Skateboarding13 min

Outrun antics in a full-tilt skate session as Vladik Scholz rides The Maze!

Watch Gustavo Ribeiro, Jost Arens and Madars Apse join Vladik to rip a hydraulically alive skatepark pursued by a malevolent marble in his latest creative skate adventure.
Written by Niall NeesonPublished on
A man ever on the hunt for new challenges and terrains, German ripper Vladik Scholz just linked up with master skatepark craftsman Andreas Schutzenberger to roll out a pioneering indoor skatepark project: a hydraulic tilting skatepark labyrinth known as The Maze. Based on the ubiquitous childhood marble game of yore, Schutzi’s 40-ton, 21 sq m skatepark creation is suspended 3m into the air on a series of hydraulic jacks which make the floor slope in any chosen direction – even as you skate it!
If you have ever skated a makeshift run-up or a jerry-rigged flatbank, you will doubtless be aware what an absolute nightmare trying to recalibrate the physics and balance of just rolling on a shifting surface is. Busting tricks on an undulating first-floor skate spot, let alone rolling around on it, takes more than nerve: it takes instinctive, reflexive balance. So, when Vladik chose Portugal's Gustavo Ribeiro, Germany's Jost Arens and Latvia's very own Madars Apse to come and check out what IOU Ramps managed to create this time around he knew he was selecting three skaters who have proven their ability to adapt and deliver time and again.
What he didn’t tell them, however, was that the final twist designed into the slanted and enchanted skatepark was a giant chromeball, released to respond to the demands of gravity and pursue them around the labyrinth, full tilt!
Get among Vladik’s marble madness courtesy of the visionaries at IOU Ramps as another one of his skating daydreams becomes a reality, including a little peek behind the curtain of Schutzi’s creative experiments to inspire your imagination!
What’s next for Vladik’s playgrounds of possibility?