Friday September 13th, 2013 marked the final stop of the Vans World Tour in Berlin, Germany beginning with a pop-up demo at the famous Berlin bench spot that our fallen brother, Van Wastell (R.I.P.), last skated and then a park demo at Skatehalle Berlin.
The traditionally eerie Friday the 13th was the final day of our tour. We ended in Berlin on a rollercoaster ride of emotion as we performed a pop-up demo (a surprise demo before the demo) at the last skate spot our fallen brother, Van Wastell, ever skated then capped off the trip with a glorious demo and barbeque at the Skatehalle which culminated in one of our guys getting kidnapped by a diabolical assless cougar. Our ender-ender almost ended us all...
On the solemn day of September 11th, 2013 The Vans Team rolled into Hamburg, Germany for the second to last stop on the Vans World Tour.
We arrived in Hamburg on the solemn day of September 11th, which also happens to be my son's birthday. We chose to keep spirits high and focus on celebrating my boy's birth instead of the eternal bummer of the larger, dark cloud that looms over that day. And what better way to celebrate anything then by getting on a party boat around Hamburg and getting tuned up as a family thanks to Mantis Skateshop?
On September 10th, 2013 due to rain The Vans Team was forced to relocate its Cologne, Germany demo to Skatepark under the Zoobruecke; the results were just as fun.
And check out Monster Skateboard Magazine's edit of the demo:
We've been lucky up until now that we hadn't gotten hit with rain the entire tour, especially while in England, but we knew it was only a matter of time before Mother Nature pissed on our parade and it turned out she used Cologne as her urinal.
On Sunday, September 8th, 2013 the Vans Team did a bittersweet demo at the Amsterdam Skatepark. Sadly, it is to be the last demo held there because the city is evicting the park at the end of the year. The guys did the best to send it off in grand fashion. Thanks for the memories, Amsterdam.
There's a recurring theme on this trip of great skateparks getting shut down in our wake. First it was the threat to London's Southbank and now the Amsterdam Skatepark. Our Amsterdam demo was a bittersweet one. As we arrived in town we were informed that we would be the last team to ever do a demo at the park because the city had opted to evict the park on December 31st so they could use the space for something more profitable. The team was informed of the gravity of the demo and they laid it down in spades to help the Amsterdam skate scene send off the park in glorious fashion.
After not sleeping for 36 hours the team showed up at The Flesh and Bones Skatepark in Aalst, Belgium and killed it. Check the footage.
Want to hear a funny joke?
A guy walks into a travel agent's office and books an 8am flight for 20 drunk and stoned skateboarders and expects them to make it.
The fact that our crew ripped the demo in Belgium the way they did is a testament to the unstoppable will of men.
Wait until you get the whole story...
On September 5th the Vans team visited Geoff Rowley's hometown of Liverpool, England for a demo at New Bird Skatepark for Lost Art Skateshop and the turn out and the vibe was nothing short of epic. The demo was pure carnage ending with Rowan Zorilla going to the hospital. Check out Cody Green's HD footage of the demo and then watch the madness in Sidewalk Magazine's VX edit to see some of Liverpool's finest ripping it up with our guys. Thanks for the fun Liverpool. One for the history books!