29/12/2011

Meet sixxa On Tour


Just before Christmas I received a box full of goodies from my sixxa friends, because of the Christmas rush I only found some time to tell you about the rad Austrian brand today. Sixxa's garments are full of goodness, illustrated with little characters, designed in Vienna and manufactured in Europe. The cloths are tailored out of Eco friendly fabrics that are not only make it easier for Mother Nature but feel great on your skin. 


23/12/2011

If life was a book how would your story go?




Amy Purdy has lost both legs due to meningitis, is a snowboard pro and entrepreneur among many other things. In this video Amy highlights some key moments of here personal story and than speaks about the power of imagination. Having experienced a life changing meningitis myself I am super inspired by Amy's story. 

19/12/2011

Has porn hijacked our boardsports culture?

Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate the beauty of a pleasing female & male bodies, however it sucks if sexual arousing aesthetics are favored before athletic skills. Further, and that sucks even more, it is shocking to read reports on the increased violence against women due to such interpretations!

29/11/2011

Freedom


What does freedom mean for you? What is it in the first place?  Freedom is a rare thing and the way we find freedom rarely comes by the way of the forces we think creates it writes John Paul Lederach and I think he has a point. 



Open IDEO







Today I like to share with you a fantastic platform I came across last week. Open IDEO is “where people design better, together”. It is a merge of all walks of life, allowing anyone to participate in challenging global issues such as community, environment and health. Its principles are; inclusive, community-centered, collaborative, optimistic and always in Beta. The online community has been running for a year now and is a sister company of the design & innovation firm IDEO. IDEO has become famous for among other thing its user centered design research methods and the skill set shines through on the vibrant and interactive platform. Open IDEO is beautifully designed, easy to interact with and a inspirational place to be. Watch the video to see how it works.

24/11/2011

Push Culture News November


Check out the awesome PC News Desk of Push Cultures November Edition. A fantastic news coverage of the current vibrating longboard culture spreading the skate love from  Switzerland, Spain, US and more across the globe.

15/11/2011

Lamono November Issue



Just before this year's Bright show in Berlin I met the creative Lamono Girls at a Roll-Laden party in Zuerich. Now not long ago I had the pleasure of catching up with them at the Women in Boardsports Retreat. There they took the time to ask about Skateistan and what came out is a beautifu two double spread article. The entire issue is magical and worth a look, or two or three:  lamono magazine 
 

14/11/2011

Women in War, Women in Peace

Traditional war gender roles see the man as the hero's and soldiers whereas the women are the caretakers. With that the women play a big part in the success of a waring nation. Only recently scholar picked up on the women in war phenomena.

"understanding war as a male pursuit, we obscure the suffering, the triumphs, and the contributions of women. We also limit our ability to conduct war and to negotiate lasting peace. Without a dramatic shift in our popular conceptions about war and the roles women can play during and after conflict, we will have a harder time escaping the cycle of war and will be unable to find new ways to limit conflicts and rebuild societies". Read more of this insightful article by Diana Wueger on The Atlantic.

13/11/2011

KABUL a city at work


"painters are lucky... we can paint peoples dreams" to "the sound of titanic is like a dick in my brain"

Kabul a city at work is a vibrant platform of Afghanistan capital city and worth a good old look.  It is a collection of beautiful, honest, at times thought provoking articles and interviews of those who keep the 4 million packed city buzzing and alive.
Laid out in several chapters the webpage paints a colorful picture of the people in Kabul. Who is; the Sweet Maker? , the Bulletproof Salesman?, the Child Prodigy? The Female Army General? or the Bonesetter?. Visit www.kabulatwork.tv/ to find out.

12/11/2011

Yak Daqa with Fazila


 

Yak Daka translates into one minute from Dari. It is also a series of one-minute movies of Skateistan’s monthly update. This time Skateistan presents one minute with my ex-student and skateboarding star Fazila. She recently has been to Italy with a bunch of other Skateistanis and she is one of the personalities of Skateistans feature-length documentary, Skateistan: Four Wheels & A Board in Kabul.
Find out what here dream job is, what she wishes for the future and why she likes to skateboard.

Yake Daka also includes amongst others a downhill ride “Bombing Jalalabad” movie. Check it out.

DONATE to Skateistan here: http://skateistan.org/content/donate
See the doc trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04M2PQso-AA

06/11/2011

Words of Afghanistan's Women

For some writing might be a pain, like for for me in school it used to be. For others writing is pure joy, an expression of oneself and yet again others are forbid to write.

The Afghan Women's Writing Project is dedicated to provide training workshops, resources and much more for Afghan Women. Against all sorts of odds those brave women speak out and share their stories. Visit http://www.awwproject.org/, a colorful vibrant window to the world of Afghan females.

03/11/2011

Squirrel Skateboarding






My friend, the flaying Squirrel once more exhibits here graphical talent. After designing the RAD logo and poster for the greener pastures movie, she finally got here own blog up in the world wide web. Visit here and say "Hi" at: [www.tamarapraderskates.ch]

16/10/2011

Real Women Skate

Some Girls Play With Dolls. Real Women Skate. SOOO COOL! Love it! This was an active encouragement of female skaters in a 1988!! Powell-Peralta ad.

14/10/2011

Morning Glory at Rossstein Summit


I like going up high to look at at the world from a different point of view! 

12/10/2011

Gravity is Pink NOW online

Gravity is Pink is finally online. Check out the website [gravityispink.com] and keep on tuned in for skate clinics for girls and women, photos and updates on the female side of longboarding. Thanks to Christine for making it all work.

10/10/2011

Women in Boardsports Retreat 2011

                       40 min Skateistan Presentation, photo: Stephen Knoop
 I had the pleasure to be a part of the best event for women in the boardsport scene ever! Carmela Fleury and Daniela Meyer are now in the 3rd year running have been organizing a 5day Women in Boardsports retreat. The event is devoted to support, educate and inspire women in the boardsports industry. I can say the event did all that plus it gave me a great wipe of fresh energy.  We meet 1800m high on the Swiss mountain in the sweet little village of Saas-Fee and  listened to great talks, spoke to fascinated like minded people, had tasty food and great fun. 


08/10/2011

Cooler is into Longboarding too

Photo: Sam Weaver


Amanda Powell landed herself an interview in the latest Cooler issue. You can read the interview here or just enjoy the beautiful and inspirational image of Amanda doing a nose manual.

06/10/2011

The Way Forward for Women Skateboarding



UK Skate legend, picture capture talent and pusher when it comes to female skateboarding Jenna Selby pulled together some thoughts on female skateboarding from the Women in Boardsports Retreat. It’s a collection on where female skateboarding is today and what can or need to be done. Change the attitude at grassroots, more awareness of riders and positive role models are key to bring women skateboarding forward. Not that those things are new but they are still relevant, even more today. ‘I know we can’t wait around for someone else to give us opportunities on a silver platter. We need to make the change happen ourselves’ Says Mimi Knoop read more for yourself on: CoolerMagazine.
 

05/10/2011

Downhill Skate Afghanistan




On a free day in spring earlier this year, some crazy friends of mine; Merza Mohammadi, Oliver Percovich and Jake Simkin, three skateboarders in Afghanistan took one of the worlds most dangerous roads for a bombing session of nearly 20 kilometres of downhill skateboarding. Jalalabad
road is one of the dangerous in the world, not only due to the security conditions in Afghanistan but also due to its steep gradient, many hair pins and fast driving lorry's. You guys are nutters but i love you!

27/09/2011

The Hate Distroyer



This lady reserves some real respect punkt!  Irmela Mensah-Schram, born in Germany in 1945 is now a  pensionist and has been removing swastikas graffiti, National Socialists stickers and other discriminating messages from walls, bus stops, street signs and other places arround Europe for 25 years.
  

26/09/2011

Vienna Longboard Session

Today we had a little photo session with the talented image capture lady Nicole Fleck. We had a fun afternoon playing at a couple of different spots in the city of Vienna. Before arriving here I had the impression, that Vienna is to flat to find good spots to skate. Nicole knew better and after a little climb and hike we found this awesome tunnel/river spot.

5 more minutes please

"5 more minutes...please?! - TRAILER from Lipstick Productions on Vimeo.


the music, the colors, the pictures,  the skills, the riders and everything else make me want to see the whole thing right now. Movie Premiere in October. For example on the 21st October in Innsbruck, at the Weekender Club.Yipeeee

24/09/2011

Vote for Peace & Sport Image of the Year


Please help Skateistan to win the Peace and Sport image of the year for its efforts during the International Go Skateboarding Day in Afghanistan. To vote click here and follow the link to peace-sport.org.

The aim of the award is to promote sustainable peace through sport - together. In order to be inspired to vote I recommend you to check out the rad video of the actual event here. 

Go Skateboarding Day, Kabul 2011 from Skateistan on Vimeo.

19/09/2011

Changing Education Paradigms




Kids in boxes, batched produced into either the world of academics, or the world of the blue-collar worker. Cheating or Collaborating? And more about the germ poll of education in this great video of a talk by Sir Ken Robinson. A creative and educational inspiration produced by the great folks at RSA Animate.

Love Is All Around in Vienna

 

Sugar bags have sweet old-school fonts and gorgeous girls give you little bags of chocolate wrapped in delightful napkins on Saturday night outings. -Love it-

17/09/2011

Bolivias Law of Mohter Earth

Bolivia's first indigenous, and by some seen as controversial president Evo Morales is about to set the first law that grands rights to Mother Nature. I am not a great advocates of laws but this one sounds great. The Law of Mother Earth has as its foundation several of the tenets of indigenous belief, including that human are equal to all other entities.  The legislation is hoped to give the government new legal powers to monitor and control industry in the country in favor to the environment. For more read pvpulse.com

16/09/2011

Women in Boardsports 2011


Since a couple of years now a bunch of great ladies organize the annual "Women in Boardsports" retreat in Saas Fee, Switzerland. The event takes place from the 29th of September - 2nd of October 2011 and is a melting pot of females in the board sport industry.  "Women in Boardsports" is a place of exchange, networking learning and sharing in a beautiful alpine spar environment. Key note speaker from this year is Deb Friedman - Action Sports Global Brand Manager from Nike 6.0 and Cori Schumacher -Womens World Surf Longboard Champion to mention a few. Apart from great talks there will be panel discussions of professional snowboarders, skateboarders and surfers. Workshops let by Life Coaches, Sports Psychologist and Business School Professors. Swiss Cheese Fondue and not to forget a Skateistan presentation and fundraiser event.

14/09/2011

Longboard Workshop: Flaying High in Vienna


                                        Longboarding girls along the river Danube, Vienna
                                                  Vienna's famous amusement park  "Prater"

Warm sunshine, 17 bubbling Ladies on their boards and 1 dog marked the pathway along the river Danube yesterday afternoon. We enjoying the golden autumn light, the company and along the way learned some cool stuff on the board. Girls it was a pleasure to meet you and share some of the longboard love with you. Thank you for the 95-meter high ride at the Prater Tower, it was a super special to see your city from above. Keep on the high spirit and keep on longboarding.Thank you also to Huegelherzblut, Sixxa, Les Ettes and Smile at your Sister for the goodies. 

p.s go to Dannie's Smile at your Sister's blog entry: LADIES LONGBOARD WORKSHOP WITH FEE & SOPHIE for more pictures and words.

Wallpaper

I love this one. Its in a castle in Kitzbuehl, Austria. 

13/09/2011

Street Culture Exhibition in Berlin


                                                               Photo Exhibition, photo: Skateistan
                                                                                                 Artwork, photo: Skateistan

Photos, art and music framed this weekends "Street Cultures: The Power to Create Cross - Cultural Bridges" exhibition about Skateistan, Tiny Toones & Tiny Drops. Come and see for yourself, the show is open until the 17. September. More info see follow here.

08/09/2011

Vienna Ladies Longboard Worskhop


Hello ladies, we are hosting a girly Longboard cruising session at the beautiful Donau Insel in Vienna. We will go trough some basic stuff such as getting some feeling for the board, improving foot breaks and corner techniques. Bring a box of joy, some giggles and your board as well as pads. Meeting on the 13.09 at 17:00 at the Donau Insel U2 train station.

05/09/2011

STREET CULTURES: The power to create cross-cultural bridges


 Street cultures such as skateboarding, street art and breakdancing have an intriguing potential to bring people from different social and cultural backgrounds together. They act as a bride to cross  social barriers and cultural differences, thus facilitate exchanges and cooperation on a global scale.

As part of the cultural program of this yeas Asia - Pacific Week in Berlin an exhibition and interactive program on the Empowerment and Intercultural Dialog of Street Cultures is presented. The Program includes a Skateistan photo exhibition in the Hatch Sticker Museum as well as a exhibit of a Hip Hop School in Cambodia & India.  

Opportunity to extend the Street Cultures network are plenty during the hosted gatherings, including a  conference on Youth Cultures Development Projects in Conflict Regions as well as musical pleasures for the soul, heart and ears. 

Happening in Berlin, Germany from 6. -17. September 2011. For more information check out: From Here To Fame and Revolution Art Magazine.

Das Herz der Revolution ist die Revolution der Herzen


My friend Joshi from Vienna came up with this sentence and I have to share it: "The heart of the revolution is the revolution of the hearts"

24/08/2011

Greener Pastures: Contemporary Longboarding

The future of longboarding looks something like that: great riders, incredible styles, fantastic images, beautiful landscapes and steep-long-sick roads or you could say Greener Pastures. Well, nearly. I would say  should get a female rider on board too and than its super perfect! Nevertheless Greener Pastures placed longboarding media on a new level when it comes to portraying the longboarding community. Watch the promo video with Switzer, Koenigshausen and Co.  and follow their progression here.


23/08/2011

Bobtrack Downhill 2011



Beton on Fire is the worlds first event that celebrates the downhill ride with a longboard down a bobtrack. Bobtrack-Downhill was first introduced by inline speedboarders in 1996. Only since 2010 and due to great work pioneer by Danny Strasser are longboarders official permitted to take part in such rides.  Last year I had the pleasure to be invited to this incredible and unique experience. Sadly this time around I could not attend but watch the video footage, that I now like to share with you.  Have a look at Max Stamlers ride on the video above. Also for those German speakers amongst you, do you wan't to know what it feels like to ride a bobtrack on a skateboard? Hacks blog write up can be found here and is well worth your time. Visit the Beton on Fire homepage here.

30/07/2011

Summer

My university has its lecture room high above Innsbruck. On days like today I need a lot of effort to go back inside.

24/07/2011

Through My Eyes Project


Jake, my ex-housemate was always an inspiration to me and seeing his work randomly pop up in my world makes me remember his beautiful soul. Check out this fantastic article about a project of his in Afghanistan. He has many talents and one of them is to make children smile. He creates spaces for children to share their stories by teaching then how to use cameras but click here read for yourself.

SKATE4EVER

Not Tobi but skate was our theme for the last week. Three girls skating Switzerland, Austria and Germany, finding secrete spots, great spots, deep spots, gnarly spots, steep spots, sweet spots and spots to fall in love with. It has been an adventure. Thank you girls.

Maryhill 2011






Yvon Labarthe did it again. Beautiful images of a great road, people and on top that captured rad racing and a good soundtrack as well as edit. All together a must watch.

13/07/2011

Nearly my Dream Home







The most RAD idea of a house. Sole technology boss Pierre-Andre Senizergues and his architect friend Francois Perrin make a big dream come possible. The PAS House is a glimpse into the future that shows what powerful influence skateboarding can have on a dwelling place. Not only the walls but also the furniture are skateable! The house is the first house to be designed entirely for skateboarding and dwelling, with wall and ceilings for a continuous surface that creates a dynamic and fluid experience. I love it.

Beton on Fire 2011 Pics

                                                                       Rider: "Hack" - Hartmut Olpp 
                                                        Rider: "Rollerman"- Jean-Yves Blondeau
                                                                   Rider: "Alfred" - Dennis Wangler
Alexandra Pauli uploaded some incredible images of this years Beton on Fire, the event where athletes take Altenbergs Bobtrack as a pipe for downhill skateboarding. Fore more pictures click here or visit her homepage.

01/07/2011

Skateboarding as a Catalyst for Change in War-Torn Afghanistan


Watch the full episode. See more PBS NewsHour.

PBS NewsHour screening Skateistan.

Skateistan in Paris

In case you are in Paris, come to the Cosanostra Skatepark tomorrow. My friend Simon will be there telling you all about Skateistan,  there will be a exhibition of Skateistan pictures from Afghanistan and also the french screening of "Skateistan the movie". Not to forget a skate session as well as bbq and music. Two days ago Simon was at Canal Qoquelicot to explain what it is all about. Here you can find his interview. 

30/06/2011

Home is where the heart is...

Wow what an amazing home. Thank you to my housemates of the last three months for a great experience. I am going to miss your spirit. Keep on rocking!

23/06/2011

Gorilla: Teaching Kids Healty Eating and Freestyle Sports




                                                                                                                  
                                                                                  All photos: Ramón Königshausens for Gorilla
                                                                                                                                                                   
Friday mornings I meet a bunch of gorillas and we are heading to schools all across Switzerland in a cool van with a big truck full of freestyle sport goodies. We share our experience, show the kids new moves and conduct seminars on healthy heating, sport, global development with the food industry and many more interesting things. The other day we had a long drive, including a sleep over as well as a train ride to head to the highest school in Switzerland, located in Pontresina. It was a good trip, cheers guys. Check out more on: gorilla.ch