Vans Downtown Showdown

The Vans Downtown Showdown in pictures!

On August 31st, a big part of the global skateboarding scene met in the very Parisian Grande Halle de la Villette. Organized by Vans, the Downtown Showdown landed in France for round 5 of their travelling circus. The four set- pieces had an hour of punishment each: skill, grace, gusto, each got a proper seeing- to.

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Samuel Partaix
Samuel Partaix

Samuel Partaix

Slight carving problem for Sam Partaix, which didn’t prevent him from delivering later.

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Pedro Barros, Lien Melon
Pedro Barros, Lien Melon

Pedro Barros, Lien Melon

Probably the only skater in the Element jam able to tell you what it looked like from the top tier of the ephemeral Eiffel Tower.

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The Flip offering
The Flip offering

The Flip offering

Last of the day’s 4 sessions, owned by Am champ Nassim Guammaz !

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Lucien Clarke, Backside Tailslide
Lucien Clarke, Backside Tailslide

Lucien Clarke, Backside Tailslide

Danny Brady, Nick Jensen, Lucien Clarke and the rest. English crew in full effect.

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Luan De Oliveira, Kickflip
Luan De Oliveira, Kickflip

Luan De Oliveira, Kickflip

Friday practice, and the Brazilian rocket was already dominating the Palace configuration.

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Steve Van Doren
Steve Van Doren

Steve Van Doren

Mister Vans himse!f; our ringmaster of the entertainment delivered on the day !

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Luan De Oliveira, Frontside Nosegrind
Luan De Oliveira, Frontside Nosegrind

Luan De Oliveira, Frontside Nosegrind

We can only what Luan Oliveira might deliver at the real Eiffel Tower pond banks, whenever that next session may be.

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Louie Lopez, Bs Bluntslide to Bs Disaster
Louie Lopez, Bs Bluntslide to Bs Disaster

Louie Lopez, Bs Bluntslide to Bs Disaster

Louie rinsed everything without a blip ; the very epitome of contemporary ATV skating.

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Luan De Oliveira
Luan De Oliveira

Luan De Oliveira

Knocking in nails : one hammer bagged, next one circling the runway.

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Kids
Kids

Kids

The youth got enough stokage to fire a generation of sessions.

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Karsten Kleppan, Frontside Nosegrind Tailgrab
Karsten Kleppan, Frontside Nosegrind Tailgrab

Karsten Kleppan, Frontside Nosegrind Tailgrab

As Norwegian tourists often do, Karsten left an indelible impression on his surroundings !

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Guillaume Mocquin, Frontside Nosepick
Guillaume Mocquin, Frontside Nosepick

Guillaume Mocquin, Frontside Nosepick

Guillaume wasn’t scheduled for this segment but stormed it anyway ; maybe the Cliche ponds weren’t deep enough ?

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Chris Pfanner, Melon grab
Chris Pfanner, Melon grab

Chris Pfanner, Melon grab

Last roll of the dice Chris dug deep to vault the lot to the delight of the crowd.

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Chris Pfanner, Kickflip
Chris Pfanner, Kickflip

Chris Pfanner, Kickflip

Pfanner attacked the Palace suitcase from all sides, full clip as standard.

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Ben Nordberg, Backside Smithgrind
Ben Nordberg, Backside Smithgrind

Ben Nordberg, Backside Smithgrind

Technique and finesse are two easy associations with England’s enfant terrible ex- pat Ben Nordberg.

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