Original Gnarwegian Gangster Kim tells us about how he got into downhill skateboarding, riding a carbon board and Norwegian bacon. Get stoked!
Hey bru, super stoked to finally do this!
Me too bru! Been quite busy this year.
How are you doing?
Doing really good now that I’ve got my morning coffees and BACON!
What is Norwegian bacon like?
Good, but it depends on what kind and where you buy it.
What’s your favourite kind?
The one my good friend Anderas got me from his gourmet shop.
Does he skate?
Yeah, he was one of the guys I travelled around Europe with this year.
What is Gnarway like for skating?
Gnarly! We’ve got so many mountains here with tons of fast sections, hairpins, sweepers and gnarly pavement.
Where were you riding in the beginning?
In Drammen with some good friends of mine. My first meeting with downhill was in Oslo. Ever heard about the Caveman?
Who is the caveman?
It’s Fredric Jacobsen. He was nagging me for almost 2 year to join him on a session. Big thanks to him for never stopping the nagging. hehehe
Who is Fredric Jacobsen?
Fredric is one of the pioneers of downhill skateboarding in Norway. A crazy guy that skates every hill. For him it doesn’t matter how the pavement is. The hills just have to be sick! He’s my master and teacher in downhill, and a good friend. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
If the caveman is your master – you are the caveboy!
Are there other caveboys?
If I remember correctly, he taught Tb some skating too. But Fredric is the one and only Caveman.
Who are the other pioneers?
Morten Beckstørm, Alex Lyngaas, Jørgen Stokke and of course Jørgen Egeland- the owner of King Of The Hill shop.
Aren’t all Vikings cavemen?
No one is more caveman than him.
What things has the caveman taught you?
All most everything I know, especially ”skate fast and safe”.
What was it like when you finally skated with the caveman in Drammen?
Actually it was in Oslo I skated with him and it was on a buttboard. 5 year before this I rode fruitboots, so I had no board feeling at all. But it didn’t take long before I started on a longboard. It was a fantastic feeling going fast down hills! Adrenalin rushed through
Did you do buttboard before stand up?
Yup! Started with buttboard to get used to the speed.
Are there many Vikings riding on their backs?
Not many at all. I think 4 or 5 people do it. I don’t do it anymore. It is more fun and more challenging riding standing up.
Who were the other guys in Drammen skating?
Back then it was Mikael “Kula” Jensen, Cedric Cornell, Bjørn Erik Gabrielsen, Christer Lunde, Marius Nibe. We started a crew together called DDC- Drammen Downhill Crew.
Do you still skate with these guys?
Yeah, some of them: Kula and Cedric, I still skate a lot with when we meet up, Christer too. Marius has got some back problems so he doesn’t skate anymore.
What was the purpose of this gang?
The purpose of this was to get more people to skate downhill. We organized a competition in 2010 “Hasselbakken Downhill” to spread the stoke. After this, some other friends joined us at sessions and became part of our crew.
Have you organised any more events since then?
Hehe, I planned to do this event in 2011 and 2012, but it never got to that point. Don’t know why, just didn’t happen.
What is it like for skating?
Drammen is perfect for skating. The city is in the valley and it has mountains on both sides. Just within 20 minutes with a car you can skate anything from chill hills to fast and gnarly hills.
Is there a big community there?
It`s growing. Last year a new crew popped up in Drammen. Our dear beloved uGGa bUGGa Crew, a gang of some crazy dudes. Had lots of fun trips with them.
Who are those guys?
A good old friend of mine named Roar Fønseth, his brother from an other mother Morten Espeseter, Marius Jørgensen, Caspar Grette and Lasse Morin.
Where have you been skating recently?
Around Oslo now. I moved there 1 ½ years ago. Trying to get my ass to Drammen to skate better and faster hills.
How is riding in Oslo different?
BIG! In Drammen you can hit many GOOD hills just 20 mins by car. The hills are faster and more fun to skate and there is less traffic on the roads we skate. The hills in Oslo are more freeriding hills.
Is the community bigger in Oslo?
Yes, it’s much bigger. Bigger city= more skaters.
If Tupac was a skater where would he choose to skate?
Voss maybe. The downhill Mecca of Gnarway.
What do you like about being in Oslo?
There is always somebody that’s out skating and you don’t need a car to get to the hill, you can just take the metro or the bus.
Have you skated a lot in Sweden?
Only 2 competitions, Ravenhill 2010 and Moosehunt this year.
Did you catch the moose?
Hahaha, Almost got 3rd place there, so wasn’t far off. Got beaten by Eric Lundberg and Adam Persson in the final heat.
When was your first full season?
2010. I did all the races in Norway except the one in Volda. Ravenhill in Sweden. Then I went out to Europe to race Almatrieb, Insul and Kozakov.
What did you learn?
Learned in Almatrib that foot-breaking at 90km/h+ didn’t kill you (thanks to P-Swiss for that). In Insul I got better at pre-drifting toeside, and Kozakov… that hill speaks for itself.
How was the 2011 season for you?
Kind of a nigthmare. Started the season by breaking my bigtoe in April, but in wasn’t from skating. Then I had surgery on my right shoulder in the beginning of May. I missed many races because of that. Then I went to Voss in June/July for the Extremesport week, did the qualis there in the wet, but on race day it was to patchy I decided to save myself for Kozakov and Insul. I broke my arm in the first round at Kozakov in the first corner but still finished the round and I even won that heat. I wanted to start the 2nd round but wasn’t allowed. So yeah a fucked up season.
Why weren’t you allowed?
Because my lower arm was hanging at a messed up angle. And Kozakov is one of the sickest hills to race.
I thought gangsters couldn’t break!
Well, when you hit a board with your arm at 90+ things can break.
How did missing out on most of the fun last year make you feel about this season?
Revenge! I wanted to skate and race as much as possible this year. And maybe get one the podium here in Norway.
Did the season live up to your expectations?
Yeah, kind of. Got 1st place in the first race in the Norweigan cup in Volda. That was an epic race. When we raced the final it was snowing from top to the bottom of the track. 3rd place in Moosehunt. Wasn’t satisfied with the race in Voss, went out too early there beacause a guy fucked it all up in the start for me.
Haha that’s the race Terry told us about yesterday, where he was in the repercharge with 3 nine year olds!
Yeah hehehe. That’s the one. It was sick! In the beginning of the day, it was dry all the way, then it started to rain, that turned to slush at the top while it was still raining in the bottom, then it was snowing the whole way down.
It’s awesome to hear how you guys welcome none gangsters in, and even turn them into caveboys and girls!
Hahaha, we’re all a big downhill family. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, it’s all one love.
What do you ride?
For race the Wefunk Marauder carbon board with Stealth Division truck, Riptide Bushings and Funkster Wheels. The Wefunk FR38 With Stealth Division truck, Riptide Bushings and Abec 11 70`s Flashbacks.
Are those your sponsors?
Wefunk skateboards, Stealth Division Precision Truck, Riptide Bushrings and Board Ranch.
When did you first get sponsored?
Got hooked up by Alex Luxat on Wefunk Skateboards, it was the best Christmas present ever!
What is Wefunk?
Wefunk makes the sickest carbon boards in the word. You can call it the high-end brand of longboards. Alex Luxat has worked really hard to get the 2012 collection ready, so now you can buy a perfectly made Wefunk board at a normal price.
What makes the boards so special?
The carbon boards are 100% handmade by a crazy perfectionist who uses some of the best materials you can get.
Do you feel nervous when you crash?
No, what happens, happens! Hahaha.
What will the 2012 collection contain?
The 2012 collection contains mostly wood boards. All from the upgraded mini-cruiser, freeride and downhill boards at normal prices.
What do you like about your trucks?
The good lean they give you, how precise they respond. And you can use the same trucks for downhill and freeride, just flip the hanger and you’ll get a more stable truck.
What are your plans for next season?
Almatrib, Kozakov, Peyragudes and I heard some rumours about Velefique?
How do you think next season will be different?
I saw what happened in Calgary and read much about it. But I’m not worried about the races in Europe! I just hope everyone will have a good time skating and hanging out with the rest of the downhill family.
Many of you gangsters have kids, are they showing signs of being bad ass?
A little too early to say about Elvis. But yeah maybe, I’m his dad after-all! I gave him his first longboard on his 2nd birthday.
Do you hope your kids hook up with other skater kids when they grow up, so maybe you and Kula could be in-laws!
Hahaha, I would be proud if Elvis found a hot skater babe!
Pick 3 numbers between 1-39!
6, 16, 26
6 – What is the strangest food you’ve eaten?
That must be in Nice, France this years… Snails!
16 – Do you have a blog/twitter?
No. Should I?
Kim bro! It has been so much fun doing this, hopefully catch you in Oslo when it’s not -20 degrees or we’ll share some bacon on the tour next Euro tour!
Likewise bru! You should definitely take a trip to Oslo, I can show you some of the gnar Gnarway has to offer.
Any thank yous?
I want to thank Alex Luxat for hooking me up with the best board and trucks. Brad T.Miller for Riptide and Ali Nas for all the other stuff. To Fredric for never stopping to nag me to start downhill skating and finally to my family and friends for the support.