Zumiez. Indoor park. Belgium.
Most riding time was spent at this park. It had a good variety of ramps, was fairly empty and most and for all, it was dry inside. Being a sponsored rider has its advantages. You get to ride new parts that no one has (prototype stuff). Ben Manuel had a pair of cranks that needed testing and it didn't take long for him to snap a piece off. That's back to the drawing board and the end of the session for Ben. Before this happened Ben made sure he did some wall taps out of a 9 feet high quarterpipe and a fufanu on an endless wall. Benny Paulsen was enjoying the square pool and worked on his pocket airs, lookbacks and 270 X-ups (or even further). Rubber arms indeed. Stefan Lantschner impressed with sweet inverts, tire slides and whips to his willing all over the park. 13 years old Bruno was messing around in the mini ramp doing turndowns over the hip and to fakie. Not too many 13 year old kids can say they can do that with the same style as Bruno can. Braumann has skills to pay the bills and adapted it all over the park. The Cools brothers are non-stop. They see different lines, turn to the left or to the right, and are a pleasure to watch ride. Hannu had a big line in mind but after multiple attempts to pull the quarter-wallride-manuel-quarter transfer he had to give up as the park got too crowded and he needed to pedal across the entire park to get the speed he needed. Even the TM's got to ride at Zumiez and enjoyed a healthy session.
Some cranks were arranged for Ben Manuel so he could get his bike back in shape. Thanks to everyone involved for fixing that. Nice one. We packed up the Eastpak pick-up truck, the Carhartt van and the Cools brothers' giant Renault White Van and continued on to the next spot. With cloudy and rainy weather we opted for the Mekert indoor spot in Middelburg, The Netherlands. The Cools brothers picked up some French hitchhikers but more on that tomorrow..........