This weekend saw skaters from across Europe, the USA, Brazil and more descend on Berlin for the Nike SB Berlin Open. As expected the level of skating in the comp was incredible, and there were some fun events thrown in over the weekend too.
The 4th and final stop of the Nike SB European Series warmed up on Friday with a hectic session at Project DSS. Formerly a DIY spot created by Lennie Burmeister and friends, the forgotten wasteland in East Berlin has been remodelled into a really fun concrete skatepark by the good people at Yamato Living Ramps.
The Beginnings of DSS
“Well, first there were three really shitty benches/ledges with metal edges that some people liked because they were lower than the Warschauer Benches. Then the plaza above got re-done and some of the mini bench locals jumped at the chance, stole a bunch of bags of concrete and splattered it on the bank by the disabled ramp. Then Lennie and myself (Jan Kliewer) helped them out a bit here and there, like bringing in left-over concrete from the Shelter. At one point we built a few things too. That’s how the spot came about”
The familiar faces of Fernando Bramsmark, Karsten Kleppan and Kevin Baekkel took advantage of whatever room was available in the park to thread together lines, supported on the sidelines by heavy hitters Luan Oliveira and Sean Malto. Rain stopped play early on in the session, but not before everyone had a chance to witness the level skating that would continue over the weekend.