Ten years ago Munich skater David Zeidler came up with something he thought was a brilliant idea. He wanted to create a German board company and make a living of it, he tells me over the phone and starts laughing: “Turns out, it doesn’t work.” Back then a lot of people were starting companies selling apparel, but there were only a few German brands making boards. “Hardware is the supreme discipline, the most honest thing”, he says.
After spending a few thousand bucks on the first series of roughly 350 boards he realized making money with boards is harder than you think. “You have to sell loads to earn something.”
This could be the end of the story and Germany has seen a lot of brands coming an going, but Salut Skateboards is still there. It may sound strange, but maybe the death of success was the key to its success. For a long time, the two owners Marc Stevens and David have regular jobs and they don’t depend on the little money they make from their brand.
So for their 10th anniversary, they decided to give a present, a trip to their team riders and figured it would be a great idea to skate the french city, Lyon, for a week.
It was a funny mixture, because most of the team riders are well in their thirties, and skate only once or twice a week. They have families, some stopped drinking, almost no one smoked. Instead of puffing away the first joint right after waking up, yoga techniques were discussed and someone asked what the others thought of contrast showers to prevent muscles from getting sore. In the evenings some would drink tee while others chugged down beers and listened to 90s hip-hop from a boombox that reminded them of the times when a switch crooks was considered a trick and they had it on lock.
The funniest moment was probably meeting Jeremy Daclin who’s closer to 50 than 40, we met him at a slappy curb which he destroyed with various maneuvers while the Salut team helplessly tried to perform slappy 50-50s.
Luckily the team riders found some other places they were more comfortable with and the French sun and the superb spots helped the squad to stay motivated and fight aching muscles. So enjoy the pics Conny Mirbach shot and the clip I compiled from images from three different cameras filmed by seven different people.
All photos credited to Conny Mirbach.
Text & video by Manuel Bogner.
When it comes to skate trips, the amount of pleasure you will receive in the end is mostly based on the crew of people you are with. You will end up in new places with some people you never met before while you are feeling some pressure to produce good photos and shoot video footage. This process sometimes can turn out to be a lot of fun!
But at the same time, there is no guarantee that you will get some time to be yourself. In fact, this pre-spring trip was not even planned to with these goals in mind. This trip was in fact about a bunch of good friends getting a slice of Porto’s sun while tasting some of Porto’s culinary delights. We were documenting each other’s skateboarding whenever someone was feeling one of the spots the old town has to offer. We weren’t expecting too much, we had semi-working VX cam and some spontaneous coastal showers, this forced us to enjoy the other attractions of the city.
As a result, our daily skate activities were divided by coffee breaks and some sightseeing. In the end, we were surprised by the amount of footage we are able to present you with in the following clip. The whole thing was entirely filmed by the members of our crew, and if you are watching it you get the same feeling we had on this trip, the feeling of enjoyment when time elapses.
Sami Harithi, Roland Hirsch, Steve Forstner, Dallas Rockvam, Jan Kliewer, Sylvain Tognelli, Manuel Bogner, Nino Ullmann, Danny Goodman, Greg Cuadrado, Harrisson Hafner, Nahuel Kirchhof, Daniel Haber, Juro Lehmann, Lars Noll, Hannes Schilling and Nils Brauer in Jonathan Peter’s “Propeller Island” friends section: