Lodge Guest, Karin Schweizer
Where do you currently live and where are you from ?
I come from the countryside in Austria and live now in really beautiful city from Austria 30 minutes away from Italy.
Tell us a little bit about your past ?
I grow up on Snowboard and get a big passion for it. My parents tried to feature me in horse riding but after I surfed my first wave I totally felt in love with boardsport.
Why skateboarding ? How did it start for you ?
I guess I‘ll find alot of answers for the question but definitely first that skateboarding is a kind of art and that you will never fight against somebody else only with yourself. I start really late with Skateboarding I was 23 because my best friend was asking me if we go longboarding and I said no before longboarding I gonna skate. So I did it, bought me a used board rolled to the next park and never stopped with it since 3 years. Nowadays I‘m asking myself what I did before 🙂
What size set up, wheels & trucks do you currently ride ?
My deck is 8.5 and the trucks 1.48 and my wheels 60. I love this setup it‘s good for big transition.
Do you have any setup rituals, we need to know about ?
I‘m changing my decks between 8.25 and 8.5 but I‘m always riding big wheels.
Any sponsors ?
I have a local shop sponsor from my city it‘s called moreboards and I really love it to support them.
What kind of skateboarding do you prefer ?
I prefer Vert and Bowl skating because it gives me always the feeling of surfing and I love big transitions because I dream every night of huge airs :))
Do you have a great skate spot in your home town you can recommend ?
There a nice one in the front of our theatre it‘s a little quarter and easy to ride. It‘s nice if you want to get a nice photo because there are many flowers and the building of the theater is very old.
Who is your favorite skateboarders, under and over 30 ?
I haven‘t any special one I guess every skater inspires me in his own way.
School, work, not working or other occupation ?
I‘m working as a snowboard instructor in winter and in summer yo‘ll gonna find me on my local lake teaching watersports. Besides I‘m studying primary teacher.
How is a normal day looking for you ?
Depends wich season is but in summer I start in the morning at 8:00 going to work with the kids teaching them some windsurfing. After it I‘ll go for University and of course if I‘m not to late ready with everything I skating my local Vertramp until the sun goes down and if it‘s a warm day I gonna take a swim in the lake.
Tell us how a good long great weekend should look for you
It should definitely including a skateboard trip to some nice bowls. Perfect would it to be close by the ocean so I can take early bird wave and in the evening shredding some concrete waves.
Any big plans for 2019 ?
I have always a lot of plans but first of all traveling in summer to a warmer place and then learn all my tricks from my big list.
Who are you hanging out with at the moment ?
At the moment I‘m with my best skatefriend Alisa Fessl. We are finishing our last day here in Kopenhagen.
Who and what is your motivation at the moment ?
My motivation for Vertskateboarding is so high right now after seeing all the crazy guys ripping the vertattack in Malmö.
Last country you visited ? and what happened there ?
Before Sweden and Denmark, I was in Italy and it was an amazing trip. I met there Gorgio Zattoni and it was really inspiring to see him skating his huge green Vert.
What was the last gnarly thing you witnessed ?
I guess it was all the crazy and unbelievable tricks from last weekend at the vertattack.
What was the last item you bought ?
Some Denmark sweets from a bakery.
What do you do besides skateboarding, do you have other hobbies, other interests ?
I always enjoy snowboarding far away from all the stress. I love freeriding because then I can feel nature as much as somewhere else. Maybe I only have the same feeling from surfing but the next waves are far away from Austria.
What is your to go to restaurant, you wanna share ?
I‘m not often in restaurants but when then mostly in some Indian‘s.
When you cook food, what do you cook ?
I love to cook curry. It‘s one of the most practical dishes because on the next day it‘s even more tasty.
Whats your top 3 favorite drinks ?
smoothies, espresso, hot chocolate
How do you see the future of skateboarding ?
I think there is a lot of changing right now and of course women skateboarding is getting popular.
Who do we need to interview on the lodge ?
You should interview more girls 🙂
Do you ever think about a future with no skateboarding ?
I’m trying to stay fit and hopefully I never hurt myself to bad so that I can skate even when I‘m a granny with white long hairs doing some huge frontair.
Last words, thank yous, other, did we miss anything ?
Thank you for interviewing me and big thanks to Denmark and Sweden for giving such an amazing skateboardtrip.