Join A Huge Skate Tour Through The Balkans With Madars Apse & Crew | UNKNOWN TREASURES Part Two

Red Bull final supercharged skate mission before lockdown took on Europe’s final skate frontiers: Wes Kremer, Josef Scott, Madars Apse, Ben Skrzypek and Tino Arena set out on a 13-day mega-tour to skate the capital cities of the southern Balkan states of Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia on a huge overland journey involving hospitals, sunset sessions, food poisoning and UN peacekeepers along the way.

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Red Bull – Skate The Hidden Spots Of The Balkans w/ Madars Apse, Wes Kremer & Crew | UNKNOWN TREASURES Part One

Late in the last summer before lockdown, SK8MAFIA’s Wes Kremer, Element Skateboards’ Madars Apse, Sour Skateboards’ Josef Scott and widely- respected veteran Ben Skrzypek were joined by vibesman Tino Arena on a 13-day skate mission through the southern Balkans to spread the good word of global skate culture all the way from the beach towns of Albania to the killer skate scene in Skopje, North Macedonia via Montenegro and Kosovo.

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The World Loves Skateboarding | Best Of Red Bull Skateboarding 2020

2020 was a most unusual year, but it will be remembered as one of skateboarding’s most globally successful years.

The reasons for that are many and varied, sometimes overlapping, but a perfect convergence of circumstances saw skate shops around the world unable to meet demand, small brands suddenly able to clear out entire inventories, and uptake – oftentimes re-uptake – of skating worldwide at a level not seen since the headiest days of decades past.

It was at breakfast the morning after Red Bull Skateboarding’s 2020 planning meeting last January that the newspaper headline spoke of a city being locked down far away. It’s doubtful that anyone back then could have foreseen the last 12 months playing out the way they have, but with so many projects already under way globally the race was on to bring them all in – safely, and in whole.

From Patrik Wallner’s pioneering Uzbekistan skate project to contests like Simple Session, Red Bull Solus & Red Bull Bowl Rippers to RAW EDITS with Jamie Foy, CJ Collins & more to introducing the world to Madars Skate Tales to skating Larvikite with Torey Pudwill & crew to exploring the spirit of skateboarding in Africa, 2020 will go down in as an epic year in our history books!

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Skatepark Turned Board Game – How We Made ‘The Maze’ w/ Madars Apse, Vladik Scholz & Crew

A man ever on the hunt for new challenges and terrains, German ripper Vladik Scholz linked up with master skatepark craftsman Andreas Schutzenberger to roll out a pioneering indoor skatepark project: a hydraulic tilting skatepark labyrinth known as The Maze. Based on the ubiquitous childhood marble game of yore, Schutzi’s 40-ton, 21 sq m skatepark creation is suspended 3m into the air on a series of hydraulic jacks which make the floor slope in any chosen direction – even as you skate it!

Press play to go behind the scenes with Vladik & Andreas to find out how they made this amazing one-of-a-kind skatepark.

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Best Of Season One | SKATE TALES

Watch some of Red Bull’s favorite moments from Season One of Skate Tales – Madars Apse’s new series journeying through skateboarding’s wilder shores.

Madars was always intrigued by the outliers and misfits – the skaters that other skaters are terrified of. Being such a unique individual himself, this is Madars’s world and so we joined up with him on a global search for the skateboarding stories you don’t hear every day.

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