(click on the flyer to watch the promo vid by Jackson Davis)
On Saturday (12 August), the UK leg of the Andalé Bearings ‘Wheelie Dope’, manual competition will take place at Flo indoor skatepark, off Poulton Drive, Nottingham. Skaters will compete for the chance to fly to Los Angeles for the global final at the iconic Santa Monica Courthouse in September. This event will attract top skateboarders from all over the UK to Nottingham whilst video footage from the event will be viewed globally, with American skate magazine Thrasher presenting last year’s series to more than 100,000 viewers.
It’s an open event – anyone can enter. Doors open at 12pm, comp starts at 2pm.
This is the second international event in two years, with Nottingham hosting the UK qualifiers for the Vans Shop riot in the summer of 2016. Forty Two, Flo and Skate Nottingham hope to increase capacity over the next year in order to host more events that help Nottingham become an international skate destination, learning from the example of Malmö in Southern Sweden. Malmö has a similar size population to Nottingham, and now hosts the annual Vans Park Series, the European qualifying event for the 2020 Olympics, which supports the growth of local businesses and Not-for-Profit organisations and attracts thousands of visitors to the city each year.