Vans 2013 'Downtown Showdown' event kicks off in Paris this afternoon, so to properly get you in the mood, we thought we'd better bring you the selected highlights from previous years comps.

Watch on below, then be sure to keep abreast of the action this afternoon via the live webcast which can be found adorning the front page of this very website...

2010: Hamburg.

2011: London warm-up.

2011: London highlights.

2012: Amsterdam.