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Oliver Arne Thurau (RIP)

Starting skateboarding at the age of 14, a lot of street skating and a couple of different hometowns later I got my first live impression of Vert skating at the halfpipe in Konstanz (Germany).   A while later I moved there to go vert skating and I am still living there. I started to travel …

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Keun Yupp Song (AKA Yupp)

WCS certified Korean trainer DOB: 1985/ 3/ 21 Location: Seoul Korea   My name is Keun Yupp Song but you can call me Yupp! I was born and raised in a town called Daejon in South Korea. When I was 12 years old, a bunch of kids were rolling around in the class hallway on …

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Seunghyun Baek (AKA StuntB)

Location : Seoul, Korea Being raised up with the absence of parental guidance as a child, Baek didn’t have the luxury of getting parental attention. However, if there was one it would be his very first skateboard as a gift he received in the X-mas present he got in 1987. As a child, seeing other …

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Dan Cates

Dan is from the South East of England and currently resides in London. He has been a skateboarder since 1987 and began competing in the early nineties. He first got sponsored in 1996 by Vans, and was a Warp Tour finalist in 1997.   He rode for various different board companies until Death Skateboards was …

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Stephan Dietrich

Name: Stephan ‘Slow’ Dietrich Born: 9th April 1975 Lives: Berlin Germany   Vans Store Berlin Storemanager, Radioskateboards Teammanager   I got my first Skateboard when I was 12 years, some small Banana Board. I just cruzed on my knee’s. When I was 14 i got my first real Skateboard then. Toxicboard Gullwingtrucks and Bones Wheels …

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Mirko Holzmüller

Name: Mirko Holzmüller Born: 22.October 1979 Lives: Munich, Germany   My name is Mirko Holzmüller I was born October 1979 and raised in Hof/Saale – northern Bavaria next to the border of Czech Republic.   Due to the bad weather conditions there, it’s also called Bavarian-Siberia. As I started skateboarding in 1994 a group of …

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Vesa Ikola

Name: Vesa IkolaBorn: 1976Live: Lohja (60km from Helsinki), FinlandHow many years skating? 20+ years   When and where did you start skating?I started skateboarding in my hometown Lohja around 1990   What other events have you judged?Etnies Euro Open-Basel, 10 years of Simpel Session in Estonia, Finnish Championships contests, Helsinki Hookup (formerly known as Proskate) …

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Oli Buergin

Name: Oli BuerginCountry: Switzerland   Born in Basel, Switzerland 1973, started skateboarding in 1985, took a break for about two years to ride BMX and then got back into skating. Been hooked to all aspects of skateboarding ever since. In 1992 I started working for Vertical Skateramps and got to travel all over Europe for …

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Brigo Saez Montero

Name: Brigo Saez MonteroStarted skateboarding: 1989Lives: Vitoria, Spain   I have started skateboarding in 1989 when I was 17 years old. Than I have moved from La Coruna city to Vitoria where I live until now. I met new friends like Javier Sarmiento, Alain Goikoetxea and Ibon Marino that I started to skateboard with. I …

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