Downtown Showdown Europe
Posted 06/30/2010 by Vans EU
This year’s hosting city of the legendary Downtown Showdown has been confirmed as everyone’s favourite northern German City. That’s right folks, on Saturday the 14th of August 2010 the famous harbour city Hamburg will host the international skateboarding extravaganza, right in the heart of the famous red-light district at the Spielbudenplatz / Kietz.
Ten of the best skateboarding teams from all over Europe have been invited to come together to battle it out against each other - far removed from the usual format of any other skateboarding competition. The event will take place on special customised ramps, which are all designed by the teams themselves. Inspired by all the weird and wonderful things that come to mind when thinking of the cities colourful reputation, you can be sure to see some very special obstacles to be built. Think Shipyards, Sailors, Pirates, Dirty Bars, Hourly Motels, Ladies of the night, Anchor tattoos, Salty Sea Dogs, Sea Shanty, the Beatles (and staying up all night), Stripey Tops, Parrots, Reeperbahn, Astra Beer... get the idea?
The Vans Downtown Showdown is not just another skateboard competition, but a challenge, where craftsmanship, obstacle ideas and creativity play a decisive role.
It was just last year, that the now legendary US Downtown Showdown skateboarding event came cross the Atlantic to take place in Europe for the first time: On top of the high roof of the historic Lingotto building in Torino (Italy).
We can announce that some of the top board-brands in skateboarding have already confirmed to join in for this year’s event. Antiz being one of them with Pro skaters Hugo Liard, Sam Partaix, Julian Dykmans and Julian Furones up for the challenge. Also agreed to take part and send their talented team to Hamburg is Element Europe. Watch out for Guillaume Mocquin, Phil Zwijsen, Ross McGouran and Madars Apse tearing up the course.
All board companies are invited to create an original and challenging obstacle idea from which the best three will become part of the course and then skated in separate jam sessions. If past designs are anything to go by then there are sure to be some surprises that will keep spectators and riders alike entertained throughout the day. Oh and we almost forgot to mention, the prize purse is filled full to the rim with a total of 50’000 Euro which will be split across the different teams for winning the set challenges.
The Vans Downtown Showdown concept was created for skaters by skaters and has been running in Hollywood’s Paramount Studios, with huge success, for four years. Involving legends such as Jamie Thomas, Alex Olson and Rick McCrank and companies such as Girl, Zero, Toy Machine and Alien Workshop, who each year, create their own Off the Wall ideas to be skated. Be ready to see some European flavour added to this renowned event, leading the way for future skate contests.