Firstly of all, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit the new CW website. No matter what type of skateboarding you do, we welcome you!

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So, without further waiting, I present some of the highlights of my trip to Germany and the Netherlands.

Sebastian Mühlbauer with Bastl Coffee – all the way from Uganda

Sebastian and I first met at ISPO back in 2012. Since that time, we’ve kept in touch. It was his idea to start something up in Leipzig.That’s how Shred Expo was born. My sincere thanks to him and Andy Ngo for creating such an epic event.

Yogi Marz is a German snowboard and longboard legend. He has done so much for the scene over the past 35 years, it is hard to put into words. Yogi with his beast of a car!

 

The Shred Expo event was an informal gathering of a number of different brands. It was a very cool vibe and my sense is that it will spawn a lot more great things. I was most impressed with the quality of product. A special shout out to Timber Boards from the Netherlands and Alternative Longboards from Poland.

Martin Ehrenberger is the founder of Blackriver Fingerboards. His company make some unreal fingerboards that bring joy to skaters worldwide.

James Kelly of Skate United and Lisa Karina, co-founder and owner of Sickboards having fun in The Haag.

 

Yes, that is a half pipe on the beach at Den Haag. The North Sea is a fierce monster in the winter. But kids were out surfing. Our plan is to be back in the summer for an event on the beach.

The 2018 ISPO show was filled with a number of unique folks. There was a sense that things are starting to move forward in our part of the industry. My sincere thanks to Alex Lenz who put the Longboard Embassy together.

Martin is a mastercraftsman based in the mountains of France in Annecy. His Legende longboards sell for over $1900.

 

The Netherlands has an overall vibe of tolerance. Rather than fight graffiti, the authorities set up “graffiti zones.” Here I catch someone in the act!