Photography by Benjamin Buettner and Nils Loester
Once again Karsten put out another amazing edit showcasing the blade-lifestyle in its perfection.
As always it was a pleasure to be a part of it.
If you don’t know the work of this young talented filmmaker from Hamburg you definitely should check out karstenboysen.de
There are some bladers out there that I can easily characterize as close friends. I mean not this kind of bladers you’ll usually meet at skateparks and talk about tricks and set-ups for hours. I’m talking about personalities who have a serious opinion about life in general.
Two of them are Denis and Nils.
When I thought of Copenhagen, the first associations that came into my mind were bikes, Christiania, high living costs and beautiful people. I was pretty excited to go there to see if some of the stereotypes are true that German people who’ve been there are constantly talking about.
After almost missing our bus and therefore no time to get some breakfast on an early Wednesday morning, I was looking forward to enjoy the view on the ferry as part of the nearly eight-hour trip from Berlin. On the ferry it feels a little bit that you can leave everything behind. So we paused for a moment and regained our strength with some Danish beer from the duty free shop.
In Copenhagen we got the opportunity to stay at the residential community of two rollerbladers (btw thank you guys again). Thus we had the chance to get a little insight how to live there and it seems that it is usual to have the shower inside your room.
There were still a few days to go before the finale of the Scandinavian Real Street Contest took place, so we went out to blade. Unfortunately we hadn’t enough bikes, so we skated and walked everywhere. Besides blading we spent most of the time in getting ready to go out; meeting each other; finding a place to eat and getting all the other stuff people apparently need – welcome to the normal blade life. There was also an event called “Friday Night Skate” we joined collectively the day before the contest.
The SRSC Finale went down on Saturday and the weather was luckily good. While standing in that huge crowd of rollerbladers you really get the feeling that you are part of a big community, which is how it should be. I think the organizers have done everything right to create both an familiar and competitive atmosphere. However, we were pretty tired of the last days but fortunately this was not the case for Jacob Juul. He won the competition once again.
We had a nice barbecue also organized by R-A-D the day after. It felt like the best thing that happened to us after eating junk food most of the time to save money. We did a little sightseeing and leisurely finished our trip on Monday with a nice blade session.
Overall I was impressed by the scene in Copenhagen. I rarely saw as many talented bladers you never noticed before and I think the people behind R-A-D are heading in the right direction to further promote rollerblading.
There hasn’t been a project like this I was looking for so long!
In April we went for a quick look to Oberwiesenthal – Germany’s most high-lying city with a formerly famous bobsleigh run from the 70′s. We took 1000 meters all the way up to that mountain and found this hidden pearl in the middle of the woods. Unfortunately the weather was worse than ever. While having mild temperatures at home we had to face 5°C and big snow piles up there. The fog was so dense you could barely see 20 meters far. Quite scary. That mountain definitely didn’t want us to stay there!
But here we go again! It took like 4 months but somehow we made it to find a date and collect a crew of diverse individual bladers to shred this long-forgotten piece of historical architecture. Will this be normal blade-weekend? No. This is a place full of memories and stories, frustration and victory. We wanna pay tribute to that and turn it for one weekend into that magical place it once was.
It was thursday, the blade-shows were over. I felt kinda bad about it.
With the end of the blade-shows came the downfall of Street City (the skatepark area): We no longer had our vip-status that allowed us to shit and shower high-end at the backstage area. Additionally the skatepark was transforming into a cursed pile of rubbish full of beer cans, cigarette butts and dirt.
But the most missing part was definitely the lack of parties, rap slam battles and dance workshops that usually took place before, in between or shortly after the blade-shows.
Luckily the festival area opened its gates and the real party was just about to get started. From then on we listened for 4 days to the world’s best music followed by crazy parties and some of the greatest moments in life you can think of.
There is no question that this week has been the best in 2013 so far! If you still didn’t consider coming to Roskilde you really should do now! See you next year!
Usually at music festivals you say goodbye after 3 days. In Roskilde at that point you’re mostly getting to your maximum amount of physical wasteness. Your body won’t forgive, but you accept that.
When there was no skateshow running we took the opportunity to walk over that huge camp area and check out some of the side events. Women’s soccer, finnish bath, youtube-battle just to name a few.
It was the first concert that blew me away. I think the band was called “Nonsense”. Actually that’s a really good roundup what music they’re playing – dumb dubstep/techno stuff, but the crowd was fucking freaking out and the lightshow was from another world!