It was another sizzling hot one for the Spanish leg of Vans Shop Riot. Tetuán Skate Plaza is perhaps the rawest of street courses Spain has to offer; 9 brave skate shops gathered under the blistering heat to once again battle it out.
Four shop teams stood out amongst the rest and it wasn’t long before locals, Welcome, Sk8land, The Cabin and Southpark were left to riot. The semi finals saw The Cabin face off against Sk8land in what perhaps was the best riot of the day. Powerful skateboarding and consistent trick landing was the theme throughout from both teams, making it a hard decision for the judges who called Sk8land the winners after some deliberation. In the final, The Cabin would face rivals Welcome who defeated Southpark in the other semi final.
With two evenly matched teams, Sk8land vs Welcome would be a classic, but not before The Cabin and Southpark battled it out for third place. The Cabin from Torremolinos, Madrid would walk away with a check of €300 and the bragging rights for this year.
In the final Sk8land were up first, but having skated all day in the soaring heat, and with the final runs being 5 minutes, the skateboarding suffered. It was left to a battle of wills and eventually Welcome was the last shop standing. Welcome earned their spot in the European finals and pocketed a healthy €1000 check as a bonus.
Finally, we had the NIXON best trick contest where the whole park could be used. It was Cristian Estrada from Ola Skate Shop, Cadiz, that got himself a nice new custom Nixon Shop Riot watch for his outrageous Backside 360 down the giant stair set.
The Riot heads to Northbrigade Skatepark, Germany next on the 10th June.
Follow all the action from Vans Shop Series 2017, from qualifiers to finals at vansshopriot.com.
1. Welcome Skate Shop
3. The Cabin
Nixon Best Trick Contest Winner:
Cristian Estrada (Ola Skate Shop) – Backside 360 down the giant stair set.