Tag: skateboarding

It is no secret that we have a special place in our hearts for Vienna, from the Turtles to Louis Marschall and Toni Donau we love to support the city that once together with Budapest was at the top of Europe. Now the power might have been redistributed but the city remains one of the best ones to skate in and even though they have the lovely Jan Federer working hard on his ABD mag it is nice to give some extra support isn’t it!

Intro by Roland Hoogwater.
Text and photos via Yama.
Edit by Paul Labadi.

This video shows that YAMA SKATEBOARDS although never gone, yet still returned! The video stars the whole YAMA family including senior members like Muki Rüstig and Mr. Spettel! But it also doesn’t exclude some new faces like Gabs, Nele, and our all-time biggest YAMA friend FUXL! Altogether this project shows that our YAMA vibe is as seductive as it has ever been: no glamor, no fuss.. only good, quality-time skateboarding.

Leon Charo-Tite is our next "Unsigned Hype" and he is from Freiburg/Germany and that part of his heritage can be an issue. Many have gotten stamped and sidelined as the "German Skater". To our U.S. audience, that's kind of like being stamped Canadian or Brazillian in the early 2000's.

We love John Motta’s skating, we even wrote him a love letter back in the day. In our opinion, he is an early influence on people like Kevin Rodrigues & a son of skaters like Louie Barletta.

Anyway, to conclude, this part is a true return to form with an ender reminiscent of his first AHM part.

Eli Reed has been through many a phase but this most recent incarnation is one we didn’t see coming.

As a dancehall enthusiast, he traveled down to Kingston Jamaica to connect to the culture and in the future give back to skating in the birthplace of Reggae, Dancehall and many more parts of popular culture.

It was about a year ago that Stepan Bares sent us his last full part filmed mostly in Prague.

Now, 12-months later we get a follow up to that video but this time we get him and the homies and not only Prague but Split, Bratislava, Budapest & Vienna. It is great to see pockets of quality developing further and we can’t wait to see what comes after this. Enjoy!

Hello and welcome.

If you have made it here you are in for a treat, an old skool dish refined to fit today’s tastes.

“What do you mean?!”

Well, this isn’t your normal online video premiere this is an experience created to mirror our childhood experience of gathering your friends, grabbing the DVD cover, getting some popcorn and soda’s, on the couch and finally pressing your hear the disc slowly turning…

But… instead, this is 2019 and your remote has turned into your mouse and your TV into Youtube! So grab some popcorn, gather some friends, airplay this on your big screen, click play first and then the thumbnails by using your mouse or trackpad to navigate yourselves through this wonderful experience. Enjoy!

BTW Start with the main feature first you freak!!!

Elijah Berle has gone through many phases from his emo the smiths look all the way to his current look which feels like an in-between version of a skater and a fan of DIY cowboy culture we didn’t know what to expect.

Frontside Tailslide, Peter Buikema
Frontside Tailslide, Peter Buikema

A couple of years back, Gilbert Crockett explained to us his shoes were inspired by early 1900’s sports shoes. A fact which makes a lot of sense because of his affection for thrift shopping.

We all know that when it comes to designing shoes that it can be a difficult, long and tedious process at times. I mean if you would get the opportunity to do everything what would you choose?

Front Feeble, Peter Buikema
Front Feeble, Peter Buikema

Durability, stability, board feel, cupsole, vulcanized, a slim silhouette or a bulky shoe? And what about the materials and the sort of shoe? A dress shoe, a basketball shoe some wallabies or a cowboy boot can most likely all lead to your first pro-model.

I the end, Elijah Berle made it through and created a very solid shoe, one that we believe will be on peoples feet for a while. The shoe simply looks nice, not too bulky not to slim and with a special cupsole construction that promises to combine board feel with protection and durability.

Sad Grab, Valle Cafuk.
Sad Grab, Valle Cafuk.

We took Vans Germany skater Valle Cafuk and Vans flow trash Peter Buikema for a run at one of Berlin’s many parks to put words into action and weartest the Elijah Berle pro.

Both were surprised by the way the shoes felt right out of the box, cupsoles often need a bit to break in but these worked immediately and allowed them both to skate and feel safe do the protection a cupsole gives.

In the end, Peter even learned a variation of an Elijah Berle signature, doing his first Crooked grind Nollie flip out! Action speaks louder than words and learning new tricks is a sure sign of approval. So press play if you haven’t already and watch the Vans Elijah Berle Pro in action.

Valle after the sesh.
Valle after the sesh.

Thank you to Vans for the support!

Photos by Steffen Grap
Text By Roland Hoogwater

Ryan Lay is doing the lords work, spreading the gospel of skateboarding in hard to live in places.

Palestine is not new anymore to skating, with people like Chris Jones doing work for SkatePal and now Lay stepping up. Ryan has been using his skills and credibility as a pro to teach children and in turn, shaping the minds of young people.

It might be a cliché but a healthy skate scene can start with you.

Sebastiaan Vijverberg, Rob Maatman, Justin Wagener, Robbin de Wit, Pascal Moelaert, Patrick Reins, Woody Hoogendijk, Jelle Maatman, Remco Stolze, Bert Roeterdink, Nick Bax, Bram Schlangen, Jesse Voerman, Billy Hoogendijk, Alex van Zwietering, Jan-Willem den Haan are featured in Ziggy Schaap’s newest video “The End”.

The title of this video is not related to Birdhouse in any way. Instead, it is a way to get some footage out before it ages like milk. Joking…joking there is some really top-notch stuff in here press play to see what we mean.

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