PNS Bowl – La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Words by Jérôme Heim
Photography by Alan Maag
Additional photography by Kevin Kohler

Schnell ‘n’ Sun

In 2011, when it was obvious that our beloved Bowl de L’Ancienne had to be removed, we looked for a new place to move it to. We found a home just beside the indoor skatepark PNS in La Chaux-de-Fonds located in an old slaughterhouse, only a week after we had destroyed our bowl.  Anyway, the old framework made with Ikea closet doors found in the street couldn’t be reused. And, contrary to a private DIY, a project led by a non-profit organization can be funded by institutions and others foundations. A wooden bowl is indeed expensive, especially when you want some specialties like a waterfall that connect a shallow end to a deep end, volcanoes around the two pillars, an over-vert part and pool copings everywhere. After a funding process and more than 1500 hours of work during one year and thousands of screws, we finished the beast. Seven years later, no fixes were required, except for the coping joints.

Framework. Photo: Kevin Kohler

Since 2013, a lot of sessions have taken place in the PNS bowl, notably in winter when it’s snowing outside, even if it’s almost freezing inside. Homies are Morille, Batti aka Le President, Lurch, Rob, Billy, Loann, Sid, Steve and I. Occasionally, some killers come, like the Warriors Family, the PortLand crew, the Yachting Club Mauriannais or the Team Trouble Laax on its summer tour. What a pleasure to watch Sam Beckett, Sox, Martino Cattaneo and all those guys destroy the spot.

PNS Bowl overview

Sadly, as history repeats itself, our bowl has to be removed from this place. As the owner of the building, the city wants to create a space for something more hype than skateboarding like a wardrobe or a VIP lounge. Fortunately, the skatepark will remain and the purpose is to move the bowl in it. It will mean a lot of work, once again, but we’ll benefit from the several modules assembled to form the framework: each corner or hip is made by a 30° piece that can be transported alone. Back in the day, we already knew that sooner or later the bowl would have to be dismantled. – Jérôme Heim

Sam Beckett. Crailsliding the over vert cradle. Photo: Alan Maag

Aaron Wilmot. Backside air. Photo: Alan Maag

Batti. Feeble grind. Photo: Alan Maag

Thibaud Mettler. Iceplant. Photo: Alan Maag

Jérôme Heim. Backside hurricane around the corner. Photo: Alan Maag

Rob. Frontside ollie. Photo: Kevin Kohler

Morille. Frontside air. Photo: Kevin Kohler

Morille. Frontside smith grind. Photo: Kevin Kohler

Tristan. Handplant transfer. Photo: Alan Maag

Morille. Frontside stand up grind. Photo: Kevin

Kevin Kohler. Crail slide. Photo: Alan Maag

Jérôme Heim. Frontside rock. Photo: Steve

Billy. Backside noseblunt. Photo: Alan Maag

Billy. Backside smithgrind. Photo: Alan Maag

Batti aka Le President. Frontside smith grind. Photo: Kevin Kohler

Bowl de L’Ancienne (photographic history of the bowl dating back to 2006):

Extra videos:

Inauguration of the Bowl:
Park’n’sun bowl opening:
Bowl de la Chaux-de-Fonds:

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