Malmö Ultra Bowl – 2014
Photos by Nicola Debernardi
Additional photos by Henry Calmeyer
Additional photos by Henry Calmeyer
Bowl-a-Rama – La Kantera, Getxo – Basque Country – 2014
. We built it in May in Eyk`s garden and now it was about time for a decent public opening party which took place on August 30th. Days of preparations guaranteed that we were about to have a good time whether it would be raining or not. Four of Schleswig-Holstein`s finest bands were about to play and the bowl was to be shredded. It was party time!
The BIG OPENING of this new epic skateboarding and subculture paradise is on August 30th 2014. There will be a sick skate jam / best trick session, a photo exhibition (25 years of skateboarding in Kassel), a few bands, an after show party and of course lots of friendly, crazy, hard partying people from (hopefully) everywhere in the world.
Malmö Ultra Bowl • 6 • Malmö, Sweden • LIVE • WEBCAST
The plan is to go to a mini ramp built in the middle of nature. I met Diego with his girlfriend Erika and we drove to the place which is almost on the border with France. When we got there I found this concrete beauty, built at the bottom of a small valley…
Additional photos by Henry Calmeyer
These days I’m not really that into going to contests that much. You’ve seen one contest, you’ve seen them all… But since I was already on the Northern coast of Spain with friends and family two weeks before the contest, driving two and a half hours to Basque country to the raddest set up of a skate park in the world, I didn’t have to think twice. The last time I was at a contest in La Kantera it wasn’t so much a contest but more like the name implied “POOL PARTY 2006“. But that was much different – almost all the skaters were from Basque Country or somewhere around Spain, bands were playing “pool side” and there weren’t any major sponsors. Eight years later, things were somewhat different, although the soulful and rebellious spirit of the Basque skaters and spectators attending the 2014 Volcom Bowl-a-Rama were along the same vein as years before, and this contest was like no other. Bowl-a-Rama Getxo had some of the best bowl riders from all around the world in attendance, from radical high flying American and Brazilian young guns to old school legends. The contest took place in the backyard pool style bowl in sunny Basque country a stones throw from the beach. There were skate events going down all week, but we showed up Friday afternoon, right as the bbq session was about to let loose.
Around 7pm the bowl got shut down for the day but the party continued on the hills surrounding La Kantera skatepark. For some the party never stopped and continued through till the next day. Some headed off to the tapas bars, some stayed at the Luna bar on the hill overlooking the skatepark, some went to Bilboa, tattooed, puked, got lost, slept on the beach, and some even made it back to their paid or free accommodations. Eitherway, there were about 700 people there the next day for the “main event”. The skating (as to be expected) was totally radical, balls to the wall madness! Standouts were Felipe Foguinho, Chris Russel, Sky Siljeg, Pedro Barros, Cory Juneau, Danny Leon, and Alex Sorgente, but I could also list another 20 dudes that were murdering the bowl, Alain Goikoetxea, Ian Campbell, and Diego Doural from Basque country, Guillaume Mocquin and Vince Matheron from Marseille, Giorgio Zattoni from Italy, Rune Glifberg from Denmark, Omar Hassan and Grant Taylor from USA… you get the point.
After 6 hours baking in the hot basque sun, fighting for the pole position with forty other rabid photo/videographers, pounding as many waters and beers and we could get our hands on, the finals were over and then a best trick session went down over the removable pool stair ladder. Raven skated barefoot and busted a sick stalefish, Felipe Foguinho pulled a huge ollie to disaster, Omar Hassan did a kickflip, Daniel Cuervo did an invert one foot to fakie as three guys held the sketchy ladder so it wouldn’t slip out, Sky Siljeg was trying front smiths to ollie pop outs over the ladder and Ian Campbell nose bonked it. After all was done and said, skated and destroyed, the final 8 results of the Bowl-a-Rama went to Pedro Barros, Alex Sorgente, Danny Leon, Felipe Foguinho, Cory Juneau, Sky Siljeg, Josh Borden and Chris Russel. Master of the masters was Pat Ngoho from Venice, Sean Goff from England, Salba from the innerland empire of southern california and Getxo local Txus Domingues.
Simultaneously disappointed and relieved the contest was over. I could put my camera away and enjoy some beers with old and new friends as the sun dipped into the sea. But then came the dirt downhill…
You might remember Home Sweet Bowl from a couple months back here on this same channel. We built it in May in Eyk’s garden and now it was about time for a decent public opening party which took place on August 30th. Days of preparations guaranteed that we were about to have a good time whether it would be raining or not. Four of Schleswig-Holstein`s finest bands were about to play and the bowl was to be shredded. It was party time!
Of course, there was skateboarding going on the whole weekend, and we even managed to get some photos together. Saturday late afternoon the bands started and Oi!tercreme, Mr. Burns and Alias Caylon from Flensburg all did the best jobs they could. Then again, having a band like Smoke Blow from Kiel, arguably one of the best bands Germany has ever produced and kind of retired, playing a private set in your backyard is what makes things special. All bands are living proof that our region has some quality music to offer, well, the winters are long and dark, we consider ourselves Scandinavian anyway. Big shout-outs to the bands for participating and sharing some sweat and wonderful music with us. Masterblast No.1 was stupid till it hurts and resorbing everything…
In between there was a big tombola and everyone who spent some money got a decent surprise package. Big thanks here to all the people and companies giving away free stuff for raising some money for Home Sweet Bowl, some more concrete and future parties there: Vans, Cleptomanicx, Rebel Röckers, Hoax, Confusion, Morphium, Green Smiley, 24/7 Distribution, Titus, Caramba, Koloss, Blackriver, Roter Stern Flensburg, Anker Rampen and Tattoo-Kajüte. And cheers to Minus Ramps again for building that bowl in the first place!
Double thumbs up to Eyk and Elle, Ingo and Nicole for sharing their property with us. Thanks to the neighbors, especially Marion, for being super cool about some alternative culture and big-ups to everyone who put in some work and money for this. You know who you are and you will do it again apparently. All the best to FreeDee and his broken jaw, you showed that Rock And Roll Inc. is still a force to be reckoned with! At least we had the ambulance already taken care of on Friday so it couldn’t get any worse after that…
Six hundred liters of beer later we have another epic weekend in the books that proved what it’s all about: Try to keep it BOARDSTEIN and make things happen! With a little help from your friends everything is possible. Thank you, skateboarding, once again!
Text: Arne Fiehl
Photos: Arne Fiehl, Thomas ‘Gerri’ Christiansen and Matthias ‘Foto-Mr’ Richter
When you read this and look at the photos, every centimeter of concrete is ready to shred! Standing in our new epic playground after two years and uncountable hours of building the shit out of ourselves, it feels too good to be true. It’s still so unbelievable… but now our dream has become a reality. No money or anything in the world can give you this special feeling of real happiness and big expectations.
Finishing the last centimeters doesn’t mean that this is the end, it’s just the very beginning of something big and new.
Looking back, its just crazy that we did it without big support from the officials of the city (who don’t understand what kind of a real tourist feature they have now) or big companies.
Of course we got some money from one or another charitable foundations and private money or material donations… Surely, we are very thankful for all this.
And HELL YEAH, I am very proud to give a shout out to all the Mr. Wilson building crew members out there: Thanks to all of you crazy hard working guys – you know who you are and every one of you is THE SHIT!!
The BIG OPENING of this new epic skateboarding and sub-culture paradise is the 30th of August 2014. There will be a sick skate jam / best trick session, a photo exhibition (25 years of skateboarding in Kassel), a few bands, an after show party and of course lots of friendly, crazy, hard partying people from (hopefully) everywhere in the world.
If you plan a journey to, or through Germany, Kassel is just in the very middle of this country, so you better check it out or you will miss something unique and special. CU around!
Words: Matze Weiland
Photos: Matze Weiland, Benni Götte, Jo Hempel and Lukas Zündel.
Check out Confusion’s last feature on Mister Wilson D.I.Y.: www.confuzine.com/2014/03/19/mister-wilson-outdoor-diy-park-kassel-germany/
Malmö Ultra Bowl • August 15-17th • Malmö, Sweden
Starring: Chris Russell, Julien Benoliel, Amelia Brodka, David Stenstöm, Steven Reeves, Ivan Federico, Jesse Thomas, James McInnes, Ludvig Hakansson, Hugo Boserup, Jens Andersson, Stafani Nurding, Mark Scott, Oskar Hallberg, Alessandro Mazzara, Simon Karlsson, Ty Hjortland, Tyler Edmayer, Ben Schroeder, Henry J Calmeyer, Aaron Buzas, Stephan Boussac, Drayke Mohr, Dave Adlington, Sarah Thoren, Alana Smith, Anders Tellen, Danny Leon, Robin Roos, Frank Faria, Kalle Berglind, Björn Lillesoe, Lenore Sparks, Curly Carlos, Raphael Ostorero, Marco Krainz, Johannes Haist, Tim Bijsterveld, Josh Borden, Alex Hallford, Adam Hopkins, Keegan Palmer, Mattias Ingerstedt, Jonas Bunger, Simon Sandström, Lois Pendelbury, Jean Pataleo, Daniel Vargas, Murilo Peres, Daniel Cuervo, Emma Lindgren, Vince Matheron, Cody Lockwood, Snoken, Sean Goff, Jeremy Tuffli, Herman Möller, Helena Long, Nicolas Hanson, Max Ritter, Alex Sorgente, Jimmie Larsen, Osvald Harrysson, Cory Juneau, Nicolas Hansen, Katta Sterner, Danny Tumia, Jean Pantaleo, Tom Schultze, Sam Prabert, Fabian Kutscha, Andree Böhlin, Finnian Martin, Ninni Perraud, Robbie Russo, Kevin Kowalski, Sky Siljeg, Chris Noodles, Dalton Dern, Johnny Sandberg, Riles Stevens, Tonje Pedersen, Willis Kimble, Ruari Brittee-steer, Jaran Jacobsen, Joshua Rodriguez, Guillaume Mocquin, Trevor Morgan, Bjarne Tjötta, Reiss Johnson, Ian Campbell, Jason Singler, Sasha Steinhorst, Hunter Okano, and ¿¿¿ many more ???
More info and other interesting things to occupy you during the down times here: skatemalmo.se/ultra-bowl/