Return to the scene of the crime.
It felt good to have a project again that could bring skateboarders from other places to Basel. Three years since the last European Skateboard Championships, the newly created Open Air Basel served as the platform for a good old Miniramp Jam.
In the end only 22 people signed up for the actual contest, to skate the weirdly shaped spine ramp which came with extra- steep transitions and brand- new pool coping. At first the jam sessions were quite mellow and usually only one skater at a time was in the ramp, but as we advanced to the semi- finals it got a little more hectic. Some near- crashes kept the crowd excited and the riders looking over their shoulders during each run.
Skating and music go hand- in- hand and to prove this point, Graham Dickson from the Crystal Fighters joined in on the practice session on Saturday afternoon. He had to stop skating after banging his knee, but we could tell that he truly enjoyed a couple of minutes away from the festival madness.
Because of the high level of skating in the semi final, the final was held as a ten minute jam with six people. As you can imagine this was a recipe for mayhem. At least three people were in the ramp at all times, but the only serious injury happened when Micky Iglesias slipped out and dislocated his shoulder after four minutes. The five remaining skaters turned it up a notch and in the end it was Aref Koushesh from Milan who walked away with the first place trophy, followed by Lukas Halter and Johannes Haist!
1. Aref Koushesh (ITA)
2. Lukas Halter (SUI)
3. Johannes Haist (GER)
4. Oli Bürgin (SUI)
5. Igor Fardin (SUI)
6. Micky Inglesias (SUI)