Arto Saari, Ryan Sheckler, and Bastien Salabanzi are embarking on a journey to Europe starting this weekend. At the end of the week, they will all be headed out to Paris, France for the V7 Teenage Tour Finals, which will take place Sunday, May 15 at the Cosa Nostra Skatepark in Chelles, France. The crew, along with etnies AM Eric Fletcher, and Europe riders Conhuir Lynn, Javier Mendizabel, Steve Forstner, Willow, and Julian Furones will be doing a very large demo, a very large autograph signing, and some media/press interviews as well.
Once that's done, Bastien will be staying in Paris to visit with his family before the hectic summer schedule, but Arto, Ryan, Fletcher, Conhuir, and Steve will be headed out to Helsinki and Seinajoki (Arto’s hometown) Finland. In Helsinki, the crew will be participating in a couple jam sessions, complete with live music, BBQ, and they’ll also be signing autographs (Tuesday, the 17th and Thursday, the 19th of May). They’ll also be doing a bunch of skating, hitting up the now-not-frozen skate spots of Finland.
Next Friday, May 20th, everyone will head to Seinajoki for a weekend of festivities at the newly built skatepark in the city. etnies sponsors the park, so we figured it would be good to show up and show some support to the skaters that skate the park on a daily basis. Friday night will be a private session with the guys, but Saturday will be the big event, a mini-ramp jam, sessions with the locals, autograph signings, promo giveaways, live music and DJ’s, a BBQ, an art gallery exhibition, etc. Good fun for sure. The trip then concludes on a secret recon mission to the woods. You’ll hear about it when everyone returns (Rune Glifberg is flying out for this mission, so that should give you a hint or two). The trip ends on the 26th, but stay tuned for updates.
Aside from this trip, here is what everyone has been up to and what they’ll be up to after the trip…
Arto Saari just concluded a tour with Quiksilver up in Canada. An 11-day mission of demos and autograph signings went down in Montreal and Toronto. After this next trip, Arto will be staying in Finland a while, before heading to Poland for the upcoming etnies European Open, scheduled for June 4– 6.
Stefan Janoski was also on that Canadian mission, and will be on another mission starting this weekend…he is headed through the Northwest with Habitat on a photo and filming mission. He’ll have a somewhat mellow start to June before embarking on yet more missions.
Bastien Salabanzi has been in Paris visiting his family and awaiting the arrival of his etnies teammates (as described above). He needed some down time to relax and visit his family before things really start getting hectic in June and July. After this weekend, Bastien will be chillin’ with his family before heading out to Poland for that same etnies contest Arto is going to. Stay tuned for updates on this in early June.
Sheckler has been busy with school lately, and preparing for this mission to Europe. He has also been getting started on a few inteview projects for a couple skate mags, while shooting photos for the needs of his various sponsors. After Ryan returns from Europe, he’ll be chillin’ at home before things get hectic for him in June and July.
Rune Glifberg has been going to the skatepark at the Block in Orange lately preparing for the Combi Bowl contest going down this Saturday evening. Vans is putting this contest on, and it is $25,000 winner take all. Hopefully Vans will be paying our boy Rune $25,000! Good luck Rune! The following day (Sunday, the 15th) Rune heads out to Budapest to meet up with Flip owner Jeremy Fox for the Gumball Rally. The Gumball Rally is a car race that begins in London and ends in Monaco. Not sure what the prize is, but it sounds like fun even if you end up in last place. Rune will be flying from Monaco to Finland for that recon mission mentioned above.
That wraps up another edition of “team updates.” Another update will come in early June once this trip has come to an end. Keep shreddin’ fellow shredders, and have fun!