Kayotics Skimboards: Bittersweet

This past winter, Kayotics Skimboards put together the riding styles of Jack Bender, Wolfgang Quan and Keven Caron-pilon to establish a new stake hold on the east coast. This past season they attempted to put together a short film showing the kayo scene in Ontario. Even though Wolfgang had a season ending injury and Keven dealt with flooded out rivers and lakes we put together this video – This is Bittersweet.

Filmed by:
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Alex Prud’homme
Ronan Anderson

Supported by:
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Edited by Jack Bender

New Issue of Flatland Magazine: Brotherhood

Follow German skimboarders and DB Skimboards team riders Daniel Priel and Friedrich Fluh as they push the limits of what can be done on a skimboard. Daniel just put together a great mini issue of Flatland Magazine. Make sure to keep your eyes open for a brand new movie titled “Brotherhood” set to drop later this week.

[CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEW ISSUE]

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For more great skimboarding coverage in Germany go to: beachbreakersskimcrew.com

Flatland Magazine: 2015 Skimboard Season Preview

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The 2015 Skimboard Season Preview of Flatland Magazine was just released. It is full of content from DB Skimboards, Kayotics Skimboards, SkullSkates Skimboards and SeventyOne skimboards.

This issue has photo tips, event schedules, board previews and a ton of photos.

Read the full issue by Clicking Here.

Flatland Magazine 2014 Photo Annual

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Welcome to the 2014 Flatland Magazine Photo Annual.

It has been a super busy summer. We were only planning on doing mini magazine issues on SkimMagazine.com, but due to countless requests for an actual magazine edition, we pulled this photo edition together for all of you.

This issue features the best of the best skimboarding photos from the European Skimboard- ing Cup, adventures with the Goon crew from Sacramento, California, and a plethora of photos from the Pacific Northwest. Thank you to all of the riders, writers, photographers, designers and advertisers who contributed to this issue.

To make sure everyone can enjoy the magazine we have multiple ways to view it. You can view the magazine on our site here:

View the magazine on our website FlatlandMag.com

You can view the whole magazine on ISSU below or by clicking here and/or viewing below:

And if you want to view it offline on your tablet, phone, computer or even print it you can download a PDF by clicking this link:

Download PDF version of Flatland Magazine

You can also order your very own physical print issue by CLICKING HERE.

Thanks to all of the advertisers: Seventyone Skimboards, Nextar Sunglasses, OXS Skimboards, DB Skimboards, Zed Skimboards, Goon Media, BeachBreakers Skim Crew, Northwest Riders, EqualMotion and KonarPro.

Once again thanks to everyone for all of the help and stoke!

– Matt McDonald, editor

Goon Media: The SF Chronicles

A sequel to Simply Reno, the SF Chronicles examines the lifestyle of Goon’s SF cats, Adam Balaam and Dallas Kingsbury. Produced by Dallas Kingsbury.

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About the Goon…

Goon started as a collaboration between flatland skimmers in order to raise the bar of skim media. By pairing top notch riding with professional production, we bring a split, or “schism” from what has been attempted. Through innovative set ups and creative riding, we embrace the gnarly, raw style that is inherent to the flatland movement in Sacramento. We aren’t here to make a quick buck off of skimming; we’re here to change the game forever. For us skimboarding isn’t a sport, it’s a lifestyle. Although we may put down the board and remove our gear, thoughts of skim are always in the back of our minds. Check out the site, give our videos a watch and consider how you might be able to innovate the sport of skimboarding. Also, get used to seeing the name Goon. It’ll be around for a while.

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It’s great to see so many edits coming the Goon Media crew. Not only is their skimboarding impressive, so is their editing skills. Make sure to watch and share this edit and give the crew a follow on Instagram.


Goon Media: Sactown Throwdown Video

The Official edit of the first annual Sactown Throwdown is here!

The contest was presented by Goon, DB, Ground Zero, Skim.co and Zed.

Filming by Dylan Burzinski and Derek Popple. Edit by Derek Popple.

Pro Results:
1. Cardo Vega
2. Adam Balaam
3. Cody Mauer

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Photo by Dylan Burzinski

Police helicopters hover over skimboarding sesh in Bellingham

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It was kind of a crazy weekend in Bellingham.

On Friday August 21, 2014 while Matt McDonald and some other skimboarders were at the beach there was a full-blown manhunt for a man with a shotgun. Skimboarders watched as helicopters circled overhead near the Nooksack River mouth and were warned about a man roaming with a shotgun.

“A tall man carrying a long gun wrapped in a shirt sparked a manhunt that lasted over six hours Friday, Aug. 22, when he ran from police in the Marietta area, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

The search ended in the evening, with an arrest in the muddy slough at the mouth of the Nooksack River.”

[Read more here]

Shortly after the beach cleared the local police department and border patrol spotted the man in the tall grass right behind the main skim spot in Bellingham. He was apprehended and taken away. You normally are not in the middle of a manhunt when you go skimboarding, but there is a first for everything.

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It also was Tim Mackay of DB Skimboards bachelor party weekend and some of the DB Skimboards crew seshed in Bellingham Bay Saturday. Although the fugitive was gone and there were no police helicopters overhead during that skim session local police were still looking for a missing shotgun.

Anyways, enjoy the photos of some of the local Bellingham skimboarders like Ethan Hassi and Matt McDonald and the DB Skimboards crew featuring Richard Docter and Bryce Hermansen!

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2014 DB Pro/AM skimboarding contest photos and results

The 2014 DB Skimboards Pro/AM took place on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Dash Point, in Federal Way, Washington. To the surprise of no one Isaac Thomas took the pro division win again with his brother Josiah Thomas taking first in the amateur division. Bree Staab won the women’s division and Reed Shumpert won the amateur division.

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Outside of the standings there was a ton of solid tricks landed by the likes of Devin Poulton and his madonna and Cardo Vega and the benihana. Adam Ballaam took 2nd in the pro division and although he didn’t have as many clean landings as Isaac, Adam put on one hell of a show. Cody Mauer from Utah also stood out by going big and landing a ton of tricks. Ruei Chiu from Taiwan also competed, so the contest had an international presence outside of the United States and Canada, which is always great to see.

We’re working on the our video edit of the contest, so you can relive the 2014 DB Pro/AM for youself. In the meantime, take a look at all the photos by Matt McDonald / EqualMotion.com below.

Pro Results:
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1. Isaac Thomas
2. Adam Balaam
3. Cody Mauer

Am Results:
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1. Josiah Thomas
2. Scott Bishop
3. Kenny Prattico

Women’s Results:
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1. Bree Staab
2. Mariah Campbell

U-16 Results:
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1. Reed Shumpert
2. Luke Reinschmidt
3. Tysen Williams

*** High-resolution copies of each photo are available at $5 per photo. If you would like a high-resolution photo for prints or commercial use please email us at: editor@skimmagazine.com. Also, if you are going to take any of these photos and put them on your Instagram account or Facebook please link back to this article and give credit to @equalmotion for the photos. A lot of free work goes into covering these contests and we would like to keep doing it!

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Skull Skates Skimboards Cross Town Skim Jam

Join the legendary Spanish Flyers: Dax, Kenny, Jesse Soy accompanied by the Skull Slakes Skimboards team riders: Nigel Ching and Tim Ladner as they attempt to skim all of the Vancouver, British Columbia beaches in one day. Witness as they cycle to discover never before skimmed channels, sewer pipes and epic shore breaks from Second Beach to Spanish Banks.

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Flatland Magazine: DB European Skim Tour – Germany

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This is final installment of the Flatland Magazine mini series about the DB Skimboards European Tour featuring the team’s time spent in Germany. We stayed in Germany longer than the previous stops in Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands, so this story has more photos and a much longer video.

Photos, video and words by Matt McDonald | EqualMotion.com

You can see the first four parts of this series here:
Poland
Netherlands
Denmark
Sweden

We drove from the Netherlands to Germany and finally arrived at Friedich’s house in Scharbeutz, Germany. We were greeted by Annette and Michael Friedrich’s parents for a great home made meal. A home cooked meal after being on the road is truly priceless.

We explored the surrounding area a bit and some of the guys worked on ideas for setups for the Suprememsurf skim demo.

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Germany skimboarding with DB Skimboards

Germany skimboarding with DB Skimboards

Also, a big thanks to RailWerx for sponsoring this travel issue of Flatland Magazine! Checkout their ad below and make sure to go to RailWerx.com to pick up a new rail today!
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Germany skimboarding with DB Skimboards

Germany skimboarding with DB Skimboards

Germany skimboarding with DB Skimboards

After dinner we partook in some recreational beer drinking featuring flip cup and flunky ball and Freddy showed off his beer opening skills (watch the end of the video for that).

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The next morning neighbors were talking about the english words that echoed throughout the small village of Scharbeutz until 3am. We may have reinforced the stereotype of loud Americans even though three of us were from Europe.

The next morning we woke up and headed to the unbelievably crowded beaches of Scharbeutz on the Baltic Sea. Unfortunately the wind/tides were not in our favor, so we were only able to sesh a small rail, but we made the best of it. Even if conditions are damn-near horrible you can still have a good time on the beach with a skimboard and that’s one of the things that makes skimboarding so much fun. While some of the team skimmed some of the guys disappeared for a champagne boat ride, which made for interesting stories and proved that dbaggery is an international sensation. They ended up swimming back to shore from the boat.

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Germany skimboarding with DB Skimboards

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Germany skimboarding with DB Skimboards

Germany skimboarding with DB Skimboards

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While hanging out on the beach and doing a little bit of filming a middle-aged, overweight man in a speedo asked me to not shoot video due to “privacy”. I fully understood his complaint that he didn’t want to be in a video. I then explained to him I would not put him in the video because no one wants to see a middle-aged, overweight man in a speedo. Our friendship ended pretty much right there and any concept of saving face with him ended. After reviewing the video later that evening I realized I lied because it was impossible not to have a middle-aged, overweight man in a speedo because they were everywhere on the beach that day.

We stayed another night in Germany and then headed north to Sweden to meetup with Jonathan Strömberg and the swedish skimboarders for a demo at the Hallifornia festival. Before we got on the ferry we seshed in Fehmarn for a little while.

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At this point we traveled to Sweden (Read about it here and watch the video below) and made a stop in Denmark (Read about it here and watch the video below).

Video from our stay in Sweden…

While we were on our way back to Germany from Denmark someone broke into our van. That created a fair amount of chaos due to stolen passports and driving a van with a broken window and the only skimboarding we did in Denmark your can see below.

And then we took a ferry back to Germany…

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We made it back to Germany, where we stayed at Daniel Priel’s parent’s house, so we had time to swap out the van and for some of the guys to get new passports.

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After that we headed to Hamburg, Germany where Daniel goes to school and we crashed at his place for a few days. While we were there we ate a ton of kebab (oh, how I miss the kebab), checked out the red light district (except for Logan who conquered peer pressure) and we checked out the Beatles Square/Plaza since Hamburg is where the Beatles regularly performed during the early 60s.

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While we were there Daniel took us to one of the local beaches that was one of the muddiest skim spots I have ever been to. The spot featured two shipwrecks and was right on a deep water channel where large cargo ships would come in and out. It was a pretty fun spot to skim and a great place to capture photos and video at.

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Germany skimboarding with DB Skimboards

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We got a new van and everyone had their passports once again, so it was time to head to Warnemünde, which is part of Rostock, Germany for the Suprememsurf skim demo.

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Supremesurf built some epic rails that we created the specs for, but due to the skim spots we couldn’t ride everything. People had discussed building a giant skim pit, but unfortunatly when we got to the beach there was no skim pit and the conditions were very similar to Scharbeutz. It was barely skimable. We dug out a skim pit of our own that could handle some of the smaller features. Crowds gathered around us to watch all the action. The local news even showed up and filmed some of the demo and interviewed Friedrich and Blake. At the end of the day we had spread skim to more than a thousand people on the beach and even more through the German television station. It was a good day.

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Germany skimboarding with DB Skimboards

Germany skimboarding with DB Skimboards

Germany skimboarding with DB Skimboards

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Germany skimboarding with DB Skimboards

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After the demo we traveled to Poland for the Polish Skimboarding Open (read about it here) for one of the best skimboarding contests I have ever experienced.

The day after the contest we said our goodbyes and flew to Germany where we had to sleep in the airport.

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Upon boarding that plane our trip was officially over. Overall the trip through Europe was amazing. We met a ton of skimboarders and had the opportunity to witness the different skim scenes in person. Never in my wildest dreams when I started skimboarding in 1996 did I think I would go on a skim tour through Europe in 2013. Thanks to DB Skimboards and Daniel Priel, Friedrich Fluh, Adiren Raza, Richard Doctor, Adam Balaam, Dallas Kingsburry, Logan Davidson and Blake Zimmerman for letting me document their travels through Europe.

And thank you for reading and watching. Until next time skimboarders.