Photos + words by Alexander Sosnovskij
Ever since I saw Pontus Alv’s “Strongest of the Strange” I wanted to build some skate stuff myself. The film blew my mind – great skating, artwork and DIY, but especially the short moaning scene. It sounded all so familiar to me: no time, no spots to skate, no motivation.
Bullshit!! Nothing but excuses over excuses …
Such a simple act of grabbing some concrete, a bunch of people, unused terrain and your imagination to fulfill future concrete slashing dreams got busted by the fact that the most of my old skate homies quit their passion way too soon and I felt stuck on an island.
Now, last October, after several years of moving here and there, I got my first opportunity to be part of a bigger DIY project in Kiel. Anker Skateboard Rampen created their first “Pool” after several years of building solid “Street and Flowparks”. This one: Backyard, all-around Pool coping, Deathbox, versatile, not too aggressive, but no child’s play either – filled with passion and potential.
Hannes, construction coordinator, just like all other Anker Fellows did a great job summoning and directing all our helping hands in one productive direction that we, at the same time, were gladly reaching out to form, feel as well, concrete desires. Even though some days were cold, clammy and at some points exhausting because our beloved north german winter was slowly creeping in, I only remember the good parts like riding my bike through foggy mornings and dark nights to get to and off the building lot:
• our hobo barrel – always warm, always running, sparks and fire forming a controlled mess
• coffee and cigarettes to get rid of hunger and coldness or kill waiting times
• chit-chatting crap while forming concrete on your knees for hours
• feeling instant connection and teamwork – why you ask? because we all worked for the same reason – to skate!!
This and a lot more, and no matter how busted I was after a day of construction I always wanted to return the next day. Our baby grew goddamned fast. Especially after the concrete trucks appeared. That fact made it kinda easy to imagine how beautiful it wold become. Such a beauty was highly needed in our area – we’re not out of skate spots – no nagging here. Don’t panic!
…but Kiel needed what felt like a lifetime to come up with – an acceptable pool / bowl that nearly every north german town was lucky enough to get one. Flensburg started off already in 2008, Hamburg has four by now, even Neumünster has a great pool. That was also one of my personal satisfactions – seeing Kiel’s pool/vert/ramp nuts come together, meet up at one spot, work together, communicate, form future lines… Man, next summer will be hot. The spontaneously crafted “Grill-Cano” shooting out sausages and vegetables should be the icing on the cake – a cake surrounded by skating, sweating, slashing, thrashing – Hellfire!!
The Rider Names are: Henri Stanislawski, Benjamin Gleichmar and Flower “Mr Pivot fakie” and Betti.
All photos shot on film with a Canon T90 x Canon 15mm /2.8f Fisheye by Alexander Sosnovskij