Words by David Sizemore and Frederik Kofoed
Stills by David Sizemore
I can tell you from experience that this bowl ain’t easy, and it’ll bite you every fucking chance it gets. Just a single drop of rain on the bottom of the transition and a wheel touches it.. You’re done. Toast. However, when you watch Fred skate it, it doesn’t really seem that rough. That’s a damn lie though, so don’t be fooled while watching this footage. There’s crack needles and microwaves and rusty screws lying around everywhere like some kind of fucked up putt putt course.
This DIY is built under a bridge between Nørrebro and the northwest side of Copenhagen. Even though these days most of our crew is dispersed all around the city, for some reason Nørrebro seems to be naturally where our anchor’s set. It’s strong balance of cultural diversity and rawness, tends to constantly draw us in and become motivation and constant entertainment. From trophy competing durum shops, questionable cell phone repair stores, lush cemeteries, and historic train stations, this pocket is just littered with spots and good times.
This part is not only a highlight on Fred’s tasteful approach to skating, but also a raised can of øl to this incredible corner of the city.
As most Capitals, Copenhagen is growing in population and expanding with development. This means that the run-down and outcast neighborhoods get changed, pushed out by fast development, and everything that comes with it. The character of a neighborhood depends on the unpolished surfaces and the quirky corners, with hidden spots who’s existence only some people pay attention to. Knowing one of these concealed spots, and to be able to surf it well, makes you feel like a local.
“Under Broen” bowl is one of these places. Based under a highway bridge in a still undeveloped part of the neighborhood amongst trash and beer cans, lies this tight ass bowl. Magnificently built by the 100 % skateboarder owned concrete company FSR, this shit hole was filled with smooth concrete, and has been a scene for many good sessions. Having a place like this surely has an expiration date, but we’ll never know when it will be. That’s why it only made sense to make a tribute to a sacred spot while it’s still around.