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OMSA Pizza Tour 2015 – “Italy the Land of dreams?”

…And here is the team: Fred (our International part from France and the Master Photographer), Axel (from Trier the oldest town in Germany established by Romans over 2,000 years ago), Toni (our ½ German with an Italian passport and all time translator), Dietsches (Mr. OMSA) and me (the organizer + Wolfgangster). The OMSA Team on a mission – grinding down the pools in Italy….

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Backside wallride. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Down by the River: DIY in Southern France with Bastien Marlin

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Daryl Nobbs. Frontside rockslide over the stairs. Gjøvik. Photo: David Jedda

Betongpark boys skating and creating in Norway

A few years ago on a one off build in Norway with a British company, I met a couple of awesome Norwegians with big plans. We kept in touch and soon after they asked me if i wanted to be involved in their Norwegian skatepark venture, for some reason they were under the impression I really knew what I was doing… – Daryl Nobbs

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Otis Smith. Invert in his own backyard. Photo: Ken Forsyth

Otis’ pool – Charleston, South Carolina

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OMSA Pizza Tour 2015 – “Italy the Land of dreams?”

Article by Wolfgang Toth
Photos by Fred Ferand


Italy the Land of dreams?

“For my first holiday in Italy, they needed a long time to get me to go, because, you know, Mafia and all that stuff. But on the streets it’s like everywhere and I’m lucky to have been there. Since then I have fallen in love with this country. Also, a long time ago I skated a contest there. There was a half pipe right on the beach and a street contest too. Ha, I think it was my only serious street contest ever. I was the only foreigner with all these super friendly Italians and it was great!
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And close to this countryside where the contest was, there is since the last three years a pool. And since then, I thought let’s go, and you know if a man says he will do it, he will do it however long it takes, but he will do it! And here is the team: Fred (our International part from France and the Master Photographer), Axel (from Trier the oldest town in Germany established by Romans over 2,000 years ago), Toni (our ½ German with an Italian passport and all time translator), Dietsches (Mr. OMSA) and me (the organizer + Wolfgangster). The OMSA Team on a mission – grinding down the pools in Italy.

Starting in Milano meeting Alessandro Redaelli with Roberta and friends who made the Ottone Pool in Lodi, possible. And we all really liked this rough baby. A whole lot of grinding and fun!

Dietsches. FS Grind. Ottone Bowl. Lodi, Italy.

Dietsches. FS Grind. Ottone Bowl. Lodi, Italy.

Alessandro Radealli. Crail. Ottone Bowl. Lodi, Italy.

Alessandro Redaelli. Crail. Ottone Bowl. Lodi, Italy.

Toni Perrone. BS Layback. Lodi, Italy.

Toni Perrone. BS Layback. Lodi, Italy.

Toni Perrone. Frontside grind. Ottone Bowl.

Toni Perrone. Frontside grind. Ottone Bowl.

Toni Perrone. Indy nosegrind. Ottone Bowl.

Toni Perrone. Indy nosegrind. Ottone Bowl.

Toni Perrone. Nosegrind. Ottone Bowl.

Toni Perrone. Indy Nosegrind. Ottone Bowl.

Wolfgang. FS grind. Ottone bowl.

Wolfgang. FS grind. Ottone bowl.

Alessandro Radealli. Ollie. Ottone Bowl. Lodi, Italy.

Alessandro Redaelli. Ollie. Ottone Bowl. Lodi, Italy.

Alessandro Radealli. FS Rock. Ottone Bowl. Lodi, Italy.

Alessandro Redaelli. FS Rock. Ottone Bowl. Lodi, Italy.

Dietsches. Hand out. Ottone Bowl. Lodi, Italy.

Dietsches. Hand out. Ottone Bowl. Lodi, Italy.

Alessandro Radealli. Sweeper. Ottone Bowl. Lodi, Italy.

Alessandro Redaelli. Sweeper. Ottone Bowl. Lodi, Italy.


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Then back to the Milano Legend the “Bastard Bowl”.

Max Bonassi. FS olllie. Bastard Bowl.

Max Bonassi. FS olllie. Bastard Bowl.

Max Bonassi. Invert. Bastard Bowl.

Max Bonassi. Invert. Bastard Bowl.

Max Bonassi. Invert. Bastard Bowl.

Max Bonassi. Invert. Bastard Bowl.

Max Bonassi. Rock N Roll. Bastard Bowl.

Max Bonassi. Rock N Roll. Bastard Bowl.

Wolfgang. Ollie. Bastard bowl.

Wolfgang. Ollie. Bastard bowl.

Wolfgang. One foot back tail. Bastard bowl.

Wolfgang. One foot back tail. Bastard bowl.

Toni Perrone. Layback. Lodi, Italy.

Toni Perrone. Layback. Bastard Bowl.

Max Bonassi and Claudio Bernardini did such a great job to make this beauty happen. And these two guys ripped down their bowl. A big session was on, never ending fun; mega high speed runs and tricks were exploding. Skating til the muscles stopped moving. Wow, I nearly don’t remember such an epic session.

Claudi Bernardini. Ollie to fakie. Lodi, Italy.

Claudio Bernardini. Ollie to fakie. Bastard Bowl

Claudi Bernardini. Smith. Lodi, Italy.

Claudio Bernardini. Smith. Bastard Bowl.


Next stop at Daniele Lamanna‘s place. The “Whidaw ramp”, a really new generation playground. Holy moly funny place. Specially hosted with the worlds best apple-pie from Daniele’s dad Gino!

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Next mission, Bologna, the Elbo Park. So do you know the song: “it never rains in California” I thought about it and used my umbrella.

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But we will come back to survive the deep end there. (Happy I was there before and grinded it down, hehe.)

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Good that there is an indoor sports park right around the corner. And our youngsters can play on the ramps!

Beat up ramp in Caerano.

Beat up ramp in Caerano.

So the next stop was even deeper south in Italy, and so much deeper were our feelings there. We all nearly got tears in our eyes as we skated the first time the Big Air Pool in Camerano. The owner Mario and the other locals welcomed us with so much friendliness and beer that the party was glorious! And to name a few: Alessandro Ferreri, Luca Crestani, Nicola Vitali and others showed us the lines. Oh my god – what a show and great party! And when Dietsches says this is the best indoor pool he knows, what more can you say?

Big air Lab. Caerano, Italy.

Big air Lab. Caerano, Italy.

¿? Frontside grind. Big air lab.

¿? Frontside grind. Big air lab.

¿? Frontside grind. Double truck frontside grind.

¿? Frontside grind. Double truck frontside grind.

Alessandro Ferreri. Crail. Big air lab.

Alessandro Ferreri. Crail. Big air lab.

Alessandro Ferreri. FS tuckknee. Big air lab.

Alessandro Ferreri. FS tuckknee. Big air lab.

Alessandro Ferreri. Layback grind. Big air lab.

Alessandro Ferreri. Layback grind. Big air lab.

Alessandro Ferreri. Seatbelt. Big air Lab.

Alessandro Ferreri. Seatbelt. Big air Lab.

Axel. Frontside grind. Big air Lab

Axel. Frontside grind. Big air Lab

Cristiano Passarin. FS air. Big Air Labl.

Cristiano Passarin. FS air. Big Air Labl.

Lucas Crestani. Frontside flip.  Big Air Lab.

Lucas Crestani. Frontside flip. Big Air Lab.

Luca Crestani. Smith grind. Big Air Lab.

Luca Crestani. Smith grind. Big Air Lab.

Luca Crestani. Tailslide. Big Air Lab, Caerano, Italy.

Luca Crestani. Tailslide. Big Air Lab, Caerano, Italy.

Nicola Vitali. FS Grind. Big Air Lab. Caerano, Italy.

Nicola Vitali. FS Grind. Big Air Lab. Caerano, Italy.

Nicola Vitali. FS tuck knee. Big Air Lab. Caerano, Italy.

Nicola Vitali. FS tuck knee. Big Air Lab. Caerano, Italy.

Nicola Vitali. FS smith. Big Air Lab. Caerano, Italy.

Nicola Vitali. FS smith. Big Air Lab. Caerano, Italy.

Nicola Vitali. Stalefish. Big Air Lab. Caerano, Italy.

Nicola Vitali. Stalefish. Big Air Lab. Caerano, Italy.

Dietsches. BS Grind. Big air lab.

Dietsches. BS Grind. Big air lab.

Dietsches. BS Layback. Big Air Lab.

Dietsches. BS Layback. Big Air Lab.

Toni Perrone. Double truck grind. Big Air Lab.

Toni Perrone. Double truck grind. Big Air Lab.

Toni Perrone. FS Air.

Toni Perrone. FS Air.

Toni Perrone. FS slash grind.

Toni Perrone. FS slash grind.

Toni Perrone. FS smith grind.

Toni Perrone. FS smith grind.

The boys at Big Air Lab. Caerano, Italy.

The boys at Big Air Lab. Caerano, Italy.

So all who read to this point surely agree that skateboarding is our life. But all who think McDonald’s or stuff like this are good, should better stop reading now.

So not for a small reason, our tour was called the “OMSA PIZZA Tour” and I tell you good Italian food, latte machiatto, espresso and vino is a great reason to live too! And that’s why it’s that good in Italy. Madonna – I tell you, lunch and dinner is a celebration there. And I love it. Go there, surprise yourself, and maybe you want to stay there forever.

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Bela Italia I’m coming back!

Grind it down, always.”  – Wolfgangster

Wolfgang Toth. Double truck grind.

Wolfgang Toth. Double truck grind.

OMSA PIZZA TOUR – the video

Filmed/edited by Dietsches

Down by the River: DIY in Southern France with Bastien Marlin

Down by the River: DIY in Southern France by with Bastien Marlin
Photos by Loïc Benoit. Bonus photos from Valentin Klinger.
Video filmed and edited by Bastien Regeste
Additional filming by Valentin Klinger and Jefferson Cuvillier

I’ve never been satisfied to just skate the surrounding spots in my area. I’m always looking for new places and when I can’t find something I’d like to skate, I build a new spot or change one that needs fixing to make it skateable.

My idea is to build something different to the spots we already have. I’m not a bowl skater, but I like it. Some people complain to me that I build unskateable spots… But I don’t want to build a skatepark. I much prefer that a spot gets the feel of a real street spot with all it’s own difficulties and challenges.

I always build stuff in hidden areas to not catch people’s attention and get problems. I love building by the riverside because it’s very easy to find sand and water to make concrete.

Most of the time I work alone. I’m a very impulsive person. From one day to the next I launch a new DIY project and spend three days by myself making concrete. Fortunately, I have very helpful friends who join in to give me a very precious helping hand.
When I build a spot I have some ideas for the shape. In the process of building I gradually change that initial idea and finally the spot turns out way different to the original plan. It could be that I see a magazine and think that it could be better to have something that I saw in there and change my plan.

All the spots I built are really close to my town Beziers, in the South of France. The tunnel spot is in the middle of the vineyards, close to the motorway. It’s unusual to meet people there, only some hunters and rabbits. L’écluse 1927 was my first big project in this zone. It was the best place to go for a sesh, the spot was by the riverside in the middle of the wild! Unfortunately that spot got destroyed… The bridge spot is my latest project, it’s by the riverside under a bridge, a perfect place for swimming, fishing, and making some BBQs. – Bastien Marlin

L’écluse 1927

Backside kickflip to wallride. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Backside kickflip to wallride. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Boneless to wallride. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Boneless to wallride. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Backside smith. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Backside smith. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Frontside layback grind. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Frontside layback grind. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Wallride boneless nose grab out.  Photo: Loïc Benoit

Wallride boneless nose grab out. Photo: Loïc Benoit

The Tunnel Spot:

Back smith. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Back smith. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Backside tailslide. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Backside tailslide. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Wallride over the tit. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Wallride over the tit. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Backside fly out the pipe. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Backside fly out the pipe. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Backside tailslide. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Backside tailslide. Photo: Loïc Benoit

The Bridge Spot:

Blunt to fakie. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Blunt to fakie. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Frontside hurricane. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Frontside hurricane. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Frontside nosegrind. Photo: Valentin Klinger

Frontside nosegrind. Photo: Valentin Klinger

Backside wallride. Photo: Valentin Klinger

Backside wallride. Photo: Valentin Klinger

Backside blunt slide. Photo: Valentin Klinger

Backside blunt slide. Photo: Valentin Klinger

Pole Jam. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Pole Jam. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Frontside wallride. Photo: Loïc Benoit

Frontside wallride. Photo: Loïc Benoit


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Iberian Peninsula skate trip

Words + photos: Nicola Debernardi

Last summer I went on holiday in the Iberian Peninsula. There are more places than just Barcelona to visit  there. The people are very nice and every place I went I met rippers!

Alicante

In a very warm day I went around with the boys from the Picnic Skateshop. Honza and Martin brought me with the van to a few spot around Alicante, together with a few more skaters: Alex Stoicheciu, Levi Sanz and Ruben Macia.

Alex Stoicheciu

Alex Stoicheciu

Levi Sanz

Levi Sanz

Alex Stoicheciu

Alex Stoicheciu

Honza

Honza

Ruben Macia

Ruben Macia

Levi Sanz

Levi Sanz

Basque

I have a meeting with Diego Doural in San Sebastian. The plan was to go to a DIY mini ramp built in the middle of nature, in the countryside near the sea. We drove to the place, which is almost on the border with France. The DIY is built at the bottom of a small valley on the property of Aitor Perez aka Fliustas. The ramp was built by Enrique Barrio, Aitor Bengoetexea, Patata, Pablo Ribera, Alvar Gutierrez, Alex Irigoyen, Hector Heredia and Aitor Perez himself in 2012. See more pictures from the session at www.confuzine.com/2014/08/15/concrete-countryside-mini-ramp-basque-country/

Erika and Maka

Erika and Maka

Oscar Txuri Blanco

Oscar Txuri Blanco

Diego Doural

Diego Doural

Pagola skatepark

Almost every night session in this awesome skatepark, when the sun is shining, with some great food, chilling with all the homies in San Sebastian.

Diego and Erika

Diego and Erika


Galeria33 DIY

And before we headed back home, Diego, Wouter Bosch and I went to check this sick private DIY built in Irun.

Wouter Bosch

Wouter Bosch

Betongpark boys skating and creating in Norway

Article by Daryl Nobbs
Photos by Henning Braaten, Morten West, David Jedda and Daryl Nobbs

A few years ago on a one off build in Norway with a British company, I met a couple of awesome Norwegians called Kasper and Øyvind with big plans. We kept in touch and soon after they asked me if i wanted to be involved in their Norwegian skatepark venture, for some reason they were under the impression I really knew what I was doing, haha. Anyway that was pretty much the birth of Betongpark for me.

Rebar.  Photo: M. West

Rebar. Photo: Morten West

Herm and Daryl Nobbs.  Photo: M. West

Herm and Daryl Nobbs. Photo: Morten West

Rasmus Sand and David Jedda.  Photo: M. West

Rasmus Sand and David Jedda. Photo: Morten West

Since then I’ve been working up here for almost three years. It’s been a crazy, busy and awesome time. Naturally, we had some teething problems in the start and the crew has changed a lot, for the better, since the early days. These days things are running like a well oiled, albeit a little dysfunctional machine! I’ve been lucky enough to snatch up some of my best working friends from all over the place. Despite everyone we come across thinking we are polish for some reason, we have at least six different nationalities across the crews, and have had even more at times.

Daryl Nobbs. Photo: Henning Braaten

Daryl Nobbs. Photo: Henning Braaten

Linus Rösell, Rasmus Sand and Herm.  Photo: M. West

Linus Rösell, Rasmus Sand and Herm. Photo: Morten West

I’d like to give props to everyone who’s been involved and all the guys in the crews particularly Linus Rösell the wild Swedish drummer and ripping concreting skater; Rasmus Sand the universal champion of any skate session and a real Danish power house on site; Felix Parker my long term friend from the UK and owner of the most extensive and impossible mini ramp trick selection; David Jedda of Swedish origin but long term Norway resident, a ripping skater and worker, whose steel work is better than yours; Robin Asserson who is half your size but will out work, out think and out skate you; and since last year we’ve been lucky(or unlucky enough haha) to run a entire second crew headed by the man, the myth and the legend that is Mr. Ryan ‘Danger’ Carruthers all the way from Oregon, USA. Well, actually he just came from the same apartment as me in Copenhagen. We have an office full of work-a-holics busting their ass 24/7 to push everything in the right direction including the nicest dude ever and owner of the meanest frontside flip in the game Henning Braaten. We also regularly have the pleasure of teaming up with the awesome dudes at Bryggeriet and FSR Beton, so big props to Will, Pär, Robin, Herm, Balder, Peter and Gorm you guys are killing it.

Daryl Nobbs. Frontside rockslide over the stairs. Gjøvik. Photo: David Jedda

Daryl Nobbs. Frontside rockslide over the stairs. Gjøvik. Photo: David Jedda

It’s been a tough time cutting through all the bureaucratic red tape up here and getting to the point where we can build some really awesome shit, and there’s been some real fucking leeching so called ‘designers’ and ‘consultants’ trying to keep skateboarding back in the 90s and line their own pockets purely at the cost of the scene. But they know who they are, and we are fucking coming for you!

Rasmus Sand. Ollie out the park in Gjøvik. Photo: David Jedda

Rasmus Sand. Ollie out the park in Gjøvik. Photo: David Jedda

Regardless of that shit(head) in the last couple of years, we have worked on some really awesome projects. We have built in towns as small as Grong with only 2,300 inhabitants tucked away far in the North, but then also in bigger towns like Jessheim, and in Gjøvik and Fredrikstad working with the very talented engineer/designer Eirin Aaseth. And that is just to name a very small few. We’ve built small plazas, gnarly ass parks, skateable art in school yards, and now there’s even plans for some small bowls in schools. I mean how much more awesome would that have been than smoking cigarettes behind the bike sheds when you were a kid!?

Henning Braaten. Frontside flip in Grøng.  Photo: Daryl Nobbs

Henning Braaten. Frontside flip in Grøng. Photo: Daryl Nobbs

So yeah, next time you’re in this part of the world come check out what we’ve been up to and lose yourself in some Lord of the Rings ass nature, but remember to buy your beers and smokes in duty free otherwise you’re gonna be broke! – Daryl Nobbs

Daryl Nobbs. Stalefish. Fredrikstad. Photo: Henning Braaten

Daryl Nobbs. Stalefish. Fredrikstad. Photo: Henning Braaten

Daryl Nobbs. Madonna. Fredrikstad.  Photo: Henning Braaten

Daryl Nobbs. Madonna. Fredrikstad. Photo: Henning Braaten

Daryl Nobbs. Grøng. Photo: Henning Braaten

Daryl Nobbs. Grøng. Photo: Henning Braaten

Robin Asserson.  Photo: Henning Braaten

Robin Asserson. Photo: Henning Braaten

Robin Asserson and Linus Røsell. Photo: Henning Braaten

Robin Asserson and Linus Røsell. Photo: Henning Braaten

Daryl Nobbs. Back tail. Grøng. Photo: Henning Braaten

Daryl Nobbs. Back tail. Grøng. Photo: Henning Braaten

Robin Asserson. Photo: Henning Braaten

Robin Asserson. Photo: Henning Braaten

Rasmus Sand. Ollie at Fredrikstad. Photo: Henning Braaten

Rasmus Sand. Ollie at Fredrikstad. Photo: Henning Braaten

Rasmus Sand. Invert at Fredrikstad. Photo: Henning Braaten

Rasmus Sand. Invert at Fredrikstad. Photo: Henning Braaten

Rasmus Sand. Backtail. Fredrikstad. Photo: Henning Braaten

Rasmus Sand. Backtail. Fredrikstad. Photo: Henning Braaten

Rasmus Sand. Alley Oops to switch nosegrind over the hip in Fredrikstad. Photo: Henning Braaten

Rasmus Sand. Alley Oops to switch nosegrind over the hip in Fredrikstad. Photo: Henning Braaten

Linus Rösell, Rasmus Sand, Daryl Nobbs and Robin Asserson. Photo: Henning Braaten

Linus Rösell, Rasmus Sand, Daryl Nobbs and Robin Asserson. Photo: Henning Braaten

Linus Rösell, Daryl Nobbs, Rasmus Sand. Photo: Henning Braaten

Linus Rösell, Daryl Nobbs, Rasmus Sand. Photo: Henning Braaten

Linus Rösell. Photo: Henning Braaten

Linus Rösell. Photo: Henning Braaten

David Jedda over the doorway at Fredrikstad. Photo: Henning Braaten

David Jedda over the doorway at Fredrikstad. Photo: Henning Braaten

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