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ouh and I also included a better search function / navigation so you can find what youre lookin for faster.
I ended up first place in the fise video competiton. 700€
I really need to thank everybody who voted! you guys are awesome!
I received an be-mag in depth interview.
lots of nice pictures and some fun stories from my travels.
We left Augsburg on Friday afternoon. Barely 9 hours later we arrived in Hamburg – right in time to join the night shred in the I-Punkt skateland for one hour – ended midnight.
We slept at Assia & Jürgens place – well first we left it at about 2.30 to party at the kiez. Everybody had at least a 6pack of 0,5l beer before we even started to drink the disgusting mexican shots. I couldnt count but we had at least 50 – cause one of them costs only 50 cents.
My stomach is still sour when I think about it.
Anyway after sleeping a few hours and a few hours more in our car in front of the skatepark – 30 minutes before the competition we got up and tried to warm up. That just led me to the toilet to get rid of last nights kebab & some rest booze.
Anyway the competition was fun – Somehow I managed to end up second place behind my bro fedor. who is amazing by the way.
blahblah competition was awesome blahblah – anyway after taking a shower we had another superamazing party – Me and my mate michi ended up being the last skaters destroying the dancefloor. After several extremely funny incidents I dare not post we somehow found our way home to our beds.
We spend the whole sunday shreding some streetspots in hamburg – ended up with several clips and an awesome time. Hamburg has fucking weird/crazy/cool spots and locals.
At about 18-19.00 we left hamburg to crash at our boy maiks place in essen – thats a 4-5 hour ride. We arrived really late – got some beers and fell asleep watching tv, drinking beer and talking about everything and nothing.
Maik had to work in the morning but somehow managed to only wake us up when he came back at about 13.00
After warming up with a game of skate in a close by skatepark we found a burned down swimmingpool. it took us hours to build a bank that we could use to drop in from the side and a lil kicker to grind the edge of the pool – but it was so fucking worth it.
Before we could get any real good clips though the police arrived and told us to leave. But they were nice enough to let us continue for 5 minutes and we actually managed to get some clips during that time.
anyway this was another fucking amazing weekend.
thanks to our hosts for being awesome – grindhouse for making the competition possible and supporting my travels.
Saturday 18.08.2012 Munich
The mniramp in Lohof was pretty much amazing. But during the session it had at least 40 degree celsius – way too hot to skate. I had the sunburn of the year – twice. Anyway I ended up taking the win right in front of my friend Mo. Nico took the 3rd and even more suprpising was michis 4th place. South germany bitches
I didnt film but I received material from “nils`
I just came home from the Railkiller competition in Hamburg.
The comp was pretty cool – interesting mix between skatepark and rails. I ended up first place street and 3rd place in park altough i dont even remember skating much in the parks.
and heres a first edit
Yay I received my Carbon 4.
First thing I have to mention is that Im skating carbon frees in 42 – but the carbon 4 fits better in 43. Good thing is that there doesnt seam to be any difference in the real size of the boot/shell. At least It doesnt appear to be longer than my free.
My personal carbon size table would be:
carbon f – 42; carbon 1 – 42; carbon 2 – 42; carbon 3 – 43; carbon 4 – 43;
- The Liner:
Thats right, the skate comes with a liner. I have to admit that Im not a fan of the idea of carbons with a liner. Good news is that the liner is really thin and pretty comfortable. So actually the liner is a nice add on. The skate felt a bit tighter in the outer small toe area – but that might be cause I compared it to a several months old carbon free. For most people this is probably not going to be a problem but I cant skate most skates cause years of skating deformed my feet so they are pretty wide (The USD carbon is the skate I have the least problems with that). Also I didnt heatmould neither the liner nor the skate. Thats right the liner is heatmouldable.
My friend Chris made a Video about heatmoulding the liner, if youre interested check it out:
Im not sure if the skate is heatmouldable but then I remember heatmoulding UFS thrones back in the day… so its definitely worth a try.
Something that I really like about the liner are the laces. By tightening them you can get some extra support – and obviously you can just remove them if you dont need them to gain some flex. The tongue is big and most importantly doesnt twist or move too much during skating.
An other important feature (at least for me) that is often ignored is the big, solid loop so one can carry the skate comfortable without hurting your fingers.
- The Cuff
The Cuff has changed a lot. With 4 screws you can turn it into an V-cut cuff and from V-cut back to a normal cuff. An awesome feature if you ask me. The buckle is extremely solid – I guess its aluminium. Its well protected and lasts forever – at least mine does. Ive been skating carbon since the first one came out and never managed to mess up a buckle so badly that i could not use it anymore. Another good thing is that you can skate the “old” cuff too – I put on the cuff of my carbon free as its softer than the new cuff – but thats just cause I like my skates extremely soft.
If you own some kind of multitool you can also just turn the new cuff into the old cuff by removing the lower part. I didnt do that but its pretty obvious.
- The Powerstrap
Thats a really small but good improvement. The ps is now remove and exchangeable. So you can skate with or without it or replace it if its fucked up. The old one was replaceable too – but not the metal parts. Now you can change them too – with just 1-2 screws.
For me Flex is one of the most important features of a skate. After 7 knee surgeries I prefer extremely soft skates so I dont have to bend my knees like crazy to go topside on curbs. When it comes to flex the carbon 4 is quite similar to the carbon 3 – which means it offers more support than I want. The good thing about the skate is that you have a lot of control about the amount of flex it offers.
For the maximum amount of flex do the following:
- remove the laces of the liner.
- remove the normal laces like 1-2 eyes (holes).
- make the cuff a v-cut cuff OR buy/use an old cuff
- And finally the trick with the most impact – put an shock absorber under the liner.
With an combination of these “tricks” im pretty sure that you will find the perfect flex for you.
As every carbon the skate offers a lot of flex to the front and (with the v-cut) also to the back. In my opinion this is totally necessary to enable you to move more naturally and thus more stylish.
- Shock absorber
The skate comes with a small but good shock absorber integrated in the sole of the liner. For most people that should be enough (me included) – if you feel like you need more you can still add some extra shock absorbers under the liner.
Like every carbon the skate is amazingly light – in size 42 boot only it should be like 1,1 kg. Im not sure but I heard the carbon got overworked and is stronger now – it for sure looks different.
- Side Protection
USD included some “rubber side protection” thingy. I personally dont need that but than I change my skates pretty often. It doesnt mess up the looks and helps to make the skate more durable so its a nice improvement.
- The Soulplate
The carbon 4 has the same soulplate as the carbon 2, 3 & free. Its got a big but not too big soulspace and the negative space is big enough to do negatives even on “bigger” rails. It slides really fast on soul and royals. Even if I could I wouldnt change a thing.
In my opinion the carbon series is the best the skate market has to offer. I love the sneaker like looks, the skates are super light, super customizable, offer all the flex and support I want, the soulplates work perfectly well – there is nothing I would really change.
Im not sure if im going to skate a C4 or continue to skate Cfrees. Both skates are pretty awesome and qite similar. I might go for the carbon free but only cause Im on my second pair already and Im really used to how it feels.
If I missed something important that youd like to know more about let me know, best on facebook…
I finished a little edit with my tricks from the comp
Were back from our weekend in prague.
beside bringing home the second place we totally destroyed “Karlovy lázně” which is supposedly the biggest club in europe.
Its a fun little club (with at least 7 areas) that offers shitloads of free drinks and nobody complains if you smash the classes on the dancefloor or pour your drinks over everybody around you. About 0,5 minutes from the club at Karlsbridge theres lots of friendly dudes offering you marijuana, kokain and everything else for little krowns. And if you still have energy after partying all night you can visite the night gym and have some happy ending for like 1000 krowns (1€= 25 k). After Max fell down on his way home for “no apparent” reason and we tried to help keeping the city clean by emptying huge ashtrays we ended the night with loads of free food from the hotels fridge. Unfortunately on sunday nobody felt like skating anymore – but at least nobody puked – on sunday – well at least not after we got up and left the hotel 3 hours late.
aaaand picture time:
topsoul 540 gap
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Here we go again, after finally accepting that sleep is absolutely overrated I finished the WC edit.
Its always difficult to find the balance between filming and skating during the clash – thus thanks maik for helping out with the filming.
Winterclash 2012 was awesome/horrible/great.
Lots of awesome skting going on + had enough time for some own little sessions but = great.
Lots of people and no place to lock my camera equipment = “will it still be where I left it when I come back?”
Winter = cold – and I mean COLD – It was a bit cold from time to time but thats just how winter is…
But the best part about the clash is meeting all those awesome guys like jonko, albert, …
anyway here is my winterclash 2012 edit. Its fast and dirty, just like the clash, hardly enough time to see the trick but never enough to understand it before the next hammer is thrown your diriction.
After being injured for nearly a year I guess im finally back on my skates – right in time for winter with its lousy weather. I still have to go to the gym and work on my shoulder but its way better already.
The pics are from a filming session for my upcomming WRS contest entry.