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.
Photo: michaelmitulla.de
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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.

 
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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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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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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Getxo Bowl-A-Rama 2014 pt.-5

Saturday 2014.09.06 – Day 6 at the Getxo Bowl-A-Rama 2014

Contest day was going off. The energy and the level of skating had been building up all week and it got even more intense on Saturday.
When we got to La Kantera at about 8 in the morning there was aready a line of people wating to get the best places in the bleachers. And a couple hours later when the contest started the area around the pool and the hill facing the skatepark was packed with spectators. This definitely was one of the best contests this year, with a rad spot, sunny weather, BBQs, tapas, beers, vine and some super nice people in the Bask Country.

Overview
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The Masters

Wolfgangster graps his nose on this frontside grind over the deathbox. He had the best time in Getxo shredding with all the masters from around the globe and enjoying some tapas and a few beers after the sessions.
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Sean Goff – 50/50. He also did his trademark Toddtwists, frontside rocks and sweepers.
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Salba doing what he does best, shredding the pool with hard lines and throwing slob airs, tailsides and nosegrinds in the mix.
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Jean Terrisse took the Eurolines bus from Marseille and shredded the pool coming straight from from the overnight bus ride.
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Pat Ngoho – style and lines with a good mix of tricks like this loooong boardslides, backside airs, fast plants and monty grinds.
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Pro

Bask ripper Ian Campbell shredded the pool with hard tricks like this frontside baordslide, front feebles, backside airs, disasters and then some.
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Daniel Cuervo – high solb air. Daniel was flying all over the pool all week with his slop airs and airs to fakie and inverts to fakie.
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Cory Juneau skates fast and solid with tons of style and good bag of tricks like this egg plant.
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Filipe Foguinho – super high stalefish. He also smashed some disasters, lien to tails and body jars and did rad inverts.
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Sky Siljeg – one foot air. Sky had the crowd on their feet with his attack of the pool. Creative lines, high speed and always on edges, definitely a crowd favorite.
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Danny Leon was all over the pool and made good use of the shallow and deepend with a deep bag of tricks.
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Alex Sorgente skates rock solid and did some of the loudest and highest body jars and madonnas mixed with rad lines and tricks.
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Pedro Barros was going off. He skated with speed, power and on the egde at all times making it exiting to watch. He did front blunts on the hip of the shallowend, high indy airs, bs stalefishes, boneless ones and liptricks like this a switch 50/50.
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Raven Tershy was not in the contest but joined the after contest best trick session with some shoeless skating. FSA over the ladder.
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See you next year.

Getxo Bowl-A-Rama 2014 pt.-2

Wednesday 2014.09.03 -Day 3 at the Getxo Bowl-A-Rama 2014

The sessions are heating up as we get closer to conest day. The Brazilian crew was killing it, Salba had the lines wired on his first day, Chris Russell smashed some desasters, Rune Gifberg and Giorgio Zattoni were getting their first runs in, Sky Siljeg had crazy lines all over the pool, Cory Juneau was flying head high on his frontside airs and tried a a few 540°s, Alain Goikoetxea showed his local lines and with boardslides around the whole shallow end, high frontside airs, monty grinds, inverts and more.
Livestream is on on Saturday if you can´t make it to the La Kantera pool in Getxo.

Salba – tailslide
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Rune Glifberg – smith grind
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Omar Hassan – lipslide
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Sky Siljeg – grind
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Pedro Barros – stalefish higher than most
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Huge crowd
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Thanks for all the fish
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Bandsalat featuring the Gears

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Howdy folks, this is the first installment of Bailgun’s “Bandsalat”.
You’ll hear music from pretty much anywhere, from any era and from any genre. Wildly eclectic in other words. We’re going to try to stay away from stuff that everyone already knows about and turn you on to the exotic,
the rare, the forgotten, the far-flung and, yes even the brutal.
So to start with, here’s the one and only album by The Gears, from Huntington Beach, California.

Recorded in 1980, it sounds kind of like a punk record by the Beach Boys, but with some Rockabilly and Blues thrown in. This is the only album they recorded, but it’s a great one. They’ve been playing live around Southern California again lately, so if you get the chance to see them, you should do so.
Until next time, this is Bandsalat, saying “So Long”.

2014 Bailgun Calendar

Happy new year to all Bailgun friends.
This year we made a free PDF calendar that you can download and print on some nice paper
at home or your favourite printshop.
The 2014 Bailgun calendar features 12 images of beautiful concrete structures and curves.
We also made a screen version that you can use as a Wallpaper on your computer screen
that will be updated every month.
Enjoy!

Printable PDF Calendar:
– to download just click on the image.

Wallpaper:
– to download just click on the image.

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LA Pools

Looking for a Pool in the L.A. area? Them you might wanna check out the “The Big Atlas of LA Pools”
Here´s a couple videos about the project:

The Big Atlas of LA Pools – #4 Downey from Benedikt Groß on Vimeo.

The Big Atlas of LA Pools – #0 Process and Overview from Benedikt Groß on Vimeo.

The LA Swimmer — 43123 Pools I Have Not Visited and Never Will from Benedikt Groß on Vimeo.

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Free Beule XMAS Session 2013

Here´s some pics from yesterdays Free Beule XMAS Session.
A great session with lots of noisy grinds for our friend Beule at the Woodworx Bowl.
Special thanks to Philipp for organzing this session and Anders, Hermann, Thomas, Dietches, Markus, Wolf, Lui and everybody who came and did some grinds for Beule.

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Novak – fs hurricane
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Wolf – speedy tailslide
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Anders – floating an ollie over the hip
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Parting shot – Novak with a barking grind on the red pool coping of the Woodworx pool.
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