Race Report – Insul (words by Chrisi Eckbauer)

The Ride to the German championships in Insul started on the evening at 7pm. We planned to start at something like 4pm, but I can’t remember any event where we started as we planned… After a nice and relaxed ride in Tina Zobel’s Volkswagen van we arrived just one minute before my birthday and so it was a very nice welcome at the camping site! After a few beer we all went to out tents or vans to be prepared for the next day.

The Insul track is a super nice track with 5 hairpins, a fast straight (+75km/h) and perfect for racing and freeriding. We had a whole day of freeriding on Friday. Simon was rocking the track with his incredible standup slides into the first corner with nearly 70 km/h). Matze and Leon were riding the new Maryhill edition from SKOA and it was nice to see how good these trucks were working.

Reinhold switches up wheels before the next run.

Reinhold switches up wheels before the next run.

After the freeride, we went back to the campsite and warmed up for the party with a small Pogo-Schnaps-Birthday session by our vans/tents. There was a band playing that evening called “The Duff Boys” so we expected a lot of beer, rock’n’roll and more Jägermeister! We weren’t disappointed! Nice oldschool rock’n’roll, hard pogo dancing (especially Matze) and Sebastian Hertler arrived in the right moment with more Jägermeister!!! The rest isn’t super clear.

So the next day starts for some with a small hangover and others felt sick and did’t participate in the qualification runs in the morning. During Qualification rain and sun changed every hour, so we had only 3 quali runs, but this was not a problem because all riders were qualified  (the race organization decided to make the 128cut). The Saturday evening starts with big dinner for all riders and ended with a super good Jam Session. Gunnar was rocking the drums and other racers joined in with the guitar, bass or vocals. It was an awesome vibe and the whole skate family enjoyed the evening.

Leon leads Matze and Chrisi in to a nice lefty.

Leon leads Matze and Chrisi in to a nice lefty.

The Race day starts with two film runs in the morning for Simon by Oli Dehmel and his Project SkateOn. We get two dry runs before the rain started up to make it fun for the Luge/Buttboard and Juniors. The weather conditions were now really changing every heat, and so we started in dry conditions for the first heat in the open class but then the second heat was in wet conditions and so many riders crashed but nobody get really injured.

Reini, Simon and I reached the ¼ finals but we were eliminated there and the ½ finals had the usual suspects. There were really close runs but in the end, the original residents of the legendary “steezehaus” Stuttgart: Sebastian, Jakob and SKOA team riders Matze and Leon reached the Final for the German Championship. It was a really close runs because these four skaters know each other so well and so nobody could forecast who will win. In the end Hertler won his 3rd title as German champion in a row. Matze got second and Jakob finished 3rd before Leon.

Matze, Sebastian and Jakob on the podium.

Matze, Sebastian and Jakob on the podium.

To Sum the event up: Jaaaa!!! Schöööön!!

First thanks to all the guys who make this event possible (Andi, Stephan, Seb and and and). Thank to all my friends for this unforgotten birthday party. Thank to the Duff Boys and all the riders  from the German Downhill family, because all of you make the longboard scene in Germany and Europe so unique.

Go out and skate!