Kickflip melon for first!
Seventeen-year-old etnies rider Fredrik Austbo from Norway took third place at this past weekend’s etnies European Open in Krakow, Poland. In 2004, Austbo became the first ever to win all three etnies Opens and was awarded the title of 2004’s Best Overall European Skateboarder. Will he creep from behind and take reign again this year? We'll see in Rome in September.
A completely sold-out crowd was on the edge of their seats with well-known names like etnies’ Arto Saari, UK’s Rodney Clarke, Tom Penny, Ali Boulala and many others battling it out in jam format for the prize of 10,000 euros. Of the 80 skateboarders competing in the Qualifiers, four went straight to the five-minute Superfinals - Chris Pfanner from Austria kickflip to 50/50'ed into first place ; Czech Republic’s Lukas Danek went for a frontside 180 flip transfer and took second; Fredrik Austbo was all over the street course with transfers to 5-0 and a backside lipslides for third; while Germany’s Fabian Neugebauer landed fourth.
Best Trick went to Austrian rider Manuel Margreiter after his kickflip to backside lipslide on the rail.
etnies own Fredrik Austbo front bluntslides into 3rd
As Poland’s fourth largest city and long heralded as “the New Prague,” Krakow has become a well-established tourist destination, and truly proved to be one of the best choices for an etnies European contest. The city graciously contributed the TS Wislaw University Sport Facility’s old style basketball hall, which turned into a skateboarder’s paradise thanks to IOU ramps.
Happy winners who are good at riding skateboards
Many thanks goes to etnies’ distributor Cool Sport, who helped make this all happen in Poland, Studio 2, our sponsors Element and Nixon, as well as our media partners Kingpin, Monster Skateboard Magazine and YOZ.