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Thomas Nielsen

10:54 4th July 2009 by
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“Six years ago my kid brother and I bought a skateboard at the local toy store. For a long time we would just ride it all day long on our little suburban neighbourhood street, even the rain couldn’t stop us. Back then we couldn’t do any tricks but eventually we would start practicing ollies and we have both been skating ever since”

When Thomas started skating the local skate park in Aalborg(Denmark) he and his little brother Michael were like a couple of small albinos living in their own little world. They were both so shy that for a long time they would only speak to each other. Later they started skating a lot with a bunch of the other local skate kids, a group that the older skaters called “The Kindergarten”. Thomas was the leader of “The Kindergarten”, he was always the one to decide which spots they wanted to skate and they would always film each other. To me it seemed that these kids had been filming each other since the first day they stepped on a skateboard, maybe Thomas and Michael filmed each other playing with Lego as kids. Not quite, says Thomas:

“He he, that’s probably cause you didn’t see us the first couple of years we were skating. But after seeing a lot of skate videos we felt like making our own, so we borrowed this huge video camera from our parents and made a video that was “cut in- camera”. We didn’t know how to edit so we had to do all of the tricks first try. Later on we got our own video camera and we learned how to edit on a computer. I think that filming has helped my skating to evolve a lot, for instance the summer of 2004 when we were filming for my CodeRED#10(Danish videomagazine, ed.) videopart I really felt that the motivation for the video helped me progress. Of course it is also nice to go skating with friends just for the fun of it and I do that all the time as well, but sometimes it is nice to have the camera there to help you focus.”

Thomas has grown up as a part of the skate scene in Aalborg. Because of the small size of the city(poulation 150.000) the scene has always been pretty tight, there were never enough skaters for groups to be formed but still there was always enough to keep skating and the skatepark alive.How has this influenced him?

“For the size of the city the level of skating has always been really high. When I was younger I would see guys like Kristian Bomholt (RIP), Carsten Rask and Pauli Lynnerup going off everyday and these guys were always an inspiration. People here have always been tight and when we for example go skating at the concrete park at Sauers Plads(Check Kingpin issue #7) there is always some fun stuff going down, either skating or just fooling around.”

Now that “The Kindergarten” has dissolved and turned into high school, technical school and so forth, it is nice for an old man such as myself to see that they still stick together and still love to skate. Thomas is no longer the leader who tells the crew where to skate but has now evolved into a pleasant young man who is even quite talkative at times.

Thomas was the first to succeed in 50-50′ing the infamous 40-stair Christiania rail, a rail that can take credit for several broken arms, tailbones and twisted ankles, and after this the Danish distributors opened their eyes to his talent. He is now riding for First Distribution and after they helped him send some footage to Black Box, Thomas got an unexpected phone call:

“My cell phone rang and there was some kind of long foreign number on the display. I picked it up and it was Jamie Thomas on the phone; he told me that he had seen my footage and that he was stoked. He got my address and now he sends me packages with gear. We email back and forth on a regular basis, but I am still not sure what will happen. I still send him footage once in a while and he seems to still be interested. Right now I am attending the School of Commerce and I still have one year left, but when I am finished I would like to travel the world and skate. But I don’t have any specific plans besides skating, having fun and making the best of it.”
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