The Vans Shop Riot 2017 returns for its ninth year, with the first details coming in via the flyer and press release you see here. Finishing up with the finals in Milan, Italy, the various stops in countries across Europe will see various shops battle it out for a paid for trip to said finals. Take a look at the countries involved below and keep your eyes peeled for more details when they appear!
Remind yourself of how much last year’s finals went off while you’re at it…
Skate Shops are the backbone of Skateboard Culture, and Vans Shop Riot is dedicated to Skate Shops & their teams, with this original series of contests across Europe. It’s the perfect opportunity for European Skate Shops to showcase they are an integral part of their local scene, as well as highlighting they have the best kids in their roaster, just like last year’s eventual winners, Bana from Portugal.
The competition format is about the teams battling against each other, like in a Tennis tournament. Everything is about the team effort, which leads on the individual performance when it comes to notes/results.
Then from a pan-European perspective, each countries winning team will qualify for an all-expenses paid trip to the European Shop Riot Finals. For the past couple of years, we’ve partnered with a relevant Skate Artist on the creative execution, to keep on completing the message of Skateboarding as a wide culture, including Art & Music. This year see’s us teaming up with UK artist, Richt who has been painting since 2002 and is an established graffiti artist and Illustrator. He has exhibited his work across the UK and Europe, with solo shows in Barcelona, Amsterdam, London and his native Bristol
Every year, the Shop Riot Finals are held in a different country, using & showcasing some of the best Skateparks in the game. For 2017, we’ve partnered with Nixon & Custom Skateboards from a series perspective, and the finals will be happening in Milan, Italy in early October.