Finals 2016 London AM
Sunday’s semi finals and finals of the Nike SB London AM at BaySixty6 Skatepark proved yet again that the level of amateur skateboarding in Europe is simply off the hook. Super intense heats in the semis kept the crowd and judges struggling to decide which 15 out of the 60 competitors would make the cut.
Fast, clean lines with next level tricks across the whole park set the benchmark and gave a solid promise to the crowded sidelines that the finals were going to be special.
After a heavy weekend of skating in this large flowing park, finalists needed to dig deep to keep focus and Vincent Milou did both to claim third by way of back smith round the curved ledge and a 270 ollie to front lip on the flat bar.
Taking second spot was Kevin Baekkel, whose attack on the transitions were taken at mach ten. Mixing old school boosted airs with a seeming desire to hit every feature in the park, his loose but powerful flow got him a 2nd on the podium.
At just 18, Aurelien Giraud from France was unstoppable, precision and catch was text book, landing a huge backside flip the entire length of the pyramid, a tre double flip down the stairs and BS 270 noseblunt on the flat bar with a consistency that defied belief. On top of the €3000 for first place, Aurelien will be travelling to the Berlin Open in July to compete against some of Europe’s premier pros at the Nike SB Shelter skatepark.
1st Aurelien Girauld 2nd Kevin Baekkel 3rd Vincent Milou
The next stop on the Nike SB European Series touches down in Paris where the famous street spot Le Dome, at the Palais de Tokyo, gets treated to 9 additional skateable features 14th – 15th June.
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