Here’s the latest from our Euro correspondents!
The youngest skateboarder of the weekend, eleven-year old Axel Cruysberghs made it all the way through Prequalification to the Super Finals. Not even four feet tall, Axel did frontside boardslides on the fourteen-foot long rail and 360 flips over the centerpiece. This was Axel’s first time in the Euro Open—he traveled all the way from Belgium to Munich with his dad to compete.
Last year’s overall winner Chris Pfanner, from Austria, got fourth place by smith grinding the soccer rail and full cabbing the hip.
The bets were high on Chris Oliver from the UK. But a backside kickflip transfer over the corner and nosegrinding the soccer rail only got him third in the Super Finals.
Second place went to Philipp Schuster from Austria for his clean, technical trickery and frontside tailslide to 270 out also on the soccer rail.
Georges Agonkouin from France surprised the judges with clean crooked grinds on the endless rail and well deserved first place.
All eyes were on etnies gal Evelien Bouilliart, from Belgium this year because she set the bar so high in 2005 by winning most of the Girls Jams. In ‘06 she proved that girls’ skateboarding is growing more and more. Being the youngest of the group, Evelien impressed the crowd with her raw style and bag of tricks.
With 17 nations represented, the first stop of the etnies European Open ended with the best trick contest. Lem Villemin from Germany backside noseblunt slid the yellow rail and Bas Janssen from the Netherlands busted a kickflip frontside tailslide on the soccer goal.
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etnies Bowlmasters is next! May 26–28 at the Cradle in Brixlegg, Austria. Be there!