September Wheels Baltics Tour

“The September Wheels summer tour has become a synonym for a great time with friends. This is why no less than 14 people met up in Helsinki last August to skate, eat, drink, sleep in tents and cross the Baltic sea. Somehow we managed to be in Finland for the hottest and sunniest week they had all summer, so we spent our days skating, swimming and sweating. I’m not going to take you through the week, day by day, but I recall a funny session in the rain that ended with the best group photo ever taken and a skatepark covered in beer, a perfect day down at the harbor and hours of pushing whilst unsuccessfully looking for a DIY park in the suburbs. We ended up having an intense session at a rough, random wallie spot in the middle of nowhere. What else? So Theis started off the trip with an insane drop-in at the airport, Nicolas made a new best friend, someone you meet at a club can apparently make you drive two hours to the north the next day, someone hardly ever slept in his own tent and can someone please go get more beers. Our days in Helsinki went by way too fast and before we knew it we were on a ferry to Tallinn. The day we arrived happened to be the day the Tallinn locals had a party at their DIY spot we hadn’t even heard about. There was a race through the park and our very own Etienne won the box of Estonian micro brews. We truly had a great time at this awesome spot, thanks! The locals took us with them to show us their city and some of us barely survived the Tallinn nightlife. Since we spent more time in Helsinki than we had planned, we had only half a day left to enjoy Riga, which is a shame because we passed by a couple of really amazing spots there. We got to skate so many insane spots in one week, met so many nice people and had such a good time, I wish we hadn’t been in such a rush to hop from city to city because every one of the three is worth at least a month’s visit.”  Marco Hofer

Photography by Nicolas Büchi

Theis Strupler starts the tour with this drunk rollin grind at the Helsinki Airport. What an opening

Theis Strupler starts the tour with this drunk rollin grind at the Helsinki Airport. What an opening

Ivo Weibel. Backsmith. Helsinki.

Ivo Weibel. Backsmith. Helsinki.

Ivo Weibel skates everything, even rocks in Helsinki

Ivo Weibel skates everything, even rocks at Olari skatepark in Espoo

Ok, Mirco Bitterli also with a smaller Rock Rollin

Ok, Mirco Bitterli also with a smaller rock roll-in

Boris Dietschi in a sunset session at Helsinki DIY

Boris Dietschi in a sunset session at Suvilahti DIY in Helsinki

Luca Andermatt in Helsinki DIY

Luca Andermatt crailslide at Suvilahti

Skatepark Food deluxe.

Skatepark Food deluxe.

Pushing through Helsinki, searching for spots.

Pushing through Helsinki, searching for spots.

Ok, Mirco Bitterli also with a smaller Rock Rollin

Ok, Mirco Bitterli also with a smaller Rock Rollin

Mirco Bitterli Frontside Slashing in Helsinki

Mirco Bitterli Frontside slashing the bowl at Olari skatepark in Espoo

Lukas Halter at the wonderful Helsinki DIY

Lukas Halter at the wonderful Suvilahti DIY in Helsinki

Marco Hofer floats in Helsinki

Marco Hofer floats in Helsinki

Boris Dietschi floats also in Helsinki

Boris Dietschi floats also in Helsinki

And Ivo Weibel has to float too!

And Ivo Weibel has to float too!

Lukas Halter shuts the session down with this air. Helsinki DIY

Lukas Halter shuts the session down with this air at Suvilahti in Helsinki

Lukas Halter with a steep FS RocknRoll at the Helsinki Harbour

Lukas Halter with a steep FS RocknRoll at the Helsinki Harbour

Mirco Bitterli, Helsinki

Mirco Bitterli, Helsinki

Boris Dietschi, Helsinki

Boris Dietschi, Helsinki

Some sky on the ferry to Estonia

Some sky on the ferry to Estonia

Ferry Life

Ferry Life

Ivo Weibel at the Tallinn DIY, awesome spot.

Ivo Weibel at the Tallinn DIY in Estonia – awesome spot.

Marco Hofer, Luca Andermatt and Lukas Halter looking skeptical.

Marco Hofer, Luca Andermatt and Lukas Halter looking skeptical.

Serge Bertschy and some downhill fun in Tallinn

Serge Bertschy and some downhill fun in Tallinn

Theis getting nasty at the Camping site

Theis getting nasty at the Camping site

Luca Andermatt and a RocknRoll

Luca Andermatt and a Rock n Roll

Mirco Bitterli in the bus to Riga

Mirco Bitterli in the bus to Riga

Some Sky out of the Bus to Riga

Some Sky out of the Bus to Riga

Boris Dietschi is tired.

Boris Dietschi is tired.

Tent City SPTMBR

Tent City SPTMBR

Lurkers

Lurkers

Chrigel Strupler with some airtime

Chrigel Strupler with some airtime

Theis, Lukas, Björn and Mirco looking great on a ship.

Theis, Lukas, Björn and Mirco looking great on a ship.

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