The results are in for the fourth edition of the etnies European Skateboard Championships presented by Carhartt this past weekend in Basel, Switzerland. The streets were packed with hundreds of talented skateboarders from throughout Europe, all eager to compete and find a place in the Finals in the ice-rink-turned-street-course known as Kunschti. 378 competitors from over 20 nations competed in three disciplines.With 200 tons of material used to construct the course and 140 volunteers to help out, the arena took just one week to build with a four-day breakdown.
Nothing could beat the smooth style of etnies Rune Glifberg (Denmark), who became the 2004 European Vert Champion. RuneҒs winning run consisted of frontside heelflip Indys, tweaked 540s and switch kickflips. 2nd place went to Terrence Bougdour (France), with his frontside 540s. etnies European rider Jrgen Horrwarth (Germany) placed 3rd with nice, fluid runs containing a variety of lip tricks and airs. In addition, Jrgen won Best Trick with a 720.
etnies European rider Oli B켼rgin (Switzerland) retained the title of European Mini-Ramp / Bowl champion for the third time, with huge transfers from the mini-ramp to the bowl, switch stalefish transfers, frontside airs and solid technical lines both regular and switch. Close behind, the much talked about 16-year-old Fredrik Austbo (Norway) took 2nd place with his huge frontside airs and smooth lines.
The Street Final winners were Danny Wainwright (UK) placing 1st, Dominik Dietrich (Austria) and Dany Hamard (France) taking 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Sixteen girls competed in two 45-second runs for six spots in the Girls' Jam. 1st place went to Ianire Elorriaga (Spain), German rider Steffi Weiss placed 2nd and Sabrina Goggel (also Germany) made it to 3rd.
Many thanks to etnies and Carhartt, who made the weekend possible, as well as Mountain Dew, Element, Eastpak, Suzuki and the City of Basel.
Full results, pictures and daily reports are available at www.skateboardeurope.com.
The etnies European Championships are qualifiers for the World Cup Skateboarding events. More info available at: www.wcsk8.com.
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