SAFETY FIRST


FRONTSIDE BOARDSLIDE, 07.42 P.M. AT THE RIVER RHEIN
PHOTO: LEON SCHMIDT


TODAY FREDDY IS IN COLOGNE WITH REINHARD
I couldn’t have been happier to finally be in Cologne; the city I was born.

I have a strong connection to the city. It also served as an important base on my trip back to the future. Yet, combining the two towers of the dome with a skateboard trick into one picture was easier said than done. It took time to find the perfect spot for the shot, but we did. Of course, there was nothing there I could use to set up my trick.

Out on the search again, I ran into a few construction workers who gladly lent me a scrapped crowd control barrier. They let me have it with the advice: “dude, take it but make sure you land, and not on your knees!” The photographer and I did everything we could to keep that shaky metal barrier absolutely still.

After a few tries, even the sun played along. I nailed the trick, and thankfully not my knees. Safety first.

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