Ari. Front smith at Lent Park.

Mit Ari auf Safari

End of July, a period of the year when people hit the road for sunny beaches or discovering foreign countries. It’s also the moment when you realize that your own city has suddenly become all quiet. No hordes of scooter kids at your local skatepark who come all at once after school, and less traffic in town. Actually, if you think about it, this period of the year seems to be the best moment to stay north, with comparatively less posers at your local skatepark…

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Pumpa Party 2016 – Slovenia

Pumpa Party 2016 – Slovenia

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Jaeson Manzanares. Madonna.

End of Summer Bummer 2 – South Park, Colorado

Deep in the woods of South Park County, Fairplay Colorado was home to the second annual End of Summer Bummer 2…

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Kalle Berglind. Frontside tuckknee. Photo: Fred Ferand

La Kantera Pro Pool Contest – The Confusion report

La Kantera Pro Pool Contest 2016 – The Confusion report

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Burbank "Shark Fin"

Urban Skate Project: Building the Burbank Shark Fin

The Shark Fin By Fred Keeler At first glance, the Shark Fin left one with the crazy idea that a concrete Jaws lurked just below the surface of your typical, urban wasteland San Fernando Valley parking lot. Which is to say, the sight of the thing made the ordinary look extraordinary. The dorsal-fin-shaped spine jutted […]

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David Sanchez. Lien air. Photo: Jaime Marcos

The Tournament – Las Arenas, Getxo 2016

The Tournament 2016 took place Lasa skatepark in Las Arenas, Getxo recently repainted and slightly upgraded by Kako, Alex Mosterin and other locals from Algorta. The day before was a mini ramp contest in Romo, also in Getxo

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Mit Ari auf Safari

End of July, a period of the year when people hit the road for sunny beaches or discovering foreign countries. It’s also the moment when you realize that your own city has suddenly become all quiet. No hordes of scooter kids at your local skatepark who come all at once after school, and less traffic in town. Actually, if you think about it, this period of the year seems to be the best moment to stay north, with comparatively less posers at your local skatepark… However the good people are usually gone too… and it becomes harder to find people for a good session. Reason enough to meet up with friends who you don’t see too often. In our case we reunited nine people from different cities: Linda from Berlin, Ari from Cologne, Jana from Aachen, Eva from Münster, Lessie with her doggy ‘Ecke’, as well as Thomas, all three from Bodensee, Lea from LA and myself from Liège. Joran came with me from Liège, too. Being hurt at his ankle he supported us by shooting pictures. Thank you for that!

Ari layback grind at the NorthBrigade's Rat Bowl.

Ari layback grind at the NorthBrigade’s Rat Bowl.

Jana. Backside grind at the Owl Bowl.

Jana. Backside grind at the Owl Bowl.

Roxy. Frontside grind. NorthBrigade.

Roxy. Frontside grind. NorthBrigade.

And so Ari took us on safari throughout her concrete jungle of Cologne, to shake up summer sleeping skateparks: Lohse-rampe, Northbrigade, Lentpark and Kap.

From one spot to the other, we surprisingly found some dropable drops. So the ongoing challenge became to drop every dropable drop!

Roxy drop.

Roxy drop.

Ari drop at Lent Park.

Ari drop at Lent Park.

Roxy drop in.

Roxy drop in.

This trip would not have been possible without Ari’s kindness to host most of us in her tiny but friendly home, at this point I genuinely want to thank her for sharing everything she could to make us feel welcome – and especially thanks for the pancakes!!!!

Words by Roxy Černický
Analog photos by Roxy Černický. Non-analog photos by Joran Mislà

Drying LentPark.

Drying LentPark.

Ari. Front smith at Lent Park.

Ari. Front smith at Lent Park.

Jana chillin'.

Jana chillin’.

Backside tailslide.

Linda. Backside tailslide.

Chillin' at Ari's pad.

Chillin’ at Ari’s pad.


Film by Jana Malzkorn

Pumpa Party 2016 – Slovenia

“Many people are searching right now. You may be one of them. Some people are searching for meaning, wondering if anything in life really matters, or even if they matter. You’ll find people searching for a sense of IDENTITY. Some search for purpose. Others for a deepening sense of spiritual connection. And many more are searching for a way out of PAIN in all it’s forms, a way out of disappointment, regret, shame, angre, sadness, loss, anxiety and fear, what have you you. And we search in the mundane too. I lost my keys the other day and spent 3 hours searching for TEHM… Please do enjoy the B/W pics of Blaz Turk!!! Have a good time at Pumpa” – Tipce

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End of Summer Bummer 2 – South Park, Colorado

Deep in the woods of South Park County, Fairplay Colorado was home to the second annual End of Summer Bummer 2, the leaves were changing, the PBR was flowing, and the heckle hole above Dana’s bowl was going strong all day. In the end Nicole Noller came out with the win in the ladies division, Tim Johnson came out and won the masters division, and a very heated pro division came to a twenty minute final deathmatch where Xavier Manzanares came out with the win, oh and not to mention doing a NBD nose blunt yank off  from the top diving board that dangles 8+ feet above the shallow end. This event doesn’t show any sign of slowing down for years to come, get your ass over the pass next year and you won’t regret it!

Words and photos: Taylor DeHart

Chuck Pontone. Lien melon.

Chuck Pontone. Lien melon.

Geoff Turner. Tailblock.

Geoff Turner. Tailblock.

Tim Johnson. Stalefish

Tim Johnson. Stalefish

Joe Storm. Invert.

Joe Storm. Invert.

Derek Scott. Backside tailslide.

Derek Scott. Backside tailslide.

Tony Marle. Backside nosegrind.

Tony Marle. Backside nosegrind.

Chuck Pontone. Invert.

Chuck Pontone. Invert.

Chuck Pontone. Indy air.

Chuck Pontone. Indy air.

Zach Cusano. One foot tailblock.

Zach Cusano. One foot tailblock.

Derek Scott. Invert.

Derek Scott. Invert.

Jaeson Manzanares. Frontside nosegrind.

Jaeson Manzanares. Frontside nosegrind.

Charlie Martin. Invert.

Charlie Martin. Invert.

Jaeson Manzanares. Madonna.

Jaeson Manzanares. Madonna.

Tony Marle. Frontside lipslide.

Tony Marle. Frontside lipslide.

Xavier Manzanares. 1st place trophy!

Xavier Manzanares. 1st place trophy!

End of Summer Bummer 2016 – finals

Video by Matthew Norris

La Kantera Pro Pool Contest – The Confusion report

Location: La Kantera. Playa Arrigunaga. Basque Country
Date: September 10th, 2016

Video / Edit: Jonathan Hay
Photos: Fred Ferand, Borja Casas and Jaime Marcos

Robin Bolian. Frontside nosebone. Photo: Fred Ferand

Robin Bolian. Frontside air. Photo: Fred Ferand

Melvin Abdou Salam. Frontside smith. Photo: Fred Ferand

Melvin Abdou Salam. Frontside smith. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kalle Berglind. Invert. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kalle Berglind. Eggplant. Photo: Fred Ferand

Robin Bolian. Slob plant. Photo: Fred Ferand

Robin Bolian. Slob plant. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kalle Berglind. Frontside tuckknee. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kalle Berglind. Frontside tuckknee. Photo: Fred Ferand

Noah Fuzi. Frontside tailbone. Photo: Fred Ferand

Noah Fuzi. Frontside tailbone. Photo: Fred Ferand

Melvin Abdou Salam. Melon to fakie. Photo: Fred Ferand

Melvin Abdou Salam. Melon to fakie. Photo: Fred Ferand

Ian Campbell. Front smith. Photo: Fred Ferand

Ian Campbell. Front smith. Photo: Fred Ferand

Alex Sorgente. Madonna. Photo: Fred Ferand

Alex Sorgente. Madonna. Photo: Fred Ferand

Robin Bolian. Boneless. Photo: Borja Casas

Robin Bolian. Boneless. Photo: Borja Casas

Josh Borden. Stand up shallow end grind. Photo: Borja Casas

Josh Borden. Stand up shallow end grind. Photo: Borja Casas

Noah Fuzi. Frontside crailslide. Photo: Borja Casas

Noah Fuzi. Frontside crailslide. Photo: Borja Casas

Kalle Berglind. Front feeble. Photo: Borja Casas

Kalle Berglind. Front feeble. Photo: Borja Casas

David Sanchez. Frontslide lipslide over the death box. Photo: Borja Casas

David Sanchez. Frontslide lipslide over the death box. Photo: Borja Casas

Alain Goikoetxea. Stand up frontside grind. Photo: Borja Casas

Alain Goikoetxea. Stand up frontside grind. Photo: Borja Casas

Robin Bolian. Frontside air. Photo: Borja Casas

Robin Bolian. Frontside air. Photo: Borja Casas

Alex Sorgente. Saran wrap. Photo: Borja Casas

Alex Sorgente. Saran wrap. Photo: Borja Casas

Alex Sorgente. Ollie. Photo: Borja Casas

Alex Sorgente. Ollie. Photo: Borja Casas

Josh Borden. Frontside crailslide. Photo: Borja Casas

Josh Borden. Frontside crailslide. Photo: Borja Casas

Marcel Cama. Backside air. Photo: Borja Casas

Marcel Cama. Backside air. Photo: Borja Casas

Alex Sorgente. Rocket air. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Alex Sorgente. Rocket air. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Alex Sorgente. Judo air. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Alex Sorgente. Judo air. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Danny Leon. Nose grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Danny Leon. Nose grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Masters:

Kako. Slob plant. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kako. Slob plant. Photo: Fred Ferand

Txus Domingues. Frontside grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Txus Domingues. Frontside grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Kako and Txus. Local masters. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Kako and Txus. Local masters. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Salba. Backside grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Salba. Backside grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Pedro "Pope" Tomas. Frontside smith grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Pedro “Pope” Tomas. Frontside smith grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Kevin Campbell. Frontiside hip grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Kevin Campbell. Frontiside hip grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Sean Goff. Sweeper. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Sean Goff. Sweeper. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Diego Doural. Madonna. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Diego Doural. Madonna. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Txus. Frontside grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Txus. Frontside grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Diego Doural. Mute varial. Photo: Fred Ferand

Diego Doural. Mute varial. Photo: Fred Ferand

Diego Doural. Stalefish. Photo: Fred Ferand

Diego Doural. Stalefish. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kevin Campbell. Frontside air. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kevin Campbell. Frontside air. Photo: Fred Ferand

Dicky. Frontside grind. Photo: Fred Ferand

Dicky. Frontside grind over the hip. Photo: Fred Ferand

Dicky. Frontside air. Photo: Borja Casas

Dicky. Frontside air. Photo: Borja Casas

Jon Ander de Ariño. Invert. Photo: Borja Casas

Jon Ander de Ariño “Txufo”. Invert. Photo: Borja Casas

Pope. Stand up frontside grind over the death box. Photo: Borja Casas

Pope. Stand up frontside grind over the death box. Photo: Borja Casas

Txus. Frontside grind. Photo: Borja Casas

Txus. Frontside grind. Photo: Borja Casas

Sean Goff. Invert. Photo: Borja Casas

Sean Goff. Invert. Photo: Borja Casas

Paul "Dicky" Davis. Frontside air. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Paul “Dicky” Davis. Frontside air the evening before the madness. Photo: Jaime Marcos

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Pro results:
Alex Sorgente (USA) – 1st
Danny Leon (ESP) – 2nd
Ivan Federico (IT) – 3rd

Masters results:
Sean Goff (UK) – 1st
Diego Doural (Basque) – 2nd
Txufo (Basque) – 3rd

More event info, history and to see the full non edited video of the Pro finals and Masters finals go to lakanterapro.com

Urban Skate Project: Building the Burbank Shark Fin

The Shark Fin
By Fred Keeler

At first glance, the Shark Fin left one with the crazy idea that a concrete Jaws lurked just below the surface of your typical, urban wasteland San Fernando Valley parking lot. Which is to say, the sight of the thing made the ordinary look extraordinary.

The dorsal-fin-shaped spine jutted out of the blacktop up to about 3 feet and declined into a series of unified parking blocks. It was a weird thing to see, but any skater would immediately recognize the possibilities. Pop over, slap on, grind up, slide up, slide down … whatever. The session could be as mellow or as heavy as you wanted it to be. The Shark Fin was a unique structure that creative rippers would have reinvented with every session, had it remained intact.

Build It

Build It

The construction and design was led by my buddy Clayton Graul, who has been masterminding DIY builds in Los Angeles from Culver City to El Sereno to Downtown for some years now. In a way, he’s kind of a shark himself– cruising the streets, scanning everywhere for the next underutilized, crusty, forgotten piece of urban blight to sink his teeth into. Once he gets an idea (smells blood), there isn’t much getting in his way.

This particular build was located within a little-used parking lot in North Hollywood. The parking lot is situated beneath behemoth power line towers and sandwiched between low-rent apartments on one side and a DWP power station on the other. Not exactly a postcard, but with the additions Clay and his team put in there, skaters would be on alert passing by.

Move It

Move It

When I first saw the Shark Fin and the other installations (transitions built at the base of the surrounding jersey barriers and parking blocks mortared together to form ledges), my first thought was that this project would be a dream come true for some of the poor kids living in the shitholes across the street. I could imagine some young kid growing up in one of those apartments learning to rip right there in that parking lot under the blistering sun. That imagined kid sure as hell wasn’t as likely to learn to skate at the skatepark down the street where pads (money), helmet (money), and ridiculous fee (more money) are required to get through the gated entrance. Here was a spot that would be a gift to a kid without the means to learn at the sanctioned park. Save the municipal spot for the kids aiming for the 2024 Olympics.

Don't Do It.

Don’t Do It.

Of course, that vision of the stoked-out grom was fleeting. The Shark Fin was torn out the day after I got the chance to skate it with Clay and some other lucky peeps. And, damn– it was a fun piece of work to mess with. I popped over the spine a few times and later daydreamed about some next session that I’d push as hard as I could, grind onto the parking block backbone, and then up and off the Shark Fin. I didn’t happen that way, but everyone I saw taking a crack at it was likely imagining their own potential shred plans. Maybe some of the kids across the street saw us skating it and were coming up with their own visions. Who knows?

Watch it dry

Watch it dry

What is certain is that when you’re lucky enough to skate a great DIY piece, you might as well assume it’s going to be the last chance you’re going to get. Give whatever trick you’re thinking of trying in the future a go because the spot is gone the second you leave. To his credit, Clay gets that. He takes every demolition in stride. Cheers to him and to the next spot coming to a busted-up piece of land near you thanks to that lurking shark eye.

Text by Fred Keeler @gangstrchicken
Video by Jank House Productions @jankhouseproductions

Burbank "Shark Fin"

Burbank “Shark Fin”