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Munich has been somewhat of a sleeping giant when it comes to skateboarding. The city and the surrounding area of Bavaria take up a huge space in German day-to-day life. With big companies and many cultural particulars coming from there. Chris Bradl felt like it was time to show what the city had to offer to not only the rest of Germany but the world.

Interview by Roland Hoogwater.
Photos by Daniel Nguyen.
Film & Edit by Chris Bradl.

Hey Chris how are you, how was your Sunday?

It was nice, the weather is so much better now, we went skating at Oper and afterwards we stayed there and hung out a bit. I just came home like 30 minutes ago.

The outside skating season is opening.

Yeah! We started by skating some flat today.

Flat is the groundwork of a good skater. So tell me a bit about your video, SCHNELLER.

It kinda, happened. We didn’t want to make a video, we just wanted to show Munich in a different way. Not through a VX and not only by doing the craziest tricks. But showing the people, and the city first and not this German performance based skating.

I understand, how did you go about doing this.

I bought an HPX because I really like the look of the footage. And we just started going out in groups. First in small groups, 1 or two people but others noticed and a crew emerged. I did some insta edits and Conny Mirbach and Lea Schairer hit me up and told me they liked what I did so they joined in. I didn’t even really know Conny so it was cool of him to hit me up.

Lea Schairer heading to the carnaval.

People always gather around the filmer.

Indeed, so, when winter came around plus we had a heavy lockdown in Munich. I went back into my hard-drive and noticed we had a lot of footage. That was the point I felt I needed to start editing.

Why do you think the skate-scene in Munich is not as prevalent as other German cities like Hamburg, Berlin, or the Ruhr Valley area?

The thing is when something did come from Munich it was always this very Bavarian type of dusty type of style. A bit of an older type of style, jumping a many stairs as you can & flip in flip outs but without showing the character of the city and the people in it. If you compare it to Berlin or Hamburg you do see that happening in those Stanley We videos for instance.

In my own experience skateboarding is not as alive in Munich as it is in those other cities. There you see the impact skaters and skating has on the city, it feels alive. In Munich it feels like other things take priority, the city doesn’t even have winter facilities for skaters. Which is crazy for a city with over a million people.

You are right! But skateboarding is happening, and we are trying to change that by showing our city. We do have good spots, and they aren’t overblown like a Kulturforum in Berlin.

True, that is a spot that everyone who ever went to Berlin has skated.

We did have the Marijuth crew out of Munich and they had a good vibe and showed something new in Munich. But they came out 10 years ago and we wondered where that energy has gone? We aren’t that G’ed out and we can’t do the YO-flip 360 flip but that was their vibe and we want to show our vibe in 2020.

Conny does a bit of a YO-flip if I am honest!

A little, but I really like his tre-flip. Conny was always motivated to do things. Whenever I wanted to go film he was there and wanted to go and do tricks.

What about your style of filming, there are some visible influences.

The style of filming I used isn’t new, Bill Strobeck built and established it filming someones head and someones feet with heavy zoom. I feel filming like that captures today’s zeigeist.

Can you tell me a bit about Hase?

He is a legend, he is a strong character and is authentic in who he is. He is from Bavaria and proud of where he is from. He is good friends with Michael “Mixen” Wiethaus. It is a bit controversial to say you celebrate Bavarian culture.

That is something Germans are very aware of, nationalism is seen as something to approach critically.

Obviously, that is something that stems from our past. But when it comes to Hase he is just living his culture. Going to events in lederhosen and not giving a fuck who thinks it is weird: “Afterwards I am going home, get my board and do my tricks”. And we love him for it.

I think all the 6 main people in this video are like that in some way, they are themselves and are not trying to fit into the Munich style. We don’t mean it in a hateful way. We don’t think what others are doing is bad but we want to show our vibe which is an open to anyone.

Hase going down the Asta ledge.

I understand. What about the title SCHNELLER (faster in German), how did that come about?

We couldn’t find a title at first, and the longer it took the more hectic it became. And because of social media and the way the world is at the moment it felt like a logical title. We also saw it in the footage during the editing, clips where we felt we should have been going faster (laughs). Daniel shot a couple of analog photos and I wanted to mix them into the intro, and all of a sudden it clicked, the images needed to flash onto the screen faster, we all met during a short amount of time, we filmed the video fast and then I saw that Hase had the word SCHNELLER tagged on his truck. That was the word that encapsulated the feeling of making the video. We did a little premiere and people started finding their own links to the title (laughs). I didn’t plan those things but it seems to be fitting. I also wanted a short title that people could remember easily.

Funny, I interview many people and some want a longer title like Seamus Foster with “West Crystal Unit” but the similarity is that there is a story to how you got to the title. What about the music, how did that come about.

It is a mash-up of songs that we as a crew listen to. With the Youtube copyright being pretty stringent and I had to change songs multiple times. I am thrilled with the music we ended up using though; I wouldn’t change that. I grew up on Baker 3 and, that video had all kinds of music and that is something I wanted to do as well. The whole video showed so much personality and, after watching Baker 3 you felt like you got to know these people. Of course, there are other examples like Noah’s Jolie Rouge by Alex Greenberg or Jacob Harris where the music just fits the vibe perfectly. Music is a means to transport the feelings of the filmer/editor and bring them to the viewer.

What about the color-grading, it seems like you spent a lot of time on that.

I did that together with Conny Mirbach because through his work as a photographer he became a master of grading. I also watched a lot of Mafia films by Martin Scorcese or Guy Ritchie and La Haine they didn’t only show me the importance of the film perspective but the value of the color of the image.

That is a nice way of putting it. Last question, will we get a sequel?

I want to continue filming but I am not sure it will get to a part 2. I want to use other formats, the HPX is nice but I just got a super 8 camera and I have been filming with this old mini-DV so we will see. We wanted to go to Mallorca, Lea’s family has a house there and as soon as we are allowed we will see if we can head out there to film.

“Schnell nach Mallorca!” Would be a great title! I hope you guys will continue because we need more Munich.

(laughs), Thank you, we will keep filming for sure.

Chris, thank you for this interview & have a nice Sunday.

Thank you and I hope we will see each other in Munich sometime this year.

Pretty sure that will happen.

Today we have a new exclusive for you featuring Sören Fischer. Now instead of talking to the man himself we talked to the man behind the lens Julian Lopez and asked him all about Sören, how this part was made and if it is important for the filmer to be able to skate. He answered and we laughed a lot in the process. So press play, get to know Sören, and stay for Julian.

Photos by Chris Hartl & Frederik Ludwigs.
Film & Edit by Julian Lopez.
Interview by Roland Hoogwater.

Julian Lopez, welcome to this interview, today we are talking about a part you filmed together with your friend Sören Fischer. First, where are you right now?

I am in my apartment in Berlin.

Funny, we haven’t met before haven’t we?

No, we have not, Wedding is a bit outside of the main skate spaces in Berlin. Neukölln, Kreuzberg, Mitte, and Friedrichshain are not super close. But I like it here and some of my friends moved down here with me so, it is this little community where we skate together and are slowly making a spot map of Berlin.

I will give you a little tip, head east and stay outside of the ring (bahn). Start with taking the U8 all the way to Wittenau.

Thanks, I haven’t been out there, and the U8 is not far from my house!

So where are you from originally?

I am from Munich.

Many people from Munich are moving down here. Is there a problem in Munich?

It isn’t a relaxed city, plus I don’t want to stay in the same place my whole life.

But Berlin is quite a change, isn’t it? You could have moved to Frankfurt, Stuttgart, or Vienna?

Noooooo, I mean I always said Vienna or Berlin but the other two were not really places I was drawn to. It just felt like the best decision was to come to Berlin.

Well, it seems like Munich is losing a lot of cool people to Berlin. Maybe if you are young, Vienna or Berlin has more to offer.

I like the fact that you can live in Berlin and you don’t have to have the most amount of money to do it. In Munich, it can feel like the survival of the richest.

Sören caught chilling by Frederik Ludwigs.

So, tell me a bit about the part. It didn’t scream Munich at first glance.

Why do you say that? Is it his style of skating or is it about the spots?

Mostly the spots and the style of skating it seems to stand alone.

Well, a big influence on Sören’s skating was that he lived in Berlin for a while. He studied there for 4 years and during those years his level of skating went up drastically. So when he came back to Munich 2 years ago he took those skills to the streets. He also wasn’t shy about calling out tricks and spots. He told me what he wanted to do and when. Which I really like.

A filmers dream! You can tell that both of you had an idea of what you wanted. Some of the filming on the lines isn’t easy and you did quite well.

Thank you, we worked on it for 2-years, traveled to Tenerife and Barca for it and in 2020 we managed to squeeze in some trips through Germany. We really gathered some clips.

Funnily enough, this part was first planned to be part of a crew video “The Rulfgang” but we all became older and some people just didn’t have the time to put in the work. Sören did the most and was about to move to Canada so he wanted his footage to come out instead of it turning old. So we decided to hit you guys up. We felt that our project fit into the image of Place.

That is something we are happy about! But back to your filming for a minute, can you tell me about your role models in filming?

For me that Strobeck style is good but it has been done to death. So I wanted to do something different. I looked to people like Dennis Ludwig, I like his work and he has his own style.
I grew up on Girl videos and liked the storytelling in those videos like Pretty Sweet, I think that has had a solid effect on the way I look and make videos.

Sounds like a proper OG SHRN education.

For sure, Soo Hot Right Now is THE shop in Munich and it is the place where you learn about skateboarding as a kid.

When did you actually meet Sören?

In 2011, I went on my first skate trip. The trip was to Berlin and Sören was on that trip as well. But, the real friendship came when he moved to Berlin and we visited him multiple times. That is how he became part of our crew. Fun fact, Sören is also one of the biggest skate nerds that I know. We often write to each other and talk about videos or articles.

I grew up on Girl videos and liked the storytelling in those videos like Pretty Sweet, I think that has had a solid effect on the way I look and make videos.

Julian Lopez about the videos that formed him as a filmer.

Nerdy! So, when did you start filming?

At some point, you look up and you see people ripping and you look at your own skating and feel like someone should document their skating. So that lead me to pick up a camera. I wanted to find my role in the group around me and I found it when I picked up the camera.

People also gather around filmers.

True, I started with a DSLR and once I got a camcorder I felt really stoked to do more. I also became more critical of filming in general, your eye just changes. I had to stop watching certain clips just because the footy was too shaky (laughs).

What about the level of skating of a filmer? Do you feel like if a filmer can skate well that it influences the way he films?

I think it does. look at Jacob Harris or Gustav Tønnessen their filming is so smooth because they feel so comfy on the board.

So, do you prefer Gustav’s filming over his skating?

No, his skating is still #1. But the filming does add to the reason I like him. I also want to give a shoutout to Max Pack and Paul Labadie because their edits for Vans Europe have been really inspiring. A great mix between fun, skating and lifestyle.

So would you say you prefer great skating with bad filming or good filming with medium level skating?

Good filming and medium level skating, because you have to watch the whole thing and bad filming just hurts the eyes. For me the most important thing is that you get to know the people that are in the video. Like in Godspeed, you really felt part of the crew. A connection through video.

Back to Sören, what is your favorite moment in the part?

The Backside Disaster Revert. It is not the best-filmed trick in the part but it is my favorite trick in the part. I like that he loses the hat, that makes you pay attention. Filming wise I like the line with the big 50-50 at the end, I also like the placement in the part. It worked well with the song.

Was the song hard to find?

Well, we did struggle with the music but we found the song quite early on. Deedz skated to a song by the same artist and Sören just played it in the car. It just took us a while to realize that was it. I look for music quite a lot, I often think “Wow, this could work really well for an edit.” But then I try it and it doesn’t work and you have to keep going.
The skater also needs to be happy with it and I am lucky that Sören himself presented the song to me.

I feel ya’! Thank you for this talk Julian and I hope we see each other soon!

Julian hard at work! Shot by Chris Hartl.

So far this week we have had a video from Kazakhstan, The Czech Republic, San Diego, Paris, and now Munich/ Bavaria. To be honest, the last country of origin is the most shocking to us, since lately the only thing we have heard about skateboarding in Bavaria is SHRN (Offical sponsor of 50% of the Place Staff) & that there are little to no spots and a lot of police. Don’t get us wrong, we love Munich & Bavaria but it can be a pain in the ass for a skateboarder.

Luckily the “Bonzensport” boys have been productive and are now actively showing us that there can be a ten Minute video from Bavaria without a single police incident and with a lot of spots actually.

If someone works for 10 years at a big company they maybe give out a bouquet of flowers and a few warm handshakes. adidas in this case was behaving a little bit different and flew out half of Europe to a very Bavarian location just to celebrate Dennis Busenitz’s 10 year anniversary skating for the brand. Dennis is one of a kind to say the least and so was our weekend in Munich. Cheers to Dennis and the whole adidas Skateboarding crew! That’s how it looked like:

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One day before the Street League event in Munich, I had the chance to meet Sean Malto for a quick interview in the relaxed atmosphere of the SHRN store’s backyard. Among other things we especially talked about his recovery, his friendship to Mike Mo, and also the rumors that he is off Girl. Sean is a really nice guy and it is good to see him being back with such a confidence!

Interview by Paul Röhrs
Photos: Daniel Wagner

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I read about that you traveled a lot during the time you were injured. How was it like to experience other countries without being able to skate?

Yeah, well, when I did get hurt and get surgery and was forced to not skate I did not want to stop traveling. You know, I love traveling. Obviously, I love traveling for skating but if I couldn’t skate like of course I want to go hang with my friends. I don’t want to be like cooped up in a house. I’d loose my mind. So yeah, I did ended up going to went on a Europe trip through a few different cities in Germany and then I went to Australia, too, for like two weeks. Then I ended up going to Spain for only a few days but all those trips just like made the time go by a little faster. You know, in my head I was like “come I just wanna go hang with my friends, this gonna be sick to go travel” and when I got there I just got frustrated that I can’t skate. You know, because for us the quality of a city is based on how good the skate spots are. But yeah, it is still cool to see other sides of a city besides the best handrail it can offer or ledge spots and stuff. It was cool like to visit restaurants and see shops and being just like an average tourist.

So you mostly followed your friends on their tours or did you also travel alone?

Basically just followed them on tours, yeah, whatever they did. I did not go on a lot personal trips because I just tried to surround my self with people.

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As you said you visited a couple cities in Germany, is there something you particularly enjoy to look back upon?

Oh yeah, I had a lot of really great experiences in Germany! I drove a Porsche on the “Autobahn”! That was amazing! I think that maybe was in Stuttgart years ago on a Girl trip when we were filming for Pretty Sweet. The distributor hooked up three Porsches and we took them to the “Autobahn” and could go as fast as we wanted. That was insane! That is really one that sticks out in my mind just from any trip.

You know Denny Pham right? Do you know he is sometimes called the German Sean Malto? What do you think about this?

Oh, I did not know this! Hey, I am honored because I love his skating and I think he is an awesome dude, very talented. That’s really funny because I went to Thailand with him and been on countless Nike trips with him… Yeah cool, I am totally fine with that comparison!

Ah, yeah! He just told me the story how you met in Thailand!

Yeah, this was probably three or four years ago. I was in India for two weeks with Mark Suciu, Partik Wallner and Sebo Walker. The trip was coming to an end but we all were kind of like “let’s go to Thailand” because it is just close and we could hang out and skate there a little more. So we went out there and met up with Denny and just had a good time.

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Talking about friends of yours. I know you and Mike Mo have been close friends since you both got on Girl and now you both went through very bad injuries. He probably was hit even harder than you were. So are you both still in contact with each other? I am asking because Mike Mo is not able to really go skate I think but you are?

Well, obviously, you know, our friendship goes beyond skateboarding. I talk to him once a week at least and I still see him as often as possible. He is my best friend and so I check upon him and always talk to him but it does suck because he was my road dawg like we traveled a lot together and me and him roomed together every trip. So not having my roommate there and not having my skate buddy is sad. But, you know, his health is getting better. He is progressing and hopefully he’ll be back to is original self very soon, which I am excited about. There are just a couple little things but once they are healed up he gonna be 100 percent. It’s gonna be awesome because he definitely is one of my favorite skaters as well.

Good to hear that! How about you? How is your recovery going?

Oh, my recovery is good! You know, I think healthwise I am 100 percent but mentally I am still like… You know, there are things that scare me that probably wouldn’t scare me before. I am a little like worried when it come to dangerous situations in skating but my health feels good, my ankle feels good… So it is just skating, you know, pushing myself to get rid off this mentally. I ate a lot of shit. I fall a lot. Knock my teeth out, broke my collarbone a couple times, had knee surgery… But whatever, that is skateboarding.

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You know that there are rumors about you being off Girl?

Yeah, I just found that out! I think it is really funny because I went on a trip with just some of my friends that are just on other companies but I just want to hang out with them and that kind of led to these rumors. All I can say is, that I am still very much in love with Girl and I am very satisfied with where I am. So I don’t have any complains. See me at the park tomorrow and I’ll show off my Girl board as always!

Well, last but not least, as you are next to Karsten Kleppan and Stefan Janoski himself the face of the recent Nike SB Janoski Hyperfell campaign, how much have you been involved in the developing process of the shoe?

Well, obviously Nike always tries to listen to the voice of the athlete. They do this in every category and so with skateboarding it is the same thing. You know, we have a good dialog with the designers and we are always talking about how to keep progressing and making awesome shoes that look cool and perform well. So the Hyperfeel is just one of those things that kind of came together perfectly. It’s cool that it feels like a slip-on but it has the protection of a normal shoe. That is what I like about it the most!

So thanks for the interview, I wish you all the best for the Street League event tomorrow and have a good time in Munich!

I have to say thank you! And, yeah, see you tomorrow!

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During the SLS Nike SB World Tour event in Munich, Germany, Nike SB released their very new version of their probably most successful skate shoe ever, the Janoski Hyperfeel. To celebrate this in an adequate manner they invited everybody to Munich’s most infamous skate shop, the SHRN. There one could meet some of the pros for a natural talk, watch a little photo exhibition by Conny Mirbach and have some drinks and burgers, which were served out of a food truck. They also premiered a little short movie for their new shoe, which you can find below as well as a little snap shot recap of the event.

Photos: Paul Röhrs

Der Donnerstag ist so gut wie vorbei und es haben sich in München während der X Games und dem Street League Contest ein paar interessante Dinge ereignet. Zum einen hat Youness Amrani die SLS Select Serie spektakulär gewonnen und sich damit für den eigentlichen Event qualifiziert. Zum anderen stand die Nike SB Safari Tour auf dem Programm, zu der geladene Fahrer von Spot zu Spot geshuttlet werden sollten, um Tricks gegen Scheine zu tauschen. Doch von vorne:

Hollands bekanntester und laut eigener Aussage witzigster Skateboard-Fotograf Marcel Veldman und Nike Europe TM Colin Kennedy

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Norbert Szombati und Planet Sports’ Steffi Hager

Stolzer Daddy Chris Pfanner mit Sohnemann Max

Denny Pham und Fabian Lang haben ein anständiges Liga-Debut gegeben

Die SLS Select Series aka die Qualifikation für die Qualifikation war bereits ziemlich spannend. Youness Amrani hat mit Tricks wie BS Nosegrind Nollie Flip out schon heute den Hammer geschwungen und sich damit verdientermaßen die Wildcard gesichert. Daumen sind für Morgen gedrückt, Go Europe!

Um 17.00 Uhr ging es mit dem Doppeldecker Cabrio Bus auf Nike SB Safari Tour, die von Star-Moderator Sebi Vellrath gewohnt amüsant gehostet wurde.

Das Wetter sollte den Anwesenden leider nicht hold sein und so mussten die Street Sessions leider abgeblasen werden. Stefan Schwinghammer von der MSM und Gerrit Piechowski wussten sich zumindest ein wenig gegen die Nässe zu helfen.

Daniel Ledermann und seinem Homie Juli konnte es die Laune nicht verderben. Marijtuth-Style

Also ab in den Biergarten der Ruby Bar, an den Grill und Bierchen trinken. Willow hatte Spaß


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, Fitschi, Gerrit und Sebi

Bande-Marijtuth Kollabo Kippe

Zwei Experten für Best Trick Sessions, denen heute evtl. der ein oder andere Fuffziger durch die nassen Lappen gegangen ist – Andi Welther und Vladik Scholz

München Locals Lea Schairer und Phil Pham

Organisations Team Veith Kilberth und Robinson Kuhlmann


Ende der PLACE Media Produktion für heute – Daniel Wagner, Gerrit, Krappe, Kamil und Mark Nickels. Bis morgen und dann hoffentlich bei schönem Wetter!

Zückt die Terminplaner, es stehen ein paar Dates an. Zwar nicht mit irgendwelchen heissen Frauen, dafür aber mit tollen Events im ganzen Land.

Am 19. Mai präsentiert Telum Skateboards in Stuttgart den “Thanks-A-Lot Michael Majerus” Miniramp Contest. Das ganze findet findet auf der 42m breiten Minirampe auf dem Schlossplatz statt.

Ebenfalls am kommendem Samstag beginnt in der bayrischen Landeshauptstadt die “Munich´s Beast Tour 2012”. 4 Stops, 4 Shops, aber nur ein Beast – für insgesamt 3.000 Euro Preisgeld. Alle Infos zur Serie auf dem Flyer.

Am Sonntag geht es dann weiter nach Heilbronn, wo der Burnside Shop zum “Summer Opening” einlädt. Im Skatepark am Frankenstadion gibt es ein BBQ, einen Best Trick Contest und einen glücklichen Local, der ins Flow Team kommt. Also alles was das Skaterherz begehrt.

Ebenfalls am 20.05. findet in Siegburg unter der Brücke der “BSMT Spring Jam” statt.

Am Donnerstag, dem 24.05. sollte man sich die “Rollberg” Skate und Party Session nicht entgehen lassen. Alle Berliner sind dabei und das verspricht verrückte Tricks, nasse Menschen und eine Menge Spaß. Ab 20.00 Uhr geht´s im Cube los. Oha!

Auch wenn es noch eine Weile hin ist, kann es nicht schaden, sich den “BSMT Bowl Contest” schonmal in den Kalender einzutragen. Am 01.07. geht´s in Siegburg wieder mit ordentlich Schwung durch die Betonschüssel, präsentiert von Basement Skateboards.

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