The 10th edition of Antwerp Skate Contest went off splendidly last weekend.
Words: Jan | Pics: Joselito Verschaeve
Skaters from all over Europe came to Belgium for world class skating and a ton of beer and fries infused good times. The 10th edition of Antwerp Skate Contest also took place as part of City Drops, a city festival with heaps of other things going on all around town the whole weekend.
After Friday night set the skateboarding stage right for a great weekend of Belgian skateboarding with Phil Zwijsen's pro debut and the premiere of his Waterproof part, everyone was let loose on the skate parkour set up at Antwerp's Jordaenskaai.
Going strong were dudes like Denmark's Dannie Carlsen with precision flips and tranny control, treflip machine Adrien Bulard, waterproof Phil Zwijsen, dominator Aurelien Giraud, powerhouse Maxim Kruglov and flick God Jonathan Thijs took a gnarly slam but managed to come back with more perfect frontside flips as if nothing had ever happened. Lengthy style magician Magic van Heeswijk was someone you'd want to see more of, usually precise Egor Kaldikov missed a bit of precision this time around and Shajen Willems skated strong in practice but got a bit unlucky when it was go time.
Vincent Bakker managed to clear a heavy stack of Jupiler beer for the JUmPILER high jump (5 cases+ a sixpack in height to be exact) and made many new friends on throughout the night. Also Adrien Bulard's tre bomb hippy jump was a sight to see.
Later that night everyone went to the Park Spoor Noord for a bowl Best Trick in a Team Pain backyardish kidney. Bunch of people ripped, Vincent Matheron looked like he knew what he was doing but hurt himself pretty early on – bummer! Dannie Carlsen did his magic, George Poole pulled a sick backside noseblunt, there were some intense doubles, but local Koekie had the best backyard moves and pool/punk flavour.
On Sunday's finals the remaining contenders all stepped their game up another notch, though some might have given too much of a helping hand to Vincent. Anyway, everyone killed it and in the end Aurelien Giraud once again came out victorious with strong skating throughout all of the weekend, and took home the biggest chunk of the 10.000 price purse. Adrien Bulard and Dannie Carlsen came in place two and three respectively.
All in all a great weekend for Belgium skateboarding. We can all look forward to Antwerp Skate Contest 2017.
First Name Name
1 Aurelien Giraud 370
2 Adrien Bulard 352
3 Dannie Carlsen 348
4 Kostya Kabanon 336
5 Douwe Macare 308
6 Maxim Kruglof 307
7 Riso Tury 306
8 Martin Pek 305
9 Egor Golubev 282
10 Robin De Wit 264