Vans Shop Riot – Finals

Vans Shop Riot celebrated another historic finals with Bana Skate shop from Portugal crowned champions of Europe for the first time at their local spot in Parque Das Gerações skatepark, Estoril, Portugal. Following epic sessions throughout the day, it was Bana and Titus who took their rightful places in the final. With a fairly even run throughout the final it then led to what can only be described as a one of the heaviest 60 seconds in the history of Vans Shop Riot, with both teams taking to the big rail and going mental. The eventual winners would be Bana as the Ribeiro twins destroyed on the big section with Gustavo landing a bigger flip frontside board on the whistle sending the local crowd nuts and leading to a full pitch invasion.

Vans Shop Riot also played host to the best trick competition on Saturday with three winners splitting prize money of up to €750. Across three park obstacles it was Alexander Risvad, Gustavo Ribeiro and Mickael Germond who would be the individual winners including an arsenal of tricks from a switch frontside tail slide 270 heel flip out to a hippy jump over the bump to bar.

Finally a special mention has to go to Vans supporting artist and all round genius Jon Horner for creating a fantastic and unique exhibition showcasing his artistic touch on all things skateboarding. Jon has supported the series artwork this year and the Vans Rainy Day Activity book went down a storm with the local kids of Cascais who spent hours customising their own in order to win prizes.

Big up to all the competing teams – Burnside (Holland), Lockwood (Belgium), Picnic (Czech Rep), Titus (Germany), Black Sheep (UK), Destroy (Russia), Bana (Portugal), Wall Street (France), Circus Circus (Denmark), Surfhouse (Estonia), Tactic (Spain), Gili’s (Israel), Ministry of Concrete (Greece), and Frisco (Italy).

And finally huge knucks and thanks to Alexis, Kat, Henry, Ben, Danny Wainwright, George and everyone else behind the scenes for putting together another epic event representing the true lifeblood of the European skateboard scene.

Phil Zwijsen front 180 fakie 5.0 over the channel of certain doom. Photo Horse
Rob Smith didn't get rich and didn't die trying either. Instead he just nailed this nosepick on the oververt. Photo Horse
Jordan Sharkey frontside feebles in the retarded heat despite the staples in the back of his head. Photo Horse
One half of the Bana twins destruction team Gustavo Ribeiro bigger flip frontboard. Seq Horse
Bana's Pedro Roseiro threads the madness and flips to backside nosegrind. Photo Horse
Jiri 'George' Bulin took shelter from the heaving sweaty masses and produced a steez filled backtail across the channel. Photo Horse
Jacopo Carozzi merked the entire course whilst sporting fancy t-shirt headwear. Backsmithers. Photo Horse
Sharkey backside noseblunt on the quieter concrete wave creations. This park is a joke! Photo Horse.
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