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)

Baustop – the builders mag

Baustop auszuegeOnce in a while you may have one of these dejà vu, thinking “wait a moment – have I skated this before?”. As this usually happens in component-built skateparks – Baustop happens to deal with the exact opposite: It is about custom skatepark building and it is about the people who build it. A dejà vu as the people involved are the guys that formally produced the famous German “Boardstein”-mag (RIP). And many of them are involved in custom skatepark design and building today, so they decided to do a proper builder mag – and here it is. Limited to 750 zines with 256 (!) A5 pages it is almost sold out so if you want to pick up your copy for a donation of 5 or or preferably more Euros you should get in touch with the right people.

Inspiration – #1

JR

JR owns the biggest art gallery in the world.

He exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Act, talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit.

After he found a camera in the Paris subway, he did a tour of European Street Art, tracking the people who communicate messages via the walls. Then, he started to work on the vertical limits, watching the people and the passage of life from the forbidden undergrounds and roofs of Paris.

In 2006, he achieved Portrait of a Generation, portraits of the suburban “thugs” that he posted, in huge formats, in the bourgeois districts of Paris. This illegal project became “official” when the Paris City Hall wrapped its building with JR’s photos.

BAILGUN issue #12 is online now!!!

Check out issue #12 of Bailgun Magazine with 142 pages featuring the Malmö Ultra Bowl II,
the Filip Labovich interview, studio talk with Claus Grabke, an interview with filmmaker DD Wallauer,
a photo journey through Detroid, a vistit to the Bloom art fair and an interview with the Skateboardmuseum curators Jürgen Blümlein and Daniel Schmid and a spotcheck finishes of this issue.
Enjoy
Your Bailgun Team

Zine Thing

Got some cool zines recently that are worth checking out:

Plem Plem is a Zine from Sergej Vutuc who does a lot of art projects and collaborates with a
lot of national and international artists/skaters.
Plem Plem #3 features photos of Jonathan Hay, Nils Svenson, Marcel Veldman to name a few.

“On your own risk” features photos of the construction of the Skate and BMX Appartment in Heilbronn. There is a also a cool video.

Transit is a retrospective about the skatescene in east and west Berlin around ´89 /90.

Anzeige Berlin
is a cool zine that fits in your pocket or can be viewed online and features the Berlin skate scene.

ISSUE #11 is out NOW!

Bailgun Magazine Issue #11 is out now!
This issues features a trip to Belgium including a few questions to Kevin Wenzke,
a NOFX in gig, Tony Hawk and Friends in Berlin, an interview with Alexander Luxart and more.
To check out all BACK ISSUES just click here

Enjoy!
Your Bailgun Team.