Kasspatz’n, cold beers and fancy shootings: Bryan Soderlind in Germany

Later on, you visited at least some German wake parks. What are your thoughts on those? What’s differents in comparison to the US?

Bear: I don’t really end up at any cable parks in the US besides Valdosta Wake Compound a few times. Places like Lake Ronix, Area 52 and Battle Falls are all privately owned 2.0 parks so I don’t see much of the “merry go round” and the public. The German parks were on another level. They were so well done and accommodating and places you could spend your whole day at. Coffee at an instant, great food, a scene of good cool riders, and all kinds of other activities.
Our couple of days staying at Turncable was incredible. It was too easy to just shoot and ride and eat and do it all over again without leaving to go anywhere else. Waketoolz Wakepark was amazing as well. Good vibes and tons of options for riding and shooting. Both parks got me re-stoked a little on wakeboarding. It’s awesome to see other riders and shoot new riders. Sometimes it’s only a handful of people I shoot in the states.

Bryan Soderlind aka. The Golden Bear

“The German parks were on another level. They were so well done and accommodating and places you could spend your whole day at.“ – Bryan Soderlind

Andreas "Vossi" Voss, CEO and local rider at Waketoolz Wakepark
Dom Hernler with a massive wallride at Turncable Wakepark
Glad you enjoyed your work over here. Finally you did a trip to Austria. Winching on top of the mountains isn’t an „every day job“. What were you and the crew struggling with? Are there any funny or weird stories that come to your mind?

Bear: The Ötzal trip was the most epic part of the trip. I’m used to being at sea level so I struggled a little with the altitude a few days up there but I think we all did. Everything was a mission, especially getting the winch into place and walking the rope back. It was always a long deal. We had the whole place to ourselves, so we were being pretty goofy up there at times. There was a couple times some large boulders came loose and would be rolling down the mountain and it was crazy being the only ones around to watch it. We always chilled a few beers in the water during the day for after we ride, perks of a glacial lake with freezing waters. Most times driving around, Dom (Hernler) and I were up front in the van and Timo (Kapl) and Blake (Bishop) were in the back cargo part, laying on all the gear. We definitely messed with them plenty, taking turns fast and cutting the light off when we did. Haha. (laughing)

 

Good times … yeah! In the end you earned not only the covershot, but a whole lot more pics in our mag. What is your favorite and why?

Bear: It’s always so hard to pic a favorite so I’ll go with the cover shot being my favorite. Dom really killed it coming up with that idea and I always think it’s cool when wakeboarding starts to look like something else. So many guys are great snowboarders, skaters and surfers and it’s fun to mix those sports in, cause it’s just some form of boarding sideways.

 

We love the cover as well. To round up the interview and in order to give those kids and photographers who are just starting with their cameras an advice: how did you get that good? Did you study photography and what is the ultimate thing to do, to get famous/successful?

Bear: I got into photography in my early 20’s without any background in it. I just started messing around with an old film camera and developed a passion for it. I was always shooting or reading about photography, trying to catch up.  I don’t think it’s about achieving anything more than just taking better pictures than the last time you took them. There’s a natural progression that takes time, so you will always be a student and learning.

“I don’t think it’s about achieving anything more than just taking better pictures than the last time you took them. There’s a natural progression that takes time so you will always be a student and learning.” – Bryan Soderlind

Well said. We don’t know how you could get any better, as we love your work, but we are looking forward to our future cooperations. Let’s see where we meet next and when you’ll be back in Europe for some great coffee and good time shooting. Thanks for your time, Bryan.

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And for our readers. Here are some of our all time favorite shots printed in our mags within the last 5 years:

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