Eindje casts a light on Eindhoven’s lost spots and their untold stories
Words: Daryl Mersom | Pics: Daan Archer, Stijn Kemper, DVL
Eindje is a documentary about the skateboarding history of Eindhoven, which premiered 15 October at Area51 Skatepark in Eindhoven. The trailer, which is completely in Dutch, offered an intriguing look into the history of their scene and spots. We decided to find out a little bit more about the film and the people that feature in it, and spoke to Stijn Dirkx and Willem Stinissen of Boeie Productions, Wieger van Wageningen, Michel van Dartel, and Jeroen Sars.
The title of the film is a slang word for Eindhoven, but also refers to distance, for instance, “the next spot is an eindje away.” Stijn told me that it alludes to “a piece of the history which is growing and producing more good skaters, like Daan van der Linden.”
But the city has not always been in the spotlight. “Not that many pros came by Eindhoven for street skating,” Wieger told me. “But I remember Todd Jordan and Rodrigo TX came by. Anthony Claravall and Joe Brook came by 17 years ago and my parents were on vacation and so they stayed at my house. We were feeding our cat whipped cream and we made some pancakes, good times! Anthony always kept me in mind and wanted me to skate for the Firm, if he had never passed by Eindhoven then my future might have looked different.”
What follows are the stories behind Eindhoven’s two most important skate spots, the Piazza and Area 51, told in the words of the locals themselves.
The Piazza, which had marble-like curbs at every possible height, all kinds of manual plateaus, and lots of smooth flat, raised generations of skaters.
“That spot just had everything skateboarding was about in those days,” recalls Michel. “Many skateboarders from the region moved to Eindhoven and when Jeroen Sars and Mike de Geus started frequenting the spot it also started to attract a lot of attention from the rest of the country.
»That spot just had everything skateboarding was about in those days«
Within a few years, the Piazza was packed with skateboarders again. (You can see a bit of the spirit of those days in 411 video magazine #3’s World Report.) This time around, however, the city of Eindhoven began to actively prosecute skateboarding at the Piazza, which often pushed us to explore other spots again.”
The local courthouse (Kantongerecht) was one of Michel’s favourite alternatives. “It’s basically just a ledge on a smooth black marble plateau surrounded by a few steps. And in the winters we would skate the parking lots, the most memorable of which was the ‘VGZ,’ which had endless yellow-painted curbs, a few driveway plateaus and a high rail.”