Photos: Maksim Kalanep & Marcel Veldman
The CPH OPEN ship set sail for the 1st of it’s 5 day voyage through the canals of excessive skate indulgence.
With an event structure that takes in real street, rails, park, bowls, DIY, death races, parties and flatland, it’s a series of skater run comps that pits the world’s greatest against total unknowns, wildcards and loose cannons in one of the chillest cities on planet earth. With an emphasis on good times, Copenhagen’s doors are wide open for skaters from across the globe who want to let loose in the streets.
With cash on the table for those who can stand out in the sea of rage, the top winners from each of the events over the week bank glory, money and entry into the finals on Saturday at the CPH Skatepark.
Day one set the bar high with ‘Open Street’ at Faelledparken followed by 7 shades of padless gnar in the form of the ‘Pro Bowl’ session, where Pedro Barros made front smith fun of 14ft worth of over vert concrete, Chris Russell laid down a 14 trick run and Rune Glifberg was as powerful and fluid as ever.
1. Pedro Barros
2. Sam Beckett
3. Rune Glifberg
4. Alex Sorgente
5. Chris Russell
The day was shut down in blazing style at the Wonderland Bowl in Christiania for Eric Dressen’s Salad Bowl + What Youth Party. The bowl consisting of hips, extensions over vert and a channel is renowned for being tough to skate. This didn’t stop Wonderland local Jonas Bunger tearing open a new hole in it by refusing to fall off anything, all night, or Kevin Baekkel who doesn’t know how to skate anything below ‘really fast’.
1. Jonas Bunger aka Ginger
2. Kevin Baekkel
3. Dannie Carlsen
4. Dario Mattarollo
5. Chris Russell