An interesting thing happens when you have a skate scene with a young generation growing up under a cadre of established rippers. With firsthand tutelage at its best and a lead-by-example approach, something unsurprising happens — progression goes through the roof.
That in mind, allow us to introduce Austrian charger Thomas Renner: full-time carpenter, lifelong Rapid Vienna football fan, DIY concrete shaping guru and product of a ballistic Vienna skate scene.
Put it like this: He banged out this part in eight days flat ... say no more. Keep reading to hear from the machine himself.
RedBull.com: Can you introduce yourself to anyone not yet familiar with who you are?
Thomas Renner: My name is Thomas Renner. I'm 27 years old and I live in Vienna.
The Vienna skate scene seems to be one of the most dynamic in Europe, and yet its never on the "circuit" for demos or tours. Why do you think that is?
I think one reason could be that our neighbor Germany is much more important for the big brands and distributors than our small country, so they have no financial reason for tour stops or demos. Sometimes, though, teams get lost here or in Innsbruck.
Who are the OGs of the Vienna scene, in your mind?
There are a few skaters in Vienna who are over 30 and still rip — those are the real OGs, I would say. Just to name a few: Frido Fiebinger, Andreas Luger, Martin Scheidl, Markus Schwarz, Muki Rüstig, Roland Zolle, Johannes Wahl and others.
You've just been to California, what were your impressions of the scene?
It was the first time I've been and I have only positive things to say. The weather is always perfect, the spots are awesome and the possibilities are endless. I was surprised that street skateboarding there has a better reputation among the residents than in many European countries I've visited. People were always friendly and hyped that we came from Europe to skate there. It definitely won't be my last time visiting California.
There's a vibrant DIY culture in Vienna. What could other cities learn from that can-do approach?
Complaining about bad skatepark situations doesn't change anything. Get together, organize and keep going. If the spot gets torn down, go find a new spot and start building again. Where there's a will, there's a way.
Any last words?
I just want to thank everyone who's supported me over the last few years. There's my family, Stil Laden skateshop, Sebastian Binder, Philipp Schuster, Philipp Hardikov, the ALM-DIY crew, Spoff and everyone who's allowed me to share good times with them. And special thanks to Johannes Wahl for filming and and editing this clip.