One of them is an alpine road where the Alpenrauschen by BigMountainSkate.com was held this year as well. Those who skated that run know how intense it gets and will appreciate Charles’ approach to it even more. Big balls indeed.
Charles rocks his pro model, the Restless Wim, a topmount deck featuring progressive concave, deep molded wheel-wells, w-concave at the back, micro-drop and a nice kick-tail for freeride purposes.
He shared with us a bit more info about the board and its development:
I’ve start designing the WIM back in 2013 when I was on my first world cup tour. I had prototypes for the whole season. Some people saw the second generation prototype at Kozakov 2013 and were really stoked about it. So in 2014 the board was finnaly out but wasn’t the best. It had a weird kicktail and was to heavy. So for the 2015 version, we put out best work in to in and created the best wood board possible. Progressive concave, molded wheel-wells, w-concave only at the back and micro-drop to lock the feet perfectly. Super stiff in torsion and just enough flex to be comfortable going 100km/h. With the kicktail and the incredible amount of wheel base option (25 to 28 inches), you can do EVERYTHING. Downhill, freeride, freestlye, skate everything, crusing and commuting. Our 8 ply hard Canadian maple finished with a smooth printed sheet feels light, but stays stiff. If you get your hands on a WIM, definitely send me photos of you riding it and i’ll regram them to my Instagram!
Skate hard, skate safe. ~ Charles
If you’re keen to find out more about Charles’ eurotrip, check out his interview at Skate[Slate].