The final day of the Vans Shop Riot 2013 Finals saw the 8 remaining teams fight it out for the honour of being crowned Vans Shop Riot champions at Leeds’ ‘THE WORKS SKATEPARK’.
The first days action saw the finalists whittled down to 8 teams who would then face off in the Quarter Finals. A series of electric 4 minute match ups saw Alis despatch Portugal’s Ericeira, local favourites Black Sheep emerge victorious against Cream from France, whilst Streetmarket saw off Belgium’s Lockwood. Alis, Black Sheep and Street Market were joined in the finals by Contest who qualified for the Quarter Finals as best runners up and upped their game on the big stage to beat the Dutch team Sparky.
After a series of hotly contested 4 minute heats, our 8 quarter finalists were whittled down to just 4. The Semi Finals saw Alis facing Black Sheep. Alis made a strong start with Dannie Carlsen showcasing his vast array of skills, however Black Sheep fought back and with the inspired efforts of Rob Smith and Rikk Fields, took their place in the Final. They were joined in the finals by reigning champions Streetmarket.
The Final was a close run thing. Streetmarket’s attack on the Works Skatepark demonstrated incredible technique during a rail session and drew rapturous applause from the crowd, especially as Lukáš Danêk stuck his giant backside flip to flat, once again. However, Black Sheep weren’t to be denied. Urged on by a partisan crowd the team used the whole of the park and Rikk Fields’ Gap Noseblunt Slide and Rob Smith’s huge Blunt saw the place errupt.
The tightly fought Finals were the perfect backdrop to the Best Trick contest which was won comfortably by Ericeira’s Ruben Rodrigues. Rodrigues’ incredibly smooth Cab Flip over the driveway was poetry in motion and rightly took the prize money ahead of an eager, but clearly tired field.
Vans Shop Riot Finals
Black Sheep, UK
Ruben Rodrigues + Lukáš Danêk
Vans would like to extend a massive ‘thank you’ to all those who supported the Vans Shop Riot 2013; the stores and teams that took part at every stage and the characters, spectators, gnarly tricks and generally “off the wall” behaviour that made the series what it is.