Interview in english ; english subtitles available. Filmed & edited by Dmitriy Barabash. Article on Blade.rs (russian language).
Interview with the organizer of Winterclash: Jojo Jacobi. Filmed in 2016, edited in 2017. We wanted to publish it shortly after Winterclash 2016, but couldn’t finish it in time so decided to postpone it and upload right before the Winterclash 2017. – Blade.rs.
The truth about Winterclash today. I was hoping never having to do this, but here we go, let’s get naked.
As some of you might know, I’m the organizer of Winterclash, the world’s largest Inline / Rollerblading core scene event with visitors from 35 different countries.
It all started back in 2009 when the Skatepark in Belgium burned down and we had to move Winterclash to Holland in only one day. I lost a few thousand Euros, but in the end everything went ok and at least the event did happen. In 2010 I wanted to put all on one card and had the idea to put blading back on the map of the public eye. We organized Winterclash in Berlin, in a huge event arena. We had to rent a mobile skatepark, build and installed everything from scratch, hosted an insanely expensive Aftershow party and most importantly: we invested a huge amount of money into marketing, radio, TV, posters all over the city, that kind of things. We wanted the non-blading public to join our event and experience blading at it’s best. We wanted to push and help the sport grow.
Sophie Planque: While everybody is getting ready to go to the new edition of the Winterclash, you: Johannes Jacobi, do your best to organize this event. I really would like to know: what does it look like to organize a big event like the Winterclash!
Well, first of all, how many people are involved? (Organization, web, volunteers, during the event..).
Johannes Jacobi: It is different every year. In 2010 for example we were a team of 5 people working fulltime in the same office. This year it’s 3 persons (more or less), but everybody is working from somewhere else and not really fulltime.
While the event is running we have a lot of great volunteers. Between 30 – 50 volunteers are helping us to realize the event. […]
How did you start your adventure with rollerblading events? The first Winterclash was the beginning?
I started a couple of years before the first Winterclash. I was organizing the “Real street DD” for a couple of years in a row and also started with smaller skatepark events in my hometown Dresden.
The Winterclash idea came up when I felt like I want to organize something a little bigger outside my hometown. After the success of the first Winterclash everything just kept on going from this point.
The huge responsibility and lots of stuff to take care during such big event won’t let you to compete by yourself, do you regret it?
Definitely no problem with that! I still enjoy competing in events now and then, but the whole “behind the scenes” thing and making things happen became more fun for me and there’s absolutely no problem with not competing. And I don’t feel I could compete on this level anyway ;) […]