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Now the nights are now drawing in, the warmth of the summer months is but a distant memory as we all have to prepare for the cold winter ahead. Usually at this point in the season the calendar is empty of major events as everyone winds down after a hectic summer. Well better late than never Scoot-Fest popped up at the last moment, finding its home in early November. Well we scrambled around like crazy gathering our resources to bring you what will most likely be the last big tour of 2015.
The tour line up consisted of eleven of the very best riders from all over the globe. Ben Thomas came in all the way from Perth to Join his Grit team mate and the ISA World Champion Jordan Clark. Representing Phoenix would be the crazy Estonian Roomet Saliik while the Crisp team was an all UK affair as OG legend Lewis Williams was joined by the latest edition to the team, Mr James Power. Lucky scooter’s Tanner Fox and Turnstyle rider Ryan Upchurch also flew in for the tour. A last minute addition to the tour was the District & Eagle guys which really spiced things up. UK shredders Lewis Crampton and Brandon James were down for the tour and joined both Cam Ward and Richard Zelinka for the weeks tour with us. So that was our tour team, a right bloody mess of brands, styles and personalities and it some how worked out perfectly.
Straight after picking the guys up from the airport we headed to Corby, only stopping to get a quick snack. We met up with the two Lewis’s and Tanner here, now the session could really begin! Unfortunately the promotion for the tour stop must have been quite light as very few people turned up. On the plus that did mean the place was pretty much all to our selves and it felt more like a private session. Kota and Hunter turned up half way through and joined the session. As expected a little heathy competitiveness was there between Jordan and Kota with a few mini games of scoot and some impromptu trick matching going down throughout.
James Power got super techy in the newly created plaza outside, doing some super cool and sometimes weird tricks. Lewis absolutely obliterated room two as he always does, cruising the park at mac ten and getting some crazy amplitude. As always the resi got hammered, hats off to Roomet for trying to land a 360 front bar. James finally landed a trick he told me he had been trying to land for eight months. Luckily I was only there thirty minutes filming it before he landed his Bar into Manny, Leg Sweep Wind Turbine. Fair to say he was very happy with himself.
Considering the vast majority of these guys had flown in from around the World and were pretty jet lagged, I was amazed that the session went on like it did. Eventually we were kicked out of the park and after a horrible KFC we headed to our wonderful Travel Lodge for a well deserved nights sleep.
The next Twenty Four hours would be void of any skatepark visits due to how things worked out when scheduling the tour. So what to do? Well we headed to Bristol with a plan to make the very best of what the city had to offer. The only issue was the three hour drive to get there, still it was worth it. We finally rocked up to the infamous M32 trash park at around three o’clock; everyone poured out of the vans keen for a session at the amazing DIY park.
Roomet got straight to work with a sick wall plant bar twist, Richard and lewis Crampton session some of the little box complexes with some tasty tricks. Richards sat back and steezed out Ice Pick looked super cool. Ryan Unchurch threw a massive Tuck no Hander over the dodgy channel gap once he had figured out the perfect angle to hit it at. Ben Thomas hit a few nice tricks over a sketchy hip that had some horrible spiked fence on one side of it and Ben still sent a clean Turndown which was quickly followed by a nice Canvert.
Eventually it was simply too dark to ride anymore so we called it a day and headed to our hotel in Portishead. It had been another long day and everyone was well due some down time to recoup from the days activities.
More Mobbing & ATB
Thursday unfortunately brought with it some early morning rain meaning that Dean Lane was off the cards. This meant that a huge under cover bank by the cinema was the spot of choice for the few hours we had spare before we headed to Swindon for our stop at ATB Skatewarehouse. Jordan flipped into the bank which was pretty nuts, Ryan hit a perfect ???? but Roomet went in the hardest by dropping in off a a girder into the bank!
everyone grabbed a bit of food for the journey and we all jumped into the vans and headed to Swindon. Luckily we managed to get there early meaning we go a few hours of the park all to ourselves, everyone made the mots of it. Ryan Unchurch threw down the sickest Flair Invert and Jordan was running a muck of the whole park. Cam was boosting the massive wall and sending some of biggest airs on that quarter pipe I’ve ever seen. ATB skate warehouse was being absolutely obliterated!
Soon enough though the park went from empty to totally full, school was out and the kids raced to get to ATB to meet and ride with all their favourite pro riders. This didn’t kill the session, if anything it only amped things up just a little bit more. There was a really great atmosphere in the park which isn’t an unusual thing at this park. James was teaching some of the younger riders how to do tricks they were struggling with and there were loads of give outs and a signing session. We held a best trick competition for a box of sweets and even gave out a set of Lucky Voodoo bars to a very deserving young rider.
Before we knew it, it was 9pm and time to say goodbye to everyone at ATB. We went and got ourselves some much needed rest so we would be ready for tomorrows practice session at Rush.
Rampword & Rush
Once everyone was up we had a chat about the day and how it would go, with nearly seven hours till the practice session started at Rush we had a fair amount of time to play with. The idea of Rampworld in Cardiff was thrown around and everyone was game for it. One hour later we were there all juiced to ride the amazing indoor Welsh skatepark. Roomet went in hard from the very start, managing to learn 540 Flair Whip’s on the resi whilst Ryan, Lewis and Tanner were loving the box section of the park. Richard had a lucky escape when doing a double fair into the foam, he somehow hit his head on the side of the ramp, this just goes to show that wearing a helmet is important and everyone should wear one.
Our time had come to an end in Cardiff and we had to get over to Stroud for the World Cup practice session. a quick stop off at some services meant that everyone was fuelled up for it and ready to shred. We turned up to Rush greeted by loads of familiar faces, Soly Bloomfield was there, Jacques Honour, Archie Cole, Devon Low, Mason Leonardi, the list could go on. It was great to see them all and a session popped off. Unfortunately half way through the session Roomet took a horrible slam on Front Flair, yet again we were reminded of how important wearing a helmet is as Roomet was knocked out for a bit and was left with a huge lump on his forehead.
That kinda killed things for the evening and the session died down from there, everyone was super tired. Rest was needed before Scoot-Fest so we all headed out for dinner and then back to the hotel for the last sleep before the big event!