Monday, June 1, 2009
Bastien Salabanzi Wins adidas Skateboard Clash 2009
Creativity, top notch international skateboarding and relaxed moments – that was adidas clash, round 5, in a nutshell. It was a memorable weekend for both riders and spectators, with a creative new street course designed by Jan Kliewer, a freshly extended D.I.Y. concrete bowl, a highly anticipated premiere of the new adidas video “Diagonal” and perfect summer weather. The weekend was also a kind of comeback – that of a contest legend: a charging Bastien Salabanzi came in first. Prague's Martin Jurasek won the “Death or Glory Bowl Jam”.
What happened on May 23rd and 24th was no business as usual. Just like last year, the sun was a special guest, but the street course was given a facelift by Berlin local and German Kingpin editor Jan Kliewer. Thanks to many new bank elements, a doubleset or a „Pier 7“ manual spot, the course was more versatile than ever and demanded some creative skills. The material used for the ledges was not only superb but historical: the granite stems from the old building of the “Palast der Republik” – photographer Adam Sello (Anzeigeberlin) helped to secure the sacred material.
The crowd of competitors was more international than ever. Riders like Klaus Bohms from Brazil, Benny Fairfax from England, Bastien Salabanzi from France or the American delegation aka Skater of the Year Silas Baxter-Neal, Tim O'Connor and Dennis Busenitz made for an incredible level of skating and demonstrates just how popular “the Clash” has become. The skating, the creative environment and the relaxed atmosphere in and around the hall – with sun chairs, catering, a bar and a cafe – attracted many people – over 3000 over the course of the weekend. The general good mood was raised even more with the premiere of the new adidas video „Diagonal“ in the crowded patio on Saturday night. From there, the crowd went straight to the aftershowparty in the Cassiopeia club.
The street course was dominated by creative skateboarders with fluid lines outside of the norm. The level of skating made yet another step, with serious bangers even in the runs. Hamburg's Michi von Fintel nailed a first try switch treflip down the doubleset, Dennis Busenitz ollied up the doubleset and Klaus Bohms nollie frontside noseslid the hubba ledge with ease. The riders used the whole weekend to get to know and skate the versatile street course – because the new elements created so many new possibilities. The atmosphere was relaxed all weekend and even the best trick contest was mellow, spread out over three different sessions.
Between heats, many riders took the opportunity and went for a few sessions in the self-made concrete bowl at the back entrance of the hall. The bowl was beautiful, not only because of the summery weather. Over the course of a few weeks, the bowl had been extended by the locals – now it takes up almost the full space of the patio. It's a unique piece of skateboard architecture that makes every trick a challenge – even just keeping enough speed to make it to the other side.
The atmosphere in the bowl was just like last year – filled with adrenalin. Like gladiators, the competitors went for the battle aka „Death or Glory Bowl Jam“ – people like Germany's Anders Tellen, local ripper Jürgen Horrwarth, Martin Jurasek from Prague or Frenchman Seb Daurel. The crowd went nuts when the riders speeded through the corners and dropped in together in the jams, and they held their breath when two of them collided – Jürgen and Julian Dykmans. Most people expected broken ribs, but after a few minutes, both went away laughing. In the end, Martin Jurasek won with a huge transfer into the miniramp, high bs airs and switch wizardry.
The street competition's winner was a surprise – but then again not. During the weekend, Bastien Salabanzi pushed his level higher and higher. In the end, he hammered precise halfcab flips down the doubleset, flip backlips on the uprail and switch 270° frontboards down the rail. 3000,- Euros of a total purse of 9000,- Euros went to Bastien. He was followed by Axel Cruysbergh, with shorter hair and more energy on his board. A well deserved third place went to Germany's Thomas Weber, who nailed incredible bigflips down the doubleset. Another highlight came right after the final – Klaus Bohms' smooth flip back noseblunt on the hubba ledge, which won best trick.
The adidas Skateboard Clash is a longtime cooperative effort by the “Skatehalle Berlin” and adidas. After five consecutive events, it keeps on going and growing. Thanks to a new lease contract, the location is now secured for the next decade. The contest and everything happening around the „Skatehalle Berlin“ is a direct product of Berlin's active skate scene.
1. Bastien Salabanzi (FR)
2. Axel Cruysbergh (BE)
3. Thomas Weber (DE)
1. Martin Jurasek (CZ)
2. Jürgen Horrwarth (DE)
3. Anders Tellen (DE)
Best Trick Pier 7 Manual Pad
Helder Lima (P)
Best Trick China Banks
Andre Gerlich (D)
Best Trick Double Set, Rail, Ledge
Klaus Bohms (BRA)
Want a chance at getting sponsored at one of Europe's standout skate companies? Want a chance at seeing the world with professional skateboarders? Have two minutes of footage and five minutes to fill answer some questions? It could be simple as that if you've got the goods.Jart Skateboards is offering up year long sponsorships to ten lucky and talented individuals with the top winner going on a trip with Jart's professionals like Bastien Salabanzi, Iván Rivado, Mark Frölich, Danny Gonzalez and Eero Anttila.
From May 5th to August 1st, Jart is inviting you all to show them that you've got what it takes to be their next sponsored skateboarder. So upload your footage to a free video hosting site like youtube or vimeo and visit Jart's Are You Looking For a Sponsor site for further details and instructions on who qualifies for the contest and what you need to do to be in the running. Then you canENTER THE CONTEST by including your information and your video. Best of luck to all entries. Maybe we'll see you in the mag soon.
Up for grabs
- 36 boards
- 12 sets of wheels
- 12 sets of trucks
- 12 sets of screws
- 36 grip tape sheets.
- 24 Jart Skateboards T-shirts. (12 per season)
- 12 Jart Skateboards sweatshirts. (6 per season)
- 8 Jart Skateboards pairs of trousers. (4 per season)
-12 sets of IRON trucks.
Terms and Conditions
1-Each participant must fill out his personal details using the form available in the registration section. All the details on entry form must be complete or the participant will not enter the competition.
2- There is no age limit to enter the competition.
3- Participants must upload their video to a free media site (such as you tube,mpora...) and enter the link in the corresponding box.
4- The maximum running time for the video is 2.00 minutes.
5- All videos must be in by August 1st 2009. All videos uploaded after this date will automatically be excluded.
6- Ten winners will be chosen in the competition .The first prize will consist of a tour with Jart's professional team and free Jart stuff for one year. The nine other winners will receive Jart product for one year.
7- The result will be announced on September 1st 2009.The winners will immediately contacted by an email from Jart Skateboards.
Neff welcomes Pro Skater Tony Tave to the Neff Crew. He joins Braydon Szafranski, Adam Dyet, and Jordan Hoffart to complete the Neff team. Tony Tave was born March 23, 1987 and now resides in San Clemente California. Neff is currently working on Tave’s signature Neff skate hat which will be seen in stores soon, so keep your eyes peeled. Check out Tony Tave’s bio and footage here NEFF.
Ed Templeton is a legend and an icon. Those terms get thrown around a lot in skateboarding and, generally speaking, they're often misused. But in Ed's case, the labels are dead on. With nearly 20 years as a pro, a grip of amazing video parts, a thriving art career and an amazing board brand as his brain child, Ed is seriously the man.
Because Ed has been so influential and integral to so much in skateboarding, we're going to take an in depth look at him in the form of a feature article, photo galleries and one knock down, drag out video profile coming soon. We can't tell you much more than that. We can tell you that if you're a fan of Ed, you're going to be stoked. If you weren't a fan already, you're gonna become one. For now, here's a teaser to keep you salivating.
With the destruction of the legendary Wallenberg Four on the horizon, everyone came out to San Francisco on May 30 to rewrite this chapter of the skate history books. This meant some insanity, grips of people both known and unknown and unreal skating. Between Jake Phelps calling people out, bodies flew. And it's clear, that from 2004's Wallenberg contest to now, skating has progressed ... as you can see below. Check back throughout the weekend for updates and photos. It was nuts. Here are the results:
Nick Merlino - switch heel
Cody "Catfish" McIntyre - back bigspin
Chris Cole - back 360 2nd try, switch frontside flip
Lindsay "Juice" Robertson - back side 180 heel
Lizard King - ollie north, back 180 ollie north, ollie disaster
Andrew Pott - hardflip
Gir'ls Contest: Marisa Dal Santo - slide out Ollie for a bucket of chicken. She earned it.
Thrasher put on an awesome event, as always, and Zero, DVS and Quiksilver did well by taking part.