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Confusion Magazine – Issue #9 – out now

Confusion Magazine – Issue #9 – now available. Jake Snelling, Tony Farmer, Bjørn Lillesøe, Chris Cope, Jacob Ovgren.
Skate features include: Cruise & Booze (Netherlands), Vert Attack 8 (Sweden), Hot Shit checkouts with Chris Gregson and Daan Van Der Linden, and of course way more…

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Milan: international skateboarding centre?

We’ll have the possibility to declare the municipality how we imagine our city.. .“european capital of skateboarding”: the delegates used similar words to describe their intentions. We don’t strive for that (also: what’s a capital?), but in the meanwhile we try to organize to begin the building of this utopia. The future is hard to see, but the present time is in the hands of whom is dedicated and brave enough to clench it.

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Confusion Magazine – issue #7 – free online download

Confusion Magazine issue # 7 now available as a free online download.

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Chris. Tailslide.

Bergfest 2014 – Battle at the Monster Bowl – Münster, Germany

The annual Bergfest is one of the best skate contests in Germany, if not Europe. Although it is technically a contest, this year’s event was more underground and diy with less big name sponsors and not so concerned with handing out big checks to the winners, but more interested in everyone having a good time…

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Michi Nadler. Kick turn on the column.

Gmunden miniramp session – Austria

After the contest “Rumble in the Park”, we stayed a couple of days more with Michi and skated around Gmunden… during a rainy day, we had a small session in the miniramp.

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Frankie Hill - Ollie. Photo: Jon Steele

The Frankie Hill Interview

…When my knee blew up I would pray to die in my sleep every night for two years. The thought of not being able to push myself in skating was too much for me to handle at the time, I run on passion, when I have non left I feel like I’m already dead.


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Confusion Magazine – Issue #9 – out now

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DIY Woods (USA)
Billy’s Bowl (Belgium)
Australia DIY
Darwin DIY (France)

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Milan: international skateboarding centre?

“Even though the administrations have often been some of the most provincial (the management history of Expo 2015 is an example itself), Milan is an european metropolis: a place full of culture, ideas and potentials. It is now crossing, as many others have done in our continent already, the phase in which skateboarding (a growing phenomenon) is considered a good way to interact with the territory. For this reason the nowadays elected delegates have tried to design a “skateboarding plan” to declare how they would like to spend the public resources. As a project that didn’t include the expert advise of any skateboarder, right now it doesn’t go in the direction we consider the best for us. So?

Before this occasion there was no collective organization that could plausibly express a reasonable and sharable vision of what we need. Now, with the great effort of a a bunch of veterans and fresh blood, we can say that this organization exists: its name is Milano Skateboarding Association.

DIY means “take the present in your own hands and modify it as you wish”. DIY means organization. That’s why we’re doing this: the only way to change the destiny of our city is to join together and stand for what we think is the best for us. That’s why on July 16th we’re going to share our ideas with both skateboarders and institutions, in order to find the best way to transform Milan in a centre of international skateboarding. Together, organised and ready to change our present.”   – Daniele Lamanna

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16th of July 2014
Order of the day: Milan, an international skateboarding centre.

On July 16th,  the association “Milano Skateboarding” (a group that link together some veteran skateboarders and young blood)  publicly met up with the municipality’s delegates, in order to discuss the “skateboard plan” from the basis. This plan aims to transform our city into an “international centre of skateboarding”. Is it going to be true?

Esistente

On May 27th, after listening to the municipality’s words, we organized to propose a collective vision: shared and reasonable. On that occasion we’re certain that even the public’s delegates have understood the impossibility to do a good job without the skateboarders’ help.

Uno Tanti

Our target is excellence, concentrated in a single, big skatepark project: we’re sure that one gnarly spot is better than a mediocre “modular” thousand. We are going to ask for designers and enterprises capable to stand and overtake the international level. We dream of “the skate-metropolis” (the experiences of Copenhagen and Malmö are the models), we want a city full of spots like Milano Centrale; we are going to push DIY again and again.

Milan is a metropolis: big, complicated, crammed full of contradictions and potentials. Milan’s skateboarders resemble it. It’s not easy to keep together ideas, share objectives, transform reality and make it close to our expectations. But there’s only one way to “reclaim our city”: organization. Probably (and luckily) there will never be a single organism able to represent the ideas of everybody: somebody said that “skateboarders are individualists”. There is no question that even “Milano Skateboarding” association won’t be the mirror of everyones’ wills and ideas. There is only a basic criterion that we retain shareable: lie of the land is no longer enough. Everywhere in Europe (and somewhere even in Italy) groups of DIYers and professionals are building incredible spaces, that transform the hidden corners of the city into really contemporaneous perpetual motion artworks, and the catalogue of the enterprises able to manufacture those works is quite long. So what about Milan?

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We’ll have the possibility to declare the municipality how we imagine our city.. .“european capital of skateboarding”: the delegates used similar words to describe their intentions. We don’t strive for that (also: what’s a capital?), but in the meanwhile we try to organize to begin the building of this utopia. The future is hard to see, but the present time is in the hands of whom is dedicated and brave enough to clench it.

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Confusion Magazine – issue #7 – free online download

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Josh “Skreech” Sandoval
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Javier Mendizabal
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Bergfest 2014 – Battle at the Monster Bowl – Münster, Germany

The annual Bergfest is one of the best skate contests in Germany, if not Europe. Although it is technically a contest, this year’s event was more underground and diy with less big name sponsors and not so concerned with handing out big checks to the winners, but more interested in everyone having a good time with beers, falafels and skateboarding in the sun occasionally blocked by a few rain clouds which fortunately never burst. After the bowl session and a quick “best trick” session over the rail, Münster locals Svffer took the stage keeping the energy level high with some grind hardcore followed by  Dirty Fences a 70s style rock n roll punk rock band from New York City. Both bands were surprisingly good and a perfect ending for this year’s Bergfest… The show was over and the crowd slowly dispersed to either lurk all night in the parking lot, travel home, or head to the after party that carried on down at the harbor until the wee hours of the night…. until next year, thanks Koloss (and the other sponsors: Volcom, Rebel Rockers, Telum, Bailgun and MotoCity, for putting on a sick event where everyone had a blast. The winner, incidentally, was 13 year old Tyler Edtmayer from Germany who threw down a 540, 2nd place went to Kevin Wenzke, also from Germany who was one of the few spending at least half his time tearing up  the 11 foot high deep-end and blasting head high airs. Nick Bax from Netherlands probably got 4th place (although it was possible he should have squeezed into the top 3) with a variety of disasters, blunts and stalefishes, and 3rd place went out to young gun Johannes Haist also from Deutschland who skated good all day long. Another stand out worthy of mention was Robian Fifield who was throwing down some sick crails, airwalks to fakie, nosepicks and boned out airs, and skated ’til he bled. During the finals I filmed, so all these photos are from either before or after the finals, sorry about the incomplete and sporadic coverage.  Short video coming soon.

Words: J. Hay
Photos: J. Hay & Daniel Halfmann

Robian Fifield. Text book crailslide.  Photo: J. Hay

Robian Fifield. Text book crailslide. Photo: J. Hay

Tom. Feebel grind into the deepend.

Tom Schulze. Feeble grind into the deepend. Photo: J. Hay

Nick Bax. Big frontside air in the shallow end.  Photo: Daniel Halfmann

Nick Bax. Big frontside air in the shallow end. Photo: Daniel Halfmann

Chris. Tailslide.

Christian Krause. Tailslide. Photo: J. Hay

Robian Fifield. Airwalk to fakie.

Robian Fifield. Airwalk to fakie. Photo: J. Hay

Sebastian Nielhaus. Boneless thread the needle.

Sebastian Nienhaus has a bag of original tricks. Frontside boneless finger shuvit. Photo: J. Hay

Not sure this guys name, but sick stalefish.

Remco Stolzesick from Monster in the Netherlands with a sick stalefish. Photo: J. Hay

Bastian Conrad. Backsmith.  Photo: Daniel Halfmann

Bastian Conrad. Backsmith. He ended up hanging up later on and smacking his head resulting in a free one way ticket to the hospital with a concussion. Gute besserung! Photo: Daniel Halfmann

Unfortunately the only photo I have of 13 year old ripper Tyler Edtmayer who took first place is this backside ollie tailgrab in the shallow end.

Unfortunately the only photo I have of 13 year old ripper Tyler Edtmayer who took first place is this backside ollie tailgrab in the shallow end. Photo: J. Hay

Nick Bax. Ollie off the shallow hip.

Nick Bax. Ollie off the shallow hip. Photo: J. Hay

Multitasking shooting a portrait of Robian and Bergfest winner Tyler Edtmayer, while shooting 2nd place Kevin Wenzke blasting a frontside air in the deepend.

Multitasking shooting a portrait of Robian and Bergfest winner Tyler Edtmayer, while shooting 2nd place Kevin Wenzke blasting a frontside air in the deepend. Photo: J. Hay

Kevin Wenzke. If there was a big air contest, he would have won it.  Photo: Daniel Halfmann.

Kevin Wenzke. If there was a big air contest, he would have won it. Photo: Daniel Halfmann.

Kevin Wenzke. Above and beyond the call of duty.  Photo: Daniel Halfmann

Kevin Wenzke. Above and beyond the call of duty. Photo: Daniel Halfmann

Tyler. 540. One of the more difficult radical tricks to shoot.  Photo: Daniel Halfmann

Tyler Edtmayer. 540. One of the more difficult radical tricks to shoot. But landing this one definitely helped his cause for a first place finale. Photo: Daniel Halfmann

Kevin Wenzke. Lien air.  Photo: Daniel Halfmann.

Kevin Wenzke. Lien air. Photo: Daniel Halfmann.

Lipslide on the bigrail on the way to the contest on the little rail.  Photo: Daniel Halfmann

Dennis Naujocks with a caveman boardslide. Photo: Daniel Halfmann

Tim Bijsterveld was injured so no inverts or bomb drops today, but at least he was still partying all night, all day and all night again. He won first place at puking.

Tim Bijsterveld was injured so no inverts or bomb drops today, but at least he was partying all night, all day and all night again. He won 1st place at puking. Photo: J. Hay

Svffer took the stage and grinded out some aggression.

Svffer took the stage and grinded out some aggression. Photo: J. Hay

Young or old, rich or poor, black or white, we all Svffer.

Young or old, rich or poor, black or white, we all Svffer. Photo: J. Hay

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Gmunden miniramp session – Austria

The session at the 5boro miniramp was awesome. After the contest “Rumble in the Park“, we stayed a couple of days more with Micky and skated around Gmunden. We also enjoyed the Traunsee lake, with the wonderful sunny weather. During a rainy day, we had a small session in the miniramp. Here are the pictures, where you can see Robian Fifield, Sjoed Vissers, Micky Nadler and Thij de Koning ripping the ramp.

Words + photos: Nicola Debernardi

Michi Nadler. Transfer to Blunt.

Michi Nadler. Transfer to Blunt.

Thij de Koning. FSG.

Thij de Koning. FSG.

Robian Fifield. Tailgrab.

Robian Fifield. Tailgrab karate kick.

Sjoerd Vissers. Treflip to fakie.

Sjoerd Vissers. Treflip to fakie.

Robian. Crail tail.

Robian Fifield. Crail tail palm.

Robian. Crail to fakie.

Robian. Crail to fakie.

Robian. Boneless.

Robian. Boneless.

Sjoerd Vissers. Boneless.

Sjoerd Vissers. Boneless.

Sjoerd Vissers. Ollie transfer.

Sjoerd Vissers. Ollie transfer.

Robian Fifield. Dog Pisser.

Robian Fifield. Dog Pisser.

Michi Nadler. Noseblunt slide.

Michi Nadler. Noseblunt slide.

Michi Nadler. Backside grab.

Michi Nadler. Mute grab.

Michi Nadler. Kick turn on the column.

Michi Nadler. Kick turn on the column.

Michi Nadler. Wallride to fakie.

Michi Nadler. Wallride to fakie.

Last year’s session on the 5boro mini: www.confuzine.com/2013/08/10/5boro-mini-ramp-gmunden-austria/


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