Bye Bye Goliath

The biggest change to this years fest-ivities (see what I did there?), was the demise of the Goliath mega-ramp. Boo hoo for the moshers and big air fanatics, but Hoorah for the street techys – things must progress…

Instead, we saw the introduction of an outdoor “Relentless Street Spots” area. We’d heard about this before we went down, but it’s a difficult thing to visualise. Basically, 3 classic London street spots provided the inspiration for the set-up: the Surrey Lane hips at Battersea, the Thames Barrier ledges, and a ridiculous 14 stair set with a straight and kinked rail.

At first glance, that insane set and rails looked pretty unfeasible and it was generally agreed that it was designed by BMX’ers for BMX’ers. How wrong we all were…

More of that later.

The WCS pro event followed a similar format to previous years, with a qualifying round, semi’s and a grand final. Some of the WCS circuit skaters had pre-qualified, so it was down to everyone else to battle it out.

This years event brought together some shit hot skaters from the UK, Europe, and the States, but it was the South Americans who dominated and took the honours (and all of the coveted podium places!).

It’s incredible that Brazilian, Chilean and Argentinean skaters get such a bad rap for being “just contest skaters – they couldn’t do that on the street!”. Whether it’s envy, sour-grapes, or the usual forum haters spewing their ten cents worth, I don’t know – fact is, these guys fucking kill it – everytime, and I’ve no doubt (and every confidence) that they could, in fact, ‘do it on the streets’. Not that they got it all their own way. Far from it. Guys from the UK and Europe gave them a hella run for their money, laying down some serious grooves and the tightest of lines.

The event got underway and, typically, a bunch of dudes failed to show up for their qualifying heats, so got a huge DNS next to their names, but out of the 54 who didn’t cry-off, only the top 25 made the semi-finals. Qualifying in first place was Douwe Macare (Netherlands), followed by Tomas Vintr (Prague), Phil Zwijsen (Belgium), Diego Fiorese (Brasil) and Ben Grove (UK).

The format for each heat was an individual run of around 60 secs, followed by a wait-your-turn jam on two sections of the course. The legend that is Dave “Double D” Duncan once again was the MC.

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Braulio Sargus (Chile) | Melon Over Door

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