Postcards: Namibia By Tjark Thielker

Tjark Thielker’s Super 8 Postcard from Namibia.

Tjark Thielker went on a trip to Namibia recently – not quite your average skate tour destination. However, exploring has been an integral part of skateboarding since day one. So when you’re actually searching the unknown, Nimibia should be a safe bet. Here are a few things Tjark has found while down there with Kevin Metallier , Anthony Lopez, Thiery Gomis, Phillip Schuster and Olli Ilmonen:

Filming: Tjark Thielker | Edit: Jo Peters | Pic: Kev. Metallier | Text: Jan Kliewer

5 reasons to travel Africa:

– Broaden your horizon

– Thirst for culture

– Landscapes

– Wildlife

– History


5 Namibia facts:

– Two deserts in one country: Kalahari & Namib desert, the latter one being the country’s eponym.

Fish River Canyon: the second largest canyon of the world.

– Namibia has the second highest sand dune in the world: “Dune 7”, measuring 350m.

– Former German colony (1884-1915).

First genocide of the 20th century, Germans killing the Herero and Nama people. Up to 90.000 deaths between 1904-1908.


5 Google tips for skate spots in Namibia:

– adidas “South Africa” in Namibia

– Windhoek skate

– skate Namibia

– skate spots in Namibia

– Skateboard Namibia


5 travel essentials for a Namibia trip:

– Camera

– Water

– Sun screan

– Car plus spare tire

– Shades


5 German influences still found in Namibia

– Colonial days’ heritage

“Ghost town” of Kolmanskop, founded in the diamond rush of the early 20th century, now slowly disappearing in dunes.

– Language: Still about 20.000 German speaking people there, plus scattered German speaking schools.

– Culinary influence: Restaurants and bakeries offering typical German dishes or food.

– Beer. “Windhoek” for instance: brewed under German purity law.


3 Namibian virtues that could do Germany good:

– Impartiality

– Hospitality

– Contentment


3 best Namibian dishes:

– Springbok

– Crayfish

Tombo (homemade millet beer)


3 Namibia souvenirs:

– Hand carved chestnut key pendant

– Tapestry coloured in natural paint

– Wooden salad servers


1 Pearl of wisdom you learned on this trip:

– Be thankful for what you’ve got, and question your “problems” before entitling them as such.



Kingpin’s Postcards feature is the old “disposable camera/shoot the world through your eyes”-game brought to moving pictures. Whenever we hear of  interesting tours or exotic destinations some of the main characters of European skateboarding embark on and set sail to, we fit them with a roll of super 8 film and let them shoot what they think makes their journey special. The results are by far no traditional skate clips. Much rather are these personal travel diaries – postcards from roads less travelled!


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