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Confusion Magazine – Issue #10 – out now

Featuring interviews with Cody Lockwood, Aref Bobby Koushesh, and artist French. DIY Skate spot check outs on Salamander Ranch (USA), Bob’s Spot (England), Wörgl DIY (Austria), and Down by the River (France). And way way more…

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872 DIY bowl project – France

DIY spot in France (Thouars in Deux-Sevres). This is the 872 DIY bowl project, just near a bridge which was built by Gustave Eiffel company in 1872.

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Confusion Magazine – issue #8 – free online

Issue #8 features interviews with:

Frank Shaw, Sox (Wales), Zombie Stu, Mike Neider from B’last , Lovenskate in Bilbao (Basque), Ramp Jam 4, Belgium, Scene Report – Cadiz, Spain plus DIY skate spot check outs DIY Skate spot check outs: Bluestone (Australia), Port Land (Switzerland), PFK Skate support center (Japan), Bangkok Bowl (Thailand).

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DIY Szaber Bowl – Poland

It was January 2014, together with my friend after a few beers we decided to build a concrete pool in the heart of Warsaw under the bridge where I was previously involved with POWISLE DIY project. We were pissed off because of many things like the fact diy culture is still not that big in Poland, all the bowls at the parks are really bad and mellow and don’t even have good coping

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Ian Dykmans, one of the founders of Brusk, and recent papa, still finding time to destroy the Punisher!

Fiesta Des Ursulines – 2014 – Bruxelles, Belgium

Fiesta Des Ursulines is a renegade community event that takes place at Square Des Ursulines in the middle of the city of Bruxelles each year. Conceived by the Brusk collectif who also organized and built the skatepark, the Fiesta des Ursulines is not only a skateboarding event, but also focuses on culture, food, beer, silkscreening, photo exhibitions and social events such as dressing up in animal costumes or face paintings and going across the street to entertain the old people living in the retirement home.

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Alex Vasquez. Ollieing the pump-hump. Photo: Kasper

Skartable DIY Skate Spot – Los Angeles, California

Driving down Melrose Ave. I saw a quiet little spot, perfect for a narrow quarter pipe. I knew there is no way I could build there so I started thinking about prefab DIY….

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Featuring interviews with:

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DIY spot in France (Thouars in Deux-Sevres). This is the 872 DIY bowl project, just near a bridge which was built by Gustave Eiffel company in 1872.

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Confusion Magazine – issue #8 – free online

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Ramp Jam 4 (Belgium)
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DIY Szaber Bowl – Poland

It was January 2014, together with my friend after a few beers we decided to build a concrete pool in the heart of Warsaw under the bridge where I was previously involved with POWISLE DIY project. We were pissed off because of many things like the fact diy culture is still not that big in Poland, all the bowls at the parks are really bad and mellow and don’t even have good coping. Also that the city doesn’t care and it close to impossible to get funding to make a really good place to skate.

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The whole idea was crazy but we knew the place is right. It’s really far from any residential areas – close to the train station in a building which was abandoned many years ago with many unsettled law cases – so we felt like that was the perfect place to start building. Since I started in January, days were short and the temperature really low so the first thing to do was to measure the whole place and create a 3D plan of the whole thing. After I made the bowl visualization I was ready to start but there was only two of us.

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We tried to work as often as we could – after work, in the middle of the night we were shoveling all the rubble for the first shape of the bowl. The days and weeks went by, the progress wasn’t that fast but we were still sure we would make it. Sometime between March and April we finally gathered some new friends to help. That was the moment when everything really stared to move on. First brick walls were ready, and we started to cut wooden forms for the quarter pipes. Almost every single brick we had was obtained from the walls we demolished in the building. We spent uncountable hours with hammers, moving things from place to another, trying to figure out how we could get cement from different places and trying to learn how to work with concrete.

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The lack of concrete was the only thing which could stop us. But fortunately we got a really big help from Pawel Głyda who owns MPG Skateparki.pl – one of the best Polish companies who build skateparks in Poland. As we knew each other for many years, I asked him to help with our project and he agreed to provide us all the concrete we needed. In the meantime, we were working hard on pool copings which have never been build in Poland before. We spent a few nights to make the mold and it just happened to work really well. Our copings looks really nice and grind even better.

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June was the month of our first concrete pour, our worker crew had grown fast and we had sometimes more than 20 people working at the same time, giving their best to shape all the pieces. We are pretty sure that we impressed a lot of people with our work, and the whole idea, so that nobody even thought to protest about that illegal construction. The official name came out in July – “Szaber” which in Polish means “stolen”. Almost all the materials we had were stolen or obtained somehow in many different ways. Right now we are really close to finishing our construction, all we have to do now is work a bit on the flatground to make it perfectly smooth and clean and  later we can work on painting the whole thing. Of course we won’t stop, we want this place to grow and we are pretty sure that in the next years we are going to start making some new things because the building is huge and we still have a lot of room to cover with concrete.

The whole thing took a year out of my life and I’m really grateful for all the help I get from all the people who helped make this place real.

You can follow us on our fanpage: www.facebook.com/szaberbowl and if you like our place, please write to us or donate to our project!

Special Thanks for the crew:
Paweł Malarowski, Maciej Sfah Barański, Marcin Kosiński, Paweł Padochin, Duśka Montana, Piotr Picek Wojtkowski, Janek Korycki, Piotrek Darecki, Filiperski Filip, Maciek Pietrak, Adrian Sikora, Łukasz Włodkowski, Iwan Złotek Złotkiewicz, Tomasz Stojewski, Radek Matuszewski, Tomasz Stojewski, Tomek Celo Tomiak, Agata Halikowska, Szymon Czajkowski, Łukasz Szkapa Wójcik, Stanisław Michalak, Kuba Gołowicz, Janek Osowski, Antek Zawada, Daniel Gajos, Alexis Slayerman Garbi, Hortencio Herrera, Marek Łyczek, Nikodem Szpunar, Kuba Dziewulski.

Words: Marcin “Baca” Duch

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Fiesta Des Ursulines – 2014 – Bruxelles, Belgium

Fiesta Des Ursulines is a renegade community event that takes place at Square Des Ursulines in the middle of the city of Bruxelles each year. Conceived by the Brusk collectif who also organized and built the skatepark, the Fiesta des Ursulines is not only a skateboarding event, but also focuses on culture, food, beer, silkscreening, photo exhibitions and social events such as dressing up in animal costumes or face paintings and going across the street to entertain the old people living in the retirement home. Since BRUSK IS DEAD, and the guys who founded event are now building skateparks around europe or focusing on their other artist talents, the festival is now run by some Bruxelles locals like Syzmon Stachon and Damien Delsaux. Earlier in the day there were some BMX events but I timed it right by first hitting up ELZO’s artshow on the way from my seedy hotel by the train station to the festival and arrived right as the best trick contest was going down on the newly built Volcano, a well needed addition to the street course. Mike of Concrete Flow, (formerly Brusk) built the man-sized volcano a few days before and the concrete cured just in time for a quick painting before the session was on.

Melon grab 180 from the launch ramp to the bank. Name unknown.

Melon grab 180 from the launch ramp to the bank. Name unknown.

All different styles of bands were playing throughout the day but I was focusing on the skateboarding so didn’t really get to enjoy the music until the bowl session in the Punisher bowl (which is much harder to skate than it looks) where the bands OTISS (crust/punk) and LEPER HOUSE (punk/hardcore) were playing “pool side”. The Fiesta des Ursulines is crazy congregation of anarchistic rebels and all walks of life… I’ve been to many cities around the world, and I must say that Bruxelles takes the cake for having the most oddball eccentric rebellious creatures on this planet. If you live in United States or another heavily policed state, there is no way anything like this event could ever go down. It would be crawling with pigs handcuffing and arresting suspicious characters and carting them off to jail. They would bring trouble where there was none. But you know what, nothing bad happened, no one got hurt (except for a few hippers and bruises), and everyone had a blast. Hope to see you there next year, if you dare…

Words + photos + video: Jonathan Hay

Tailblock on the newly built volcano.

Joran Mislà. Tailblock on the newly built volcano.

Szymon Stachon is one of the main organizers for the Fiesta des Ursulines and also skated the Punisher the hardest!

Szymon Stachon is one of the main organizers for the Fiesta des Ursulines and also skated the Punisher the hardest!

Fakie noseblunt tailgrab yank in. Name unknown.

Fakie noseblunt tailgrab yank in. Name unknown.

Hans de Keyser won the best trick on (or over) the volcano, in my book at least.

Hans De Keyser won the best trick on (and over) the volcano, in my book at least.

    Youssef Abaoud and Mike van der Ouderaa are two of the guys that help make Fiesta des Ursulines a reality of sorts.

Youssef Abaoud and Mike van der Ouderaa are two of the guys that help make Fiesta des Ursulines a reality of sorts.

Youssef Abaoud and Mike van der Ouderaa are two of the guys that help make Fiesta des Ursulines a reality of sorts.

Overview of the Punisher Bowl and the Fiesta des Ursulines

Donald Poolboy Hauck from Antwerp with a nose pick in the Punisher's deepend.

Donald PoolBoy Huycke from Antwerp with a nose pick in the Punisher’s deepend.

Szymon Stachon with a frigid to fakie.

Szymon Stachon with a frigid to fakie.

Damien. Frontside ollie disaster.

Damien Delsaux. Frontside ollie disaster.

Ian Dykmans, one of the founders of Brusk, and recent papa, still finding time to destroy the Punisher!

Ian Dykmans, one of the founders of Brusk, and recent papa, still finding time to destroy the Punisher!

Big frontside air beneath an ominous sky in the shadows of the church. Name unknown.

Big frontside air beneath an ominous sky in the shadows of the church. Name unknown.

Damien. Finger flip lien to tail.

Damien Delsaux. Finger flip lien to tail.

Szymon Stachon blasting a method air.

Szymon Stachon styling a backside air blasted off the speaker cabinet makeshift extenstion.

Szymon Stachon. Blunt to fakie off the speaker cabinet.

Szymon Stachon. Blunt to fakie off the speaker cabinet.

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Fiesta des Ursulines – 2014
(Featuring: Ian Dykmans, Kwentin, Szymon Stachon, Yoeri Vromans, Donald Poolboy…. Music by Fugazi.)


Filmed / edited by J. Hay

Links to previous Confusion coverage of:
Fiesta des Ursulines – 2013
Fiesta des Ursulines – 2012
Fiesta des Ursulines – 2011
Fiesta des Ursulines – 2010

www.sk8boarders.be/fete-des-ursulines


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