The Russian Aggressive Inline championship is a landmark event for Russian rollerblading. It was our first time working with the Russian Skateboarding Federation and World Skate, and the first All-Russian children’s contest. For the Russian rollerblading scene, this kind of support in the future means big things for us.
The contest was held at the ‘Grand Skate Tour’ space in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia with the support of @EmbilyCard and @FedSkateRussia. We have invited AM and PRO riders from all over Eastern Europe to the Championship, including Kate Bedrata, the Ukraine representative.
Grand Skate Tour is a fully spec’ed out skate park with electronic timers for runs and a proper sound and lighting system. Far more luxurious than the usual skate contest! We had a mini trade show area with some of Embily team’s tour photosby Anton Seleznev, booths for TGP, PLASTIK, COYOTE Artifacts, and COMMUNITY Shop. Ivan Chanchikov and Dima Aleksandrov held warmup lessons for those in attendance.
We made it a point to invite children from across Eastern Europe, working with their trainers to bring them to compete. These young riders showed stamina and skated at a solid level despite the pressures of competition, coaches, and parents. We offered these future pros ‘master-classes’ with some of Russia’s best pros. The children had a chance to talk with many of their favorite pros and get some insights on skating. It’s a mentorship of sorts that helps everyone be better professionals and gives kids a chance to learn from experience.
As we moved to the pro heats and finales, the new ‘Siberian school’ of bladers – Vanya Chanchikov, Albert Valeev, and Ilia Savosin – showed why they’re the vanguard of Eastern blading inside and outside our borders.
The contest might be over but this is just the start of big things in Russia for rollerblading with the support of the Russian Skateboard Federation.
(The numbers are the points accumulated)
1. Chanchikov Ivan (Krasnoyarsk) – 74 2. Savosin Ilia (Krasnoyarsk) – 65 3. Goncharov Daniel (Belgorod) – 60 4. Obydennikov George (Novosibirsk) – 48 5. Skvortsov Andrey (Saint-Petersburg) – 37
Thanks to Sportex Skatepark (Krasnoyarsk) @Sportex.Pro and Max Krotov @Red_Jam_Contest.
Special thanks to Alexander Bychkov @CatScratch82, Irina Neuimina @N_Irina, Leo Lukin @Leo_Lukin, Ilya Vdovin, World Skate @WorldSkateOfficial, Gleb Nikitin @gsn
A big thank you to the media team relentlessly capturing all the fun. These people put hot content to your smartphones every day: Victor Bayramov @VvwBbb and Rodion Korneev @KeyKeyo Anton Seleznev @SelShot Kolya Belov @KolyaBelov
Hosts Russian Skateboarding Federation @FedSkateRussia Government of the Nizhny Novgorod region @NNGovernment EMBILY @EmbilyCard World Skate @WorldSkateOfficial
Partners Plastik Magazine @plastik1mag Tgp @the_gs_project Coyote Artifacts @coyote_artifacts Community Shop @community_shop At Grand Skate Tour in Nizhny Novgorod