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Interview with Petrophil Magazine

Lisa, Lisa-Marie and Meike hannging at their local spot – the DOWGY ALLEE DIY.

 
Give us a short introduction of yourself

My name is Meike, I am 25 years old and will become an educator. I’ve been skating for 4 years now.

My name is Lisa, I am 28 years old and studied graphic design. Not calling myself a skater but beeing a friend of the scene since 2013.

Hi my name is Lisa-Marie, I am 25 years old and in my graphic design masterprogramm right now.
For me it’s the same with skateboarding like the other L – ever since surrounded by people who skate and drink beer. Best education though – I think that’s a big part why I see ourselves as such strong women/personalities. You have push through no matter whether man or woman.

 
Meike – frontside rock at the Dowgy Allee

 
How did the idea to make a zine come about?
Meike: It was basically Lisa’s idea a few years ago. She and a friend were brainstorming about a project to create something to capture the last years of Münster’s streetlife and skateboarding.
Lisa: As we three all are part of the Skatescene in Münster, we knew that there is a huge amount of photographs and stories, that would be worth to get celebrated in a printed medium.

Meike: When we met, it became real pretty fast: Both Lisa’s as the editorial and design specialists and me as someone who skates and likes to write and to connect people.

Lisa-Marie: We wanted to appreciate all these photographs and the hard work you can see on them, whether building or skating. Every photo is worth to show on printed paper what the DIY scene build up in the past years on their own. It’s like a loveletter with recognition to everybody who contributed.
 

 
How did you come up with the name Petrophil? What does it mean?
Meike+Lisa: Petrophil is a biological adjective combined out of two greek terms (petro = stone and philos = loving; friend). It stands for organisms who prefer living on concrete and stones – like for all the human creatures out there the magazine is dedicated to.

What´s special about concrete? Building and skating it.
Meike: Concrete is a fascinating material – you buy it powdery, add water and can create whatever you want to skate. You can watch its haptic change within the hours. Skating obstacles you built with your own hands and a bunch of good friends makes you get a close connection to the spot. And in the end you built something new.
 


 
This was your first zine right?
Lisa: Yes, it was our first one, but hopefully not the last. As we had huge fun creating it and organizing the event, the release party for it.

Lisa-Marie: There is still a lot of unseen and unused photographs which are waiting for uns to print them. And of course the construction work goes on really fast, so there is again new stuff to write about and get it printed. We are really looking forward to start the second issue.

Tell us a bit about the process making of making a zine.
Meike: When the idea behind petrophil became tangible, it was pretty clear that we didn’t want to make a magazine just on our own: we started an open call via Facebook and told all the guys to send us pictures, sketches and stories to share. We wanted to guarantee that those who are part of the scene could get involved and be a part of creating it. In the end we were overwhelmed by how much we got. We picked the contents, designed the layout, did the interviews. It was all a process of getting inspired on the way.

 

 
You chose a special printing process. What was it and why?
Meike+Lisa: Printing with a risograph is special because every page is unique. The silkscreen-based technique allows you to play with the printing colors you pick and the effects it has on bright and dark levels of photos. It was the first time we worked with this special method.

Also it was important for us not having a perfect-looking medium at the end, because streetlife and DIY is not glamorous and has it’s perspective of reallity, it’s Kind of dirty and casual. Likely a little bit punky.

Are you planning to make more issues?
Meike: We definately have a plan on making issue 2 in the future, but as Lisa-Marie moved to Hamburg for her Master it’s not easy to work closely together. But stay tuned!

How was the feedback? Did you get a lot of support? Or was it like – „what the the hell are you doing“?
Meike: Overwhelming. We made a release event at the „Dowgyallee“ (secret DIY spot in Münster) and Koloss Zentrale with a skatejam, beer and music. The organisation of this event became a group thing with a lot of help from everyone. All proceeds we raised went to both organisations Lisa and I are volunteering for. * In the end we could spend 1000 Euros – never imagined this amount could be made possible. Everyone was enjoying this special day as a dedication to skateboarding, streetlife, DIY and friendships.
 

 
You also worked pretty closely with the printer, how was that?
Meike: Julian and Hendrik from TAKK design (also based in the Koloss Zentrale) were super transparent in the different processes, which was important to us. We wanted to follow the steps in making the magazine – thanks again for making that possible boys.
 

 
Print is dead? What do you think?
Meike: In times of social media everything runs pretty fast and you can find and see nearly everything on the internet – but it’s not timeless. We chose a print medium to make sure everyone can have the print in their own hands after 20 years again and show it to their children or friends and say: this was us, that’s what we did!

Lisa-Marie: So we don’t think print is dead, if there are people like us in the world who still love to print. Its a passion like skateboarding and if you keep on loving it you keep it alive.

Why make a zine? What´s fun about it? Why should everyone do one?
Meike+Lisa: From the basic idea to the final magazine in your hands you’ve got to go a long way. First thing is to decide and pick out what should be in there, how much space can we use – not that easy as we had a huge amount of pictures. Finding a „Look“ which runs trough every page and layouting itself is a lot of fun. Also handling the printed pages on our own was a groupwork which brought us a really good but sweaty time: we had to cut the different pages, fold it in the correct order and staple them. There were a few nightshifts but if you do it with friends and vivid music there can be nothing more fun.
 

 
Shoutouts, Thanks or anthing else you wanna say.
Thanks to all the boys and girls who helped us and spread the word. Thanks to Julian and Hendrik from TAKK, Markus and Johan from Koloss, the Dowgyalle and BTC boys and everyone who supported the idea.
 
Parting shot: The gang – Lisa, Lisa-Marie and Meike in the Bailgun studio.

VERT ATTACK – XII

VERT ATTACK – XII

 

Here´s a recap of last years Vert Attack and it´s already time to save the date (April 11-13th 2019)  and book your rooms, flights, train tickets for this years Attack. We´re already looking forward to another rad one. Don´t miss it!!!

Check here for Vert Attack 2019 Info

Text by Ronja Langer

Photography by Gerd Rieger

Thomas Kring – frontside ollie

My very first time at europe’s most popular vert contest.
Thursday, 22nd of March. After an early bird start at 7:02 am at the outlying suburbs of Hamburg-City our small group of three arrives at Bryggeriet’s. When I enter the massive, former factory-style brick building, I immediately feel immersed in the very world of Skateboarding – at least of vert skateboarding. First thing I see is a small kid speedin’ up and down the wallride next to the entrance, headin’ for a street spot kind of quarter besides the counter. I get in as ‘press’, a first timer for me and my debut in this regard …
Two footsteps further we meet one of the countless friends my travelmates seem to have up here in Malmö. After all, most of them just came here for the event, which is actually the twelfth Issue of VERT ATTACK. I feel like I have stumbled into a big family feast by accident…
So I sit down somewhere between bags full of protective gear and – as turned out later – some pro Riders. Time to examine the surroundings: This year’s motto is Hockey. In fact, I don’t know much about Hockey, but I guess the fancy horn sound right next to me must be a spawn of that. The halfpipe is painted like a hockey field and equipped with a lookalike goalie as extension, displaying a nervous keeper ­- large emblems in this year’s red and blue design all around. We arrive just in time for the girl practice and I am so amped seeing these girls shred and simply having a good time: It doesn’t seem much like a competitive situation. Followed by veteran (50+) and master (40+)qualification, already mirroring incredible style and grace amongst the riders. By now it is time to mention that Bailgun Magazine’s editor himself made it to the veteran’s finals ; ) Best looks of the day: Wolfgangster in his yellow DC combat shoes.

Arianna Carmona – ollie to lip over the channel

All this sitting and watching makes me want to leave the spectator’s perspective, so after the live concert and some of the Pro ‘warm up session’ – way beyond anything I would consider as my personal ‘warm up’ – I decide to go get my board. [Everybody seems to be watching the Pro Practice, so I might sneak away unseen.] So I head for a beautiful blueish bowl right next to the halfpipe. Accompanied by a small blonde girl – who happens to be the sister of german olympic team member Tyler Edtmeyer – I take a few turns. But soon some of the Pro Riders get tired of showing what they got and leave the halfpipe for my sweet and calm discovery. I move on to the lower adjacent flow bowl where I hit my knee and decide it is enough for today. Also I have accepted the driver’s role for my companions who happily fell in love with the exclusive Vert Ale. By the way, if you’re looking for an excellent brewery, check out Svaneke brewery – from our dear friend Jan Paul. ; ) Good Night for now.

Nicole Hause – blasting frontside airs among some other rad stuff like, invert fakies, alley oop indys, half cabs and more.

Friday, qualification day. Supposed to be even more interesting than yesterday! Again, the place is crammed full with kids of all sizes, skating wherever there is a gap between visitors, riders and bleachers. As Bryggeriet is known as the world’s first and single skateboard gymnasium, I wonder if they ever have any regular school lesson these days…
For the girl qualification I move to the platform to do some filming and I feel so giddy seeing them fly by from up here. It looks so much fun I immediately feel the need to join them – except the unimportant fact I never ever have tried skating a fullsize halfpipe.
After the short glimpse of pro practice the day before I thought I’ve seen it all – but today tops my expectations. Everyone keeps saying it will get much more intense tomorrow… By the end of the day I have really fallen in love with Stan and Sean Goff, who comment every move with competence and great humor. Rad to see real eloquence ‘at work’.
Eventually everyone steps outside for a smoke – and that’s when I meet Silvia Rula. With silvery hair and 26 years of being a female skater I am so inspired by her and her gnarly alley oop 50/50’s.

Finally it has become Saturday and I feel a little exhausted – by sitting all day and watching other people do the part that really makes you sweat.
[While I am writing this, my boyfriend just discovers this video: ‘Auby’s World Part’, a street part – and it is one of those strange incidents because it was also Auby Taylor I saw that day at the Pro Semis, just missing the finals by one spot…]
Rewind to the beginning of the day.

Dave Allen – invert to fakie >>> Auby Taylor – ollie to fakie

We check out Vans Park in the morning but it is bone-chilling cold so we don’t feel like really trying to skate. Hurrying back, we arrive mid-session of the junior finals. And what awesome kids! I am so impressed by their skill level. Especially Roman Pabich and Luigi Cini are my favorites in style but there are also three super tiny boys who really have the crowd at their feet. Brazilian kid Guilherme Khury even lands a 900!

John Magnusson – attcked the ramp in true hockey fashion, FSA

My highlight of the master’s finals: Andy Macdonald aka ’Vert Jock’ – as his jersey says – gets tackled by the other guys after he puts together an amazing run that saves him the first place of the masters (40+). This act of valor brings the feeling of real ice hockey, but maybe someone just mixed something up here… defeated in third place – but not on the field: Jocke Olsson. Followed by another crowd’s favorite: John Magnusson.
During the finals all of the girls deliver a great show and I am so stoked! They have some balls ; ) Little Lilly Stoephasius from Berlin spinns herself to a new sponsorship and flying Arianna Carmona, literally flying, even reaches the goalie for a wallie to air. Not to talk about Nicole Hause, who finishes almost every run and does all of her tricks beautifully clean and stunningly high up in the air… .But most of all I love the spirit amongst the girls as they cheer each other with every single try. Makes me wanna go skate straight away when I am back home!

Allysha Le – slob fast plant over the channel

Pro Finals – an intense and extraordinary show… so many tricks are far beyond my imagination – and the crowd seems to explode every single time a trick is landed with unswerving grace and lightfootedness. Even a bail can be done beautifully – as seen by Clay Kreiner who seems to fall smoothly on his feet like a cat each of the few tricks he misses. In the course of the day every try seems to get more intense, every run more insane as every rider pushes himself to the limit – and even further the next time…. So many impressions: The banging of truck on cope, the cheering crowd and over and over the weird noise of those ice hockey hooters. And the phenomenon, always amidst the riders: The naked photographer (obviously he has earned this nickname with quite some effort).

Edouard Damestoy – 540 tailgrab channel

I see a lot of really beautiful, seemingly endless airtime these days! Alley Oop Airs by Shea Donavan, the angry style of Alberto “Heto from the Guetto”, Liam Pace flying high and spinning like crazy…And then ‘Frenchy’ who really reminds of a french surfer boy with this wide smile on his face after his run. Sandro Diaz doing a Crist Air, Sam Backet looking so calm but smashing some rad … and Bucky Lasek performing the whole range with such professionalism – the finals leave me shouting, vibrant with energy and finally – out of words.

Paul Luc Ronchetti – huge straight leg FSA

 
Parting shot: The Future, Toby Ryan reaches over the cannel on a frontside handplant.

 

Rumble In Ramona 8

Rumble In Ramona 8

I always wanted to go to the Rumble in Ramona, all the stories, photos and videos looked like it is a super rad and fun session with a rad crew
of skaters, kinda like a backyard version of Malmö´s Vert Attack, the way it should be.
And finally this year the timing was right, to check out this legendary session first hand.

The weahter gods seemed not so stoked on this years Rumble because after some rad skating all day long on Friday, it was time for the SKELLTON KEY
video premier and as the video started, the first drops of rain fell onto the ramp and after the video was about halfway through it was pouring
down with some thunder and lightning, so it was finally time pack up. The video is a must see! Good mix of skaters, spots and skating.

Saturday was the main day for the session but the wether looked pretty wet with low clouds hanging over the ramp and after a few short shower
breaks the session was full on well into the night.
This year had all emotions covered: Rain and shine, smiles and anger, hugs and flying fists, slams, collisions and rad makes that seemed impossible.

Thanks to Darren Naverette for hosting the Rumble over the years!


 
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How much vert? 2 or 3 foot? Does it matter?

 
Auby Taylor – Indy Air > Smith Vert

 
Mattew Wilcox – Madonna

 
Archer Braun – Disaster

 
Josh Rodriguez – Front Blunt

 
Marcel “Gnarcel” – FSA

 
Steve Mc Kaig – Frontside Channel Plant

 
Will Cortez – Stalefish

 
Zach Miller – FSA

 
Steve Mc Kaig – Eggplant

 
Kaito Hashimoto Osaka – Texas Plant

 
Colin Graham – Boneless Boost all the way over the channel

 
Archer Braun – ollie 50/50 ollie out

 
Skelleton Key video premier
 

 

 

 

 

 

New Books

There´s a couple new books out that are well worth taking a closer look

Skateboarding Is Not A Fashion
After their first book Made For Skate, Jürgen Blümlein from the Skateboardmuseum and Dirk Vogel
put out another gem with Skateboarding Is Not A Fashion. It took them years of research and interviewing people to put this one together. But this time was very well spend as the quality of the book shows. Even if you´re not into fashion this one has some great stories and insight behind the scenes of the industry from the 50’s to mid 80’s.
You can order over here
 
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Back in the Day

William Sharp and Ozzie Ausband spent a few years working on the Back in the Day book project and it came out really well. Do you really need another skate photo book from the 70’s? Well, maybe not, if you have one or the other of Friedman’s books or the Tracker or Independent books, you might think you have seen it all.
But this one is a bit different and shows a lot of photos and spots that haven’t been covered in the other books. It´s kind of the missing link, as William Sharps and Ozzie Ausband show a different approach then the other books and show a lot of people and spots that are not covered in the other publications. It´s rad to see rare footage from Shreddie Reapas, Jay Smith, Brad Bowman, Jeff Tatum and of course Tony Alva, Jay Adams and the rest of the Dog Town crew are also found shredding pools, parks and pipes.
From Germany order here
 
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Shreddie Reapas
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Same Old Magazine
Magazines are pretty much dead, nobody buys them anymore and the ones that are for free in the skateshops just colect dust and end up in the dustbin,
because even the editorial content is just a big advertisement by the companys who pay for it.
Same Old Magazine is different, it throws some old a new content in the mix and presents it with a rad layout.
This issue features lots of pics py Wynn Miller, Grant Brittain, a history of the legendary South Banks in London, fanletters and photos that were sent to Lucero in the 80’s and more great stuff. Check it out over here

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Joel Meyerowitz exhibition at C/O Berlin

Joel Meyerowitz exhibition at C/O Berlin

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During the issue #23 end production we took some time off to check out the Joel Meyerowitz exhibition at the C/O Berlin.
If you’re not familiar with the C/O Berlin, then it’s a must see!
C/O Berlin always features some really good and interesting exhibitions. The current one is a retrospective from Joel Meyerowitz and it’s not to be missed, if you’re in the Berlin area.
It’s running till March 11th, so there´s one more week to go and check it out.
Joel Meyerowitz was one of the few first photographers to use color film for his streetphotography. The exhibition shows a great overview from his early black and white work, his color street photography to the Aftermath Project where he documented the clean up works after the 9/11 attacks to his more recent works of landscape photography.
So dont´t miss this one!
For more info check out the C/O Berlin website for future exhibitions.
They also have a nice Bookstore and cafe to hang out before or after visiting the exhibition.

www.co-berlin.org

 

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Bailgun Calendar 2018 High Res Download

Bailgun Calendar 2018 High Res Download

In case you missed getting the 2018 Calendar Notebook, you can download a high res version of the calendar spread, print it out your self or bring it to a print shop of your choice and have them do it.
Just click on the image and save it to your desktop. January and Febuary online now! Enjoy.

March 2018 – Jeff Hedges, flapped over tuckknee invert, Verkeley Ramp, Berkeley, Ca.

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February 2018 – Jürgen Horrwarth, Frontside air, Point Cook skatepark, OZ

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January 2018 – Ben Schroeder, grind into the channel at Vert Attack VIII
 
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R.I.P. Preston Maigetter

Preston Maigetter, probably better known as P-Stone to most, lost his life in a tragic car crash a few weeks ago and as he was filming all the rad skate action, he was behind the lens most of the time, although he was a all terrain shredder and it shows in the rare footage there is of him skating.
So we thought we´d show one of those rad shots of him skating that Lui Aundrup took.

And if you want to help out his family a little, here´s the link to his Go Fund Me site

Click here: www.gofundme.com/preston-maigetter-memorial-fund

I think it was fall/winter 2005 and we were checking some spots with Mallorca locals Tolo and Miki and Jose Noro and we met Preston at the Santa Ponsa ditch, I think he was the only one skating, so I took a couple pics, a bonelless and an ollie.
After the session we had some beers and shared some stories – good times. R.I.P P-Stone

Words and photo by Lui Aundrup
www.aundrup.de

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50.000 Days 0f Skateboarding with Wolfganster

50 000 days of non stop Skateboarding – The Wolf is howling at the Pool
Or how can time fly so fast?

The host, the OG Wolfganster taking care of the BBQ.
Thanks for the invite and a great session.
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Max Strauß made smith grinds over the stairs look easy, but they are, not belive me.
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Words by Wolfganster

Photography by Gerd Rieger

It´s time to give something back………….but first a little flashback to the beginings.

1976 I found the German Skateboard Magazin at the newsstand in our supermarket, but my inner voice was not loud enough.

1977 my inner voice yelled so loud at me in the supermarket that I could not resist anymore and had to buy this plasticboard with super hard and open bearing wheels.

This is how it started, so many years of total madness rolling every day.

Not even even freezing cold, wind, rain, snow or black ice could stop me.
This was pre transition skating so it was mostly bombing steep hills, high and long jump, slalom and freestyle. We basically streetskated, but that term wasn´t invented yet.

Then I skated the first Skatepark, got the first Skateboarder Magazin from the US and
seeing them all skate vertical was mindblowing to say the least.

The first time skating a halfpipe and as we were there by ourselves it wasn´t easy to really figure out how to do it. Even just to push fakie was hard to imagine, funny isn´t it?
We had not seen anyone do it, just the pics in the magazines and yes, skatevideos came out way later.

Back then grinds where the hardest….today skateboarding is on another level.
So after the first experience with a halfpipe I was totally hooked.
The closest one was 50km, in winter time the closest inddor ramp was 150km one way away. And I did not even have a drivers licence yet, but that could not stop me.

If you´re infected you will do anything for it.
So I saved all my money only to being able to go skating and travel.
England was high on the list, it had some of the few good concrete parks in Europe back then. But also traveling all over Europe and skating rad spots and meeting the skaters and making friends was an experience not to be missed.
The trip to California (the heaven back then) and Florida, was a definite dream and being able to skate the spots with the guys you only knew from the mags was a the best!

And then at the end of the 80´s I had a real bad accident, so no skating for a year and no more lefthand grabs for a long time. I also became a father which made me stop skating halfpipes. But around that time miniramps came up and saved my live. Soon after the first pools and bowls were being built here in Germany and that sparked my fire again and

I started to travel more than ever and have skated so many places all over the world.
Yes, you all should go out – travel somewhere that’s the best experience for everything in life ever.

I could sit here and write funny skateboard stories for hours, but what I wanted to do is give back a little after skateboarding gave me so much over all the years.
So the idea came up the invite friends and everybody who loves skating for a session and give out some stuff to the hardest rippers at the end of the day.

I opend my box of skateboarding stuff for prices, bought a lot of beer and food for the BBQ and lets have a BIG fun session with prices to support also the younger ones and make them more fun to skate.

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On sunday some had a nice hangover sesssion at IGS skateoark,
Wolfgangster grinding it down
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Casulal sunday afternoon sweeper by Linus Lonnemann
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And special thanks goes out to the after session with:
Camdon Davis, Erik Möller, Robert Wolff, Henri v. Stanislavski, Richie Löffler and some more friends
It Was totally Rad and we screamed YEAH all the time as long our voice was working
And last but not least i have to thank
Rick Arthur Mc Phail for being a great DJ with very BEST 80´s Punk + New Wave collection, exaclty what I wanted!!!

And not to forget Jörg Ludewig from Urban Supplies and www-ing-direct Skateboard-Versand,
Johan Fründ from Koloss Skateboards, for the support and sponsering some cool stuff.
Stephan Piepke and Dieter Fronius for judding,
Gerd Rieger for doing his Bailgun thing and
Michael Mitulla for taking photos
and also all the friends who made this great session happening.
Hang out having fun with friends
Grind it down!!!
Age is just a number…….THX a lot Skateboarding

Results of the session:

Ladys:
1. Mathea Kruezner
2. Merle Halveg

Under 40:
1. Tim Börner (WTF I tell you FSA over the stairs and more crazy stuff)
2. Max Strauß (switch Madness)
3. Benny Gleichmar (real stuff)
4. Johannes Sartino
5. Tom Hartung; Maximilian Ruwe; Johann Fründ; Florian Schnitker

Over40:
1. Kai Meeves (King of FSAir and Laybackrollout)
2. Frank Siger (RnR Styler)
3. Dieter Fronius (did so good in case he was there the first time)
4. Gerd Rieger (Mr. King of Artfotos, happily The Man)

Over 50:
1. Wolfgang Toth (wow how GOOD it sounds FSgrind over the stairs)
2. Oli Marten (going fast guy)
3. Stephan Piepke (my BUDY from day ONE, and on Board now also OVER 40 years!!!!)
4. Frank Koch (injured but he don’t care, RAD)

BERGFEST 2017

Last weekend it was time for another BERGFEST at the legendary Monster Bowl at the Bergfidel Skatepark in Münster. The Bergfest started out as a small local contest in 2009 and has grown into the best and funnest park contest in Germany and this year was no exeption. With rippers from all over Germany a rad session was inevitable.
1st place went to Tim “Eumel” Rebensdorf, he went full speed with a rad combination of tricks and style using the whole park including the gnarly deepend that was avoided by some. Big airs, front blunts, speedy grinds and way more in his bag of tricks.

 
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Lennie Jansen shredded into 2nd place with a ton of style and tricks like high indy divebombs and a bs 360 varial tailgrab to disaster, what? Yeah, I hope somebody captured it on film. He was set back a bit by a crazy slam in the deepend that send him straight to the flat bottom and few would have survided without a major injury but luckily he did.
 
Lennie with a huge dive bomb indy
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Local shredder Tom Schulze took a well deserved 3rd place pro with a good mix of lip tricks and airs.
 
Tom making hard tricks look easy, lien air.
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Kevin Wenzke seemed he could have needed some new wheels and bearings for some more speed,
but none the less this guy is one of the best. Eggplants and backside bonelesses in the deepend!!
 
Kevin with a lien to tail.
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The AM´s where not far behind the pros. Mathis Wenner skated into first place with local knowlage of the park and put it to good use with fs hurricanes, Millerflips and he was one of the few who used the spine in his runs. 2nd place went to Carlo Brummel from Güterloh home of Claus Grabke. Carlo mixed good style with a deep bag of tricks like front bluns, sweepers, speedy smith grinds and then some.
 
Carlo with a perfectly executed front blunt
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The girls and junior divison were also ripping. Eva Stöter showed how to carve through the whole park with ease and speed and a big smile on her face showing everybody what it´s all about: having a good time on your board and not worry about any results, she did take home 3rd place and a big bag of product from the sponsors.
2nd palce went to Catherine Marquis, she came all the way from Stuttgart and had a bit of bad luck with a slam in the deep end that took her out of the contest, but before that mishap she showed some solid frontside 50/50s on the steep facewall, backside grinds, sweepers, lien to tails and more stuff.
Ingrid Enciu from Tübingen took 1st place with good lines, grinds, bs bonless ones to tail and then some.
 
Catherine Marquis, frontside 50/50
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Eumel – 1st place
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Little guys with tons of stuff, too much to carry? Almost.
Jakob Kern, Solingen – Wayrta Koszarek, Münster – Andres Andrischock Jimenez, Münster
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Mathis Wenner, Münster – Chrisor Pelz, Berlin

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John Hunt and the winners: Ingrid Enciu, Tübingen – Catherine Marquis, Stuttgart – Eva Stöter, Münster
 
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After the skate sessions and awards ceremony the bands took over the stage and were rocking the crowd from the first cord. Ill and Insanity Alert made a lot of good noise that kept the crowd dancing and the beer showers flowing.
 
Ill
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Ill
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Insanity Allert
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Insanity Allert
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Insanity Allert
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Crowd
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These two made it possible, Markus and Johan!!!
Making skateboarding great again at the BERG since 2009!
Thanks guys!!! And thanks to John Hunt for announcing all day long, tough job.
And a big thanks and shout out goes to all the sponsors and supporters:
Koloss, Protec, Hoax, Telum, Pavel, Warsteiner, Muckefuck, Confusion Mag, Bailgun Mag,
Blood Mask, Merchcowboys
 
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The Bergfest 2017 Results

A Division

Tim Rebensdorf, Stuttgart
Lenni Janssen, Düsseldorf
Tom Schulze, Münster
Kevin Wenzke, Herne

B Division

Mathis Wenner, Münster
Carlo Brummel, Gütersloh
Chrisor Pelz, Berlin
Marius Ochtendung, Koblenz

Youth Division

Jakob Kern, Solingen
Wayrta Koszarek, Münster
Andres Andrischock Jimenez, Münster

Girls Division

Ingrid Enciu, Tübingen
Catherine Marquis, Stuttgart
Eva Stöter, Münster
Jana Malzkorn, Dortmund

Hans ´OMSA Pool session

Hans ´OMSA Pool session

 
One of the first real warm days this year and a perfect time to meet for a session at Hans´OMSA pool somewhere in the north west area of Germany. Hans´pool is definitely a skaters dream come true and it shows if you want it, you can make it happen.
A big thank you goes out to Hans for his hospitallity and the best spare rips from the grill!!!
 
Skuby, crail over the box
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Talking skating and fun stories in between sessions, Fridde, Hermann and Dietsches.
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Matt Grabowski with a surprise visit, dropping acid in the deep end of the pool he and his crew built with a lot of helping hands from the locals.
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Anders Tellen, enjoys a picture perfect layback on this sunny sunday.
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Hans made sure everybody ate up their plates.
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Hans making the the boys happy after the session.
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Matt, ‘Possesed To Skate’
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Hermann, enjoys a well deserved beer after the session with some cool lines and carve grinds.
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Tony, chilling after session and food.
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After the feast!
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Still Life
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Parting shot: Anders and frontside 50/50
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Einstürzende Neubauten Live

Einstürzende Neubauten Live in Osnabrück.

Words by Markus Koch (German) and Eric Muhsam (English)

Photography by Gerd Rieger

The Einstürzende Neubauten, legandary German avantgarde noise band were always on the forefront of experimenting with sound since the early 80’s using everything they could get their hands on as instruments to create new and different sound. A lot of hammers and power tools were used to to hit and grind on all kinds of materials and as a skateboarder you can see or hear a lot of similarities in the sounds that are produced in the act of skateboarding.
A little far fetched? Maybe, but the sound of a truck grinding some pool coping, the sound of the wheels rattling over the tiles on a high speed carve or the sound of the tail slaping down on the coping of a head high body jar or Madonna all sounds like beautyful music in a skaters ear.
So back to January 2017 and the Neubauten concert in Osnabrück, where they performed a best of from the last decades.
So if you have a chance to them live, do it!!! It´s very entertaining experience to see and hear their creative approach to music.

Eric Muhsam

 

Die Neubauten… Auch wenn sie mir auf Platte oft zu sperrig waren,
ich musste sie endlich mal live sehen!
Umso mehr hab ich mich darüber gefreut das mein Freund Gerd vom Bailgun Magazin mich nach
Osnabrück eingeladen hatte, um die legendären Einstürzenden Neubauten live zu erleben.

Der Abend ging entspannt mit einer Zugfahrt von Münster aus los.
Am Kiosk schnell zwei Bierchen gezwitschert und dann ab in die OsnabrückHalle.

In der großen Vorhalle angekommen strahlte uns das rießige Neubauten Logo,
dass an die Hallenfassade gebeamt wurde erstmal geheimnisvoll an.
Das Publikum, bunt gemischt, aber eher schwarz gekleidet. Darunter neben den üblichen Konzertgängern auch,
Normalos, Künstler, welche die wie Künstler aussahen oder gern aussehen würden oder wären,
viele Punks der ersten Generation, die jüngeren Punks, kennen die Neubauten vielleicht nicht oder wurden von den nicht ganz günstigen Tickets abgeschreckt.

Dann ertönte der Gong und ab in den Konzertsaal. Schnell nochmal ein großes Bierchen geholt und ab auf den nummerierten Sitzplatz.

Die Musiker kamen auf die Bühne und es ging relativ unspektakulär los.
Aber schon da war es eindeutig und glasklar, das große drumherum und eine übertriebene Bühnenshow ist unwichtig.
Es geht um die Musik!!!

Die Neubauten sind gut organisiert, abgeklärt und sicher.
Ernsthafte Künstler und Musiker, die das was sie machen ernst meinen und ernst nehmen.
Soundtechnisch alles absolut top. Bohrmaschinen, Stahlbürsten und was man so erwartet hatte war alles dabei.
Aber es wurde nicht übertrieben. Die klangerzeugenden Utensilien wurden gezielt eingesetzt.
Blixa Bargeld ganz klar der Frontmann der mit seinem kraftvollen Sprechgesang über den Liedern thront.

Viel eingängiger und unkrachiger als ich dachte.

Im großen und ganzen war das ganze Konzert absolut gelungen und ich würde es jederzeit wieder tun.
Ein gelungener Abend.

Markus

 

The Stage
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Blixa Bargeld in control
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N.U. Unruh on percussions
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Turbine
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Blixa Bargeld putting the needle on the record
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Jochen Arbeit on guitar
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Rudolf Moser playing the turbine
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Alexander Hacke rocking the bass
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Parting shot
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Bergfest 2016

Bergfest 2016

This years Bergfest was a small one, just a relexed session with friends
on a nice and sunny Sunday just before Winter is kicking in the not too distant future.
Some people were wondering why there wasn´t a fully scale Bergfest, well if you´ve ever organized an event the answer is easy,
it´s a whole lotta work and sometimes there needs to be a little break to make future plans.
So stay tuned for next year and enjoy the photos from last weekend.

Koloss in pink, Markus Koch with a classic stand up grind.
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OMSA rider Tony was ripping some smith grinds.
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Local shredder Tom, perfect front feeble through the corner.
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Sunny Sunday
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Konzert Zentrale

Mint Mind, Andalucia and Heim rocked the Zentrale in Münster a couple weeks ago.
Here´s some pics from a rad evening with some good music.
Thanks to the Zentrale team and the bands for a fun evening.
Photography by gerdrieger.com

Mint Mind on stage
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Mind Mint in the Bailgun studio a few moments before the gig
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Andalucia on stage
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Andalucia right after the gig
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Heim on stage
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Heim just after the gig
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Issue #22 online now!!!

Issue #22 is online now!!! And even better it´s available in print too, but there´s only a very limited number, so get your quick!