Louis Taubert is the man! The calm, humble and collected chap he is, he lets his strong and explosive skating do most of the talking. Don’t get me wrong though, he’s got things to say and opinions to back up, just doesn’t see much need for loudspeaking; the true northern kind…
Hey Louis! Congrats for getting on the DVS Europe team. Sick to see heads outside of Germany notice your quality shredding. What do you think was the crucial factor for you to get on? Did you smash it so hard noon the on the Planes, Trains & Automobiles tour that they didn’t have a choice?
Well, I’ve been riding DVS shoes for very long already; seven years all in all. First as a flow rider, then I “slept my way up” and got more stuff… this is the next logical step I guess. Philipp (Schmidt; DVS distributor) put in a good word for me, and when DVS wasn’t doing so well for a hot minute, he told me to hang in there, that there was this big tour planned and a spot for me on it. Now that Paul (Shier) is the TM – a European – I think my cards are even better; I mean, I had skated with the Americans a few times already when they came through Germany.
Before I always felt DVS to be a very LA based team. This seems to have changed. Do you feel more at home the way things are now? Did you feel welcomed on the tour?
I really like the new direction the team has taken. It’s somewhat more international, there are new characters that help shape a new face. I think the way we’re headed is pretty sick. The vibe on tour was super dope. It was my first time on such a big trip though so it took a good bite out of me, I felt pretty drained towards the end. But yeah, Paul is doing a sick job.
So what’s the deal then? It’s Adrien Coillard and you for now as the two guys on the Euro team? Or do they even have this category still?
Sure, they do. Adrien and I are getting better support. For the moment it’s just us two, Flo (Mirtain) is on the global team. We get to go on tours and I’m sure there will be the odd trip or event coming up.
Can you imagine ever getting bumped to the US team?
Well, the thing I’m sure of is that I want to keep doing my thing here in Berlin; this is how I like skateboarding to be. This is fun to me. California is not my cup of tea; maybe SF… but all in all I prefer skating in Germany or Europe.