Luan Oliveira

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

Tampa Pro Finals Photos

Click the above image of Luan Oliveira blasting a backside flip over the hubba at Tampa Pro to link to our Facebook page for more photos from the Tampa Pro 2017 Finals – featuring Louie Lopez, Dave Bachinsky, Torey Pudwill, and more.

Louie Lopez Wins Tampa Pro 2017

YouTube Preview ImageLouie Lopez nailed the win at Tampa Pro and took home $20,000 yesterday. He also earned a spot in the 2017 SLS Super Crown. Head over to SPoTTampa.com for more photos, video clips and complete results from the weekend.

Final Results
1. Louie Lopez
2. Luan Oliveira
3. Kelvin Hoefler

O’Neill and Baker Rise Above at SLS Super Crown LA

Oneill and Baker SLS 2016Yesterday’s Street League Super Crown Championships in Los Angeles delivered a heap of action where scores of 9s repeatedly punched their way throughout the evening. Lacey Baker took home top honors for the ladies and Shane O’Neill commanded the win for the guys. Drop by the Street League site for the recaps, photos and more.

Final Results
Men
1. Shane O’Neill – 36.4
2. Nyjah Huston – 34.6
3. Cody McEntire – 34.4
4. Luan Oliveira – 33.5
5. Paul Rodriguez – 31.9
6. Tom Asta – 31.4
7. Chris Joslin – 27.7
8. Ryan Decenzo – 19.1

Ladies
1. Lacey Baker – 27.2
2. Leticia Bufoni – 26.3
3. Alexis Sablone – 24.6
4. Mariah Duran – 21.1
5. Aori Nishimura – 18.6
6. Alana Smith – 18.4
7. Pamela Rosa – 15.3
8. Monica Torres – 6.5

Street League’s Brick City Battle Royale Today

SLS New Jersey 2016Seven Street League skaters (Shane O’Neill, Paul Rodriguez, Nyah Huston, Luan Oliveira, Ryan Decenzo, Tom Asta, and Cody McEntire) have each clinched spots in the upcoming 2016 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. This leaves only one spot in the top eight to be decided today in Newark, NJ.

SLS Pick Chris Joslin sits on the bubble for Super Crown qualification, but he’ll need to skate strong and remain consistent because he’s up against a handful of SLS veterans. Ishod Wair, Chris Cole, Sean Malto, and David Gonzalez are a few of the heavy hitters that are able to snag this eighth spot.

Keep in mind that there’s a handful of skaters that can take the top spot with a first place finish, earning them a Golden Ticket straight into the 2016 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship.

Tune into Street League’s webcast live and direct from Newark, New Jersey today to witness the action. The Prelim heats kick off at 1:25pm EST on streetleague.com, followed by the Final at 5:00pm live on Fox Sports1 (US) and streetleague.com (International).

Local SLS Broadcast Times
New York 1:25pm ET
Los Angeles 10:25am PST
Mexico City 12:25pm CDT
Sau Paulo 2:25pm BRT
Barcelona 7:25pm CEST
Moscow 8:25pm MSK

2016 Dew Tour Long Beach Results

Dew Tour Ryan ShecklerThe 2016 Dew Tour presented by Mountain Dew and TEN:The Enthusiast Network took place in Long Beach, California over the weekend with a new twist to skateboarding competition. On Saturday Ryan Sheckler nailed down the most points on four separate skate sections – Tech, Bowl, Rails and Gaps to claim his 15th Dew Tour win during the individual competition. The action continued on Sunday with many of the best skateboarders competing in an all-new Team Challenge which included the same four separate skate zones. In the end, the Blind Skateboards team made up of: TJ Rogers, Micky Papa, Cody McEntire and Trey Wood came out on top with the most points.

In all, nine teams competed which also included heavy hitters from Flip, Plan B, Element, Real, Birdhouse, Toy Machine, Baker and enjoi.

Catch up on all of the action from the weekend at dewtour.com, and tune into the televised broadcast on NBC from 5-6pm EST on July 30th and at 2-4pm EST on July 31st.

Final Results
Individual Pro Competition
1. Ryan Sheckler (USA) – 364.33
2. Louie Lopez (USA) – 356.98
3. Ryan Decenzo (CAN) – 344.66
4. Cody McEntire (USA) – 323.65
5. Sean Malto (USA) – 321.32
6. Carlos Ribiero (BRA) – 313.00

Team Competition
1. Blind Skateboards – 369.32
Cody McEntire (USA) – Gaps 90.33
TJ Rogers (CAN) – Tech 90.33
Micky Papa (CAN) – Rails 95.66
Trey Wood (USA) – Bowl 93.00

2. Flip Skateboards – 359.66
Louie Lopez (USA) – Gaps 92.00
Luan Oliveira (BRA) – Tech 81.33
Alec Majerus (USA) – Rails 93.00
Curren Caples (USA) – Bowl 93.33

3. Plan B Skateboards – 358.99
Chris Joslin (USA) – Gaps 94.00
Scott Decenzo (CAN) – Tech 89.66
Jagger Eaton (USA) – Rails 92.33
Ryan Sheckler (USA) – Bowl 93.33

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