Below are some photos from this weekend’s Vans Downtown Showdown, which took place at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris. The skateboarding was impressive and varied, thanks to the four obstacles designed by Cliché, Element, Flip and Palace. Our favourite was Cliché’s recreation of the Eiffel Tower ponds, the classic Parisian spot featured in Video Days. And whilst Element may have won best team, Sweet definitely deserved second place thanks to Gustave Tonnesen’s casual, understated approach and Jonas Skroder’s fluid transition skating. Sylvain Tognelli also deserves a mention for his wallride 360 shove-it out on the Element obstacle, which won him second place and €1000.
Thanks to Vans for putting on a great event.
Photography by Henry Kingsford.
Lucien Clarke, backside nollie flip, Palace obstacle.
Remy Taveira, footplant, Element obstacle.
Rob Smith, blunt, Element obstacle.
Luan Oliveira, frontside kickflip disaster, Cliché obstacle.
Louis Lopez, kickflip, Cliché obstacle.
Gustave Tonnesen, frontside kickflip, Flip obstacle.