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The Beast DIY – Beast Feast IV – Zürich, Switzerland

Annual gathering of all bowl riders at Switzerland’s best spot, The Beast, on August 1st, 2014.

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Builders’ Jam: PuraPura – La Paz, Bolivia

After the first day you could already see big progress. After two and a half weeks, with hard work, partying as a gringos do with all the locals, eating coca leaves, drinking coca tea, and of course a lot of downhill sessions, we were almost finished building the skatepark, with one of the best views in the world!

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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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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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The Beast DIY – Beast Feast IV – Zürich, Switzerland

Annual gathering of all bowl riders at Switzerland’s best spot on August 1st, 2014.

“King Zebra” and the “Basement Saints” are playing live. Starts at 18:00.

For more info wirte on www.praisethebeast.com

Beast Feast IV. August 1st, 2014. Zürich, Switzerland

Beast Feast IV. August 1st, 2014. Zürich, Switzerland

Skatepark build overview photos by Nicolas Büchi
Skate photos by Dorien Peeters

concrete

concrete

spine and dudes

spine and dudes

there is no I in team

there is no I in team

Beast DIY

Beast DIY

Ratman. Sweeper.

Ratman. Sweeper. Photo: Ratman’s sister.

Fede, fs grind

Fede, fs grind

"this crazy guy from Jura" fs smith

“this crazy guy from Jura” fs smith

soultrain from the Warriors Gang

Soul train from the Warriors Gang

mike, handplant

Mike van der Ouderaa, handplant

mike, fs smith

Concrete Flow Mike, fs smith

koekiegrind

Koekie grind

koekie, fs 5-0 grab

Koekie, fs 5-0 grab

fs smith

fs smith

Builders’ Jam: PuraPura – La Paz, Bolivia

“After the first day you could already see big progress. After two and a half weeks, with hard work, partying as gringos do with all the locals, eating coca leaves, drinking coca tea, and of course a lot of downhill sessions, we were almost finished building the skatepark, with one of the best views in the world!

behind the hole of death. Photo: Al Partanen

behind the hole of death. Photo: Al Partanen

The first day we skated the park, we started out with a big session on the miniramp, (and I have to say the day before we poured 80 cubik meters, most of it in a wheel barrow), so we all were pretty tired. After the mini ramp session we started skating the whole park. It was one of the best and most well deserved sessions I’ve ever had and I think I am not alone about that. The day was amazing! To see the smiles and happiness everybody had when we skated was all worth the effort!!
 The day ended up perfectly, partying at Hard Rock cafe…. crazy night!!!
An amazing trip, I can’t say any more!!

Thank you Bolivia, La Paz, Levis skateboard, PFK, Alis, 2ER crew, and to all the people that helped out during the project!!!” - Mathias Hall Laursen

overview at the beginning of building

overview at the beginning of building

working class

working class

the giant watching the liliputens work. Photo: association de skate

the giant watching the liliputens work. Photo: association de skate

some guides and things and people

some guides and things and people

a corner is almost born

a corner is almost born

shaping the concrete

shaping the concrete

one of the campfires in the unfinished park

one of the campfires in the unfinished park

lennsen, max, juppi and a dude i don't know, working on the flat

lennsen, max, juppi and a dude i don’t know, working on the flat

the hard working minidigger

the hard working minidigger

Bolivian Mama's, exited to skate the park

Bolivian Mama’s, exited to skate the park

fs grind over hole of death. Photo: association de skate

lensen, fs grind over hole of death as red beard looks on. Photo: association de skate

Melongrab, Mathias Hall Laursen. Photo: Erby

Melongrab, Mathias Hall Laursen. Photo: Erby

mimiramp session. Photo: association de skate

mimiramp session. Photo: association de skate

 someone skating the building. Photo: association de skate

someone skating the building. Photo: association de skate

Photo: association de skate

Photo: association de skate

boilvia gap. photo: association de skate

boilvia gap. photo: association de skate

lovely bolivia. Photo: Leo skater

lovely bolivia. Photo: Leo skater

almost complete. Photo: association de skate

almost complete. Photo: association de skate

almost complete 2.0 Photo: association de skate

almost complete 2.0 Photo: association de skate

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Australia DIY
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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?

piove?

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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Skate or Die!

Milano Skateboarding

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