a GROßERLACH run

The PimpMaiRide feeride in großerlach was the first events of the german downhill longboard league 2014.

Großerlach is always a fun road to hit and with sunshine and a whole lot of people skating it was an incredible rodeo!

We handed the skateon gopro to our fellow riders Florian Wag and Jürgen Gritzner to catch the moment..

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partyON: Flatspot Stuttgart Opening

 

Last friday our friend mo from stuttgart invited to the opening of his new skateshop and everybody followed his call.
Due to some traffic and a lack in concentration we arrived some hours late at about 7:30pm when the crowd was already in partymode.
But since this was a meeting of skaters there were even more people missing for a while like the pogo guys and alex from constance.

It was one of the first big meetings of the german scene in 2014. There was also the freeride in großerlach happening the next day not far from stuttgart, so everybody was in a good mood and happy to see the crowd.

The shop is located in one of the last old houses standing right next to a huge construction site – a ridiculous contrast.
The interior is a nice diy-job with a lot of nice details, graffiti, a screenprintig-area and even a miniramp!!

As all the beer was gone the crowd from inside the shop and the skater flat share above it left to get lost in the city…

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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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spotON: the Dehmels

This is not only the first video of this series.
It is also the very first one on our new media platform.
Lets look forward to a great skateboarding season 2014!

Welcome on SKATEON.DE !!

 

The series spotON will feature riders and crews skating their local spots.
Everyone of us are influenced by the spots we skate – now its time to show you where we Dehmels are coming from…

 

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a RISCH-run

The Series RUNS will show excerpts of adventures & raw clips that were lost on our hard drives.

This time Stefan Risch takes Alex Dehmel and Sebastian Hertler on a run down a beautiful mountain road in Spain.
Its always a pleasure having him hosting trips to the finest locations all over europe!

 

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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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