What do you get when you put our favorite host Lea Isabell together with a very special shoe, THE SHANE? What does the shoe look like, what does it feel like, How does it smell? And do humans actually have a different opinion about footwear than animals do?
Text by Roland Hoogwater.
Photos by Louis Deschamps & Roland Hoogwater.
Besides that, we get Hyun Kummer, Denny Pham, Sascha Scharf and many others flying through the air onto our little L.A. safe-haven called 7th Street. What do the winners feel after they land their tricks? Well, watch Lea & Louis ask those hard-hitting questions as well.
Last but certainly not least, did you watch Shane’s new part yet? You might have it has only been all over the interwebs but what did the people who got to watch it first, the people who got to go to the world premiere think of the king of the “flip in flip out” newest part?
Well, find out your doggone self! Press play already and watch Episode 2 of our Place.tv series.
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Last Friday Nike SB, Skatehalle Berlin & Skatedeluxe teamed up to put on an event in celebration of women all over the world. This event took place in the city we call home, Berlin. The event’s organizers asked us to document the whole thing and we answered by asking if we could add some karaoke in the mix?
“Karaoke, how? The event is at the skatepark”
“There are these Karaoke caravans you can rent for the day, we can park it in front of the park!”
And sure enough our wish was their command and the celebration was on!
Now meet the women that made the event special.
A special thank you to Sara Parson-Texas for all the work you put in and Nike SB, Skatedeluxe & Skatehalle Berlin for putting on the event and making people skate and sing their hearts out!
Two weeks ago I got two DM’s, one from Sarah Meurle and a little later one from Josie Millard “I am coming to Berlin with (insert the others name.), want to hang out?”. I did want to hang out, it would be cool seeing them again after our days in Paris at the end of the summer. So I texted the people from the Nike SB Shelter and asked them if I could join the “Girls Night” session, “Of course you can.” they told me. “Would you guys be down to feature it on the site?” “Why not, we want to know more about the girls’ side of the Berlin skate scene.”
Finally, last week I stepped into the skatepark and spent some time with my friends Sarah and Josie but I also found some time to talk to two of the skaters present at the event. They had a lot to say and thus this little feature turned into a full interview.
Pictures by Kyra Sophie. Text and Interview by Roland Hoogwater.
Let’s start off with both of your names:
Pernilla Stadler, like Adler (German for eagle) with the st in front (laughs) and I am Lea Isabell Uhle
Can you tell me why you came to this “Girls Night” tonight?
I have been actively skating for about 4 years now, Skating has been the most important thing in my life for a while now. Two months ago I moved out to Berlin and I wanted to find other Girls in Berlin that skate. So, when I saw the Facebook event I directly went to apply, I really appreciate that they are organizing an event like this.
I was planning to come here after I finished my day at the University and my boyfriend sent me the Place Mag Instagram story.
He told me, Josie and Sarah, we’re going to be there! He knows how much I like their skating, so I went.
How did you get into them?
I love their skating, I got into it via the Poetic Collective Instagram and it took me a while before I figured out that Sarah skates for them. After that, I liked the brand, even more, cool product, lifestyle, skating and on top of that a girl on the team! I think the fact that they support girl skateboarding is great. Sarah really inspired me.
As far as Josie goes, in England, there are so many girls ripping it is crazy! I fell in love with their style of skating and that is how I found out about Josie. Can I tell you a story? One time at night, my phone lit up on the nightstand and I looked at it and it said @josielorie liked your post! I couldn’t sleep after that, my heart was beating so hard! For me, they are role models.
What about you Pernilla, are they your role models too?
I know a lot of female pro skaters mostly from the USA though but I did not know these two.
Four years ago when you (Pernilla) started those role models were not a prevalent as they are today though.
A lot of girls saw footage of other girls skating through Instagram and I think it showed them that skating is not only for guys. They can get out there and do it the way they want to do it. I also believe that the attention that some brands put towards female skating inspires a lot of young girls.
It is really motivating to see other girls skating!
So is this event bringing girls together or are there already some crews out here? Are girls skating amongst themselves or are the crews mixed?
I am from Wuppertal in the Ruhrpott and there I used to skate with the heckmecks (an all-girl crew) and when you skate with girls only you start to see skating in a different way. When you are out with the guys and you see them jumping down 12 stairs it feels like you don’t know where to start. But when you are out with the girls you have more opportunity to learn and support one another.
Yes! There are some crews in Germany, Facebook and Whatsapp groups do exist. But I am still getting to know the Berlin scene, it does seem a bit underground.
What do you think about the fact that Nike SB put out a shoe especially for Women?
I think it is great! Even before that I really like the fact that they put out things in unisex sizes. I really like their shoes and I haven’t seen other brands put out shoes specifically for women yet.
How important is the fact that they did not use any typical “feminine colors”?
Me personally, I am not that into those type of stereotypical colors, a lot of girls that skate don’t wear girly clothes when skating. I don’t want to be boxed in like that.
I do really like wearing pink and lilac (laughs).
What about the media, are we as a whole covering what is going on in the female skate scene?
It is coming but in my opinion, it is still not enough. We see female skaters in magazines but it isn’t at the point it could be at.
Also at contests like the German COS Cup (*editors note other contests as well), you see the difference in prize money. Of course, you could argue that at the moment maybe the girls are not bringing in the amount of interest that the guys are but as that changes those things should change too.
I feel the same, you do notice a change though.
Stefani Nurding is featured in our current “Funbox” issue.
I really like her, she skates in some cool outfits! Of course, I like to wear some baggy dickies from time tot time but Stefani shows that you don’t have to give up your feminine side, you can skate in all different sorts of looks.
Do you agree with that Pernilla?
I do really like baggier clothes, I only buy unisex stuff.
Of course, you don’t have to lose your feminine side by wearing baggy clothes. Is there such a thing as your skate clothes?
I wear what I wear, I don’t really tend to change my style. This is how I look all the time.
My closet is split in half (laughs). Sometimes I like to wear my skate clothes but sometimes I like to put on something else…… But because I try to skate every day I end up wearing my skate clothes almost every day (laughs).
Both of you are not originally from Berlin Lea Isabell you are from the Ruhrpott area and Pernilla you are from?
I am from Sachsen.
Do you notice a difference between the girl scene there and here?
I come from a small city where I was the only girl skating. So I always skated with guys. In Sachsen, there wasn’t really a scene for girls like here in Berlin.
In the Rurhpott the scene was bigger, I had my squad of girls. The heckmecks where there, at the same time girls from all over the different Ruhrpott cities would meet up and skate together.
In Berlin it feels like the girls are more dispersed, they skate alone or with a group of guys, a real group of girls that skate together is not something I have seen here. But I haven’t been here for that long, so maybe it is not what it seems, I hope that events like these will change that.
Alright! Thank you so much for talking with us. Enjoy your session.
Yesterday the third and second last event of Project DSS took place at the outdoor area of the Nike SB Shelter. While eating Berliner Currywurst and enjoying a cold drink everybody was discussing about the selectable obstacles for the expansion of the Dog Shit Spot, which is already under construction. Moreover, some brave ones joint the wild Fox track Race. After partly very close and exciting head to head runs Roland Hirsch could take home the victory plus the 500€ voucher.
For more information about the project, the voting and upcoming events click here.
The third event in the #ProjectDSS series will take place on the May the 31st (starting at 6PM) at the Nike SB Shelter.
At this event you will be able to partake in an open race through the Foxtrack while simultaneously enjoying a beer, some barbecued meat and most importantly participate in the next round of voting for a new DSS obstacle.
The infamous crew of Stuttgart’s Arrow & Beast skate shop recently visited Berlin and also used this circumstance to stop by the Nike SB Shelter. The outcome of this is a very lively edit that depicts both the skating and the Shelter from some unknown perspectives. Featuring: Erik Müller, Kai Hillebrand, Patrick Zentgraf, Mark Metzner, Daniel Wagner & Kamil Krzesniak.
The Nike SB Shelter is especially influencing the younger generation of Berlin’s rippers. Emerging talents like Giorgi Balkhamishvili and Justin Sommer could improve their skating to a whole nother level there. During the very harsh and frosty winter they both met up at the Shelter every day and astonished everyone with their impressive skills, which is the reason why Nike SB lastly decided to let them enjoy the honor of filming a Spot On clip together with cameraman Mark Nickels.
Denny Pham, after a long contest day it’s time to stretch and get ready for the PLACE aftershowparty at Cassiopeia – See you later!
Mark Nickels – always busy.
Trap Gang – Michi von Fintel, Ilja Judizki & Richie Löffler
People like to chill in the beergarden, watching the action on the screen. So we do! What up, Whitey!
16:35 PM “The first 10 jams are over time for you guys to hit the Biergarten and get ourselves a drink”. Sebi getting ready to grab a cold one.
Braydon here in Berlin watching the contest.
“Ohw! I thought I was taking a selfie” The Sza using the PLACE camera
Seeing Hjalte Hallberg skate is one of the things I was looking forward to the most, he did not disappoint.
Hjalte, moments before his jam starts
The Beast doing what he does best!
15:51 PM “Yoshi is hurt where are the medics? Medics are like the Police you always see them around, but when you need them they are nowhere to be found”. Sebi during Yoshi’s Jam.
Man down – Yoshi Tanenbaum getting some medical assistance, get well soon!
Joscha Aicher crooked grind’s the high part of the hubba
The main event just started including the riders who got their invitations in the mail and the riders who made it through the Pre-Qualifiers.
Media crew, taking care of Shelter-sharpness
Lunchbreak – cheers, Vaughan!
Practice is on, fans are watching.
Fernando is here!
Farid Ulrich and Mario Ungerer sharing same love.
News of the day: Louis Taubert is now offcially riding HUF footwear.
Pre-Qualifiers are done!
Backside Tailslide, Pascal Moelaert shot during the Pre-Qualifiers
The Pre-Qualifiers are underway and spirits are high.
Both the crowd and the skaters are enjoying themselves this afternoon.
Right contest series wrong stop.
Me and Benni walk from Betonhausen through the Park, we shake hands see friends and proceed to get our wristbands afterwards we walk back to the beer garden to sit in the sun for a bit before the contest starts.
Patrick Rogalski chilling before the contest
Giorgi Armani Locked & Loaded
Yoshi Tanenbaum back in Berlin and repping Hertha BSC
Getting some sun inside the Shelter
We just entered the grounds of the Nike SB Shelter, first person I see is Sebi carrying three cans of a certain energy drink company we shake hands and I ask him if he has a sigaret so I can start my day.
Alright welcome to the PLACE Photo live ticker we will be keeping you updated on whatever is going on in the Shelter during the 2015 Nike SB Open.
Written by: Roland Hoogwater
Photos by: Benni Markstein
The Nike SB Berlin Open is the third and final event in the European 2015 Series. The event will take place on the weekend of the 11, – 12. July 2015. The best Pro- and Amateur Skateboarders from all over Europe and the rest of the world will skate at the Nike SB Shelter to try and win the 20.000 € in Prize Money.
For all futher info and updates about the contest click here!
Participant or spectator? Please register online to participate or visit the contest for free!
Europas Skateboard Elite trifft sich übernächstes Wochenende im Nike SB Shelter zu den ersten Berlin Open und wir freuen uns, euch im Anschluss an den Contest die offizielle Aftershowparty im Cassiopeia präsentieren zu dürfen. Die Party verspricht ein Line Up, bei dem es wild, laut und voller Leidenschaft zur Sache gehen wird: Die bezaubernden Girls von Looky Looky bringen den Main Floor zum Kochen bevor die Bass Gang den Tanzenden mit ihrem Nachbarschaftsbass den Rest verpasst, auf dem A MILLION Floor wird Niemand still stehen und auf dem Oberdeck wird mit Pille Pop und den Special Guests Esther Silex und Marius Krickow das elektronische Tanzbein geschwungen. Dance or die.
Alle Infos findet ihr noch einmal gesammelt auf dem Flyer oder im passenden Facebook Event – Kommt zahlreich, wir freuen uns auf euch.
Der erste große Contest im Nike SB Shelter steht unmittelbar vor der Tür! Vom 11. – 13.07.2014 sind insgesamt 70 Fahrer eingeladen, die bei der ersten Ausgabe der “Nike SB Shelter Berlin Open” gegeneinander antreten werden. Los geht es am Freitag, an dem sich Amateure und Locals einen von insgesamt zehn Plätzen im Starterfeld sichern können, bevor es am Samstag um insgesamt 20.000€ Preisgeld geht. Diverse hochkarätige Pros haben bereits ihr Kommen bestätigt, so dass man auf einen heißen Contest mit vielen guten Tricks gespannt sein darf.
Der Shelter wird bis dahin mit einer neuen Zuschauertribüne ausgestattet sein, außerdem kann man das Spektakel im Biergarten auf der großen LED Leinwand verfolgen. Der Eintritt für Zuschauer ist kostenlos bei Voranmeldung bis zum 10.Juli über Facebook. Die Tagestickets kosten 3,-€ ermäßigt (bis 16J.) und 6,- € für Vollzahler pro Tag.
Wichtig: Alle Fahrer, die sich im Rahmen der Pre-Qualifiers die Teilnahme bei den Berlin Open sichern wollen, müssen am Freitagmorgen um 10 Uhr im SB Shelter sein.
Neben dem eigentlichen Contest im Nike SB Shelter gibt es am Sonntag auch eine Jam-Session am selbstgebauten „Dogshitspot“ gehosted von Lennie Burmeister, bei der die besten Tricks mit insgesamt €1.000 prämiert werden.
Am Samstag den 15.März fand der Backup Jam Amateur Contest supported by IRIEDAILY in der Skatehalle-Berlin statt. Das Who is Who der Berliner Nachwuchstalente hat sich in der Skatehalle-Berlin zusammengefunden, um ihr Können auf dem Nike SB Shelter Streetcourse unter Beweis zu stellen. Das durchgehend hohe Niveau der Teilnehmer hat den Judges die Entscheidungen nicht leicht gemacht und am Ende brachte die Consistence in den Final Runs die entscheidenen Punkte für die vordersten Plätze.
Michel Funke – FS Bluntslide
Nepomuk Herok – Hardflip
Justin Sommer – FS Feeble
1. Thorsten Ballhause
2. Justin Sommer
3. Max Obert
1. Phillip Oehmige
2. Gustavo Rann
3. Justin Schattmann