagegen das Training am Morgen und fing erst gegen Mittag an. Irgendwann wurde es auch trocken und wir hatten ein paar super geile Runs, da der Asphalt gut und die Strecke ziemlich breit aber nicht all zu schwer ist. Die Stimmung war dementsprechend lĂ€ssig am Abend. Am Campingplatz war trotzdem wie immer nicht viel los, da die meisten in Hotels ĂŒbernachten oder zurĂŒck nach Vancouver fahren. Ein paar Jungs hatten auch ein Bett fĂŒr mich im Hotel frei.

Samstagmorgen fuhren wir wieder im Regen zur Strecke und ich machte auch alle Runs da auch das Qualirace bald gegen Mittag beginnen sollte. Fuer die Qualiheats trocknete die Strecke dann vollstaendig ab. Es gab aber nur 2 Heats und danach Freerides, was aber sehr zur guten Laune beigetragen hat. Ich konnte beide Qualis fuer mich entscheiden, was aber auch daran lag, dass Jimmy Riha in dem zweiten sofort rausgecrashed wurde. Am Abend hingen wir dann wieder am Campingplatz rum. Ich spielte etwas Bierpong mit Dillon Stephens und Striker, wobei Striker (ist eben auch von einer Bierfirma gesponsert) fast unschlagbar ist. Switchback daneben lud zu einem delikaten Barbecue ein.

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Am naechsten morgen mussten wir frueh raus da das Rennen schon fuer 9 uhr angesagt wurde. Der Weg zur Strecke war noch trocken aber dann fing es an aus allen Wolken zu regnen. Da wie wie immer etwas zu spaet waren, gabs kein Warmup mehr fuer uns und ich bin auch in der ersten Kurve gecrashed (Highsider im Nassen!!). Naja bin im Vergleich zu den Jungs aus Van eh kein Regengott. Ich schaute mir dann die Runs in der letzten Rechtskurve knapp vorm Ziel an. Mike Fitter, Patrick Switzer, Kevin Reimer und Adam Persson zogen nach sehr imposanter Vorstellung ins Finale ein. Patrick konnte darin in der ersten Schikane alle ueberholen stuerzte aber in der ersten Kurve. Adam lag dann bis zum Ende knapp in Fuehrung, gefolgt von Kevin, Mike und Patrick.

Nach dem Finale luden wir dann die Heuballen und entspannten uns danach im Hotel. Montags noch den letzten Rest von der Strecke aufgeraeumt und abends zur von skoa inszenierten Feier von Mike Fitters dritten Platz in eine Brauerei!! Richtig gut. Ich konnte wieder gluecklicherweise im skoa Hauptquartier uebernachten (danke Anja und Uwe) und wurde als Arbeiter fuer die naechsten Tage eingestellt. Mein erster Lohn ging am naechsten Tag fuer ein paar Kugeln Eis (21 dollar) drauf, aber man goennt sich ja sonst nix. Justin Readings motiviert mich nun auch die ganze Zeit mit auf einen Kalifornien-Roadtrip naechste Woche zu kommen, was ich wahrscheinlich auch mache, da der Regen von Raincouver mir dann auch reicht, nach der Wasserschlacht von Britannia (trotzdem ein sehr geiles Event, auf einer geilen Strecke. Danke an Lee!).

Am wochenende gehts nach Giants Head…

ON the Road: Matze Ebel Ep.2, Jakes Rash 2014

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Picture: Haste Photography
Words: Matze Ebel
Translation: Alex Dehmel (german version beneath)

The event Danger Bay is directly followed by Jakes Rash. Danger Bay is Saturday and Sunday and Jakes Rash is Tuesday and Wednesday. Therefore almost all riders stay at at the campsite after Danger Bay to attend Jakes Rash.

We kept on sleeping in Laines trailer and had a pretty good time because we stayed at a bay and got some time to freeride and relax. On Sunday night Gabi from South Africa joined us and so we headed to Jakes Rash on Tuesday morning.

 

It is a pretty fast but moderately secured track with no braking point. It almost never goes straight and so there are not too many chances to pass because you must not move out of your line for one millimeter.

The weather on Tuesday was great and we also had quite a few runs. Actually, it went pretty good for me and i was able to keep up with Adam, Dillon and Kevin quite well. Because the day went on so well, we finally had a big drinking binge at the trailer.

So Wednesday morning we all came to the track a little late but in a really good mood. There were a few practice runs and around 11am the race started. The race system is pretty interesting. Everybody is qualified and in the first round you have heats of four, five or six instead of four so everyone can compete. The first four advance to the next round and from then it is only two heading on.

 

Well, how to skate a track where you have three corners at grip limit when its dry in the wet?

The first two rounds went pretty well for me and i could finish first. Before the third round, it began to rain. Well, how to skate a track where you have three corners at grip limit when its dry in the wet? I stayed behind Mike Fitter and Slimer in third and because Slimer crashed, i could easily advance to the quarters. There we met the brazilian Max Ballesteros and another canadian. I started in third position and Mike, Max and me kept on passing each other a couple times. When we entered the last right i was first, but Max was sitting close behind me on the inside line. I did not want to risk a crash and breaked a little bit, so both of us could get on a good line. Unfortunately it goes a little bit uphill after the turn and I lost all of my momentum. Mike was able to pass me right in front of the finish line. Mike and Max made it through the semis into the finals but could not stop Kevin Reimer so Max got second and Mike fourth. I do not think there are any full results. So this is how far i got..

It did not went exactly the way i expected it to be but whatever, Britannia Classic is already happening two days later.

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Danger Bay geht quasi fließend ueber in Jakes Rash. Danger Bay ist Samstags und Sonntags und Jakes Rash dann Dienstags und Mittwochs. daher bleiben fast alle Fahrer nach Danger Bay auf dem Campingplatz und fahren auch Jakes Rash mit.

Wir uebernachteten weiter im Wohnwagen von Laine, was eine ziemlich gute Zeit war, da wir direkt an einer Bucht standen und etwas Zeit zum Entspannen und Freeriden hatten. Sonntagabends ist noch Gabi aus Suedafrika zu uns dazugestossen und so fuhren wir Dienstag morgens zu Jakes Rash.

Es ist eine recht schnelle, aber nur maeßig gesicherte Strecke ohne Bremspunkt. Es geht fast nie geradeaus und somit gibt es auch nicht zu viele Moeglichkeiten zu Ueberholen, da man sich sowieso keinen Milimeter aus der Tuck bewegen darf.

Das Wetter Dienstags war großartig, dazu hatten wir auch recht viele Runs. Eigentlich lief es da auch recht gut fuer mich und ich konnte ganz gut mit Adam, Dillon und Kevin mithalten. Weil der tag so gut lief, kam es endlich mal zu einem ordentlichen Saufgelage an unserem Trailer…

Also kamen wir mit leichter Verspaetung aber dafuer sehr gut gelaunt Mittwoch morgens an der Strecke an. Es gab noch ein paar Freerideruns und dann ging gegen 11uhr das Rennen los. Das System ist recht interessant: jeder ist qualifiziert und in der ersten Runde gibt es statt normalen vierer Heats, fuenfer oder sechser Heats, damit jeder teilnehmen kann. Die besten vier kommen dann in die naechste Runde und ab da kommen pro run jeweils zwei weiter.

“Ich startete als dritter und Mike, Max und ich wechselten immer wieder Positionen.”

Die ersten 2 Runden liefen ganz gut fuer mich und ich kam jeweils als erster an. So nun fing es vor Runde 3 an zu regnen. Nun ja wie soll man eine Strecke im nassen fahren, welche man im Trockenen in 3 Kurven am Griplimit faehrt. Also blieb ich hinter Mike Fitter und Slimer an dritter Position und da Slimer rauscrashte kamen Mike und ich locker ins Viertelfinale. Da trafen wir auf den brasilianer Max Ballesteros und einen weiteren Kanadier. Ich startete als dritter und Mike, Max und ich wechselten immer wieder Positionen. Auf die letzte rechts kam ich als erster, aber Max war etwas hinter mir aber auf der Innenseite. Ich wollte keinen Crash riskieren und bremse leicht, damit wir beide eine gute Linie bekommen. Leider geht es nach der Kurve leicht bergauf und mir ging der Schwung aus. So konnte mich Mike kur vor der Ziellinie noch ueberholen. Mike und Max schafften es dann durch die Semis ins Finale, konnten da aber Kevin Reimer nicht stoppen und Max wurde 2ter, Mike 4ter. Ein volles Endergebnis gibt es glaube ich nicht. Also hiermit meins ungefaehr.

Lief nicht ganz so wie ich es mir vorgestellt habe aber was solls das Britannia Classics ist ja schon 2 Tage spaeter 🙂

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ON the Road: Matze Ebel Ep.1, Danger Bay XIII

Video: Landyachtz Longboards
Words: Matze Ebel
Translation: Alex Dehmel (german version beneath)

Our local hero Matze Ebel is traveling across canada right now to attend the races in british columbia.
He sent over some travelnotes:

“After staying in Vancouver for one week, I was pretty excited to finally go to a race. Fortunately, Skoas’ Tommy Watson was able to help me out with a ride and so we drove to the “Sunset Coast” in a big pickup truck with eight guys.

On the ferry, we met other skaters like Dillon Stephens and Adam Persson. Danger Bay, which is organized by Bricin “Striker” Lyons is known to be pretty extreme and i was warned several times not to tell anyone where my tent is.

 

After all we were able to sleep in a serious camping trailer on a official campsite. Anyway, the legendary slide jam took place at saturday from 8 till 11am. Even though the skill level was really high, the jam was relatively uninteresting because no good mood would come up at this early time of the day.

 After the jam, we skated a near hill with 30 other skaters in open traffic, traditionally without getting trouble with the police or the organizer.

 

Because the warm up runs were announced for 6am and the race for 9am, we also dropped the party at night. The Danger Bay Hill is not very challenging. Two 90° right corners, followed by the key point of the track, a long leftie which is really close and not well paved in the exit. After this there is another slight right until the finish at approximately 50-60km/h.

 But there are enough really good skaters. Many young and talented, World Cup champions and some legends like Chris Chaput or Tom Edstrand, who was in my heat in first round. He is a great person and the only rider, who competed at all 13 Danger Bay Races.

 

“The party at night was a pretty good freak show…with really good bands and ridicolous stuff like attaching dollars to a guy with a stapler

 

I was in the very first heat and after a clean jump start i almost ate shit pushing. Well, Tom passed the line close behind me.

In the second round, i was able to win with a good lead.

 In round three Tom and me encountered Tommy Watson and another fast skater. I crashed into carnage corner first, but so did Tommy and the other guy, i got on my board first (Leon Ritter grab-your-board-while-you-crash-style) and advanced again with Tom.

 In the quarters, I pushed ahead Dillon Stephens and Tom quite good and tried to pass the guy out in front in the first right. I rode across a hole in the pavement off the line and had to loose my tuck and get back in the line. Dillon and Tom passed me and i catched their draft too late to pass.

 In the finals, Kevin Reimer won with a lot of confidence in front of Adam Persson, Jackson Shapiera and Kyle Martin.

 

The party at night was a pretty good freak show but you could see that many were already partying since days and so it was funny with really good bands and ridicolous stuff like attaching dollars to a guy with a stapler.

 The party was by far not as good as european skater binges but that might have been caused by the fact that you could not buy alcohol and we did not bring enough.

 So Jakes Rash is on Wednesday. I’m really curious about it!

 
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“Bin jetzt seit ueber einer Woche in Vancouver und war dementsprechend gespannt endlich ein Rennen zu fahren. Zum Glueck konnte mir Tommy Watson von Skoa helfen nach Danger Bay zu kommen und wir fuhren zu acht in einem massiven Pickup an die “Sunset Coast”.
Auf der Faehre trafen wir dann ein paar weitere Skater, wie Dillon Stephens und Adam Persson. Danger Bay hat ein ziemlich extremen Ruf, von Bricin “Striker” Lyons organisiert (googlen lohnt sich) und ich wurde mehrmals gewarnt niemandem zu sagen, wo mein Zelt steht.

Am Ende konnten wir doch in ‘nem Dauercampingwagen auf einem serioesen Campingplatz uebernachten. Naja, auf jeden Fall ging die legendaere Slidejam am Samstag morgen schon um 8 Uhr (oder so) los und eigentlich auch nur bis 11. Obwohl das Niveau recht hoch war, war der Jam doch relativ uninteressant, da um die fruehe Uhrzeit rein gar keine Stimmung aufkam.
Rein traditionell skateten wir danach mit ca. 30 anderen Skatern einen Huegel im offenen Verkehr nahe der Slidejam, ohne Probleme mit Polizei oder dem Organisator zu bekommen.

Da das Training vor dem Rennen schon um 6 Uhr angesetzt war und das Rennen schon um 9 Uhr, haben wir uns auch die Party gespart. Der Danger Bay Huegel ist jetzt nicht wirklich anspruchsvoll. Zwei 90 Grad-Rechtskurven, gefolgt vom Knackpunkt der Strecke, einer langen Links, die gegen Ende bei schlechtem Asphalt zumacht. Danach kommt eine weitere leichte Rechts bis ins Ziel bei ca. 50-60 kmh.
Aber dafuer gibt es genuegend richtig gute Skater hier. Viele junge motivierte, gestandene Worldcupssieger und einige Legenden wie Chris Chaput oder Tom Edstrand, den ich gleich in meiner ersten Runde im Heat hatte. Eine Persoenlichkeit und der einzige Fahrer, der an allen 13 Danger Bay-Rennen teilgenommen hat.

Ich hatte sofort den allerersten Heat und bin dann auch, nachdem ich erstmal ein sauberen Fruehstart produziert hab, beim Pushen fast aufs Maul gefallen. Naja, kam dann kurz hinter Tom ins Ziel.
2te Runde konnte ich mit gutem Vorsprung gewinnen.
In Runde 3 traf ich dann mit Tom zusammen auf Tommy Watson und ‘nen anderen schnellen Skater. Ich schlug dann als erster in der carnage corner in die Heuballen ein, Tommy und der andere aber auch, ich kam aber am schnellsten wieder los (ganz nach Leon Ritter immer Board greifen beim Stuerzen) und war mit Tom wieder weiter.
Im Viertelfinale kam ich am Start ganz gut vor Dillon Stephens und Tom weg und wollte dann in der ersten Rechts den an erster Stelle Gestarteten außen ueberholen, fuhr dann aber bisschen abseits der Strecke in ein Loch und musste kurz mal aufmachen und etwas meinen Kurs korrigieren, somit sind Dillon und Tom an mir vorbei und ich kam gegen Ende erst zu spaet in den Draft und konnte sie daher nicht mehr ueberholen.
Im Finale setzte sich sehr souveraen Kevin Reimer gegen Adam Persson, Jackson Shapiera und Kyle Martin durch.

Die Party am Abend war eine ziemliche Freakshow, aber man merkte, dass viele schon ein paar Tage gefeiert hatten und somit war’s recht lustig mit sehr guten Bands und einigen zirkusreifen Einlagen (man konnte z.B. Dollarnoten an so einen Typ tackern).
Sie war aber bei weitem nicht so gut wie europaeische Skatersaufgelage, was vielleicht daran lag, dass man nicht mal Alkohol kaufen konnte und wir zu wenig dabei hatten…

Also am Mittwoch ist hier in der Naehe Jakes Rash. Bin gespannt!”

ON the Road: Alex Dehmel Ep.2, Eat Concrete

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Pictures: B. Adriaensens & H. Schickor
Words: Alex Dehmel

This weekend the second annual Belgian Championships “Eat Concrete” took place in Gros-Fays in the beatiful Walloon Region in southern Belgium. The three day event is organized by the crew around Jasper, Daan, Bregt, Tibor and Robbie and offered freeriding and racing for lugers and longboarders. I have heard many people talking very positively about their first race last year, so i decided to add it to my race calendar and make it my first race 2014.

 

Unfortunately i did not do my calendar too well so i missed my ride on thursday and the event seemed almost lost for me. On Friday morning my friends Luke and Jenny from Canada who were visiting us heard about my situation and decided to take me on a spontaneous trip to Belgium. We arrived at the campground on Friday night when many people were already sleeping after a day full of skating.

 

The race camp was a real camping site at a river. It was fully equipped with nice bathrooms, showers and some really nice long time campers. The party tent was a big circus tent and there were still some survivors dancing at the dancefloor. In a second, smaller tent the organizers had built up a really nice miniramp, which seemed like a lot of fun. Jasper was still up, welcomed us warmly and helped us to register and find a camping spot right away. The whole organization around camping and partying seemed very legit to me in the first moment, so i got really stoked for the race.

 

The party tent was a big circus tent and there were still some survivors dancing at the dancefloor.

 

On Saturday i had to get to the road pretty quick, because the race to qualify started after two warm up runs. The track is around 2.5km long (just my guess i didn’t measure it), has three corners that require some kind of braking action and smooth pavement with medium grip. The first one is a slight left bend into an almost 180° right turn. I think most crahses happened here and it was really difficult to line the tight corner with a high speed. The following part is a long 60-70km/h straight with some slight sweepers and two left 90°ish corners. Most riders took them airbraking and carving but some of the fast guys also tried footbraking or sliding. It is a relatively easy hill to ride but still challenging and very funny to race on, because you only have to break a tiny bit for most of the corners to keep up with the pack.

 

There were around 200 riders mostly from Belgium and the Netherlands but also from France, England and Germany. Even Tenerife local and downhill racer for many years Marcos Costa made his way to the event. There were also other big names like Deen Mondt and of course the allmighty Hertler form Stuttgart. I really missed last years champion, Kevin Bouaich. He is a good guy and it is a lot of fun to race with him. I was also really stoked to see some guys form the UK and Belgium, who were going really fast and clean. We had five quali heats on saturday and two on sunday morning. After the qualifying a 16 man elimination bracket was started.

 

I was lucky to win all my heats, although i had some really close moments with Sebastian.

 

I felt really happy to see so many of my friends do so well, especially Andi, Philipp and Bartosch.
To complete the perfect day our friend Gunnar Kalb from Frankfurt won classic luge.

After all Eat Concrete was a very good event. Jasper and the guys did a very good job and everyone i met at the event was really chilled, the all over atmosphere was friendly and harmonic. I can only advise you to watch out for future events by the Eat Concrete guys.

 

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ON the Road: Alex Dehmel Ep.1, Alicante

For Europe, Spain is something like California is for North America. They basically have have no winter, beatiful long coast lines and some really pretty hills to skate on. Also, people in Spain are known for their easy-going attitude. A perfect place to visit for a (Downhill-)Skateboarder.
Since I’m travelling with my Longboard, i’ve made too many trips to spain to count them all. One of the places i will always return to is the home of my very good friend Pablo Quiles. He is one of Spains best Longboarders and always trying to push his Sport and own Limits. Pablos recent project is the “Salsito House”, where he and his buddy David are hosting their friends from all over the world to skate together and enjoy the Salsito-Life. A short report from Alicante..

“One of those Spots is “Longboard Paradise”. It feels almost like in a post-apocalyptic world, where all humans disappeared before they could finish this new part of the city. Now nature slowly starts to take back the place.”

Because of too much work, poorness and general confusion, i arrived in Alicante three days after the rest of my companions. The Risch-Tisch-Tour-Posse, this time represented by Becks Gemperle, Sebastian Hertler, Alex Dietrich and our wise and beloved tripmother Stephan Risch picked me up with Pabo and David. After a heartwarming round of kisses&hugs we rolled towards the mountains.
For some reason, the weather was not on my side the last few times i came to spain and also this time, some dark clouds were hanging in the hills. Fortunately Pablo is Alicantes No.1 local and knows the mountain rage in his province like no on else, so he can always bring you to a dry spot.

One of the many things i have learned on my trips is that travelling with a local can save you a lot of trouble and also gives you a lot more time on your board. It completely takes out parts like spending hours in the car to find good spots or talking to angry locals/police officers in a foreign language. I can advise to nicely contact the locals to anyone who wants to skate in a foreign area.

After some easy-flowing freeride-spots, which was a perfect start to my tired body, i was finally taken to the new Salsito House. I have already visited a couple of “skate houses” but the Salsito was really next level! It’s a very nice, clean and modern house in a new neighbourhood. Theres enough place for many skaters and you have a pool, a sick barbecue place and a steep slidespot right at the house. The best thing is, that there are no neighbours, eventhough everything is full of houses.

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I still can’t really tell the exact reason, but before the recession many new neighbourhoods were built in Spain. Unfortunately they went out of money before they could finish all the constructions and now you can find lots of half-finished, emtpy neighbourhoods.  But thanks to the corruption in the construction-sector there are also many ghost towns in the mountains where we had the perfect opportunity to take some runs on unused pavement without any traffic.

One of those Spots is “Longboard Paradise”. It feels almost like in a post-apocalyptic world, where all humans disappeared before they could finish this new part of the city. Now nature slowly starts to take back the place. It is a fun Spot with many downhill-roundabouts where you can turn onto different ways, so every run is different. If you turn wrong you don’t get to the bottom and you might get lost, pretty funny!

Compared to spots like Tenerife, the Alps or other recently hyped spots you won’t find tons of gnarly 30km runs in Alicante. Most of the mountains are at around 1000m but their faces are steep enough to make people build streets that are steep and windy enough to be just perfect to skate on. Skating Alicante with Pablo means you just have to say what kind of hill you would like to skate and he for sure comes up with a spot that perfectly fits to what you asked for. There are way to many spots to skate them in one or two weeks, a good reason for me to come back as soon as possible.

On this trip, our time ran out way too short, but i can’t remember anything negative. Staying at the Salsito is staying with good friends and skating the Costa Brava mountains with the Salsito-Crew is a lot of fun but also a very good chance to improve your downhill-skateboarding skills. I’m really thankful for having all those good friends of skate and the opportunity to go to so many awesome places.. I will be back soon!

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