Sunday starts with waking up sweating in your tent listening to the same techno song you went to sleep listening to from the camp next door after a long night of Tuborg, reuniting with old friends and meeting new companions for the heavy week ahead. Roskilde has started.
Sunday mid-morning most of the rollerbladers hit the park for a session after filling up on free coffee or hair of the dog to warm up for the skate show on Monday. The skateboarding bowl and wheel chair park shows commence the Street City activities for the first day in the park, and the rest of the day feels like a blur. Beers everywhere, people settling into their camps – getting lost in the sea of parties and drinking into the night.
On Monday the weather was perfect for the blade shows. The bowl contest kicked off the day, followed by the park show later that afternoon drawing in a huge crowd to watch some of the best pro riders from around the world. The contests were intense. There were so many skilled skaters in the small Roskilde skatepark, and Montre Livingston & Jojo were keeping the crowd hyped and involved as everyone skated in their own way.
14 year old local boy Felix rode the park along side the pros throwing a huge 540 transfer and keeping everyone smiling all day. Roskilde first timer Soichiro came all the way from Japan and absolutely owned the park with his fluid style. Trick of the day has to be the finale transfer from the spine to the far side of the park transition over the driveway (which has never been done before) from the star of the show Mr. Joe Atkinson, first try! The crowd erupted in a chant of “GO JOE GO!”
This year there was also a healthy handful of girls competing to show the crowd that this is not just for the guys. Frieda in particular stood out as the star of the Ladies, with smooth lines in the bowl and solid steezy style in the park.
Bowl: 1st – Joe Atkinson 2nd – David Sizemore 3rd – Gavin Drumm
Park: 1st – Joe Atkinson 2nd – David Sizemore 3rd – Soichiro Kanashima
The thing I love about the Roskilde Blade shows is that although they are held in a competition format, everyone is skating like a session, for me this is part of the Roskilde experience. Now the blading shows are done for the week let the rest of the Roskilde madness commence!