Last week we provided you with the photo recap and today it is time for the video recap.
Featuring guys like Giorgi Armani, Farid Ulrich, Justin Sommer, Patrick Rogalski, Kai Hillebrand, Philipp Oehmige and many others.
So press play and enjoy the video that Jon Wolf and Mark Nickels made for us all.
The 21st of June is a special day. It’s not just the official beginning of summer and thus the longest day of the year (speaking from the northern hemisphere point of view), it’s also the date we skateboarders celebrate our passion, culture, and community – the International Go Skateboarding Day. Since we happen to live in a major city like Berlin, we are lucky enough to annually have a well-organized event by Nike SB.
This year again, the event was well-attended, the weather bright, the atmosphere good and just like every other time, I could not believe that another full year had already gone by. We bottle flipped at Pappelplatz, did some cash for tricks, up, on and over a picknick table, we raced around the Project DSS course and we tried to break speed records by doing flip tricks as fast as we could. In the end, Justin Sommer did a 35 km/h varial kickflip which is probably the fastest varial flip ever done on flat ground, an amazing way to end Go Skateboarding Day 2017!
Special thanks to everybody who came by, Nike SB, Yamato Living Ramps, Civilist Berlin and Titus Berlin! Until next year!
If you have ever been to Berlin chances are you have heard somebody scream HACK HACK! But what is Hack Hack and what does it mean? What are those videos popping up with Hack in the title, and who is behind them? The answers to those and many other questions were answered when we connected with Farid Ulrich and Vincent Heller.
Interview by Roland Hoogwater.
What is Hack Hack?
That is hard to define! While we were traveling through South America people often asked us the same question… How did we explain it again?
It is a vibe Hack Hack is the moment that you get hyped to do something. It originated in Bar 25 it where we were looking for motivation to do something. Along the way, the word trickled out of the bar, onto the streets and into skateboarding. It was a joke and it has turned into somewhat of a saying.
What was the first Hack moment you can remember?
Bar 25… that must have been 2010, I think… That is when the first Hack happened.
It made me think of Hakken a high energy Dutch dance style from the 90’s.
Ah… Do you mean those people with track suits and shaved heads?
Yes! (illustrates dance)
That suits the meaning of Hack too! Those guys were certainly hyped!
Back to Hack Hack, how did you guys get the idea to make videos?
We sit together to edit, smoke and try and make the best of the footage. Two heads have more ideas than one.
I film more than I edit because I noticed I don’t have the patience to just sit there. At the same time, Farid has a good feeling for what works.
What was the first Hack video?
The first Hack video we did was Hackelona, after that, we released CopenHacken and Hack Hack is our third video.
I started filming during our travels, I always carried a camera and I started playing around with it more and more. So the video happened when we started taking the camera along for our Berlin sessions. So instead of documenting our travels, it became more of a day to day thing.
The funny thing is we did not plan to make a full length, we just started to edit footage, linking certain things together. After a while, we watched the result and thought ” Oh..this works maybe we should create an actual video.”.
So then we made parts, separate from one another and then we tried to fit those parts together. It was kind of like a puzzle.
I got a flashback to Radio Skateboards “Radioactive Kids” when I watched the video. It showed me a kind of Berlin that I did not think existed anymore.
That is exactly what we wanted, documenting our lives in Berlin and by our I mean all that cross our path.
When you see the video you have to keep in mind the fact that these people are not all in the same crew. Vince and I just move in between crews and documented what we saw.
In the end, we turned it into one big Hack family.
We did not want to compromise, we wanted to show the people we liked and have them skate to the music we liked!
Often I work with people when I make a video part so it was important for our project to reflect us.
So, It is not like watching a homie video, it is a scene being documented.
Yes, plus the people that visited the City.
Did you show Hack Hack to people in South America?
We did, we watched it multiple times and it took me back in time, back to these places. It was a real good feeling! Hack Hack!
What about the footage from that trip, Will there be another Hack?
It took me some time but yesterday I started checking the footage from that tour and there will be something. At the same time Joscha Aicher and Daniel Ledermann are staying with us so maybe one of them will jump down a building or something.
The next Hack will be a video focused on South and North America, that will take us some time, with editing and all.
It will be called something like that. First I want to focus on editing and summer in Berlin, I will pack my camera in my backpack and we will see what happens. Maybe this winter we will make the final Hack videos but who knows.
I just want to say we are not interested in being clean or great filming we want to show our lives and if there is a glitch somewhere we will include it, watch it and laugh about it.
That is exactly how I filmed my last trick. I was playing around and got the idea to manual over the tracks.
Just a Smoked out idea!
And an hour later it was done.
I think for a lot of people the Hack experience feels like a break from sponsored life. No main spots just hanging out and looking for the next spot. With a high chance of drinking a beer at the end of the day.
One of skateboarding’s most exciting days is almost upon us, not only locally but all across the world, skateboarders from all walks of life are set to gather on Go Skateboarding Day 2017. This year Nike SB and PLACE are asking you! Not only all skateboarders but everybody to come and join us in Berlin on Wednesday, June 21st. Together we will take on our city’s streets to skate, celebrate and essentially do the things we love most.
We invite you to meet up with us at Civilist store and/or Titus Berlin
in Mitte where you can pick up your highly limited GSD SURVIVAL PACK before we all head out to the Pappelplatz skatepark to witness and compete in the first ever BOTTLE FLIPPING SKATE CHALLENGE presented by Civilist.
At Pappelplatz we will also announce the (top secret) location of our next staple event: the CASH FOR TRICKS SECRET SESSION. A session presented by Titus Berlin in which you will be directly rewarded for your heavy-hitting tricks with cold hard currency.
As the sun will slowly start to set, we will still be sweating through our shirts trying to crown the winner of the PROJECT DSS GRAND PRIX open race event. For those of you that are not looking to break speed records, you are welcome to enjoy some very cold drinks and some very hot BBQ food together with the people of Yamato Living Ramps and the 1. Berliner Skateboard e.V – anything goes on Go Skateboarding Day Berlin 2017!
12 – 2 PM | Civilist / Titus Berlin Mitte
Meet & grab your GSD Survival Pack. ATTENTION: highly limited availability, register here to safe yours: http://gonike.me/goskateboardingday
Danish Danni Olsen got himself a pretty nice present for his 30th birthday. One of the first full parts of ’17 is coming from a former Berlin resident and Iriedaily, Mischief Skateboards and Search & Destroy Skateshop team rider; with a big heart and die ability to drink more than the Franken bar has to offer.