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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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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Brian Gaberman Photo Book Review

Check out this really nice photobook by Brian Gaberman.
A Life In Transition is a collection of some of his favorite photos taken over the last seven years while he was working working for Element Skateboards.
It´s beautifully crafted and features a selecttion of action shots and portraits, taken on different trips and adventures from all over the world.

You can get it here

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Grant Brittain and Dave Swift Photo Exhibition

If you missed the opening of Avocado Bowl VIP Art Show and Fund Raiser photo exhibition in Fallbrook at the Fallbrook Brewing Company
you still have a chance to the see great photos from Grant Brittain and Dave Swift and even buy an iconic image and support the Avocado Bowl project in Fallbrook.
More info over at THE SKATEBOARD MAG

The Fallbrook Brewing Company a really nice place for the exhibition and they some really good beer there!
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See the photo on the left – Mark Gonzales with a big madonna Fallbrook ramp 1989
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Some concepts for the Avocado Bowl and Chris Miller with an Andrecht invert on the right.
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Beers and Mags
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Music
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Old Transworld Mags with some more photos from the Fallbrook area.
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Z-Flex goes to the lucky winner of the raffel ticket.
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Grant Brittain and Dave Swift with mystery guest of the evening.
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Bill Billing at the Avo Bowl – 1982
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Sold!
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Grant Brittain with a rad backside air of Steve Claar
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More pics from the Vert Attack – 8

Heres´s some more pics from this weekend at the Vert Attack contest in Malmö.
Great contest, great skating!!!

CORY JUNEAU – ollie nose grind over the channel
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BRAD MCLAIN – front blunt
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ALEX PERELSON – backside air under the roof
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BJØRN LILLESØE – stalefish
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BEN SCHROEDER – 50/50 into the channel
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NEAL HENDRIX – mute fastplant to fakie
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MARK VAN DER ENG – smith vert
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PETER HEWETT – trademark grind
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NICKY GUERRERO – madonna
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FINAL RESULTS:

JUNIORS FINAL

1. MATS HATLEM – NOR
2. IVAN FEDERICO – ITA
3. MATTHEW CARLISLE – UK
4. ALANA SMITH – USA
5. ANDRÉE BÖHLIN – SWE
6. JESSE THOMAS – UK
7. KALLE BERGLIND – SWE

GIRLS FINAL

1. ALANA SMITH – USA
2. ALLYSHA BERGADO – USA
3. JULZ LYNN – USA
4. MIMI KNOOP – USA
5. SILVIA SORRET MARCH – ESP
6. MIMMI LECKIUS – SWE
7. STOLZ FRANZISKA – SUI

MASTER FINAL

1. MATHIAS SERNKLO – SWE
2. NEAL HENDRIX – USA
3. NICKY GUERRERO – DK
4. RICH LOPEZ – USA
5. KEVIN STAAB – USA
6. HENRY GUITIERREZ – USA
7. ESPEN ROED – NOR

PRO/AM FINAL

1. PAUL- LUC RONCHETTI – UK
2. JIMMY WILKINS – USA
3. CORY JUNEAU – USA
4. SAM BECKETT – UK
5. JAKE ANDERSON – NZE
6. GIORGIO ZATTONI – ITA

Bailgun Mag issue #16 online now

Welcome to Bailgun issue #16,
this issue features
– the 5th annual Bergfest at the Berg Fidel skatepark
– the Malmö Ultra Bowl contest
– the Skateboard Herzblut photo exhibition by Axel Torschmied
– the Koloss and friends tour to Belgium
– the Best Of Both contest in Düsseldorf.
– our friend Txus from Spain finishes off this issue with some thoughs
about a slam he had in Copenhagen after the Ultra Bowl in Malmö.

Enjoy issue #16
Gerd

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