Booze & Cruise. Area 51 skatepark. Eindhoven, Holland.

Booze and Cruise. March 8th, 2014

Booze and Cruise. March 8th, 2014

The Booze & Cruise weekend started off on Friday night at the Ladybird Skatepark in Tilburg skatepark as a kind of warm up to the following evening. Without mentioning the details of a night of debauchery, such as visiting a coffee shop on the way to the skatepark and indulging in the local smoke and drink all night long and bombing a parking garage (on a skateboard) down a steep hair pin turn directly into a fence resulting in a heel bruise that still hasn’t heeled and then going downtown with the Austrian dudes, there wasn’t really too much to tell from the first evening – except seeing the premier of the new Creature video with Stu Graham in attendance, still wearing his work boots from building a park in England earlier in the day.

The next day we headed foggy brained over to the Area 51 Skatepark in Eindhoven, around 3pm with skate photographer Nicola Debernardi who was our gracious host for the weekend and also the organizer of the Booze & Cruise. He had to continue to organize and my plan was to skate until the event began, but aforementioned heel bruise had me lurking hard, spectating from the side lines and avoiding the beers for as long as possible… until the session finally began. The skatepark was cold as a witches tit in a brass bra, and after twelve hours of filming, photographing, talking shit, drinking and smoking, it was time to walk an hour back to Nicola’s in the cold dark wind of the late Dutch winter night and rest our weary and bleary heads.

Jeroen Sars. Frontside ollie over the hip.

Jeroen Sars. Frontside ollie over the hip.

The first of many foreseeable Booze & Cruises to take place at Area 51 Skatepark was a success. The level of skateboarding for a mostly amateur contest was incredible. Standouts were the locals, Nick Bax and Jeroen Sars (Team 100%), Job and Daan van der Linden (whom I named the mini Cardiel of Holland) who were claiming Team Andy Roy, and the Belgian duo, Szymon Stachon and Maarten van den Bossche. Two other teams that were killing it were Team Eazy Riders with another dutch man, Tim Bijsterveld, who was joined by vert and concrete transition killer Bjørn Lillesøe from Copenhagen, Denmark who lost his luggage on his flight and had to share Tim’s board. The other team were Team Dirtbag with Kevin Wenzke flowing through the bowl with stylish airs and team mate young gun Eric Springborn (the son of German legend Tobias Springborn) who was also skating alongside Bjorn Borg, I mean, Björn Klotz. Yeah, too many skaters to mention, but the show did go on and check the photos, but especially the video, to get an idea about the mayhem that went down on that long, cold, dark and stoney Saturday in Eindhoven at Area 51 skatepark. Keep your droopy eyes open for the next Booze and Cruise, for it certainly will be another big hit!   - J. Hay

Daan van der Linden. Nose grind tail grab on the vert extension. It wasn't just the Anti Hero sweatshirt and the Vans shoes that got him the nickname John Cardiel of Holland, it was also the style.

Daan van der Linden. Nose grind tail grab on the vert extension.

Bjørn Lillesøe. Stalefish onto the vert wall.

Bjørn Lillesøe. Stalefish to the vert wall.

Syzmon Stachon with an over head alley oop transfer.

Syzmon Stachon with an over head alley oop transfer.

Nix Bax rips this bowl harder than almost anyone. Transfering over the hip.

Nick Bax rips this bowl harder than almost anyone. Transfering over the hip.

Bjørn Lillesøe. Sailing through the corner to the extension.

Bjørn Lillesøe. Sailing through the corner to the extension.

Tim Bijsterveld, another local to the Area 51 park. Frontside invert on the extension.

Tim Bijsterveld, another local to the Area 51 park. Frontside invert on the extension.

Kevin Wenzke. Lien air over the hip.

Kevin Wenzke. Lien air over the hip.

Tim Bijsterveld. Fingerflip to tail

Tim Bijsterveld. Fingerflip to tail

Kevin Wenzke blasts off the extension into the corner.

Kevin Wenzke blasts off the extension into the corner.

Area 51 local and 100% skateshop owner Jeroen Sars styles a frontside lipslide on the extension.

Area 51 local and 100% skateshop owner Jeroen Sars styles a frontside lipslide on the extension.

Nick Bax. Shifty air.

Nick Bax. Shifty air.

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Photos + video: J. Hay

2 Responses to “Booze & Cruise. Area 51 skatepark. Eindhoven, Holland.”

  1. […] of being able to skate in one of the biggest wooden skate halls around western europe, at the AREA 51 skatepark in Eindhoven. With the destination figured out on Thursday night, a few emails and we had a […]

  2. Sandeep Thadhani says:

    I’m an assistant Director at a reputed Production House at Mumbai, India.
    We are looking for a teenage skateboarder (age group 11-17, height max 170 cms) to act in a TV Commercial. I checked DAAN VAN DER LINDEN’s profile online and liked it. If you have his contact details, I would be grateful to you if you mail it to me.

    It’s a one day shoot and will be shot any day between 10th to 16th March in Mumbai. It’s a paid job. The international travel and stay in Mumbai will be taken care of.

    Also, If you know a good teenage skateboarder who is willing to act, please call/ whatsapp me at +91-9833509788 or please ask them to contact me.

    They can send me the profile pics to sdthadhani@gmail.com

    Also, If possible, please include a video of skateboarding in the mail.

    Thanks a lot for your help. We intend to promote skateboarding in India via this TV Commercial. So any help from your side will be appreciated.

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