Tim Boerner has officially joined the Trucks and Fins community.

Tim Boerner is a skater, filmer and photographer. Skater comes first. Still, the stuff he shoots when he takes a little mid-session break is worth looking at. We’re proud to welcome him.


Tell us a quick story about your early skate days.

Always feels a bit awkward to admit it, just like if you met your wife on Tinder, but I got in touch with skateboarding in the early 2000s via a video game. Pretty much instantly after I started playing it, I wanted to try the real thing and grabbed the old shitty board from my cousin’s garage and went out on the street. Looking back the thing felt as if it basically had no bearings - I guess even if you pushed like Vallely you would not get anywhere with this board. Still I was hooked and got myself a slightly less shitty board from the local sports shop. From that point onwards it never stopped - other kids started skating around my area and quickly we had a little crew and collected signatures to convince the mayor of the little village I lived in to build a skatepark. As I never really got into flip tricks, I used to do a lot of oldschool stuff already back then - bonelesses, early grabs, you name it. In the early 2000s the hottest things were kickflip crossfoots and kickflip BS tailslides. I remember another skater complaining to the judges of a small contest I won when I was 14 that what I did was closer to fingerboarding than skateboarding. Since I moved to Hamburg in 2010 I've been 100% committed to bowl and transitions.

Show us a picture you shot that you really like and tell us why.

The picture as such is surely not the best I've taken but it is at my local spot in Hamburg (Fruchtallee Bowl) which is located right next to a retirement home. It’s not just the people living in the retirement home who are regularly passing by, watching us for 10 minutes and walking on, but also lots of other people. For me the picture just shows that skateboarding, even if you have no direct connection to it, is something that people are always impressed by and interested in.

The guy backside grabbing through the frame is David, who also painted the whole bowl with a sick piece of artwork last year (www.david-czinczoll.com).

Which would be your dream photo combination – which skater/trick/spot would you like to capture?

Tough question as there are sooo many possibilities. I found a lot of inspiration in the earlier Blacklabel skate videos and always liked how Chet Childress and Jason Adams have a combination of heavy tricks mixed with lots of creative bullshit in between. So being out with these two guys in a flowpark would surely be a thing I'd love to do and photograph.

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