Vans Downtown Showdown

The Vans Downtown Showdown in pictures!
By Maxime Verret

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. © Maxime Verret
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. © Maxime Verret
The Flip offering
The Flip offering
The Flip offering Last of the day’s 4 sessions, owned by Am champ Nassim Guammaz ! © Maxime Verret
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. © Maxime Verret
Luan De Oliveira, Kickflip
Luan De Oliveira, Kickflip
Luan De Oliveira, Kickflip Friday practice, and the Brazilian rocket was already dominating the Palace configuration. © Maxime Verret
Steve Van Doren
Steve Van Doren
Steve Van Doren Mister Vans himse!f; our ringmaster of the entertainment delivered on the day ! © Maxime Verret
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. © Maxime Verret
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. © Maxime Verret
Luan De Oliveira
Luan De Oliveira
Luan De Oliveira Knocking in nails : one hammer bagged, next one circling the runway. © Maxime Verret
Kids
Kids
Kids The youth got enough stokage to fire a generation of sessions. © Maxime Verret
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 ! © Maxime Verret
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 ? © Maxime Verret
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. © Maxime Verret
Chris Pfanner, Kickflip
Chris Pfanner, Kickflip
Chris Pfanner, Kickflip Pfanner attacked the Palace suitcase from all sides, full clip as standard. © Maxime Verret
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. © Maxime Verret