The Nike SB London AM at BaySixty6 Skatepark is the second stop of the European Series and one of the key events of the AM calendar. Today’s qualifiers saw 80 competitors register with the ambition of filling one of the 30 spots on offer in Sunday’s semi finals where they line up to meet 20 pre-qualified skaters of the highest order.
With the updated park nestled under a key arterial road into the city, the atmosphere was buzzing, helping to hype some of the best riding the course has seen. Familiar faces and new blood tore through a hectic practice in preparation for 3 man 3 minute heats. Standing out again after a spotlight outing at the Barcelona AM 2 weeks ago was 13 year old Norwegian ripper Jonas Carlsson who, with BS 360 transfer over the gap into the flat bank, opened new lines, lit up faces and proved that the future is bright for skateboarding by qualifying in first place.
Goaded by the MCs and delivering even more smiles was Alex De Cunha who laid down a 20 trick line that included several benihana variations and a safe passage into the semis.
If the ‘use of the park award’ was on offer today it would go to Phil Zwijsen, whose speed, consistency and style also delivered a fully stamped pass into the main event tomorrow.