For Állatkert Brett visited four cities around Central and Eastern Europe. In Budapest he spent some time with the Rios Crew, a group of very hospitable skaters you should hopefully be more than familiar with by now. In Minsk Brett linked up with the Black Block crew, in Vienna he spent time with Lukas Jankoschek and the Turtle Productions boys, and in Prague he caught up with Latvian skater Fricis Štrauss – who impressively managed to log a minute and forty five seconds worth of footage in just two days, pretty good going.
The titles for the video were created by Cosme – so once again we nudge you in the direction of our interview with him.
If you would like to get a bit familiar with Lukas of Turtle Production, and Fricis we’ve got some excerpts of our chats with them below. And encourage you to click the hyperlinks above to be taken through to the full interviews.
“What’s special about Vienna as a city and scene? Why should people visit?
Lukas: The city has its own character which is pretty much conducted by freedom. Especially during summertime Vienna transforms into a huge playground where you can do whatever you want to do. Skating wise it’s super easy to push from spot to spot since the ground is very smooth and you can find spots all over the city. One would have to discover the typical Viennese grumpiness, for foreign people this might easily be misunderstood at first but after some time you get used to it, you might even start to like it! All in all I couldn’t find any better words to describe the city than how Philipp Schuster did in his Red Bull Diaries: “Vienna is the most lovable city in the world!””
“Hey Fricis, tell us a little bit about where you’re from and what got you into skating?
Frics: I am from Jurmala, Latvija but now I spend more of my time in Riga working and enjoying the good times with my friends.
I need to say thanks to my family who put me there when I was 8 year old. I started with snowboarding and then 4 years later my next neighbor started skateing and doing hip-hop when I was 12 – some of the best memories. Best think to do in small town! My first board I got from my mother’s friend who gave me a rough and super oldschool slalom board, just cruzing around all summer. Than my father bought a street board and my skateboard life got on its way with my town friends, that was the best childhood memories that’s for sure!”