Lodge legend, Gerd Rieger
Name: Gerd Rieger
Current: Job / school: working in a warehouse from 7-4 every day and doing Bailgun Mag in the spare time
Where are you from? I grew up in Selm, a small town in the middle of Dortmund and Münster
Where do you currently live? Münster
Family status: single
Sponsors: Koloss Skateboards and Blackheaven shop is supporting me whenever I need something, but I tend to ride my stuff for a long time. And I´m not really sponsored for skating anymore. Falk Hicke from F-Stop Gear has supported me with the best photo bags out there! I used to ride for G&S in the mid 80´s to early 90´s, when they had a rad team, that was pretty cool.
Years of skateboarding: I started in 1980
Board size: 8,75
Wheel size: 60mm
Trucks: Indy 159
I change set up every: other year or so, haha
Current Board trend: it´s nice that a little bit of shape is coming back to boards.
Please state your type of terrain on your board in %
(Skatepark) Flow Street: 5%
Vert: 10% , I wish it was more, Münster used to have a nice vert scene, can´t remember when that was. Maybe the 80´s?
Your daily DAY by the hours, (or tell us about your longest day the last weeks)
05:50 – the alarm goes off – jump out of bed
06.00 – shower time, breakfast time, and maybe cook some pasta for lunchbreak
06:30 – ride my bicycle to work
07.00 – start work at the warehouse till 16:00
10.00 – 15 min break
13.00 – 30 min lunch break
16.00 off work
17.00 coffee time and if the weather is good go skate at Berg Fidel or work on the next Bailgun issue or other photo projects at the Bailgun office/studio
21.00 read, listening to some music
23.00 Bed Time
How are you doing at the moment? Doing good, trying to shoot photos, travel and skate whenever possible.
How is your body at the moment , (injuries, knees, and so so ) ? I had my good share of slams over the years, but I´ve been pretty lucky with serious injuries and the knees aren´t too bad either.
Please comment your feelings about Skateboarding in the
80s: looking back it seems like the best, but back then it was always a struggle to find a good ramp or get to the next ramp. But it was definitely a rad time to discover skateboarding. The Swedish Summer Camp ´85 with Lance and Hawk, Helsinge contest a week prior wtith Billy Ruff, Danny Webster, Tod Swank, Slappo, Nicky and everybody was a definite highlight.Skating Claus Grabke´s ramp with Anders Tellen, Florian Böhm, Uli Niewöhner, MVD, Jeff Hedges, Aaron Deeter and many more was rad too.Also building ramps all the time to have something to skate.
90s: small wheels and narrow boards where not that fun. It´s rad that you have a choice to pic whatever wheelsize or boardsize you want today. Traveling to California and skating some spots like the Nude Bowl and Mt Baldy, Linda Vista, Fallbrook, etc. and skating with Steve Claar, Bod Boyle, Remy Stratton, Reese Simpson, Lee Rlaph just to name a few was super rad, so the 90´s were not that bad.
2000: roadtrips to Marseille, Gexto, more traveling, more new concrete parks coming up.
2010+ Some more traveling, California, Colorado, Bask Country, Sweden, Denmark, ….
When I chill, I chill with, some friends and cold beer
I’m have been on a mission lately in (with) Bailgun Mag
Dream session would be, any of the Vert Attack contests were a dream session to watch and maybe a bit hectic to skate in. And skating Hans´ OMSA pool in his backyard with a good crew and BBQ after the session.
Lately I have been working on, the next Bailgun issue
When I was little I would like to, be a Truckdriver
When im home I like to, sleep
I normally call my homies for,
Your homies are, you know who you are.
Favorite drink is, water, coffee, beer
Favorite food is, mexican
Favorite drug, adrenalin and a beer or two is cool.
Favorite music, Old punk stuff, most Jazz from the Blue Note lable, and old 60´s stuff like Stax Records, Motown, Hendrix, Howling Wolf, RL Burnside, is cool too.
Favorite film, I like films from Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Tarantino, Spike Jones, Jim Jarmusch…
Favorite skateboarders, Neil Blender, Steve Claar, Hewitt, Moffet, Chris Cope, Jason Jesse, Anders Tellen, Marc Mitzka, Matt Grabowski, Jürgen Horrwarth, Alan Losi, Rune, Nicky,Kevin Wenzke …
Favorite skate film, Tent City, the stuff Pontus Alv does is always rad
Favorite skatepark, I ike the Encinitas Pool, Berg Fidel, the Beeble Bowl, Colorado backyard pools,
Favorite spot, WSVT is rad
Favorite woman / men (blond, fat, thin, big, small) women that are clever and creative are attractive.
When I cook, I cook, Guacomole
To go to trick is, drop in
To go to trick when you are farked is, drop out
To go to trick when you are winning is, Winning?
TOP 3 Cities, Encinitas, Münster, Malmö, Denver
When I travel, I always bring, my camera and skateboard
Best travel advice I can give is, Don´t Panic
Best life advise I can give is, Don´t Panic
Best travel memory you want to share?
Roadtrip with Matt Grabowski, Alex Schärfe, Bernd Jahnel and Jürgen Horrwarth from California to Oregon and back with a lot wild camping and skating a ton of the rad Oregon parks.
When I do not skateboard I, read, listen to music, ride my bike, sleep
My fitness program is, unloading a 40 foot container with some heavy boxes. 🙂
When I get old I want to, I guess I´m old already… haha, so I just want to continue what I´m doing I guess.
I would NEVER, you never know.
Where do you stand & please comment with skateboarding in the olympics?
I don´t worry about the Olympics too much. I could do without it and most skaters will not really profit from it, there might be a few more parks, but that´s about it. And there will be companys and organisations that will cash in major on it.It´s crazy what´s going on behind the scenes though and it´s probably better not to know too much about, it could ruin the fun.
N case you wanna know here´s an Interview with Neil Hendrix that gives you a pretty good insight of what´s going on: http://thegoodproblem.com/2016/08/04/skateboardings-olympics-neal-hendrix-interview/
I should do more of, – skateboarding
My future looks like, who knows
I dream of, more travels
The book I currently read is, I like Paul Auster, TC Boyle, biographies, Roger Willemsen
On Netflix / youtube I watch, maybe some documentary or some skateboarding.
If I could change the world I would, a bit more Peace would be cool, even though it´s totally unrealistic. Using the categorical imperative would be a good start. Google Kant.
I would love to be in a movie with, checking out the set at a Spike Jones, Werner Herzog or Wim Wenders movie would be interesting
Any regrets in life so far ? Not really.
I currently follow (social media, instagram twitter, Facebook)
Jason Lee is a pretty good photographer now, so it´s cool to check out his stuff. It´s either photographers, artists, skaters that have some interesting content. I certainly don´t care about all the kids pics, food pics and other boring stuff.
Thanks, go to Bertrant Trichet, Jörg Ludewig, Markus Koch, Richie Löffler, Falk Hicke,
Carhartt WIP, Urban Supplies, Koloss, Bloodmask, F-Stop Bags for supporting Bailgun Mag over the years.
And also a big thank you to everybody who let me take their picture.
Starts at 1:50, this is a cool one, 90´s halfpipe contest in a church in Glasgow, skating head to head against Danish Morten Tietze, Check Rick Charnowski as announcer. Recent interview with a little skating at the end at Hans´ OMSA Pool.
Thanks GERD !! THIS WAS RAD !! Check Gerd’s website: http://bailgun.com
Gerde is a real cool budy