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At the start of the year, we stated that the Wiltshire Skate Series would be bigger than ever for 2015 and it really didn’t disappoint! Expanding from 3 venues to 5, we had our work cut out to deliver. For those unaware, the Wiltshire Skate Series was founded in 2010 in collaboration with Wiltshire Council as a way to utilise the county’s skatepark facilities and to encourage young people to get involved in action sports. The impact that the series has had is amazing and in 2015 it is still going today.
The concept is simple – with 5 legs of the overall series at 5 different venues, riders compete to rack up points from each event to accumulate an overall score, with winners of each discipline being crowned at the end of the series. This year we were to hit the longest standing venue in the series, Melksham, along with Green Lane in Devizes, Calne, Salisbury, and RampNation Indoor Skatepark.
We were blown away by the standard of this year’s competing, with riders travelling from Essex, North Wales, Devon and beyond to get a slice of the action. The skateboarding was tense, with Devizes’ own Ben Borrill managing to take the overall win, fending off fierce competition from the likes of rail killer Adam Keats and Swindon’s Pete Case. The younger category saw a fight to the final contest as well, with Woody Mullis-Minshall just managing to take the lead and Rob Eskins coming in second respectively – the two of them skating completely different elements of each park, making the contest so exciting to watch.
Steve Dando and Warren Pullinger had the heaviest battle of them all though in the Inline division, with the judges not being able to separate them and having to call it a 1st place tie for the season on overall points! Steve notably threw down a HUGE corkscrew 720 over the jumpbox in Calne which had the whole crowd on their feet, opening everyone’s eyes to the crazy progression still occurring within inline skating.
In the scooter, Lewis Cox threw down throughout the whole year, ensuring to be at every event to rack up as many points as possible. Elliott Forster followed in second place, making tonnes of notable progression in his riding throughout the 2015 season. The scooter division also saw a massive number of new riders joining the event, which is always very welcome.
Finally, we had the BMX in which reigning champion Ash Harvey was at it again, going undefeated the whole season. Throwing his bike around effortlessly, we witnessed an array of flair variations, 360 tailwhips and more. The brotherly team of the Harveys though saw Zak Harvey follow up in second place, also smashing it at every series leg.
Thank you so much to everyone that has ridden, watched and supported this year’s series. We would like to say a special thank you to Wiltshire Council for making this happen for local action sports every year and also a huge thank you to our sponsors without whom this could never happen: Element Skateboards, Skate Warehouse, Vans Footwear, Valo Skates, Grit Scooters, Animal, Loco Sports TV, TKC Distribution and Antix.
We look forward to seeing even more people in 2016!
– James Threlfall