Saturday saw the qualifiers, which took the form of three minute long jams made up of three riders. Forty skaters battled it out to make it through to Sunday’s final where they’d join the forty invited skaters.
Needless to say with the chance of taking home some of the €10,000 prize purse, everyone was going hard. Some standouts included Germany’s Justin Sommer whose consistency across the course saw him qualify in first place, Julian Kimura picked out some quick-footed lines that set him apart from the rest, and London locals PJ Hall and Josh Jennings brought their Stockwell honed flow to the table. Oh, and Victoria Beckham showed up for a bit too…
London AM Qualifier Results
1st Justin Sommer 2nd Conor Dinwoodie 3rd Jordan Sharkie
4th Joao Santos 5th Adam Keats 6th Dannie Carlsen
7th James Grindley 8th Keith Welsh 9th Matlok Bennett Jones
10th Douwe Macare 11th Lloyd McLeggon 12th Tobias Christofersen
13th Trevor Cappon 14th Cam Barr 15th Mark Stern
16th Ashley Challis 17th Mike Arnold 18th David Edwards
19th Julian Kimura 20th Mark Radden
With the qualifiers done it was onto the, Sidewalk hosted, ‘Make Friends Snake Friends’ mini-ramp jam where a further £1100 prize purse was up for grabs.
After an intense and chaotic jam the pack was whittled down to five to compete in the final. Dannie Carlsen, Didrik Galasso, Trevor Johnson, Jordan Thackeray and Kryon Davis weaved, collided and stomped tricks in a breathless few minutes. Dannie Carlsen’s array of blunt combinations saw him crowned the winner, with Didrik Galasso in second, and Trevor Johnson taking third spot.
Sunday marked the arrival of the forty invited riders who entered at the semi-final stage, joining top twenty qualifiers from Saturday. These were then cut down to fifteen finalists in a repeat of the previous days jam format.
The level really stepped up a notch here as skaters such as last year’s winner Tom Knox, Harry Lintell, and the Barcelona AM winner Kevin Baekkel entered the fray
Tom Knox put together two almost faultless runs in the semis and finals, Kevin Baekkel was flying about the park like a man possessed, and the likes of Kyron Davis, Dannie Carlsen, Didrik Galasso and Charlie Birch impressed too.
The judges then had the unenviable task of deciding the top three to go through to the Grand Final, and be in with the chance of winning an all expenses paid trip to the Berlin AM in July. They narrowed it down to Mads Christensen, Ross McGouran and Joao Santos.
Joao’s consistent switch skating saw him into third place overall, Ross took second after tearing up all sections of the course – airing frontside over the channel and transferring from the wall ride to the quarter pipe at the other end of the park earning himself the flight to Berlin in the process.
It was Denmark’s Mads Christensen whose technical ability swayed the judges decision, tricks like nollie flip backside lipslide down the rail, nollie backside heel the stairs and bigspin flip front board are always going to get you noticed.
London AM FINAL Results
1st Mads Christensen 2nd Ross McGauran 3rd Joao Santos
With the competition settled it was onto the ever chaotic best trick jam with plenty of riders throwing themselves at the ledge and rail, and down the stairs.
Kyron Davis laid down a kickflip front krook off the high ledge, Denny Pham’s nollie heel front krook on the rail got him close to taking the prize, but in the end Alexander Risvad took the money home with a tailslide 270 nollie heel off the top ledge.