There was some serious skateboarding going down at the Far & High competition in Paris this weekend. This prestigious International Skateboard Contest brings together the hottest talents on the planet at the legendary Halle de Skate du Val d'Orge venue in France’s capital city.
Coming out on top in the men’s competition was the Red Bull-backed Tokyo teenager Ryo Sejiri. The young man from Japan got top marks from the judges during his qualification and semi-final runs before saving the best for last. In the final Ryo really turned on the style to get the better of Kelvin Hoefler from Brazil.
Victory at Far & High adds to Ryo’s reputation as one of most exciting skaters competing in the world’s top contests. Amazing to think that he fits it all in while still finding time to go to school.
Also adding to his already impressive reputation at Far & High in Paris was Argentinian skater Milton Martinez. The South American sensation was showing off a dazzling display of tricks all weekend before walking away with a top three finish.
The trip to France was just the latest journey for Milton and his skateboard as he builds up exposure on the international scene. Comfortable in both bowl and street competition, you’ll be hearing plenty more about Milton Martinez in the years to come.
It was a weekend to remember for Mario Gomez and his Bayern Munich team-mates as they got their hands on ‘the cup with the big ears’. Bayern Munich’s Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium instantly erased memories of their home defeat to Chelsea in the previous year’s final. Mario came on as a late substitute but with more than his fair share of vital goals along the way he can feel proud of another excellent season for Bayern.
One player who will be making his Champions League debut next season is Neymar. It was revealed at the weekend that the 21-year-old Brazilian will leave his hometown club of Santos to join Barcelona on a five-year contract. Neymar is already a firm fixture in the Brazilian national team and will hope the experience he picks up at Barca will help him to fire his nation to World Cup glory when they host the tournament next year.