The occasion was Baum‘s 33rd birthday.
Baum is a crazy charismatic concrete building skateboarder from Germany. He works or has worked for most all of the concrete skatepark companies around Germany and Belgium: Minus Pools, Concrete Flow and Camp Ramps. Whether it be skateboarding, building skateparks, or partying, Baum goes all in – at least 100%. When I heard about Baum’s party taking place at the Mr. Wilson skate hall, the only indoor concrete bowl in Germany, I knew this was an occasion not to be missed. Even though it was essential I return home by 8am the next morning (and to get back would take a four hour train ride), I thought it would be better to regret doing something, than regret not doing something. So I was in – committed to a guaranteed good time and guaranteed harsh recovery the next day.
Concrete building tribes from Belgium and Germany congregated in Kassel, in the middle of Germany, the location of the Mr. Wilson bowl. We arrived from Cologne before 4pm, but guys were arriving in different car loads from northern France (where Concrete Flow are just finishing building one of the biggest new concrete parks in Europe) as well as from Bruxelles, Antwerp, and Mechelen, in Belgium and carloads from Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, and Stuttgart in Germany. There were other concrete crews there as well including Yamata Living Ramps and the Knock Out Pool Blocks crew from Belgium, who are also working with Concrete Flow in France. I think I was one of the few guys there that doesn’t work at a concrete skatepark company, but I make a magazine and website about their work, so good enough, every epic session needs a photo journalist, right? By the time some guys showed up at 10pm or later, they’d been in the car for over nine hours, and needless to say perhaps, they were a bit wasted, almost too drunk to skate. Almost…
words + photos: J. Hay
Slam. Blood. DIY bathroom medical treatment. Cross the tracks, walk through the woods, up some hills to the train station just in time to jump on the night train… the rest of the boys to men stayed on and the party probably continued until the wee hours of the morning with another session going down on Saturday mid-day before the concrete skatepark building tribes packed up and crawled in their vans and headed back to whence they came. Happy Birthday Baum. You rule! Thanks for giving us all a good reason to celebrate your life, skateboarding and the gathering of the tribes.
More photos here.