Hamburg Longboard Open 2015 report


I am still stoked. I still get goosebumps when I watch the videos and photos from the Hamburg Longboard Open 2015.
It was a huge party.

This describes pretty well what happened this September in Hamburg, Germany. The skate- and

longboard club rOllspOrt Hamburg e.V. and our AWHOU! crew organized the first dance & freestyle

contest in this city – the Hamburg Longboard Open 2015.
DON_5321 The whole dancing & freestyle community including all the big names of the scene met for one

weekend in Hamburg to show their skills, meet their friends and spread the stoke. Riders,

photographers, video makers, spectators, volunteers and sponsors travelled many kilometers from

all over Europe, North and South America to be part of the event and to share their positive vibes.
DON_5111 One week before the contest, the weather got worse from day to day and on the contest day the storm

came hard. We managed it to organize a dry place with lots of space for our skaters. The huge parking

lot of the Rindermarkthalle, right in the heart of Hamburg. St.Pauli was a wonderful alternative to the
open air skating area – the home turf of the local longboarders – where we originally planned to host the contest.
Almost 60 riders took part in the contest in the disciplines of dance, freestyle and hippie jump (men/women).
At the registration, every rider received a welcome pack with all they needed: fruits,

water and some skate goodies! The winners awaited hand-made trophies and insane prizes.
DON_5437 (1) The level of tricks and flow the contestants showed in the qualification made it extremely

hard for the four judges to decide who was proceeding. After two qualification runs, the best four

girls and the best 16 men entered in to the finals. To reach the men’s final, the contestants had to
overcome two one-on-one knock-out runs. The legend Adam Colton drew the matches.

The Monster

This very special guest flew all the way over from Los Angeles to skate, chat and have a good time with us.
You could see it in the rider’s faces that he was a huge motivation to them to really show what they got.
The finals were crazy. The contestants showed all their trick repertoire and combined it with so

much flow that the crowd went nuts. The comments, screams and noises from our host and

brother, Guleed Yussuf paired with sweet mixes by our DJ, Robert and the emotions and vibes of all

participants led to an unbelievable atmosphere.

Now you think you know the answer why I get goosebumps when I watch the videos and photos of

that weekend? Not exactly.

It was the stoke, the vibes, the happiness and friendship we had through the whole weekend. I still

can feel it when I think about the three days. People came to take part at a contest but they left

Hamburg with new tricks, new friends, a huge smile and more stoke. For me personally that was the

biggest achievement I could think of.

People came to take part in a contest but they left Hamburg with new tricks, new friends, a huge smile and more STOKE!


After the award ceremony, the local shop Mantis Longboardshop threw a crazy party for all of us. A

hundred people were enjoying the free drinks and nice music. Adam showed us some super funny

games and after a few minutes you could see people trying to bite a bag with their teeth standing

just on one foot or playing arm wrestling…

We talked, played and danced. We had fun.

As I said before: It was a huge party.

…I almost forgot. Here are the winners of the first Hamburg Longboard Open:
Dance & Freestyle – women

1. Nadya Doerga (The Netherlands, Timber Boards)

2. Deborah Keser (Germany, Simple Longboards)

3. Natalia Kowerda (Poland, Bareknuckle Longboards)

4. Anastasia Kuzina (Germany, AWHOU!)

Dance & Freestyle – men

1. Sietse Vliegen (The Netherlands, Timber Boards, Caliber Trucks)

2. Fabio Martinez (Argentina, Original Skateboards, RDVX Griptape, Kysygni Longboards, UZI Co


3. Marijn Floris Smit (The Netherlands, Simple Longboards)

4. Gijs Schalkx (The Netherlands, Timber Boards, Randall Trucks)

Hippie Jump

High J.Ellis
High J.Ellis

1. Gijs Schalkx (The Netherlands, Timber Boards, Randall Trucks)

2. Jeff Ellis (Germany, AWHOU!, DaSilva Boards, Blacktop Trucks, Bleed Organic Clothing, Manaliso)

3. Linden Nieto (UK, 992 Custom Longboards, Willshop Skateshop, Belboards)

Congratulations to all the riders! Special props go to the Timber Boards team for winning in every

discipline! So rad.

We, as organizers, are extremely grateful for the support of all volunteers and sponsors. We are

happy that the contest went smooth and thankful for the positive feedback. We learned a lot.

To summarize it: we are ready for the Hamburg Longboard Open 2016!

Photos by the super talented GORDON:

Good job
Good job

Simon Arsenidis.

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