Skaters in Skandinavia can look forward already to a summer packed with some of Europe’s largest skateboard contests attracting skaters from around the world to participate at some of the best parks available for very large sums of cash – surely not the worst way to spend your summer. I already mentioned the Copenhagen Pro Contest (read the post here) and the Quiksilver Bowlriders 2008 qualifier and finals at the StapelbÃ¤ddsparken skate park in MalmÃ¶, Sweden (read the post here) and now Norway will also get it’s share of top skating at the Quart Games 2008.
The Quart Games 2008 will take place in Kristiansand, Norway during the 17th Quart Music Festival from July 2nd till the 5th. So not only will you be able to check out a bunch of good bands, you’ll get to enjoy the long nights of the northern hemisphere and a pro street contest with what the organizers are describing as “real and purposely built street elements” which will be set up around the city. You can realize that this is not just another contest as one of the people responsible is DC Shoes pro Henning Braaten. He is helping with the obstacles and the organization of the contest AND the contest is yet another invited only contest – 25 riders only – so the exclusivity and level of skating will most definitely be really high. Especially when you contemplate the idea of $30,000 bucks being up for grabs in the prize purse – this will surely attract a few top pros.
Jani Laitala, Henning Braaten, Mika Edin and Michael Sommer have already confirmed/reserved their spots in the contest and just check back at the Quart Games 2008 website to see who else will be mixing it up. Tacky, by the way, is the official media partner of the event so be sure to keep informed over on their site as well. http://www.tackyworld.com
Quart Festival website: http://www.quart.no/
Quart Games 2008 website: http://www.quartgames.no/
And for those of you wanting to expand your geographical knowledge, here’s where you can find Kristiansand: