When I came home to Germany at the end of August, I moved into a new place there. Where I had lived before I had knew no one in my neighbourhood and even though rent was cheap it kinda sucked to live there. I finally found an affordable appartment in my home neighbourhood and so I renovated and moved all my shit there. So that was my summer. I got done right on time for my first snowboard contest that I organized.
Battle Of The Babes
Close to where I grew up they started building indoor snow domes a few years back. Neuss is my favorite – my friend Dado runs their snowshop, they always have a good jib-park up, no liftline, speed-quad… good fun for a little summer session on snow.
I always wanna take the snow from inside though and move it outside. I finally did – together with a big, supersmooth kinkbox, a wallride, a drop-in ramp and 20 snowboard-fanatic girls that usually ride indoors.
The scenery for the Battle of the Babes
Nikita threw down for us to have a BBQ and keg out there, along with some H2O and sick outerwear as prizes. Other prizes came from Ogio, Deeluxe, Osiris, Nixon, Dragon. Thanks guys! The weather couldn’t have been more perfect – bluebird all day and the girls were really stoked to be shredding outdoors. Instead of another lame contest we played a game of skate – probably the longest one ever – 5 hours.
Vera knows what she’s doing and is checking the obstacles very thouroughly…
1. Mandy Longbroek – Niederlande
2. Andrea Lucht – Deutschland
Laurence Destrooper – Belgien
Elke Cogghe – Belgien
3. Pia Gaertner – Deutschland
…to make sure the girls can rock it big time!
The day after our Babe Battle I flew out to Reykjavik for the Nikita Outerwear Photoshoot. Always nice to see the girls after the summer break: Julia Baumgartner (AT), Maribeth Swettkoff (US), Magalis Dubois (CAN), Clair Bidez (US), and Gabby Maiden (US). It’s gonna be a very funny catalogue but thats all I can say. We went to one of my favourite parts in Iceland – the southeast of the island.
The town Skaftafell, which is about the same size as its corresponding dot on an Icelandic map, borders Europe’s largest glacier – Vatnajoekull. If you go for a run out the back of the hotel you can run to the glacier tongue and back. You run on these black lava rocks through the mossy, moon-like landscape, it is a bit foggy out from the glacier and you smell the old ice. I came by this glacier lake and five black swans flew off to the soundtrack of my ipod…
After the shooting we had the whole weekend in Reykjavik, which was hosting the Iceland Airwaves Festival right then. This is one of the funnest festivals with some really good musicians and I was so stoked that we got to be in Iceland for this. Of course we went out both days pretty big – especially because it was Maribeth’s birthday!! I slept the whole flight back.