Imagine yourself strolling down the quaint streets of a small Italian city that was founded by the Romans in 15 BC. Merano, in the Bolzano province, is nestled in between 11,000 ft peaks and borders both Germany and Austria. The area is known for their world-class hiking, thermal hot springs, gourmet food and fine wine.
Merano sounds like the ideal place for a skateboard contest.
The fifth episode of the Slaughterhouse skateboard series, aptly named Slaughterhouse 5, (not to be confused with Kurt Vonnegut’s classic Slaughterhouse-Five) took place on September 20-21. The contest was sponsored by Fakie Shop, Matix, Emerica, etnies, Flip and Element.Between the Oktoberfest theme and $4,000 in prize money there was plenty of fuel to get Europe’s best skaters to huck themselves all over the place. The skaters included Norbert Weitenbacher, Brian Londono, Bruno Aballay, Dennis Klussendorf, Jonathan Gallo, Fabio Montagner, Robert Klausner, Marco Giordano, Antonio Aiello, Luca Collu, Mirko Obkircher, Ralf Edlinger, Louis Talbert, Marco Varesse, Nicolai Danov and Ilija Judizki.
Typically, I would not report on such a small event especially considering it is so far away from my small bubble in California. However, it is time for me to recognize the Europeans for more than their fine automobiles, topless beaches and French fries. Three cheers for the Slaughterhouse 5 skateboard contest:
- to the Italian skateboard website, Addicted to Skateboarding, (with the clever Italian URL of www.skateboard.it) as they provided excellent video highlights of the Slaughterhouse 5 contest. The video is well shot, edited and even rocks to The Killers, Shadowplay (iTunes).
- To the wonderful aesthetics of the contest area. Take note X Games and AST Dew Tour – the brightly colored ramps and clean sponsor logos actually add to the viewing pleasure of the contest.
- To the winner Angelo Netto. I would tell you more but I can’t read Italian.