Nicolas Schopfer came in 4th place in the Am division of Winterclash 2011 and will compete Pro for the first time this year. Read on about his memories of bearded friends, the joy of last minute preparations and the urge of "keeping up with friends"...
Photography by Mina Sidi Ali
Are you coming to Winterclash? If not, why?
Yes! I should get there on Friday on a freakin' mission like always!
What set up are you going bring to Winterclash?
Xsjado Stockwell 4's, Kaltik Stealth flat frames, Undercover wheels.
What are you looking forward to the most?
Seeing everyone again, meeting the team mates I've never met and competing in the Pro contest for the first time.
Do you compete? No matter if yes or no, tell us why you do or don't.
Yes, I do, but less than I use to. I enjoy competing in a sort of chilled environment, I like knowing that the guys I'm skating with in a pool are enjoying themselves as much as I am. I'm way past the superman double frontflip for Gold, if you know what I mean...
What was your coolest personal Winterclash moment?
It's hard to decide man… It was in Mülhausen in 2007, I think, where we didn't have a place to stay and ended up with most of the Swiss crew in a Hell's Angels bar. I made many bearded friends there because they liked the "death" music on my iPod. Or last year with Jack Neveu, watching him trying to be in the background of every single shot taken during pro finals, holding up a massive 'High In The Park' flyer. And I'm 100% sure his efforts got him a spot behind a huge white circle on the last page of the Be-Mag Winterclash 2011 article.
Guess I just love the randomness of it all... There's almost 8 months every year to get ready for the comp and each year I book my flight last minute. Tickets are always sold out so I have to find a way to get one – rules are rules! I find a place to stay as I get there, never know where to put my stuff, start drinking too soon and barely feel like skating because I'm catching up with the homies,
All in all, Winterclash is always a great experience! Oh, and I usually can't walk for 3 days after the event. Great.
Find more perspectives on Winterclash 2012 on Be-Mag here.
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