Today we are premiering “Welcome to Franki” a skateboard video by a young filmer out of Frankfurt named Paul Herrmann. The video was shot in Frankfurt, Berlin, Barcelona and the French capital of Paris. It gives you a good insight into what young German skaters are doing (mostly in Frankfurt and Berlin) but it also has some mainstay people like Kai Hillebrand, Valentin Cafuk, and Timo Meiselbach. All in all we back Paul in his efforts and are proud not only to host the online premiere of his new video but also to welcome him into the PLACE squad. From now on Paul will produce a monthly video column for all of you to enjoy but first things first, take a seat, make yourself comfortable, press play and welcome yourself to Franki.
Valentin Cafuk, Tim Griffel, Luis Waterkamp, Max Barthel, Philipp Weil, Lukas Bergener, Clemens Dembinski, Yunus Ergen, Louis Urban, Anton Jäger, Steffen Grap, Daniel Pannemann, Philipp Oehmige, Johannes Schirrmeister, Deniz Bul, Timo Meiselbach, Rahul Rahman, Nils Hansen, Sascha Scharf, Niklas Stube, Ollie Reinicke, Eric Erhardt, Max Obert, Timo Klein, Kai Hillebrandt, Tom Weimar, Martynas Katauskas, Andrius Kohrs, Tim Thomas, Matthias Ellinger, Kert Hollywood, Luis Kohl.
Photo by Max Barthel
When it comes to skate trips, the amount of pleasure you will receive in the end is mostly based on the crew of people you are with. You will end up in new places with some people you never met before while you are feeling some pressure to produce good photos and shoot video footage. This process sometimes can turn out to be a lot of fun!
But at the same time, there is no guarantee that you will get some time to be yourself. In fact, this pre-spring trip was not even planned to with these goals in mind. This trip was in fact about a bunch of good friends getting a slice of Porto’s sun while tasting some of Porto’s culinary delights. We were documenting each other’s skateboarding whenever someone was feeling one of the spots the old town has to offer. We weren’t expecting too much, we had semi-working VX cam and some spontaneous coastal showers, this forced us to enjoy the other attractions of the city.
As a result, our daily skate activities were divided by coffee breaks and some sightseeing. In the end, we were surprised by the amount of footage we are able to present you with in the following clip. The whole thing was entirely filmed by the members of our crew, and if you are watching it you get the same feeling we had on this trip, the feeling of enjoyment when time elapses.
Words by Valeri Rosomako
Edit and Photos by Manuel Bogner