Andi Welther, back tail.
After early morning flights, we all met up in Malaga, Spain at the airport. Andi Welther, Sven Kilchenmann, photographer Eric Antoine, filmer Jean Feil and myself, Oli Buergin, arrived from Basel, Gauthier Rouger from Barcelona and Ricardo Paterno from Amsterdam. Everybody on the trip had been to Spain before, but no one had been to the area we were going to visit. The expectations were high and we got lucky with the weather. While the rest of Europe got its fist taste of Winter, we were looking forward to getting sunburned every day.
Sven Kilchenmann, backside lipslide.
We picked up our rental cars and headed toward our first destination of the tour, Chiclana, near the Portugese border. After driving for 30 minutes, we had to get off the highway, drive to the beach and get some sleep, because everybody was really tired from waking up at 4:30 in the morning. We got to Chiclana in the afternoon and met up with German, our guide to check out some spots. We got some skating done, but everybody except Sven was really tired, so the session was short and ended when daylight was fading.
Sven and Andi.
The next day, we hit up the Chiclana Skatepark for a warm-up session and later headed to the shopping center we'd checked out the night before. To our surprise, we were able to skate there for over an hour without getting kicked out. After the traditional urban picnic, we headed back to town for some more spots and an improvised demo later at the skatepark.
Sven and Ricardo Paterno.
After a short night, we hit up Puerto Real right next to Cadiz and skated a really cool bank spot in a neighborhood that seemed sketchy but turned out to be really mellow. Sven and Ricardo got some good tricks there. Later at night, we met some sketchy characters at the bar right next to our hotel and decided that we needed to find a new place to hang out. The problem was solved by the fact that we had to leave Chiclana and go to Sevilla the next day.
Sven, backside flip.
Sevilla turned out to be a really nice city. Traffic was a bit on the heavy side, but we were able to skate a few spots before the demo at the skatepark. The park wasn't too good, so we skated a set of stairs next to it and all of the kids were stoked. Most of the street spots were located on the site of the 1992 World Expo, so we spent a whole afternoon there, getting quite a bit of stuff done.
Close Encounters of the Beach Bum Kind.
The highlight of the trip was definitely Granada. Known for the world famous Alhambra Palace, the beautiful city also has some good spots to offer. We skated a brand-new plaza with some crazy banks, but were only given 30 minutes by the policia local. At night, we enjoyed the free tapas you get every time you order a drink and listened to some traditional music in a bar located in a gypsy cave.
Everybody was quite tired when we got to Almeria, but there was enough energy left to skate the really good skate plaza at the beach and get some tricks on the spots in and around the city. The highlight was the hubba on the beach. As soon as somebody landed his trick, they could undress and run into the waves to cool down, which was a perfect way to end the trip. All we had left to do was to drive to Malaga and catch our flights home the next morning.--Oli Buergin