An Austrian pro skater of the longboard persuasion, last year Anna and co-founder Andre Tokarczyk set about spreading the stoke through Vietnam under the banner of Viet Shred. With events and clinics in both Saigon and Mui Ne, Viet Shred is ground zero of this growing trend

 

Recent show I loved:

Definitely the Saigon Urban Night 2014 [skateboards x breakdance x hip hop, at Q4 on May 24], which was organised by my buddy Boris, and his friend another Boris. Let’s say THE urban lifestyle and arts festival in Saigon. Loved it!

 

Best night out last month:

Started off with three big beers for three German-speaking expats and ended as a mad pool party on our roof and two people slipping down the stairs, completely trashed.

 

Best meal from last month:

Well, we regularly celebrate Krösus Day on Sundays (a day where you pretend to have lots of money). On those days we go to The Deck for fancy brunch and Papagayo for the best lunch in town.

 

Things I posted on Facebook that got the most likes:

My friend’s and my article on the Visayan Longboard Trilogy 2014, one of the biggest downhill skateboard events in Southeast Asia, in the Philippines.

 

Funniest YouTube clip of the month:

If I would have uploaded what I just saw at Papagayo today and sent it to all my friends via Snapchat, that video would definitely be the funniest.

 

I wish this band would come to town:

This list would be too long, but we can start with Alice Russell, Erykah Badu, Bonobo and Chet Faker.

 

How is the scene going?

The community is steadily growing. We have some unique personalities onboard who are supporting the growth of the skateboard scene here in Vietnam. I’m looking forward to more and more skateboard and especially longboard events in this country this and next year.

 

Where I go when I go out on my own:

Meditating and creating peace and balance in my little longboard world in front of Saigon Outcast.

 

If my older-yet-still-cool Mom came to town, I would take her to:

Snap Café to look for good books in their little library. And as we both call ourselves part-time vegetarians, I would definitely bring her to Hum, my favourite veggie place in town, with this special Buddhist touch.

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