How has the last year affected you?
Not being able to travel definitely sucked but to be fair the lockdown in Germany wasn’t anywhere close to as bad as it seemed like in Spain or Italy. While riding street you still had to look out for cops since gatherings with more than two household were (and still) are not allowed. So at first it seemed sketchy going to ride with more than a handful of friends, but as the whole situation kept taking longer and longer it felt more relaxed.
For the Vans Mash video, did you hit local spots that you know well or did you manage to get out and discover parts of your local area that you weren’t so familiar with?
For me it was kinda a mix, since I was filming a VX project back home in Frankfurt I wanted to film in other cities for Mash. It all started kinda naturally when I went to visit my friend Adi in South Germany with my brother and we ended up doing a few day trips over the border to Basel, Switzerland (crossing the border was no issue). After that Kilian, Merlin and me went to Berlin for a couple days. Traveling around Germany was easy.
Are local spots boring for you after riding them so much or were you able to look at them with fresh eyes?
In a way, yes but at the same time its motivating to go out discover a bit further than usual.
How was it filming with friends/locals rather than your usual filmer?
It was pretty easy, mostly because I've filmed loads with Merlin (Czarnulla) before.
Was it liberating to not have the usual pressure of filming on a relatively short trip ?
Not really,. I almost prefer it to have that pressure of going somewhere and having to come back with something. So those few day trips were perfect for that.
What are the three things you look forward to most once all restrictions have been lifted?
Just hopefully being able to going back to travel wherever I want.
How have you kept busy and healthy during the pandemic?
Just trying not to think about the pandemic too much since there’s nothing I can do about it anyways. Other than that I started riding road bike a bit, its been pretty fun and a good way to discover more suburban areas around Frankfurt.