Marius Syvanen has become an O.G. for a whole generation and it seems like he is living quite a healthy life at the moment. A classic guy with a classic approach to the game. Timeless!
+++SPOILER ALERT+++ They found him straight away.
Featuring Eniz Fazilov, Madars Apse, Marius Syvanen & more.
This year, we haven’t really seen too many tour edits. We all know why. The Independent team went to Paris in between the first and the second Lockdown and took things serious. Maybe that has something to do with their TM Steve Forstner!? I heard he is a really serious man.
Featuring Vincent Milou, Nassim Lachhab, Barney Page, Robin Fournier, Justin Sommer, Blake Johnson, Charlie Munro, Doobie, Daan Van Der Linden, Tim Debauche & Marius Syvanen.
Contrary to last year almost the whole PLACE staff traveled to arguably the best city in the world. But even though we were all in the same city, festival rules applied, which meant that within moments we lost each other and started doing our own thing. We all ended up at different events and safe for a few moments only saw each other at the plethora of parties that the CPH Open is host to.
It seemed everybody had a great time at every single event but our highlight was definitely the Levi’s event which looked rained out at first but ended up saving our lives by offering us a boat ride, good food, cold drinks and a very hot but healthy sauna experience!
We wish we could say “See you next year!” but the organizers felt that it was time for a break. So we will end it by saying, enjoy Paule’s photo recap and see you at the next Copenhagen Open.
Photos by Paul Röhrs
Text by Roland Hoogwater
Levi’s Skateboarding is always supporting DIY projects around the globe and most of the time these clips see their release accompanied by a new collection. Seeing that it is time for the spring 2017 collection to drop the guys went out to Detroit to skate, build and hang out, the whole thing turned out pretty good.
Marius Syvanen was the name that drew us to this clip and Wes Kremer’s trick made it all more than worth it. All we can say is WEEDMAPS makes sense for such a big portion of the skate and skate related community out there that it is a wonder that nobody thought of it sooner. Also, Kudo’s for connecting skating, analog photography and smoking weed in the title.
When I happened to be in Copenhagen for the CPH Open, I met up with Marius Syvanen in a small Danish pub. Marius is one of those type of people you can already tell from their outer appearance that they have traveled the world and have seen quite a lot. He seems to live an enjoyable life far off the stressed and hectic world, which has given him a very carefree and humble character. As soon as we had been done with the interview, he drank down the rest of his beer, took his board and skated the curbs in front of the pub as if there would be no better place to skate in the whole world.
Interview & photos by Paul Röhrs
First of all, tell me about your roots. I read you originate from Helsinki?
Yeah, just a bit outside from Helsinki. My parents and me moved to the States when I was about five. I still have the rest of my family in Helsinki and I come back to visit them for a couple weeks every summer. I just came here from Helsinki right now and this was the 22nd summer in a row that I go back and forth.
Have you ever thought about moving back completely?
Maybe later but now not really man. San Diego’s weather is hart to beat.
It is a well-known fact, that in San Diego you became close friends with the guys from Skate Mafia. What do you say about the enduring rumors about you being on Skate Mafia for real one day?
Haha! Fuck yeah! I am the TM! But you know, of course this always has been a joke. People have saying this to me for so long like Wes and Tyler. Even on my first photo in a skate mag I had a Skate Mafia board. This was like ten plus years ago man. They are my dawgs! Straight up for sure! But still, Habitat for life!
I just have seen the Levis documentary about the building projects you and the rest of the team did at various places in the world. Tell me a bit about it. How is it to travel the world and build all these skate parks in those sometimes rather remote regions?
Yeah, that’s an epic experience for sure! It’s a give back to communities that don’t really have going so well, you know. It’s like get there and support skateboarding to literally give back something.
Some people might wonder that you actually are a pro skateboarder and now you seem to pursue a rather ordinary job building something with your own hands.
Haha! That’s definitely right! But it’s fun and I learn a lot! Joey Pepper really knows how to do everything proper and kind of like shows us how to build all these things.
How is it going right now with the Levis projects?
We just finished a project in Detroit, Michigan, and we are talking about something possibly in Finland for next year and maybe Vietnam. We definitely will keep on going!
Then I saw this clip of you guys went to Patagonia, which is pretty far south. Tell me about it.
Oh, yeah! Argentina! Man, that was definitely incredible! I guess no professional skateboarders have ever traveled down that far in South America. It was wild man! We went to all these cities that were super poor so it was pretty rough most of the time but we still found some shit to skate here and there. One day we also went to this national park, I can’t remember the name of it, but there was a bunch of penguins on the beach and all these seals and stuff, then suddenly killer whales came out off the water onto the beach to fucking eat the seals. Dude, that was crazy! It was raw nature, although it was still some kind of tourist attraction.
Last but not least, as you are pretty much of a traveling man I heard you are also into photography. Is that correct?
Yes, for sure! I love photos! They help me to remember all these trips, events and experiences, which sometimes would be lost because I have a bad memory. Haha!
Thank you for the interview and I wish you a good stay in Copenhagen!
Thank you, too! Let’s get some beers man! Cheers!
Levis Skateboarding is known for their solidary projects all over the globe. This clip is about Puerto Peñasco, a small town in Mexico, which, despite all adversities, is inhabited by a small skate scene. Reason enough for Levis Skateboarding to fly in their team to help them built a first real skate park there.
Bobby is having a great year and so are his fans. Mr. de Keyzer has had a lot of output on multiple platforms, some more serious than others but all done in style. We only have one question, why do most videos set in Spain feature “Spanish” music? We would like to suggest using that concept for every country you visit, if you go on a trip to Finland score it to some Finish music, a trip to turkey would look good set to some turkish music and of course a trip to Germany would have to feature Nena’s 99 Luftballons! All jokes aside wouldn’t that open up new world of music for us all to enjoy?
Levi’s has a strong tradition in workwear as such it is not surprising that they support skate scene by building DIY spots. In this mini docu the Levi’s team traveled to Christchurch in New Zealand. in 2011 the town was hit by an earthquake that destroyed large parts of the city and its skate spots in the process.
Levi’s presents this sick video featuring Pat Moran and Marius Syvanen to show off their new Fall collection.
Inspiration for this one comes from a small group of working class citizens who helped build the Golden Gate Bridge. The designers pulled from Levi’s archives to pay homage to the workwear styles of the ’30s and ’40s, reimagined for modern day with pieces such as the Work Pant, Quilted Mason Shirt and the Lined Chorecoat.
Viele Videos aus dem Hause Transworld haben es mittlerweile geschafft, echte Klassiker zu werden: Nur zu gerne erinnern wir uns an Werke wie “Modus Operandi”, “Sight Unseen”, “In Bloom” oder “And Now”. Ob das mittlerweile 26. TWS Video “Outliers” sich ebenfalls einen Platz im Klassikerregal sichern kann bleibt noch abzuwarten. Unwahrscheinlich ist es allerdings nicht, denn immerhin sind hier Riley Hawk, Lee Yankou, Neen Williams, Brad Cromer, Zered Bassett und Marius Syvanen mit feinstem Skateboarding vertreten. Letzter hat einen äusserst sehenswerten Part abgeliefert, der soeben via TWS online gegangen ist. Wer auf abnormal stylische Powerslides steht ist hier goldrichtig:
Photo: Oliver Barton
Der Habitat Pro Marius Syvanen hat seit neuestem eine eigene Rolle bei OJ Wheels, die er in diesem Clip auch direkt mal gekonnt in Szene setzt:
Daryl Angel, Marius Syvanen, Silas Baxter-Neal und Mark Suciu haben jeweils einen Tricks zum neuen Habitat Commercial beigesteuert, welches die durchaus schöne Mélange Serie bewirbt. Kann man machen!
Das 26. TransWorld SKATEboarding Video mit dem Titel “Outliers” steht in den Startlöchern. Produziert von Chris Thiessen enthält das Video heftige Parts von Riley Hawk, Brad Cromer, Neen Williams, Lee Yankou, Marius Syvanen und Zered Bassett. Titus veranstaltet nächsten Donnerstag, den 30.10.2014 Videopremieren in ganz Deutschland, hier die Daten:
Titus Aachen 19:15, Shop
Titus Bamberg 20.00 Uhr, Der Plattenladen, Untere Sandstr. 9
Titus Bocholt 19.00 Uhr, im Shop
Titus Bremen 20.00 Uhr, im Shop
Titus Düsseldorf 19:00 Uhr, im Shop
Titus Leipzig 21:30 Uhr, Heizhaus Leipzig, Alte Salzstraße 63
Titus Mannheim 19.00 Uhr, im Shop
Titus München 19:30 Uhr, im Shop
Titus Münster 20.00 Uhr, im Shop
Titus Osnabrück 19.00 Uhr, im Shop
Titus Regensburg 19:30 Uhr, MONO Bar, Rote-Hahnen-Gasse 2
Titus Rosenheim 17.30 Uhr, im Shop
Titus Stuttgart, 18:30 Uhr, (für U18) & 21.00 Uhr (für Ü18) – Kap Tormentoso, Hirschstr. 27
Titus Wiesbaden 18:00 Uhr, im Shop
Titus Wuppertal 19.00 Uhr, im Shop plus Game of S.K.A.T.E.
Im April diesen Jahres wurde mit Hilfe von Levi’s Skateboarding in La Paz Bolivien der Pura Pura Skatepark gebaut. Unterstützt wurde das Projekt von über 100 Freiwilligen aus insgesamt 17 Ländern – wir berichteten ausführlich.
Doch was hat das alles mit Berlin zu tun? Einiges, denn während der Bright baute Levi’s einen temporären Skatepark in die St. Agnes Kirche in Berlin Kreuzberg. Neben Skateaction gab es on top noch die Premiere der Pura Pura Doku (hier zu sehen) und eine dazugehörige Fotoausstellung von Jonathan Mehring, der das Projekt mit seiner Kamera dokumentierte. Alles in allem ein großes Fest zu dem tollerweise auch eine Menge der Leute kamen, die direkt am Projekt beteiligt waren. Hier der Clip zum Event:
Ein Amerikaner mit finnischen Wurzeln klingt nach der perfekten Mischung, um ein richtig guter Skater zu werden. Irgendwas zwischen Arto Saari und Silas Baxter-Neal. Und so ungefähr könnte man Marius Style und Können auf dem Brett auch beschreiben. Aus diesem Grund ist er nun endlich Pro auf Habitat Skateboards. Herzlichen Glückwunsch Suomi Bob.
Es regnet und das ist auch die einzige Entschuldigung euch im Hochsommer einen Hallenclip zu zeigen – immerhin sind aber Silas Baxter Neal, Marius Syvanen, Ron Whaley und Ed Kennedy vertreten. Stylische Angelegenheit!
via Krux Trucks
Levi’s Skateboarding präsentiert nun die gesamte Dokumentation über Pura Pura Bolivia mit den Jungs von endboss projects aus Hannover und Skatern wie zum Beispiel: Josh Matthews, Joey Pepper, Carsten Beneker und Marius Syvanen. Sehr schöne Bilder und ein unglaubliches Ergebnis.
Die Jungs von endboss projects aus Hannover haben zusammen mit dem bolivianischen Skater Milton Arellano und Levi’s Skateboarding ein Projekt vollendet, welches seinesgleichen sucht. Ein Skatepark, der höher gelegen ist als die Zugspitze. In über 3000 Metern höhe kamen Rampenbauer, Locals und professionelle Skateboarder aus der ganzen Welt zusammen. Mit dabei sind unter anderem: Marius Syvanen, David Gravette, Josh Matthews, Joey Pepper, Chet Childress, Carsten Beneker, Max Beckmann und viele, viele mehr. Mehr dazu gibt es in unsere neuen Ausgabe #47, welche ab Freitag im Handel erhältlich sein wird.