Far’n High Skateboarding Worldcup in Paris

A contest report through the lens of Maxime Verret.
By Maxime Verret

As the name suggests, the Far'n High event pushes the boundaries each of the six years it has been running.
The event takes place in Villiers sur Orge, south of Paris, and tops the list of international contests held here in France. Every year new riders from all continents make a bee-line here; it’s no longer astonishing to bump into well- known heads like Sebo Walker or Scott Decenzo coming straight from over the pond.
It is in a warm atmosphere that the various and varied skaters throw down runs- some original, some less so- over the course of the weekend, to the delight of the spectators who come in droves.
Consistent Ryo Sejiri from Japan (age 16) took first spot in the men’s comp, followed very closely by Brazilian Kelvin Hoefler. In the ladies, the young and friendly Brazilian Pamela Rosa (age 13), won her category. In skateboard contests, age ain’t nothing but a number.
Winners aside, special mention should go to Argentinian Milton Martinez, a good friend of the Thrasher posse in SF, which is reflected in how he skates! He’ll go back to Argentina with the Nozbone skateshop best-trick prize in his pocket, and well deserved at that.

 

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Benjamin Garcia - Backside 360
Benjamin Garcia - Backside 360 Backside 360 just like that to end his run. A wake up call for the legs ! © Maxime Verret
Aurélien Giraud - 360 Kickflip
Aurélien Giraud  360 Kickflip
Aurélien Giraud - 360 Kickflip © Maxime Verret
Axel Cruysberghs - Frontside Feeble Grind
Axel Cruysberghs - Frontside Feeble Grind Axel Cruysberghs, the Belgian, frontside feeble grind, fast and clean! © Maxime Verret
Felipe Gustavo - Switch Backside Tailslide
Felipe Gustavo - Switch Backside Tailslide Felipe Gustavo, the tech dude of the weekend, he added a kickflip to this switch backside tailslide later on that day. © Maxime Verret
Adam Dyet
Adam Dyet Adam Dyet came from Salt Lake City and brought his smile (and tattoos!). © Maxime Verret
Leticia Bufoni - Crooked Grind
Leticia Bufoni - Crooked Grind Previous winner Leticia Bufoni ran Pamela Rosa close. Crooked grind. © Maxime Verret
Richard Tury - Nosebluntslide
Richard Tury - Nosebluntslide Frontside nosebluntslide down the park handrail. © Maxime Verret
Aurélien Giraud - 360 Kickflip
Aurélien Giraud - 360 Kickflip Aurélien Giraud hasn’t finished growing, and nor has his skating! © Maxime Verret
Matt Berger
Matt Berger Matt Berger from Canada, ‘Skate and Destroy’. © Maxime Verret
Maxim Kruglov - Backside Smithgrind
Maxim Kruglov - Backside Smithgrind Maxim Kruglov is a really talented snowboarder from Russia, which you can tell when he’s on wheels, it’s like he’d forgotten he was on a skateboard ! Full speed backside smithgrind. © Maxime Verret
Nozbone Best Trick Spot
Nozbone Best Trick Spot This is where the Nozbone best-trick comp took place, the wall was hammered by Milton Martinez, Tim Zom, Adrien Bulard and Phil Zwijsen, amongst others. © Maxime Verret
Phil Zwijsen - Frontside Air
Phil Zwijsen - Frontside Air Phil Zwijsen had amazing runs all weekend, using every single obstacle the park had to offer. Fs air. © Maxime Verret
Milton Martinez - Backside 50-50 Drop In
Milton Martinez - Backside 50-50 Drop In Milton Martinez with a serious backside 50-50 drop-in, which tickles Micky Papa. © Maxime Verret
Thaynan Costa - Frontside Boardslide
Thaynan Costa - Frontside Boardslide Thaynan Costa, frontside boardslide going up the rail, quality produce from Portugal. © Maxime Verret