Vans Downtown Showdown London

In Spitalsfield, East London, where once Jack The Ripper stroke terror into people’s hearts, the 12 best skateboard teams of Europe will meet on August 20th 2011 in order to show their stunning skills on inventive obstacles that are specially designed for the event reminiscing about the long history of London.

The Downtown Showdown concept was created for skaters by skaters and has its root in the US. For three years, the innovative skateboard contest has also been held in Europe. After the successful guest performances in Torino (ITA) and Hamburg (GER), it will now take place in the British capital for the very first time.

This legendary event is a challenge where craftsmanship, obstacle ideas and creativity play a decisive role. 12 of the best skateboarding teams from all over Europe have been invited to come together and battle it out against each other at Old Spitalsfields Market – far away from the usual format of any other skateboarding competition.

The event will take place on specially customised ramps, which are all designed by the teams themselves. Inspired by all the weird and wonderful things that come to mind when thinking of London’s rich culture, you can be sure to see some very special obstacles to be built. Think Victorian Era, cobbled streets, Sherlock Holmes, gas lamps, Gothic churches, pubs and ales, The Royal Family, Oliver Twist and the Thames…

All teams are invited to create an original and challenging obstacle idea from which the best three will become part of the course and then skated in separate jam sessions. If past designs are anything to go by then there are sure to be some surprises that will keep spectators and riders alike entertained throughout the day. The prize purse is filled full to the rim with a total of 50,000 Euro that will be split across the different teams for winning the set challenges.