After three amazing Goofy Vs Regular Skateboarding contests in sunny California, it is time to take the unique format to Europe. From June 15 -17th, the first European GvR will be taking place at Prissick Skate Park, a new skatepark in Middlesbrough, England. This has already been the site of one of the legendary Flip demos took place, Arto Saari says about this park: "It is definitely the best outdoor skatepark in Europe, all angles are covered. Only thing you have to do is to let it rip." And that's what Etnies are planning to do!
On the schedule is the GvR of Skateboarding with the finest European skateboarders and special guests; the Bowlmasters with the best international pool riders and the etnies Girls Push Jam in street and bowl!
In the first memorable GvR, the left foot forwards destroyed the goofies in a jam session that many hailed as the most incredible ten minutes of collaborative skateboarding man had ever witnessed. The following year the Goofies took the title back as the supreme stance and for the second year in a row, Goofy trounced the Regulars at the etnies GvR 2006 in Lake Forest, California.
The format of the GvR of Skateboarding pits two teams, Regular Foot riders (left foot forward) against Goofy Foot riders (right foot forward). Each team is given a team captain to lead the skateboarders during competition: the team captains will be chosen out of a pool of editors of European Skateboard Magazines in a game of s.k.a.t.e. prior to the contest.
Friday kicks off with the bowl qualification and the etnies Girls Push Jam in the bowl and an opportunity for the youngsters to skate in a special league until the age of 16. Saturday continues with the etnies girl Push Jam in street and the qualification of the GvR, which will be hold in the jam format. The top ten goofys and top ten regulars will be combined with the five picked skateboarders from the team captains and continue in the finals on Sunday.
During Sunday's Finals, skateboarders of both teams will compete in two distinct sessions. In the first half, a coin toss will determine which team skates first. Each of the three heats will feature five different skateboarders from both teams who will complete two, 60-second individual runs with the best of the two runs counting toward the overall score. In the second half, each team will select a minimum of three skateboarders from their respective team to compete in a jam format in one of two heats. One substitution per heat is allowed after five minutes of the heat has commenced, with the best teamscore counting towards each team¹s overall score. Finally, if less thean 25 points separates the two teams, the team that is behind the overall score will challenge the other team to a game of S.K.A.T.E. in any area of the skatepark they choose. Each team will pick two skateboarders to go head-to-head and the winning team will receive an extra 25 bonus points towards their overall score.
Keep your eyes peeled for updates and reports on the day!