Featured rider: Adam Sagedahl

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Fun chat with Adam about skating in Norway, the Norwegian Downhill Skateboard Association and the Viking Cup

Hey Adam, where are you from?
I’m from Oslo in Norway.

When did you start skating?
I started skating in 2002, only street though. Got a longboard in 2007 when my dad was in Canada. I really liked riding it to school and began searching for bigger and steeper hills to ride it on.

What was your first board?
Hmm, I don’t remember the brand, but the model was called Nicotino. It had a picture of a skeleton that was pretty cool. Had randal trucks and some soft abec11 wheels, it was a smooth ride until I started going faster, hehe!

Were there many other people longboarding in Oslo at that time?
The scene was pretty small I think, at that time I skated by my self a lot and sometimes with a guy from class. I first got to know other longboarders after I finished school and found www.asfaltsurfer.com. But still then we were few. Now there’s a bunch of longboarders in Oslo, the scene has really grown fast and its really cool to see.

What is asfaltsurfer?
Its a forum and help page that Jørgen Stokke Halvorsen made a couple of years ago. It is a great place for new guys/girls who want to learn about longboarding, find spots and people to ride with. I met most of the people I skate with through this site.

WOW! His middle name is STOKE?
Yup, hes a really cool guy. Been organizing the extremsportsweek competition for ages now, he`s definitely done a lot for the Norwegian community.

One of the first generation longboarders in Oslo?
I think so, he’s not really that old though. But he has definently been there for some time and done a lot in it.

Who are the pioneers of downhill?
I’d say Jørgen S. Halvorsen, Alex lyngaas, Morten Bechstrøm, Jørgen Egeland and Cedric Cornell. Torbjørn Sunde has also done a lot, he has really delivered on international events and is a great ambassador for the Norwegian community.

When did you start skating downill?
My first downhill sesh was in 2008, I met up Mikael “Kula” Jensen from Drammen (a city not to far from Oslo) after skating a bit in the city center. He talked me into going with him to Holmenkollen, which is the top of a hill in Oslo, that when I started going downhill. It went downhill too fast though and I crashed pretty hard!

Haha. Who taught you how to stop?
Panic! At the beginning I felt I was going too fast, I wouldn’t dare to stand up because I was afraid of speed wobbles, that’s how I started doing the “goat break” instead of normal foot brake.

What’s a goat brake?
Its when you foot brake, while still standing pretty low on your board, Stephan Rufli and Cristoph Batt do it, although they maybe call it the Swiss brake or something. All I know is that in Norway its called the goat break

Do you have a crew in Oslo?
Everyone who skates! The community is still pretty small. When I’m in Oslo I`ll skate with anyone who’s skating that day. When I lived in Oslo it used to be the guys from Drammen or the Ace Crew guys from Oslo.

Are there other crews in Oslo?
There are bunch of crews now. Basically when NDSF was started (Norwegian Downhill Skateboard Association) we encouraged skaters to send in their crew logo and link to Facebook. This resulted in a lot of new crews. You have perpetual motion which consists of Trygve, Alex Hørthe and Jay they are solid skaters and great guys who let me ride with them from Graveyard Call to Padova 2 years ago. We also have a couple of newer crews that mostly consists of groms, I dont remember all the names, but heres a link: http://ndsf.no/index.php/klubb-a-team.

What is the NDSF?
NDSF was started in 2009, and the intention behind it was to support those who want to organize events. Cedric Cornell made a really good pamphlet that is ment to work as a sort of Trick & Tip guide for those who want to organize an event. The first year most of our work was directed at organizing the Norwegian Nationals at Grefsenkollen, and making a workable point & rule system  for the sanctioned Norwegian Cup events.

We made safety a priority at events and outside of organized events. Since the scene is so rapidly growing you get to a point where everyone suddenly doesn’t know everyone else who practices downhill. At the same time there is a lot of focus on whether or not skaters should be allowed to ride downhill. Creating an official organization that can speak on behalf of the whole community was an important step towards greater understanding between skaters and the Norwegian society.

Are you involved with the NDSF?
I used to be, I founded the organization together with Cedric Cornell in 2009/10. So for a while I was really active, and acted as the chairman for it. Now I live in Denmark and its hard to get really involved, luckily Cedric wanted to step forward and he has really made alot things happen for NDSF.

How has the organisation evolved since 2009?
Since 2009 the organization has made a couple of changes in the board. I think it’s good that different people get involved and that its not the same people in charge each year. Since its all volunteer work, it gets tiresome  at periods so sharing the load is important. Hopefully that helps bring in new ideas and helps the sport progress.

What is the NDSF’s relationship like with other national associations in Europe?
In 2010 we had really good dialog going with the IGSA, mostly because we were organizing a Nationals. Last year LONGBOARD SWEDEN was started, I don’t really know if NDSF and the Swedes are planning something together but it’s easy to imagine something nice happening in the future. The Norwegians and the Swedes meet to skate all the time, they come to our competitions and we go to theirs. A collaboration would be cool to see, Scandinavian cup or something, Sweden vs. Norway, that’s a battle we need to resolve.

YEAH VIKING CUP!

What led you to start this association?
in 2009 I had alot of energy, maybe a bit too much. After being a year in the military where I didn’t get to skate that much I wanted to do a lot and skate as much as I could. There had been some talk about starting an organization before on asfaltsurfer.com and through there I got in touch with Cedric and we started searching around about all the formalities, if it hadn`t been for Cedric and the support from Morten Bechstrøm, Alex lyngaas, Fredric Jacobsen, Torbjørn Sunde and Ali Nas it would never have happened!

Who are the past champions?
Last year Jay Simonsen (from pereptual motion) won the title of Norwegian Champion, while Håkon Wegge won the Cup.In 2010 Trygve Jorundland won the Norwegian Nationals while Alex Hørthe won the cup. Perpetual Motion has won a lot lately in Norway.

How about the girls?
Kristina Engstrand has been longer than me, then Kari Havnevik came some years ago. They are both ripping and really good skaters. They both compete in the male class, it has only been those two so I guess a separate competition wasn’t provided. But I think Kari did a bit better than Kristina on the rankings last year.
What’s exciting is how its growing on the girls side, both Kari and Kristina are working hard on getting more girls into the sport, so there will definently be a need for seperate girl competiton in the future.

When did you first skate outside Norway?
I first skated outside of Norway 2010. I did Almabtrieb, Graveyard Call and Padova. It was really fun especially the skating in between Graveyard call and Padova. I rode with the Perpetual Motion guys and Scoot Smith and we hit some sweet spots in the alps. It was probably the coolest part of that trip.

How was last season for you?
Last season was slow, I managed to get to the Extremesportsweek, Ravenhill in Sweden and Tryvann Downhill in Oslo.  I really wanted to do more though, get to Kozakov or something, unfortunately that wasn’t possible, in the future maybe.

Why did you move to Denmark?
That’s a good question, it’s not because of the skating opportunities. I’m studying Economy at the Copenhagen Business School. Next year I’ll be finished with my bachelor degree so hopefully I’ll get in to a school in  a country with hills. Going on exchange to vancouver, maybe I`ll stay there.

What’s the scene like in your new city?
There is no scene, the Danes are more interested in street and there aren`t really any spots at all for longboarding.I compensate by doing a lot of slackline!

You are Adam S. The mighty viking, use your hammer and strike stoke into their hearts!
HAHA, I tried in the beginning but its just not the same, I need the hills.Luckily its not that far to either Norway or Sweden, so I do get to skate. And I do rock my board everyday to school, so its all good.

Anyone showing interest in learning?
Not really, you`ll never get danes to try downhill or just trade their bike for a board. They love their bikes here.

The Amsterdam of the North?
Yup, exactly!

What are your plans for this season?
I want to go to VOSS for the extremsport festival and participate at most of the competitions in Norway. In august I’m moving to Vancouver for half a year so hopefully Ill be able to do some of the North American competitions as well.

What do you do when you’re not skating?
When I’m not skating, I slackline in the park, play FIFA or hang out with friends. If the weather is good I’ll probably skate.

Choose 3 numbers between 1-26
7, 11 and 3

7 – What is your favourite meal?
Steak with red wine and pommes noisettes

11 – What’s your favourite sandwich filling ?
Barbequed chicken

3 – What impact has longboarding had on your life
WOW, that’s a tough last question. Its had a big impact. Most of spare time either goes to skating or thinking about skating, and I`ve met a bunch of cool people that I really look forward to meet and skate with this summer.

Adam! You are the man. Really awesome getting to know your story this morning. I hope you happen upon a hill in Denmark soon.
Thanks for the chat it was awesome, and there`s actually some talk about building a mountain so maybe I`ll get lucky.

Any thank yous?
Just to all the guys I’ve skated with, thanks for good times and hope to see you soon. And thanks to you Gbemi, it was a pleasure chatting with you, hope to you at some event in the future so we can skate.

Thanks bro. Catch you on the Viking tour hopefully this summer – in Stockholm?
Maybe, I haven’t planned yet, but Sweden sounds doable.

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