The Vans Shop Riot 2016 went off; with a climactic final half hour of section worthy handrail tricks all done against the backdrop of a peaceful sun set Atlantic. Before all of the madness, we caught up with a few of the skaters to chat shop, and get an idea of the vibe back at the campsite.
Words: Daryl Mersom | Pics: Will Sleigh
Eddie Belvedere, Black Sheep
What’s going on today at the Shop Riot?
Black Sheep won the UK competition, they were the best in England again, because they’re not only consistent, but they skate better than anyone, so obviously they won.
I get to go to the final in Portugal with my friends, I’m given tokens for drink and for food and I meet loads of nice people all enjoying a good time. Then I see kids from Portugal or from another country, young kids like, maybe they skate for the shop and they’re talented, gifted skateboarders and they get sent to Portugal for three days over a weekend, and they get to skate and show they rest of the world or Europe how good they are at skateboarding. I see kids who would maybe never leave where they live and they get to come and skate and then everyone realizes ‘this guy is the best skater.’
»Who cares about a 30 year old guy riding a skateboard!?«
I feel like we need to big up how good it is for a shop to do this, because you could just get the best guys to ride for your shop and not care about anything else. The way I see it is like, who cares about a 30 year old guy riding a skateboard, kids that buy skateboards, most of them are like 15, 16, they’re all out with their mates, smoking, drinking, finding out who they are as people, and maybe they’re good at it you know, but they won’t get that opportunity because they don’t have money.