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Vans Shop Riot European Final – October 11th + 12th

Vans Shop Riot European Final – October 11th + 12th
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The Vans Shop Riot Final is happening this weekend and we are hosting a very special live stream of the whole event, via Kingpin and Sidewalk…

…as the competition kicked off at the start of May, the final is hotly anticipated… take a read below to get you in the mood…

About Vans Shop Riot
The Vans Shop Riot Series was created back in 2009 with the intention of promoting the grass roots of European skateboarding, fostering team spirit and championing your local skate shops. Now in its 6th consecutive year, Vans Shop Riot 2014‘s series brought together a record number of stores, with over 200 coming to ‘compete’ in the [fairly] laid-back battle for a place in the finals. The success of the series illustrates just how damn fine our continents skate shops, skateboarders and scene really is, whilst also showing Vans‘ commitment to our community.

‘Flesh & Bones’ Skatepark hosts Vans Shop Riot European Finals

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October 11th + 12th

As autumn approaches, it brings colour to the trees, a crisp chill to the air and everyone’s favourite time of year…THE VANS SHOP RIOT EUROPEAN FINALS! It’s been a whirlwind five-month build up, taking in 16 stops across Europe and bringing together over 200 of best shop teams from across the land, with the best store team from each leg earning themselves a place in the finals. While it’s gone quickly, it has been quite a journey and we’ve seen some epic showdowns during the course of the series. From revisiting some of the favourite parks and spots from previous years, such as Chelles’ Cosanostra skatepark (FR), to bringing a bit of culture to the scene as the Nordic leg set up right outside Helsinki’s Kiasma Modern Art Museum (FI), the cream of European skate shops assembled their finest teams and set out to shred their way across the continent. One of the favourite stops of the series has been Aalst’s ‘Flesh & Bones’ skatepark, aptly named given the amount of skin it claimed during the Belgian leg of the Vans Shop Riot earlier in the year. Fittingly, this becomes the battleground for next month’s finals, and as such will bear witness to teams from Moscow to Manchester thrashing it out in what’s set to be an awesome end to another hotly contested series. After last year’s crown was claimed by a team based just an hour up the road from the venue – the Works Skatepark in Leeds, UK – all eyes will be on Belgium’s Rampaffairz team to see how they fair on home ground. 2013 winners from Black Sheep, Manchester, won’t be defending their title this year, but with stores including Skate Pharmacy and Lost Art representing the UK, France’s Nozbone and Titus from Munster, Germany, we’re sure to see a good fight amongst the final 16 teams. As a nation famed for it’s fine chocolate, world beating beers, and rather fittingly – waffles, expect sugar highs and hangovers as a motley assortment of Europe’s finest skateshops head to Aalst to fight it out for the title of Vans Shop Riot Top Shop Team, 2014. If you’re not as adventurous as Tintin and getting to Belgium proves too much of a Hasselt, luckily for you the whole shebang will be live streamed right into your google glasses. Or desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

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