This weekend Flo Indoor Skatepark in Nottingham welcomed hundreds of skaters, shop staff and spectators from across the country as the UK edition of Vans Shop Riot went down in epic style.
With the UK’s heavy past of dominating at the European Finals and the majority of stores having competed in the event for a number of consecutive years it was guaranteed to be a great weekend. All 28 skate shops that made the journey to spend a weekend in Nottingham put in their all to try take home some cash and a ticket to the European finals. Fifty Fifty took a well deserved 3rd place and £500, with a team consisting of Dan Wileman who had driven through the night from Barcelona to attend, Korahn Gayle and Josh Arnott. 2nd place and £1000 went to Skate Warehouse who pretty much hit every obstacle within their three-minute final run.
Vans Shop Riot veterans and now seven time winners Black Sheep took home 1st place and a prize of £1500. An onslaught of driveway destruction from birthday boy Jordan Sharkey, Rob Smith jumping from the rafters and Jiri Bulin nailing shit on every block and rail led to another historic success.
Black Sheep will head to the European Finals in Portugal this September where they’ll go head-to-head with other top stores from across the continent. Massive thanks go out to all 28 stores, Flo Skatepark, Red Bull, Shiner and Brewdog for making it such a rad weekend!
Jason Cloete swapped booze for water and went in - backside smithgrind - SS20
Korahn Gayle did a Korahn Gayle and smashed the park to bits as per - switch heel - Fifty Fifty Skatestore
Jiri Bullin dialled lines into his foot calculator and helped bring in the win - frontside bluntslide - Black Sheep
Josh 'Manhead' Young sharked around like a silent assasin - frontside nosebluntslide - Route One
Alex Hallford knows Flo like the back of his hand - up to the rafters melon back - Forty Two
Kris Vile had a grudge match with the dub set and switch tre won it - Skate Pharmacy
Mike Hellier took a shine to the hubba - backside bluntslide - City Surf
Josh 'Manhead' Young somehow managed to frontside 5.0 on The Splinter Cell's Bespoke Tonka truck - www.facebook.com/TheSplinterCell/
Charlie Munro frontside crooked so well his top went pink - Skate Pharmacy
Jason Cloete steadily killed it for SS20 - frontside bluntslide transfer
Joe Hinson text book frontside nosebluntslide amongst other things - Milk Skateshop
Alex Hallford lein airs whilst Rees looks on : ) - Forty Two
Jordan Sharkey totally killed the entire park (on his birthday too) - frontside crooked - Black Sheep
Despite many excesses Rob Smith held it together for the win - frontside lipslide - Black Sheep
Kelley Dawson backside smith whilst dreaming of Barcelona sun - Ideal
Fifty Fifty brought in third
Skate Warehouse roared in second
Black Sheep add another win to the Vans Shop Riot bedpost