Last weekend was the turn of Adrenaline Alley in Corby to host their leg of the UK Independent Vert Series 2012. It's the biggest ramp on the tour so you can bet there's going to be some gnarly stuff going down. Unfortunately a dates clash meant some of the heads were out at an event in Milan but there was still a solid turnout and plenty of sick skating.
In the B-group victory went to young Mats Harlem who'd come all the way from Scandinavia for a session! Hem skated in his usual wild man style and finished off the jam with a roll in indy nose blunt which was just too stupid to comprehend!
A-group was a really mixed affair as you'd expect with the range of skaters present. Sean Goff had to settle for 5th due to a few too many falls (unlucky champ!) and Matty was edged down into 4th after not quite managing to ride out of a 720, though back to back 540's are no joke! Matty is getting better and more powerful every time I see him skate, I dread to think what he'll be capable of once he gets a bit of weight on him! Jimmy as usual skated his guts out and put in a load of solid runs and lovely frontside nose grinds.
It was Andy Scott's birthday and he was definitely in the mood for having a laugh. He could have won this (and most other comps) with ease really but obviously that's not something that bothers him. Lipslides whilst chucking thumbs up to the camera, benihana nosegrind and 'The Cannonball Run' put a smile on everyone's face. Andy Scott, you're the best!
Victory went to Oakley Liddell who really knows how to ride a skateboard properly. Good solid style, excellent trick choice and loads of power. Oakley always reminds me of guys like Grosso at their best - no gimmicks, just skateboarding done properly. Congratulations on your first A-group win, it was well deserved!
We handed out the trophies and sung "Happy Birthday" to Andy before heading our separate ways to meet again at Blockless Combat.
Massive thanks to all the sponsors: Monster, Skullcandy, Vans, Protec, Bondi Beer, Tech Deck, Indy, Flip and OJ wheels.
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1: Oakley Liddell
2: Andy Scott
3: Jimmy Langran
4: Matty Carlisle
5: Sean Goff
1: Mats Hatlem
3: James Haney