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Vans Shop Riot UK 2019 – Graystone Action Sports Manchester

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Vans Shop Riot UK 2019 – Graystones Action Sports Manchester
This has been said many times previously but it absolutely deserves reiterating: Vans Shop Riot is hands down the best event in the UK skateboard calendar. There is a lot of talk from a lot of brands about the cultural value and necessity of supporting core skate stores but there is only one brand who actually put their money where their mouth is and that brand is Vans.
We can argue all day about the relative ‘legitness’ of the myriad skate shoe brands in our universe if you like and, judging on Instagram battling, people love to, but one, simple, undeniable fact remains.
Only Vans are prepared to put their hands in their pockets and back up the rhetoric year after year with an event that brings the sadly dwindling number of UK skateboard shops together to create a space for localism to be celebrated, skaters both known and unknown to shine and, more importantly, still manage to keep things 100% skate in the process.

 

 

For those of you not clued up as to what Vans Shop Riot is, here’s a very brief summary.
Vans invite skate stores from across our country (and our European counterparts) to come together for a shop team event every year. The idea is simple: without skate stores, skateboarding culture is screwed, so why not create an event that allows all the major stores responsible for nourishing their local skate communities to gravitate towards one place for a weekend? Vans fork out for hotels, food, booze and the venue and the crews come to rip purely based on the love and respect that they have for the skate shops that support them. In the simplest terms – it’s on some Robin Hood shit. You get me?

 

 

If my slowly disintegrating memory is correct, the recent Vans UK Shop Riot 2019 Graystone Action Sports Manchester event marked the 11th anniversary of Van’s commitment to celebrating the lifeblood of our skateboard scene and what a weekend it was. Vans UK masterminds Olly Wright, Manhead, Matt Lloyd, Amanda Destroyed Brains, Ralph Knackered Hip and various others held the reigns and curated a banger of a weekend.
Free booze from Northern Monk (who doesn’t love their 2% IPA?), free BBQ chomp, Blast skates pinatas, a warm up sesh at the Pump Cage and a Saturday at Graystone watching the best humans from the best shops in the country go in – I mean, you’d have to be an utter bellend not to enjoy that, wouldn’t you?

The answer to that question is a resounding ‘yes’ just in case you were wondering.
As defending champions, the Black Sheep Family came out swinging, qualifying in first coming into the semi finals but you know us, as the Kersal Massive said “we dont fuck about”. With that said, when the final was finally finalised, nobody was going to argue with Flatspot’s position as Vans Shop Riot 2019 winners – the Devon cream tea heads went in – fair play.

 

 

I could ramble on all day about this but really, you might as well just watch the excellent Ryan Gray crafted video at the top of this guff and decide for yourself.
As a completist of the highest order, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give you the full list of attendees as you’re very probably not going to see them anywhere else so…
If we work on the proviso that the eventual winners were in reverse order:
1st Flatspot
2nd Black Sheep
3rd Slick Willies
4th Lost Art
4th 5050

That then means that the full results are as follows (according to the score sheets).
6th The House
6th Freestyle
8th Sessions
9th Forty Two
10th Skate Warehouse
11th TR7
12th Kultivation
13th Flavour
14th Big Wooodys
15th Lariatt
16th Ideal
17th Welcome
18th Decimal
19th Exist
20th Brixton’s Baddest
21st Cardiff Skate Club

 

 

So there you have it. Absolute banger of a weekend for all involved. Never ending big ups to all the Vans heads for making this happen year after year. Even heavier big ups to all the shop crews that came and repped hard for the love and a special donation of knucks to our very own Rikk Fields who managed to break his ankle in the finals, carry on skating till the final whistle and then still drink a brace of booze before returning to grafter land.

If you want more, head over to the Vague Mag site for a full photo overview by skateboarding’s own Man Mountain Marko, the very venerable Leo Sharp and the equally venerable Rafski.

 

 

And then, seeing as how we didn’t win this year, scroll down and drink deeply from our victory in 2018.
We’ll be back in 2020 and this time we’re going to DESTROY you.


Vans Shop Riot UK 2019 – Graystone Action Sports Manchester


Vans Shop Riot – The Story So Far

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

 

Vans have put together footage from the Vans Shop Riot series from all the countries that have been involved so far, including a small selection of clips from our own UK qualifiers at Nottingham’s Flo Skatepark in which the Black Sheep boys Rob Smith, Jiri Bulin and Jordan Sharkey came through and claimed first place….again, good work lads! That means they join the winners from The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Czech Republic, Germany/Austria, Russia and France at the finals over in Lisbon, Portugal at Cascais Skatepark from the 18th to 20th September. There are five countries who are still yet to host their series events so keep an eye out for them. From the edit below we can see that this year has been a real battlefield all over Europe with teams and individuals stepping up and taking the standard of skating to the next level. No doubt that Rob, Sharkey and Jiri will be well up for it in September but then again so will all the rest of the teams, there can only be one winner but I know who I’m putting my money on! More info and build up nearer the event via the blog and our social media outlets.

 

 

 

See our full range of Vans here > https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/vans-skate-shoes.html

 

 


Vans Shop Riot Winners

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

 

 

For the seventh time we have won the infamous Vans Shop Riot competition winning a place into the European Finals in Portugal this September, where we’ll go head-to-head with other top stores from across the continent. Although winning that one too won’t be a problem as we’ve already managed to bag 1st place in the European competition twice before. It’s just too easy, especially when you have the likes of Jordan Sharkey, Jiri Bulin and Rob Smith as your team. I mean we have got all aspects covered like Rob jumping off anything on offer, the incredible consistent skating that Jordan produces then the mind boggling technical ability that Jiri has, unstoppable. We are really proud to have won the UK Shop Riot, it’s just the European one that needs to be brought back to Manchester. Good work guys and bring that trophy home.

 

Black Sheep Shop Riots Winning Portrait for blog 2

 

 

 

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Vans Shop Riot Series 2015

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

 

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The clocks have gone forward an hour, its not dark when we get out of work, the sun is starting to shine and it seems like summer is eventually on its way! That could only mean one thing! Yes, its that time of year as we get ready for the Vans Shop Riot! Starting in the UK on the 25th – 26th April for two days of non stop action! This year sees Pioneer Skate Park in St.Albans hosting the event. £3000 prize money and  an all expenses paid trip to the European finals is up for grabs! After the UK leg comes to a close on the 26th, the attention turns to Aalast, at the Flesh and Bones Skatepark, the scene of last years finals where Belgium’s own Rampaffairz skateshop just missed out on top spot to fellow countrymen Burnside so expect it to go off at this one! With as many as fifteen stops around Europe this year the series will be almost everywhere, from Portugal to Poland, Italy to Israel, before it all comes to a head in Spain for the final! Will the Black Sheep lads be there to take the top spot? ( My moneys on them! Come on lads!!! ) Keep your eyes peeled! More info such as a live stream will be up here on the blog at a later date obviously closer to the time!

 

Vans Shop Riot 2015 Events Listings

 

  • UK, 25th-26th April, Pioneer Skatepark, St Albans
  • Belgium, 26th April, Flesh & Bones Skatepark, Aalast
  • Germany/Austria, 9th-10th May, North Brigade Skatepark, Cologne
  • Spain, 23rd May, La Chopera, Leganes
  • Israel, 28th May, Galit Skatepark, Tel Aviv
  • Italy, 14th June, Platza Skatepark, Bolzano
  • Switzerland, 20th June, Lugano Skatepark, Lugano
  • Netherlands, 21st June, Burnside Skatepark, Deventer
  • Czech Republic, 18th July, Skatepark Stadion mládeže, Ustí nad Labem
  • Poland, 1st August, Widzew Skatepark, Łódź
  • Baltics, 22nd August, Monsterparks, Riga, Latvia
  • Portugal, 12th September, Parque das Gerações, São João Do Estoril, Cascais
  • France, Date TBC, Cosanostra Skatepark, Chelles
  • Nordics, Date TBC, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Greece, TBC
  • Russia, TBC
  • FINALS, 19th & 20th September, La Chopera, Leganes, Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 


Black Sheep Shop Riot 2014

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Check the clip below to see how the Black Sheep tore apart Prevail Skatehouse in Poole at the Vans Shop Riot 2014. This year we managed to get together enough DOGGERS for a Black Sheep Shop Riot A and B team. As with the previous Shop Riots through the years the skating was top class, everybody was going for it and getting things on lock in the warm up ready for the qualifying heats, the skating seems to be getting better and better each year so well done to all who were on form! After a hectic afternoon we were down to the final three shops, Skate Pharmacy, The Ledge and our Black Sheep A team to battle it out for that lucrative number one spot!  The A team managed to get a well deserved 2nd place, narrowly missing out to Skate Pharmacy to take the top spot! The lads will be taking home £600 between Jiri Bulin, Eddie Belvedere, Rob Smith and Rikk Fields. The B team also smashed it but unfortunately didn’t manage to place in the top 3 but big up to Andy Scott, Gary ‘Woody’ Woodward and Reiss Johnson for there effort.  We already cant wait for the 2015 series where we will be back and keener than ever!

 

 

Filmed and edited by our bulk man Isaac Wilkinson!


Vans Shop Riot Official Video

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

 

Watch the highlights below from the official Vans web edit of last weekends European Shop Riot Finals.
Big thanks to Vans Europe from all us at The Black Sheep Store for another amazing event and massive respect to all the other 300 skate shops that was in it to win it.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Vans Shop Riot Live Feed

Friday, October 11th, 2013

 

The Black Sheep are no strangers to The Vans Shop Riot series, after dominating the events in past years winning the European Finals and 4 UK finals! This weekend see’s the return of The Black Sheep boys at the European Finals at The Worx in Leeds. Can’t get to Leeds? Don’t worry you can watch the Livefeed here all weekend!
 
“The Vans Shop Riot is back for yet another year of fostering local team spirit. The concept remains the same: promote European Skateboarding, Independent Skate Shops & their teams through an original Series of contests across Europe. It’s the perfect opportunity for European Skate Shops to show that they are an integral part of their local scene.

 

Vans started the Series with the Core Shop in mind, offering a platform for recognition and community. The Shop Riot Series illustrates Vans’ ongoing commitment to core stores and ultimately the roots of Skateboarding.

Each country will see the top shop teams battling it out for one day on one of their best Skateparks culminating in the European Final.”
 

Vans Shop Riot Series Finals 2013 – Schedule
 

Saturday 12th October:

2pm Contest starts (Round 1-8; each round is 4 minutes long)

4pm Best Trick Contest

 

Sunday 13th October:

1pm Quarter Final

2pm Semi Final

2:35pm Final Round Starts

3:50 Best Trick Contest

4:30pm Prize Giving

 

Watch the Vans Shop Riot Series 2013 all weekend on the livestream below:
 

 


Vans Shop Riot 2013

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Thanks to Vans and Prevail Skatepark for the hospitality yesterday. This years Vans Shop Riot was a banger!

Look out for the footage no doubt soon to be appearing over on Sidewalk Magazine website