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Etnies' Chris Astrom Nabs Munich European Open 2003

Jun 4 2003 / Wednesday

Munich, Germany
May 29-June 1, 2003

For the third time in a row, etnies rider Chris Astrom from Sweden won the etnies European Open held May 29-June1 in Munich, Germany. Hundreds of spectators watched him dominate the street finals with 360 flips, frontside flips, tail slides and blunt slides to earn 1st place.

Almost 200 of Europes finest skateboarders headed for Munich this weekend to take part in the Sixth Edition of this competition. IOU Ramps provided a brand-new street course, which fulfilled the dreams of all skaters present. A unique, massive wooden sound system was also included to blast over the new obstacles.

The pre-elimination took place on Friday for those who were not qualified through the other European skateboarding events, so everybody got a chance to compete and skate the brand-new street course. The semi-finals were on SundayҒs schedule, along with the girls jam, where Steffi Weiss from Germany took 1st place home once again. The runnerҒs up included Begona Cortez, a new talent from Spain, and Munich's darling (and etnies European team rider) Lisa Schairer, doing a frontside noseslide on the big curb to finish 3rd.

Twelve brave men entered the finals, including etnies rider Tobias Albert from Germany, who pleased the crowd with his massive alley-oops over the hip, a head high mute to fakie air, a nice backside lipslide on the rail and a 360 kickflip into the bank to claim 11th place. Jeremy Rheinhard from Germany suddenly grew-up and was skating the first time without pads, doing kickflip 5-0s over the hip to curb to grab 8th place. Gauthier Rouger impressed the judges with clean Caballerial over the hip and a frontside noseslide on the barrier. Gauthier rocked the street course with his fifteen years and was proud to place 4th. Munich local Kilian Heuberger grabbed a well-deserved 3rd place and Henning Braaten claimed 2nd with his two consistent runs with a perfect line-up of long 50/50 grinds, switch nose slides and huge nollies over the pyramid.

Results
1. Chris Astrom
Sweden (etnies)
2. Henning BraatenחNorway
3. Kilian HeubergerGermany
4. Gauthier RougerחFrance
5. Andi PobererAustria
6. Stefan LehnartחGermany
7. Tom VintrCzech
8. Jeremy RheinhardחGermany
9. Paca EllisGermany
10. Jo LorenzחGermany
11. Tobias Albert
Germany (etnies )
12. Jonathan Gallo - Italy 

Girlגs Jam
1. Steffi Weiss--Germany
2. Begona Cortez--Spain
3. Lisa Schairer--
Germany (etnies )
4. Rodi Munzel--
Germany (etnies )
5. Louisa Menke--
Germany (etnies )

More info to follow at: www.skateboardeurope.com
For further information, please contact
: Monika at Radar Berlin
Phone: +49 30 265 570 11
Fax: +49 30 265 570 13
Email: monika.bocian@skateboardeurope.com
Photos by: Rud-gr.com


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