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.

 
Eumel fs blast
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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.
 
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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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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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El Gato Classic – Palm Springs

El Gato Classic 2015

Eddie Elguera had the idea to bring together skaters from the 70´s era of skateboarding that had a major influence on till today.
So he invited all the heavy hitters from the past to come together for a session in Palm Springs.
Here´s some pics from Saturdays session and the vert demo that was on after the pool session.

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Eddie Elguera perfect front rock in front of the media.
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Brad Bowman classic frontside air
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Lonnie Hiramoto grind
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Christin Hosoi was recovering from a knee injury and had to take it easy but although he could not drop in, did not stop him from doing carve grinds with his classic style.
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Hosoi grind
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Tony Hawk flaps a tucknee invert before moving over to the vert demo.
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Eric Grisham stalled some handplants.
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After a rad session at the pool everybody moved over to the vert demo. Tony Hawk tweaked indy.
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Kevin Staab flys overhead on this backside ollie
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Eddie and Tony reamed up for some doubles. Tony backside air over Eddies front rock.
Check Eddie´s back foot: “It´s all in the toe”
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Stoped by Saltonsea on the way back to San Diego.
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Bailgun Issue #19 is online now.

Welcome to Bailgun issue #19
In this issue we´ll go roadtripping with a Colorado crew to skate
some Oregon concrete and check out the brand new Streetdome
skatepark in Harderslev Denmark and a cool DIY spot in northern
Germany.
Next up we´ll visit some backyard pools in Denver and
finish this issue with an interview with up and coming ripper
Johannes Haist.
Enjoy issue #19
Gerd

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Thomas Kalak Photo Exhibition

Thomas Kalak Photo Exhibition

I checked out Thomas Kalaks photo exhibition this Friday and ran into some old buddies I hadn´t seen for a while – good time seeing these guys and talking about some fun stories.
Thomas was one of the best vert rollerskaters in the 80´s and early 90´s and also shot photos
for the Monster Skateboard Magazine.
He moved on to shoot a lot of comercial stuff in the 90´s and does mostly art projects nowadays.
This exhibition showed a recent project where he documented the work on archaeology sites.
For more info check out his website

Thomas (right) introducing his work and showing some examples from his book.
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Markus Rüsenberg and Helge Tscharn talking art or skating
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Hanging out with old buddies you haven´t seen for years is the best. Thomas Kalak, Markus König, Helge Tscharn, Bärty Bruns
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… and having a good laugh about some fun stories.
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Thomas
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Some pages from the Book:

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See the exhibition here:

Thomas Kalak – Archäologie

Ausstellungshalle Hawerkamp

Am Hawerkamp 31

48155 Münster

31.10.14 – 23.11.14

Sa. und So. 15:00 – 19:00 Uhr

und nach tel. Vereinbarung: 0179 – 5490066

IGS Hamburg night session

The IGS skatepark in Hamburg is one of a very few parks in Germany with lights and with the days getting shorter quickly that is a very nice feature. After a session at the Fruchtallee bowl Wolfganster and I headed over to the IGS for second session and we ran into two legends from Hamburg Jan Waage and Robert Wolff, hadn´t seen those guys for like 20 years!
Everybody was stoked and we had a great session and a few brews after.

Jan Waage – ollie
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Robert Wolff – front rock
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After session stoke – Robert and Jan.
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Zine check – Blk/Mark

I met Alberto Scattolin in Gexto last week at the Bowl-A-Rama contest and he handed me his zine Blk/Mark to check out.
This issue features the photography of Fabien Ponsero, Jay Delaney, Alberto Scattolin, Sergej Vutuc, Fred Ferand, Julian Furones and Kristijan Smok. It´s all black and white with a good mix of transition, DIY and street footage. It´s all done in nice quality and definitely worth checking out.
For more info or to get a copy check the Blk/Mark website or their FB

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Alberto Scattolin
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Fred Ferand
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Jay Delaney
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Malmö Ultra Bowl VI – Pt. 3

Sunday session at Bryggeriet
As it was raining all day on Sunday some vert hungry skaters were more than happy when John Magnusson opened up the Bryggeriet skatepark for a night session on the vert ramp.
– Riley Stevens was shredding hard on his first session on a vert ramp.
– Chris Russell did frontside hip-hop inverts… wow, try that, threw some eggs and did head high frontside airs.
– Willis Kimlbel was flying over the ramp with boned out bs airs and tall andrecht handplants.
– Tyler Edtmayer showed some high airs.
– Mark Scott caused some chaos.
– Alex Sorgente smashed the coping with his body jars.
– Björn Lillesoe had nice bonelesses.
– Neal Hendrix stalled inverts to fakie and blasted some high airs.
– Sean Goff did smith grinds, sweepers and laybackairs.
– John Magnusson dropped in a few times and just did perfect runs with a ton of tircks.

Thanks to John Magnusson for the great session and a fun weekend in Malmö.

Photography by gerdrieger.com

Riley Stevens – FSA.
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Young Gun Tyler Edtmayer – bs air
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Chris Russell – eggplant
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Willis Kimbel – bs bone air
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Volcom Bergfest #6 – 2014

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On the 25th anniversary of the construction of Berg Fidel skatepark, a 13 year old deconstructed our preconception of how to skate. The Volcom Bergfest 2014 was jam-packed with action, entertainment (ie. Bands such as Svffer), and best of all: high quality skateboarding.
First place went to Tyler Edtmayer, best illustrated during his finals introduction run. This run would have made any seasoned pro totally psyched. He bailed in his first trick, got back up and proceeded to skate at least a full minute in which he landed nearly every trick he ever learned.
Second place went to Kevin Wenzke with giant fs airs and padless eggplants in the deepend. He is so fun to watch skate. Third place and honorable mention goes to Johannes Haist. In qualifiers, he skated his best, EVER, and landed in one run airs of every sort, -padless, btw- inverts, and crailslide-reverts in the deepend.
Special thanks goes out to Volcom, Koloss Skateboards, Rebel Rockers Garage, RIP, Stan, and all of the sponsors.

Photos: Gerd Rieger Text: Lenore Sparks

Kevin Wenzke – head high frontside air into 2nd place.
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Tyler Edmayer – backside boneless. He also did 540´s high backside airs and had the longest runs with a ton of tricks to shred into 1st place.
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Johannes Haist – 3rd place – lein to tail
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The judges: Wolf, Wolfganster ,Toni, Janne, Lenore
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Tim Bjisterveld was hurt but had a good time anyway.
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Tim Turudija – huge frontside air
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Friedrich was skating on edge at all times – lipslide
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The Dirty Fences were rocking the stage to end a rad day of skating.
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Winners Junior: Christian Müller – Timo Krone – Tim Turudija
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Winners A Group: Kevin Wenzke – Tyler Edmyer – Johannes Haist
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See you next year.
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Hot Session at the Beeble Bowl

Hot Sunday session at the Beeble Bowl – it was seriously HOT with tempretures in the 100°s Fahrenheit or 40° Celsius or whaterver scale you wanna use – HOOOT.
The Beeble Bowl is brand new, it was finished just a couple month ago
and the decks still have to be poured.
The bowl is pretty much perfect and is located in the backyard of the Bibelheimers.
Thanks Erik and Andrea for building this rad bowl and for the hot session.

Kat Folsom was shredding all day – Tucked frontside air
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Ffej Hedges – invert in the deepend
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Morris Wainwright – carve grind – I met Morris ca. 25 years ago when he and his brother Brian were traveling Eurpope and stoped by in Münster for some shredding. Stoked to meet and skate with him again.
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John Worthington – up and coming ripper with a frontside ollie
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Eric Bibelheimer – he owns this bowl and he has the tricks and lines – lipslide
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Vans Pool Party 2014

Vans Pool Party 2014:

Some crazy skating last weekend at the VANS POOL PARTY 2014 and some surprizes too.
The kids were on fire and totally taking over the Pro division, wow who would have thought that before the contest? The likes of Pedro Barros, Rune Glifberg, Omar Hassan, Giorgio Zattoni did not make it into the finals… amazing. Here´s some pics from the weekend more will follow in the next Bailgun issue coming soon!

Chris Miller 1st Place legends – when Miller stays on on his runs he is pretty much unbeatable at the Combi.
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Hosoi 3rd place legends – Christian had good lines some high bs airs in the corner pocket of the square, floted bs ollies in the round with one of the best styles in skateboarding.
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Eric Nash – he had some rad and solid runs but didn´t quite make it to the podium, he threw some high indy airs, inverts, egg plants, corner smith grinds and acid drops into the square.
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Brian Patch 2nd place Masters – Patch was shredding with fast lines loooong grinds, high airs stalled inverts and good lines.
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Tristan Rennie 1st place Pro – had a million tricks and lines and combined that to some winning runs.
Divebombing and indy air.
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Josh Rodriguez 2nd place Pro – he shredded the whole combi with speed, style, tricks and lines. Eggplant 360, fs bluntslide around the corner, front feeles around the corner, high airs and then some. Lien air.
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Josh Borden – smith grinding the round but also had a Mc Twist and Andrecht to fakie and some great lines.
Smit grind
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Tom Schaar was blasting high air all over he combi and also threw in some 540´s and 720´s. Stalefich corner.
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Pedro Barros did not make the finals…wow. But he still blasted some of the hiest airs – stalefish
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Chris Russel didn´t make the finals but he was shredding hard, he´s fast and has a rad bag of tricks with frontside boneless to frontside invert or fs boneless desaster about head high just being two gnarly ones.
This might look like your basic corner grind, but he´s going faster that most doing it.
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