Skating Portland DIY in Basel, next to our hometown Lörrach, always made us want to have our own DIY project. Inspired by the spirit of the Portland crew, we started building our backyard mini ramp two years ago, based in the three country region of Germany, Switzerland and France. Wanting a ramp that’s hard enough to skate but not too high created the Mudhole diy. The name is self explainatory since we had to carve out a good strip of steep land, made of clay and mud in order to get a flat foundation. After moving about 25 tons of concrete up a hill without help of any cranes, we were finally able to start building our ramp. There was even a little bit of concrete left in order to pour our own pool copings, so this ramp is truly DIY, just as we knew it from our Swiss neighbors. Like every skater we just wanted this ramp built and ready to skate as fast as possible so there was no time to get a construction licence. That’s why, right now, we are trying to deal with the city whilst trying to get as much out of the ramp as possible. This video is just one way to keep alive good memories of this maybe, soon-gone ramp, so have a look and let’s hope for the better!
Words by Elia Lang
Photos by Peter Schwarz