08/02/2009 | by Tom Copsey
Well, where shall I start? It is only our third day in East Germany but it seems like we have been here since a week. We did get done a lot already, thanks to our highly motivated crew that is spotting, shovelling and riding like crazy.
Yesterday we went back to the resort and finished “the job”: Torgeir’s jump over two rails that we had to give up on our first day because of the bad light. This time it worked out even though the landing was pretty short and flat which meant that there was no place for “freaky deaky” trickery but simple and stylish straight airs and fs 180s. After around 15 jumps the landing was done but not the crew! With so many parallel rails the idea of stalling them came up. Three small kickers later Fips, Tobi, Torgeir and Sebi only needed a few tries to work this spot out. The probably funniest line was Sebi’s 90 stall to tail stall to frontflip stall!
Our slogan on this trip seems to be that resting is for pussies so we went straight on to the next spot which we already had set up the day before. Time for some serious air time! Unfortunately the massive booter we had built didn’t work out as we had imagined it to be and even after we reshaped the transition and added some more pop neither the riders nor photog Peter were really stoked.
Playing “Paper, Scissor, Rock” is fun as long as you don’t loose, isn’t it Sebi?
As we are all no pussies we already had an idea for two other spots. Local and Capita rider Sebi had told us about double kink rail and an abandoned hotel in the heart of Oberwiesenthal so we split after dinner: Torgeir and Fips went to check out the rail and the rest of us was keen to find some stuff to wallride, drop or jib at the hotel. Spooky, spooky…With full moon and nobody around this old hotel does have some serious vibe – I wouldn’t want to be left there on my own! After looking around for some time we finally discovered a double drop thingy. Guess what? Right, that meant again shovelling as we needed two proper trannys for the landing. Getting on top of the first roof was a mission itself but nothing that could really stop Tobi and Sebi from dropping it. While Tobi paid some tribute to MFM on the double drop, Sebi did a Mikey LeBlanc and just did a bomb drop from the very top. The result of this funny session can be seen in next fall’s Onboard mag – a Stoney Belony in a Ninja skeleton suit included!
If you see a skeleton in the picture, it is NOT a hotel ghost!
This is the proof: It is a human!
Coming home at 2 a.m. and getting up at 8.30 this morning meant again tired faces but we still had an important mission to complete on our last day in Oberwiesenthal: The double kink rail that Fips and Torgeir already had prepared while we were shooting in at the spooky hotel. When we arrived there I knew that this was going to be serious: A 24 stairs to flat to 24 stairs double kink monster which was shaking like hell when you only touched it with your little finger! I don’t want to say too much as you will see the proof of it in the mag but somebody killed it…
Before our digging job you couldn’t see a single stair. Well done, team!
When we left the rail and some happy people (we dug out their stairs that were hidden under 40 centimeters of snow and ice for free!) it was only 2 o’ clock in the afternoon and we decided it was time for a change in location. Our next stop was Chemnitz, an industrial town 70 k’s North of Oberwiesenthal. Sebi had told us about a massive Karl Marx head in the middle of the city that could be worth a jib. I don’t know if twins are a bit more communist than everybody else because they are always sharing everything, but when we arrived at the memorial Fips and Tobi were super keen on giving the little ledge in front of good old Marx a try. With everybody else being up for a little break after three long nights in a row, we decided that they should do it together with Primin and we – Peter, Torgeir and me – would already move on to Dresden. Tomorrow we will meet here and hopefully shoot some sick stuff in this historic town. On our way to the hotel we were all amazed by the beauty of this town: Baroque buildings, golden angels and an impressive opera are dominating this city which got badly bombed in WW II. During the time of the GDR the old buildings weren’ t taken care of but after the wall came down millions of euros were put into the renovation and today Dresden is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. I can’t wait to see it in daylight…
Would Karl Marx have liked the idea of young snowboarders jibbing on his memorial? At least we sang the International in front of him. NOT…
News on Day Four of Onboard Goes East soon to follow!