So the short version....
Mr. September Wheels Nicholas Büchi, Moritz Greber, Ivo Weibel,
Reto Bösch, Boris Dietschi, Luca Andermatt, Men-Andrin Meier, Mirco Bitterli, Marco
Hofer, Etienne Messikommer and Christian Vogelbauer drove up to Belgium, skated hard and
Since I’ve got a little more space I’ll try to put my beer soaked memories in order.
Day one: After picking up the rest of the gang in Basel and shooting the first photos, we drove
up to Schifflange in Luxembourg where we had a nice BBQ, an even nicer session and the
author here broke his arm. As almost every night from now on we slept in our sleeping bags
under the stars. Quite romantic huh?
Day two started with the old and fun Snakerun in Liège. After the Liège warm-up we had a
great session at the rough but perfect pool in Flémalle, which we topped off with dinner at a
restaurant and a couple of beers.
Day three: Etienne and Vogel joined the tour and we had a blast skating and barbecuing with
the locals. A big big thank you to Sam who let us sleep on his houseboat, use his toilet and
some of the boys do some fishing from the deck.
Day four: The beach of Ostende was almost as nice as its Skatepark which is also the hangout
spot for the Belgian techno kids. While we were sleeping right next to the park, some city
workers came to clean up early in the morning, they threw away all our trash but didn’t even
think about waking us up. The waking up was done by a couple of kids who came to skate at
Day five: Besides a museum like center and expensive coffee, Bruges also offers a weird
skatepark, which we skated in the hot midday sun. Two of the cars went back to the beach,
while some of us already went to skate the small but oh so fine skatepark at Aalst.
Day six: After the rain woke us up in the middle of the night, the police woke us up in the
morning. So we went back to Aalst’s skatepark for a while, before continuing to Gent where
we knocked on Gandalf’s door, who was kind enough to let these stinking Hobos crash at his
house. Thanks! In Gent there was a huge party in the whole city, which led to some guys
having trouble finding their way home.
Day seven: Almost everyone drove to Antwerpen, where Reto, who, up to this point had
sticked a BS Tailslide in every bowl we’ve crossed ways with, fell about 4 meters onto his
head trying, well, a BS Tailslide. We rushed to the hospital, but apparently you can’t destroy
Reto that easily and after a couple of beers and cigarettes Reto was back up on his feet and
ready to go back to Gent for another partynight.
Day eight: Tired and hungover we packed up our crap, got into the cars and after a stop at the
park of Port Namur, where Mirco found the quarterpipe he’ll once marry, we headed home.
Oh yeah, and everybody’s skating was so, so sick but I don’t want to take away the surprise;
you can see all that in the video.
TEXT: Marco Hofer
2013 mix + Corny's Place
Music: Knapsack - arrows to the action
Julien Benoliel in Marseille La Friche Pool DIY
Montage Damien Raveau
Musique : AC/DC - Dirdy Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
DIY Skateboarding is Do It Yourself Skateboarding. Build your own skate park, under a bridge, in your backyard, in an abandoned lot. Maybe the city will shut it down, or maybe it will live on for ever, like Burnside, FDR, Washington Street, Cachagua Land.....