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This year Mitch Langfield and myself set out with a goal to travel around the globe riding our water boards and documenting all the highs, lows and everything in between. Mitch has had the idea for this project for some time and as it comes together, you can expect to see some teasers featured on TheblueCircle vimeo page . We kicked this world tour movie off with a trip to Europe. Mitch planned out a 2 month trip though France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Holland and Denmark, with the intent to ride as many cables and winch spots we could. As well as getting a few contest done along the way, Fise, Wake The Line and Wake Of Steal. I couldn’t do whole 2 month so I bailed after Germany. Fise was the first contest, so we decided to hit up TNG cable in France. TNG is based in the little town called L’isle Jourdan. Aaron Gunn showed up on the 2nd day we were their and had no solid game plan for his time in Europe. Mitch: “So Aaron you want to travel with us and film for the new vid were doing?” Aaron: “I’ve got no plans I’m down.” Mitch: “Sick we got a grommet to help man a camera.” Easy as that. A few lessons on the camera and he was good to go. Having an extra hand to help film has been huge, along with having the opportunity to work with Aaron on a full part. We had a couple of fun GoPro set’s one day and Aaron had the stoke meter working overtime. It’s really fun seeing the dudes progression curve.
The cable was open from around 1 to 8pm. We were stoked to film in the afternoon light because it was cold most days. Most days were overcast but we scored a couple of good days. There was a legit step down pipe rail that everyone was stoked to get a few hits on film. It was cool seeing all the locals rides. They all ripped and I think it’s because they have legit rails to learn on making them better riders. In no time we were friends with the local crew that kicked it on the bank all day riding the park, drinking beers and having a good time. The common ground though wakeboarding was there even though we didn’t talk a lick of French. They had some sick winch spots and took us to one down the road that was a 12 foot drop. It was hard work getting the rope back each time but Mitch and I went for it and got some cool photo’s and video out of it. Making it worth the pain haha.
Other then riding our faces off everyday we spent time skating around the little town. Most of the time it felt like a gohst town. For the fist 4 days in town I think I saw a total of 20 people and they were all over the age of 70. It was like a little retirement village that had a dope cable down the road. The shops would be closed most of the time and it seemed a slow pace life. Until the weekend when there was a market. All of a sudden there were people everywhere with there little stores set up along the street almost like people from all over come to the town on sunday to get there things for the week and then disappear for another week. I found the food a little strange. The town is know for there Duck. Duck liver fat spreads on bread was a given at restraints, and raw mince meat was a delicacy. We’d eat Chocolate croissants everyday for breaky, best croissants in the world but after about 20 that week, croissants got old. Most nights you couldn’t find anything to eat after 6 and we would still be riding. So we had to skate about 3 kilometers out of town to Mc Donald’s most nights. It was a supper sick skate with some big hills to bomb. Thanks to all the locals that let us have run of the park and do what ever we wanted. I suggest going and checking out TNG if your in France and like to ride. It’s about an hour out of Toulouse.
Toulouse, Train station.
Around town, L’lise Jourdain Mitch morning coffeeMr Gunn. ghost town
Mitch, Japan TNG.
Mustash ride.Local crew.Market day. L’lise JourdainMitch Winching
After logging some rad clips we hit the road to Montpellier for the contest Fise. The most intense contest I’ve ever been to. But not in a way that all the Athletes are getting supper competitive and egotistic (that happens in some country’s), more like thousands of drunk French people running around screaming there heads off for 5 days. Everyone got to ride the course a fair bit before the event. Actually, after the qualifying round we got to practice. It’s all a bit backwards but it’s a hell of a time. We made the most of the setup they had made for us to ride and got some footage while free riding the course for a couple of days. The safety factor wasn’t applied to this course and why would it be. There were no rules anywhere it seemed. It was like being at a old school core bowl event where everyone is partying and shredding. It was sick! The Australian bar was our home for the 5 day event.
Windsor & Manu
Dom Hernler WindsorAntoni van der WekkenHotel party. NicoShaneDan sending it. Around Montpellier
I’d be lying if I said it was a bummer the event had to end. After 5 days of good times we took a rough train ride to Barcelona. Shane Bonifay joined us which is always good when your feeling under the weather. Shane is the best story teller I know. Story time with Shane all the way to Barcelona helped ease the pain from the 5 day madness. With the understanding that we had a winch to use in Barcelona we were all stoked to get some unique stuff done. Mitch had been there the year before and knew it was a gold mine for rad winch spots. We rocked up to a sick 2.0 that is on the ocean and had a little shred. The crew with the winch informed us that the winch had just broke. That killed our plans pretty fast. Then the rain and crazy winds set in for the next 4 days. It was a bust but we made the most of the city. Skating from bar to bar, ordering tapas and beers. Shane shared his standup comedy act he wants to perform one day. He’s got some gold.
Skate spot Beers and Tapas Shane
Handbags for sale in the subway. Chris O Photo’s Aaron Gunn Aaron Mitch Wheel bite. Mitch down.
After 4 days of good times, it was time to get back on the train again to Germany for Wake The Line. I was stoked to go to this contest after watching it live on the internet for the past few years. It’s a unique course set up in 2 Olympic size swimming pools. After the first practice run you realize that riding here is completely different to anything else. You have to land everything clear or you wont be setup for the next rail hit. Or worse you could skip out of the pool and land on the concert. Practice wasn’t going well for me and I was feeling sick in the cold weather. Not seeing a winter in 11 years will make you sensitive to the cold. First head to head heat I was out. The guys who had been riding the event for years looked the most comfortable. Mitch killed it and made it to the final 6. Brenton was there and he won the Quarter pipe event. It was rad seeing the homies kill it. Shane & Chris O Waiting for the train. Photo Mitch Henshaw Stephen Wallet getting limber. Kasen Rossi Dom stalin Raph Shane CrewBP Mitch
BP Shane Watson Mitch
Last stop was The Bricks. All the rails are made of Brick. Hence the name. It was cold but that’s Germany from my understanding. Beautiful country side and awesome people, but brutally cold. Maybe not that cold, but for me it was. The Bricks is owned by a really nice family that looked after us better then we could of ever expect. We had full access to the park every morning before it opened. Mark Rossiter and Manu Rupp spent the week riding with us. Riding rails made of brick is sick because there so solid and don’t move when you land on them. We added on a little gate onto some of the rails there and everyone got some rad clips, except for Aaron who pissed off to England to get nothing done. The last nights, Lucas took us out to a place called The Castle. The Castle was a castle. The place was a blast. Every room was like being in a different bar. They had the rock room, the metal room, the DJ room etc. A place that all walks of life were partying. We thrashed the Metal and rock room all night,then it was time for me to
The BricksManu RossiMitch
The Bricks family. Mr Suess on the BBQ
Chris O first light Photo’s Mitch. Lukas