Next weekend, the powers that be at the UK Vans operation are taking their long-running Shop Riot event to Kingston Upon Hull, where teams representing stores from literally all over the UK will be battling it out for a spot at the European Shop Riot finals in Milan in early October, going head to head with heavy hitting shop crews from France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland and beyond.
Hull has always housed a healthy skate scene – something which is evident when you total up the amount of magazine coverage the city has had, the amount of videos it has produced and the amount of passing tours it’s played host to – though recently things took an unexpected turn when the council embarked on a mission to turn Hull into the UK’s first ‘skate friendly’ city. Through speaking with Rockcity Skatepark and the recently established Skate Hull operation, the council are now working with the local skaters to actively promote skateboarding in the city, as well as involving skateboarders in the planning of all future developments of public space in Hull.
Ahead of Shop Riot taking over Rockcity next weekend, UK team manager Josh Young decided to round up a handful of Vans riders and head to Hull for a fleeting two day mission, taking in an evening session at the park and hitting as many of the city’s iconic spots as we could squeeze into our brief visitation. Along for the trip were Daryl Dominguez, Chris Oliver, Jordan Sharkey (who unfortunately knackered his foot at the first spot…), Sam Roberts and Josh Young himself, with Hull OG Scott Palmer on hand to provide spot assistance and local knowledge.
Aside from all the skating, we also sat down with Scott Palmer and Rockcity employee Mike Foreman to find out how these progressive dealings with the council came about, and what they were most looking forward to about Shop Riot coming to town. Read on and bring yourself up to speed now…
(Above – Sam Roberts, wavey melon. Photo Horse)