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Copenhagen Open 2017

If you weren’t lucky enough to be at Copenhagen Open, chances are that you were staring at your Instagram feed for the week of 19-22 July to watch the (in my opinion, but arguably) greatest contest in skateboarding unravel. Basically, for 5 days straight, thousands of skateboarders took over Copenhagen, skating and cycling from event to event on (most likely stolen) bikes, with beer in hand. If you’ve seen video recaps from CPH Open before, you can gather that the event indirectly revolves more around debauchery than skateboarding itself for most participants and fans alike. If you’ve seen Jenkem Magazine’s video recap of the event, that was an extremely accurate representation of what it felt like to be there for the week of CPH Open.

It was an overwhelming, surreal, and special experience sharing the streets with so many skateboarders from around the world. Everyone looked out for each other and came together in the name of skateboarding and everything that comes along with it (mostly alcohol consumption, in this case). Having said that, there were almost too many humans to navigate around; each event was so crowded that it was really a fight to see any skating. This is probably one of the main reasons why the event was more of a party than anything; most people just gave up trying to see what was happening and focused on enjoying each other’s company. Overcrowded-ness aside, the skateboarding was next level and always a blast to watch when possible. We even had a Tom Penny sighting, which was already a treat on its own.

There’s not really much more to be said. CPH Open will go down as one of the most fun and unique skateboarding events on the planet. Rumor has it that the 2017 CPH Open will be the last one to take place, at least for the next few years. In that case, we’re lucky we were there to be a part of skateboarding history.

Check out some photos from the event below for a small glimpse into what happened during the week.

Here’s a below average photo I shot in beautiful Nyhavn; one of the more touristy, well photographed areas of Copenhagen.

On to the bowl jam at Faelledparken Skatepark. I missed the street contest entirely and barged up front by the coping to ensure I had a good spot in the sea of a thousand people trying to catch the action. Here’s Nora Vasconcellos with a color coordinated monty grind.

American gladiators Ishod Wair & Tom Remillard battle it out to the death.

GT goes backside on the back truck. Watch Grant soar literally 2 inches in front of my lens here via Instagram.

Over to Christiania, a small corner of Copenhagen where one can walk up and buy weed and hash on the streets. If you aren’t familiar with Christiania, take a moment to learn more about this special place here via the always reliable sources at Wikipedia.

Located in Christiania is the Wonderland Bowl, a legendary ramp located just behind the Alis shop. Here is local ripper Ginger who could be seen killing the ramp on a regular basis.

For the several skaters (including myself, for the first night) that came without a plan, they knew they could count on the Wonderland crew to make sure they had a place to stay on the deck of the bowl. Already a challenge to sleep on a 3 foot quarter pipe, to make matters worse, I was inhaling the sweet smell of vomit of which I could not identify the source of. Definitely had to be vomit though.

Tyler Surrey shiftys his flip at the Polar X CONS jam at Litauens Plads.

Sebo Walker with a fuckin’ switch heel mute grab for cryin’ out loud.

This photo doesn’t do much justice to accurately protray the usual scenes of commuting from spot to spot, but if you squint extra hard, there are skateboarders on bicycles (and skateboards, of course) as far as the eye can see. A pretty amazing sight to see for those who have never witnessed the “Wild In The Streets” formula as seen on Go Skateboarding Day in many cities around the world.

On to the Meat Packing District for the Indy Trucks “Wallrides and slappies” jam. Here’s a frontside crive from this guy.

With close to a thousand inebriated skateboarders at one place at the same time, it’s no surprise that eventually something would be lit on fire. Here a bicycle falls victim to drunk antics.

After all the pros got down on the vert wall and curb jam, the vert wall became a free for all for those wanting their 15 minutes. This guy climbed up from the back to pull this noseblunt drop yank in.

Pretty sure that this wasn’t the first instance that this dude dropped in naked throughout the course of weekend.

The Polar X CONS “LA Days” is a fun short film that premiered following the Indy skate jam and the naked drop ins. Check it out on our homepage in the On Tap column.

The homie Khulu from South Africa was having a good time.

If you weren’t too drunk to care about some pictures, there was a rad Nils Svenson photo exhibition in the corner gallery featuring photos from the filming of “LA Days”.

Madars Apse with a noseslide pop over at the Levi’s event at the Triangle DIY. As Tim O’Connor said on the mic, the Danes use the term “DIY” very loosely. It might not translate well in this photo, but the rest of the park is virtually a professionally built skatepark.

Raftin’ with Majerus, Kevin Bradley, Porpe, and company.

Denmark has a generous cash return for recycled cans & bottles, so hustlers were making their rounds throughout the week to collect cans throughout the week. Some of the skaters who were also on the same hustle eventually developed beef with some of the street collectors. This collection game is no joke!

Jamie Foy shuts down the tricks for cash jam at Planetariet with a back heel.

Ishod Wair won the CPH Open overall. If you’ve seen him skate a contest before, then this news won’t be coming out of left field. Here’s Ishod with a lengthy front feebs at Copenhagen Skatepark.

Luan Oliveira with a beautifully caught hardflip. Power.

Definitely the most entertaining part of the finals at the Copenhagen Indoor Skatepark was the death match races. Here, Aaron Herrington and Mason Silva go toe-to-toe as Koston follows behind, keeping his Instagram story at 100.

Blake Johnson with the ole “7 barrel jump”, a Danish specialty. This was the last event that happened indoors before headed to the outdoor bump to bar jam which only about 100 people were lucky enough to witness. As stated previously, CPH Open is one of most fun and unique skateboarding events on the planet and we were lucky enough to be there to witness it. Until next time, whenever that may be.

Photos and words: Mike Chinner

Red Bull Hart Lines 2017

This is the third year that Red Bull and Ryan Sheckler teamed up to bring the Red Bull Hart Lines competition back to downtown Detroit, MI to Hart Plaza for a weekend packed with rad skating and good vibes all around. This year, Red Bull invited us to come check out the event and agreed to put us up for the weekend, so we were stoked to head to the Motor City to watch some fine skateboarding and experience Detroit’s unique landscape and eclectic inhabitants.

The format of the contest is pretty rad. Each skater begins at the top of the course, hits several obstacles going downhill (and pretty damn fast at that), before finally making their way down to the bottom of the course to the impact section (which, of course, requires jumping). Basically, amount of tricks landed, trick difficulty, and speed all factored into each skater’s final score. Each skater’s overall time was ranked and was issued a point deduction for their ranking. So, even if a skater’s run was scored first place for trick difficulty and overall impression, they could end up in 7th place after the end of a jam if their speed was not up to par. This definitely made for an interesting format and some surprising results in the end.

In the end, Nyjah Huston knew what he had to do. He won last year’s event, so he was no stranger to the format and what it took to come out on top. It was pretty clear when you’d see Nyjah Huston on the jumbo-tron landing 8 tricks before most dudes (and dudettes) were landing 4 tricks, that he had it locked it. However, if it were all based on speed, this thing would’ve gone to Chase Webb, hands down. On top of that, hee was pretty much the only one that did more than an axle stall on the quarter pipe in the corner wall; utilizing it for monster frontside wall bashes at top speed before making his way to the impact section. Other standouts include Tommy Fynn, Ryan Decenzo, and Alec Majerus, to name a few. Their super-human skateboarding abilities sure are enjoyable to witness in person.

Shout out to everyone that skated and thanks to Red Bull for taking care of us and for the awesome weekend in Detroit. Check out the results and photos from the event below:

Results

  1. 1. Nyjah Huston
  2. 2. Alec Majerus
  3. 3. Kelvin Hoefler
  4. 4. Ryan Decenzo
  5. 5. Chase Webb
  6. 6. Ryan Sheckler
  7. 7. Tommy Fynn
  8. 8. Felipe Gustavo
  9. 9. Axel Cruysberghs
  10. 10. Paul Hart

Getting the day rolling with the national anthem. It’s pretty crazy that skateboarding events have come this far to include the national anthem as part of an opening ceremony.

“Look, Paul, cut it out with the speed shades thing already, would ya?!” Speedsters Alec Majerus, Paul Hart, and TJ Rogers get ready for their runs.

Gap to blunt from Chase Webb.

Dave Bachinsky, 270 to lipslide.

David Reyes, kickflip front board.

T-Puds takes the haul.

TJ Rogers has always got time to sign boards for the fans, no matter the length.

Gap to frontside blunt from runner up Alec Majerus.

Shecks pulls through with a back smith.

Switch frontside board from Axel Cruysberghs.

I wasn’t sure what I was in for when this girl asked me to shoot a photo of her doing an “inverter”, but it definitely wasn’t a street plant.

Felipe Gustavo starts his line off with a kickflip nose manny.

Leticia Bufoni holds it down for the female gender as the only she-ripper in the contest. Back smith.

It didn’t take long to get yelled at, either.

Ryan Decenzo, frontside flip.

Kelvin Hoefler ends his line off with a bigspin front board.

Definitely a risky way to end off a line, Tommy Fynn had no problem putting down this kickflip back noseblunt.

Nyjah Huston kickflips the gap to frontside board for the win.

Congrats to the top 3: Kelvin Hoefler (3rd), Nyjah Huston (1st), and Alec Majerus (2nd).

Down to Detroit’s infamous Garden Bowl for the after party to enjoy some pins and some pints.

Good times mingling with the locals.

Thanks RedBull for the good times in Detroit!

All content by Mike Chinner

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Blow Factory is the story of a unique skateboard brand based in Normandy that makes solid wood decks. Influenced by the 70s, Victor Bloch also cultivates his passion for wood through the preparation of old and decorative timber bicycles, in close collaboration with a local artisan.

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