Nearly everyone who was involved with last years Scoot GB competition series, will agree that it was a very intense series of competitions; maybe even too intense! A lot of the riders and parents where frazzled by the end of the year long season and from this feedback a decision was made to restructure next years series of competitions. With that, the winter months leading up to Christmas would no longer be populated with the now customary regional qualifiers. So what to do now? Well, we thought it would be a great idea to club together with Scoot GB and some of the biggest pro stars from this years series of competitions and do something a little more chilled out, but still just as cool.
Scotland // Zone 74
So let me set the scene, it’s Monday morning and we are in a nine seater van heading up to Glasgow for the start of a tour that would hit each of the Five designated regions of the UK. The “we” I mention includes some pretty cool guys who tore apart the Scoot GB UK Championships this year and also might be some of your favourite pro riders. We were blessed with the ISA world number two Lewis Williams as well as Jacques Honour, Soly Bloomfield, Mason Leonardi and the intermediates UK champion Leo Spencer. A pretty good group I’m sure you would all agree. Zone 74 in East Killbride was our first target on the tour, a bit of a mission considering we started the drive from the depths of Devon but still well worth it.
Once we arrived the shredding could begin and from the very first moment Lewis got wild on the big jump box. As well as having a great tour team we were really lucky to be joined by the latest edition to the Grit Scooters Academy, Brandon McLeish, our honorary team member for this stop and boy did he shred the park to bits, hitting a huge double whip backflip over the hip amongst other things. We set up a high jump competition over the pyramid box which got all who attended pretty excited. The competition got quite heated and by the end there were three lads who had cleared the highest point of the high jump and showed no signs of relenting.
It was all down to who had the endurance now! All three riders were feeling the burn from forty minutes of hopping the ever rising bar and because of that it didn’t take long to find a winner. After that we soon moved swiftly onto the best trick comps. We held one in the street area and one in the box section of the park, local lad Connor Fettes cleaned up in both, with a flip to Fakie on the vert wall and then a sick Whip Umberella over the big box. The day was finished off with the prize giving for the competitions, little shredder Zach Ritchie earned himself a Void tee-shirt for putting in so much effort in all of the comp’s. After a huge signing we set off for an even bigger drive all the way down to Darlington so we would be ready for the second stop of the tour.
The North // 4Motion
Everyone was feeling a little haggard from the first day of the tour, it had been quite a long one. Still we all soldiered on knowing that today’s stop was 4Motion skatepark, of which everyone was looking forward too. There was a very warm welcome from the 4Motion team as well as a huge turn out. This got the team very excited for the day ahead of us. Jacques Honour went in super hard straight away and started boosting the big box in a way that no-one had seen him boost an air before. A huge 360 T-Bog over the box left many jaws on the floor.
We kicked off the high jump competitions of which were very popular, nearly everybody in the park joined in this one. This time we set up the high jump from flat and after a lot of bunny hops from many different riders it was Jack Saul who won. The session continued with some insane tricks going down all over the park. Leo Spencer killed the quarter-to-quarter transfer with a few tasty tricks.
We wrapped things up at 4motion with a huge game of tag with each of the pro riders having prizes on them to give to those who managed to catch and tag them. It was crazy; the kids were swarming everywhere while the pro riders were darting around them trying not to get caught. Soon enough though the prizes ran out and the team sat down to do some signings before a huge swag throw out took place in the bowl. Job done and it was time to all jump in the van and hit the road once again.
Wales // Evolution Extreme
The third stop of the tour saw us drop into Wales and the infamous Evolution Extreme in Deeside. As expected the park was busy with riders all waiting to ride with some of their favorite pro riders. Leo and Lewis got straight to work on the box destroying it with a long list of crazy tricks. Not content with his work there Lewis also demolished the bowl; his fake ice blew minds!
Soly had an injured ankle from the last stop which meant he was unable to ride which was a bit of blow. Still the show had to go on and the Bristolian was still there with a smile from ear to ear. The high jump competition was good fun and pretty manic at times, some dude was throwing inwards over it! We had Jamie Hull and Liam Griffiths join in the game for a laugh. Liam managed to jump it at its very highest, which was sick no doubt but it was Ryan Ferguson who won the prize for the highest hop over the bar.
During the last few hours a few cool things happened, Jordan Clark finally joined us for the remainder of the tour. We held a best trick competition on the box, which got shredded hard. Then the last of the prizes were won in another hetic game of tag the pro. Jason Byrne was the winner of the best trick with a sick double bar twist over the big box. The stop was capped off with another huge signing session, before we once again had to make our leave and drive on to the next region and skatepark.
The South // Rush
The penultimate stop of the tour saw us rock up to a favorite park of ours; Rush skatepark in Stroud. We were blessed at this stop with the presence of Grit team riders Chloe Whitworth and Ben Wilkinson as well as Crisp scooter’s mini shredder Callum Edge. The park was rammed when we turned up, we have never seen so many people riding at one time. It was truly insane! Throughout the whole stop Gary was shouting out “Superdry” over the mic, which indicated that the pro riders had a prize on their person and the only way to get it was to tag them. Every time it happened the park went into a total frenzy of kids manically trying to catch a pro rider, which cased a few hairy moments to say the least.
The high jump was held at the bank out of the bowl of which made things interesting for all who gave it ago. Quite a few of the riders gave it their best and were jumping the bar at some very high heights, some even tricked over it! There would only ever be one winner though and it was Rhys Deadly who hopped the highest and won some goodies for his efforts.
All the team were tearing the park to bits, Jacques continued his street inspired tour mission by hitting the street set rail. Jordan was smashing the main parks to bits with some crazy lines that he was trying to work out for the up coming Scoot Fest. Mason was simply going higher than anyone else ever! Lewis discovered that Rush’s box was his new favorite box ever and stormed it with a mental underflip T-Bog and then even 720 cork screwed it with his now trademark silky smooth steez.
We had two really big signing sessions, the shear number of kids wanting signatures was mind blowing. Everyone rode together right to the end of the season until we all had to say our goodbyes. Although, that wasn’t before the team got a photo with a young shredder who had just been bought a brand new Grit Atom scooter.
The Midlands // Unit 360
Day Five and the last of the Scoot GB’s Got Talent tour stop which saw us rock up to the Midlands based park Unit 360 in Stourbridge. The last day of any tour is always a hard one, everyone is battered, bruised, tired and in need of their own bed. Luckily Unit360 and all who turned up energized us all with their enthusiasm to see us at their skatepark. Lewis was beyond hyped to ride the bowl and from the very start to the end of the stop, tore it apart.
We saw plenty of new faces and even a few old ones that some of us recognized from the last time we dropped in on Unit360. It was great seeing little George & James Moyes again, although they were a little disappointed that their favourite rider from the last time we stopped off at the park, was not there. Blake Nash you was missed! The best trick competition in the bowl room was a little bit tentative and ended up rolling into a bit of an impromptu demo from the team. The one rider who did shred it up was little William Blackburn who fearlessly kept jumping in and sending trick after trick while others weren’t so keen. He battled with a triple whip over the box and finally landed it cleanly after five or six attempts. Everyone cheered and it was clear then he was to be the winner of the best trick and a new set of Grit bars.
The swag throw out in the street room was mental. There were so many kids in the mix, all after some goodies that the pro team were throwing out. Chloe Whitworth who was with us once more, made sure a fellow girl rider was given a pink Grit scooter hoody. Gary was once again terrorizing the whole pro team by informing everyone in the park which pro rider had a prize one by one! Mason was particularly good at ducking and diving around the kids who were trying to tag him. Lewis was not so lucky and got pretty much closelined in the bowl for some grip tape!
Once again time had caught up with us all and it was time to call it a day on the stop and this time on the tour as a whole. It was an amazing tour with so many highlights, it made this write up incredibly hard to keep the word count down. Void and Scoot GB would like to thank all the parks that hosted us, everyone who came to the stops, the pro riders who toured with us and the brands that supported it all. Without you people none of this would be possible.
Words & Images // Sam Cooper