The Vans Shop Riot is back for it’s 5th year. 2013 sees the series touring the continent and a format that is set to be bigger and better than ever. True to its roots, the tour sees the cream of the core stores riders go against each other in no-holds-barred skate off. With the scene at its heart, the Vans Shop Riot is all about recognising European Skateboarding, independent Skate Shops and their teams through a series of original contests. It’s a chance for core skate shops to prove their place as pillars of their local scene, and put themselves up against the rest.
This year the tour kicks off in Deventer, Holland, on May 12th, before descending upon both Germany and Israel on May 25th. Over three months, the series continues across a further 10 European cities before returning to the UK. A full list of dates and locations as well as a round up from each leg will be available to view at vansshopriot.com
Through building recognition for these stores and scenes, the Shop Riot series illustrates Vans’ ongoing commitment to the core community and ultimately, the roots of the biggest and most significant success stories in independent Skateboarding.
The finest stores from each country will put forward their top shop teams, to battle it out for one day in their best Skateparks. With local rounds taking place in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, Israel, Holland and for the first time Estonia, Sweden and Russia needless to say that the bar will no doubt be raised yet again, building on the insane level of skateboarding that we have seen over the last 4 years.
The winning team from each country will qualify for an all expenses paid trip to the UK where they will battle it out in the European Shop Riot Finals, pitting their skills against the European Elite for a slice of the 5,000 Euros prize pot.
New for this year is vansshopriot.com, a site dedicated to the series, where you can see who is taking part, edits from the local teams as well as round-ups and exclusive content from each stage of the Vans Shop Riot series. The site will be regularly updated with footage, news and results from each stage, and be the one-stop-shop for you to follow the teams all the way through to the finals.
Check out Vans Shop Riot dates, locations and teams at www.vansshopriot.com and facebook.com/vanseurope