etnies European Open 2004
May 21-23, 2004
Over 100 of Europes leading professional skateboarders headed North to Sweden for the first etnies European Open this year. Equipped with an ideal concrete skatepark, beautiful Link撶ping was a generous host for the first stop of the series. Take a look! www.funskatepark.org
Street Pre-Qualification went down on Friday, with more than 80 skateboarders competing. Abdulla AlmightyӔ Nyberg, a local twelve year-old kid, killed the course with an unbelievable run full of Indys, crail blunt slides and tail grabs--all for19th place.
Qualification continued on Saturday with well-known names like Rodney Clarke, Hugo Liard, Jean-Marc Soulet and European Champion Dominik Dietrich. Of the 80 skateboarders competing in the Qualification, four went straight to the Finals. This time, it was Tomas Vintr from the Czech Republic, Chris Pfanner from Austria, Fredrik Austbo from Norway and Chris Astrm from Sweden. In the Semi-Finals on Sunday, all of the others got a chance to advance to the Finals.
Swedish Summers are very unpredictable, so the Best Trick comp was held on Saturday. Everybody gathered around the rail until the winner, Conhuir Lynn from Ireland, took it with a switch 360 flip down the stairs.
Saturday night was party time for the etnies European Open crowd. One Off Distribution organized a party in the Platens Club downtown, where everybody showed up and danced until the lights when on.
Sunday's weather forecast did not look too good, but it fortunately only rained in the morning and stopped in time for the Semi-Finals. Luckily, thanks to its smooth surface, the Fun Skatepark dried in seconds. Twelve brave men made their way into the Finals. Chris Astrm from Nork涶ping, Sweden offered 360 flips and backside tailslides for third place. It was a tough decision for first between Jean Marc Soulet, who did remarkable backside lipslides, and Fredrik Austbo, who eventually claimed first with tricks like frontside 360s and crook lipslides.
Thee etnies European Open in Linkping was a great success. Thanks to everyone who showed up. See you at the next etnies European Open in Munich, Germany on June 11-13.
1. Fredrik Austbo--Stavanger, Norway (etnies)
2. Jean Marc Soulet--Karlshamn, Sweden
3. Chris Astrom--Norrkoping, Sweden (etnies)
4. Tomas Vintr--Beroun, Czech Republic
5. Raphael Brunis--Biarritz, France
6. Andy Welther--Reutlingen, Germany
7. Robinson Kuhlmann--Munchen, Germany (etnies)
8. Jo Lorenz--Schopfhum, Germany
9. Willy Simon--Eyguieres, France (etnies)
10. Chris Pfanner--Kennelbach, Austria
11. Martin Gustafsson--Vetlanda, Sweden
12. Tim Zom--Rotterdam, Holland