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Roll2Soul X-Mas Jam 2004

Hamburg X-mas comp 2004 Hamburg X-mas comp 2004

Two days before we left, it was still very uncertain if we were going to the X-Mas Jam in Hamburg. I was stuck up with studies and was working 23 hours a day on a school project that was due friday at 12:00. Since I figured out that I was going to the event two days before I left, I never really got to talk to anybody except Daniel Nesterowicz, a fellow Danish skater, about going. So friday at 14:00 - just two hours after I handed in a 60 page school project, I left for Hamburg without much sleep. I was to meet Daniel on the train on the way there.

Two days before we left, it was still very uncertain if we were going to the X-Mas Jam in Hamburg. I was stuck up with studies and was working 23 hours a day on a school project that was due friday at 12:00. Since I figured out that I was going to the event two days before I left, I never really got to talk to anybody except Daniel Nesterowicz, a fellow Danish skater, about going. So friday at 14:00 – just two hours after I handed in a 60 page school project, I left for Hamburg without much sleep. I was to meet Daniel on the train on the way there.

Cosimo Tassone: Handslide. Photo: Lars FranzenCosimo Tassone: Handslide. Photo: Lars Franzen
Before the competition on saturday, we first went to some of Daniel's friends in Flensburg , Germany, friday evening – to enjoy a stay with Lars Franzen and other Flensburg skaters. Lots of thanks goes to Lars' very hospitable family (who even has a mom that speaks Danish!). Although it rained, and later snowed, we went out for a skate session this friday. We first went into an abandoned building, that was being torn down. This 4 story building was cut in half, so you had to watch out for not falling 4 stories down: pretty damn spooky! Unfortunately, we didn't find anything to skate in there – so we went on to the next spot. The next spot was a parking lot, who suposedly has some nice ledges – we never got to see them, since the security guard threw us away even before we went in. The only indoor spot that was left was some 10 cm high curbs… literaly curbs. I haven't skated anything like this since I first skarted skating many years ago – pretty ridiculous. It was kind of fun watching Andi, a Flensburg skater, trying to do 360 topsouls on a curbs you almost couldn't see because of its little height. After a while, we decided to call it a night and headed home to watch some videos.

The next day, we arrived by train in Hamburg, and was in the skatepark around 13:00. The skatepark was packed! My guess is that there were around 200-400 skaters there. The atmosphere was great – and people were actually cheering for the skaters. The speaker only spoke in German, which didn't do me that good. Even though I've had 4 years of German in school, I only understood a few words. So the speaker sound kind of like this to me: "Disaster to … shade, shade. truespin topside soul oi oi oi, truespin… shade, everybody stop skating, shade…, oi oi oi." This was kind of amusing though – but not after 9 hours… he he.

The competition itself ran from 12:00 to 21:00 – probably the longest competition I've ever seen – which was a little too much. The crazy skating made up for the long wait though: The level of skating in Germany is high – hope that it'll get that high sometime in Scandinavia. The skaters that really stood out were all the German superstars including Dominik Wagner and Chris Weber with some really sick wallrides, Daniel Prell, who did everything he could to win the competition, Mark Stamer with the smoothest style ever, Austrian Gagi Wagenblast with amazing spin tricks on a shoulder high rail, French Stephano Alfano who tried to do a 1080 and landed a massive 540 transfer. So much sick stuff was going on that I didn't get to see half of it. Watch the video edit that I'll be posting on toxboe.net soon. One thing is for sure – if you have the chance to go next year – do not miss out! This is truly a must see event!

Daniel Prell: Bank to alleyoop topside soul to bowl. Photo: Lars Franzen] <b>The results were:[/b” />Daniel Prell: Bank to alleyoop topside soul to bowl. Photo: Lars Franzen] <b>The results were:[/b</div>
Street Pro: 1. D. Prell, 2. M. Stamer, 3. D. Wagner 
Bowl Pro: 1. K. Quentin, 2. S. Alphano, 3. P. Alctarus 
Street Amateurs: 1. S. Hansen, 2. V. Pilau, 3. D. Tadjibaev 
Bowl Amateurs: 1. P. Combrzynski, 2. M. Deily, 3. S. Hansen 
Street Kids: 1. M. Lojewski, 2. A. Kilian, 3. B. Juchim

	<p>After the competition finally ended at 21:00, the new 4×4 video premiered at the skatepark, which from what I could see looks like one of the best videos ever made. The video is just stunt on stunt on stunt. The profiled skaters truly risk ed their lifes when shooting for this video. This video is a must have!</p>


	<p>Benny Harmanus was kind enough to hook up us with a place to sleep. Once again we experienced the greatness of the German hospitality at Mark Stamers appartment. Thank you so much Mark for letting us stay, drinking your beer, and eating your food! After raising the alcohol percentage in our bodies at Marks place, we went off to take the train to the afterparty. Missing two trains and being late in the first place made us arrive at the club around 2:00 – only one hour before the after party closed. So after being packed in the very small club for one hour, we went off to find a new place. The way to find a new place was long, rainy, and tons of fun. The Hamburg guys have the coolest taxis ever: The kill team taxis – although the taxi drivers themselves didn't seem to see the connection between their name and Senate. We finally found a place that only served things that cost 1 Euro – beers, shots, whatever. I like Germany! :-) After listening to Hamburg Schlagers for 2 hours that the Dutch guys choose from the jukebox, we went home.</p>


	<p>After a nice night out, we were back at 6:00 at Marks appartment, woke up the next morning at 12:00 and went home after a weekend to remember. We'll definately be there next year as well! Thanks to everybody that made our stay better! Come up here in the cold north to visit us soon!</p>


	<p>The next event up is the Winterclash, which everybnody talked about – so watch out for any information about this – you don't want to miss out on this as well (if you did so with the xmas jam).</p>


	<p>- Anders Toxboe</p>


<div style=Benny Harmanus: Topside soul. Photo: Lars FranzenBenny Harmanus: Topside soul. Photo: Lars Franzen

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    nise

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    Hmmm,Nice.:D

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