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Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Relentless Clash at Berlin 2011: Results

Curren Caples, Jürgen Horrwarth, Julien Benoliel, Axel Cruys­berghs, Mickey Iglesias, Robin Mentrup, Ferrit Batir, Relentless Vertjam, Renton Millar, Jussi Korrhonen, Sam Beckett, Pontus Björn, Sam Bosworth
Renton Millar #1 at Relentless Vertjam. Madonna. Photo Adam Sello
Twenty four years ago, a challenging Ronald Reagan declared in a speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin wall to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev: “Mr. President, Tear down this wall!". Now freedom has spread throughout Eastern Europe were skateboarding, a challenging sport by itself is deeply rooted. Berlin was the place where, this week-end, May 20th and 22nd, Relentless presented the new CLASH 2011. This weekend Skatehalle-Berlin became Europeans Mecca of skateboarding where walls are not tore down anymore but built on purpose. Rounded walls that is! Those new walls are not only the symbol of skateboarding but the symbol of fraternity
Curren Caples, Jürgen Horrwarth, Julien Benoliel, Axel Cruys­berghs, Mickey Iglesias, Robin Mentrup, Ferrit Batir, Relentless Vertjam, Renton Millar, Jussi Korrhonen, Sam Beckett, Pontus Björn, Sam Bosworth
Clash 2011 #1 Curren Caples. Lien to tail. Photo: Adam Sello
between skaters from every part of the world. And the walls are not tore down anymore but tore up. As we are a big family, at the end of the day Belgian Axel Cruysberghs climbed the podium's top spot, taking home the biggest share of the 12.500 € price money.

The remaining two spots went to Flip wonderboy Louie Lopez from California and Stuttgart's Lem Villemin. Renton Millar from Australia won the Vert Jam, followed by local Jürgen Horrwarth at the post on his own ramp. Finland’s Jussi Korhonen got third.
Curren Caples, Jürgen Horrwarth, Julien Benoliel, Axel Cruys­berghs, Mickey Iglesias, Robin Mentrup, Ferrit Batir, Relentless Vertjam, Renton Millar, Jussi Korrhonen, Sam Beckett, Pontus Björn, Sam Bosworth
The Death or Glory Bowljam presented by Zimtstern had already gone down late on Saturday. With sweat and adrenalin soaking the air and an electrified crowd densely packed on the decks. Young Curren Caples from Ventura, California stoked out everyone, putting Jürgen Horrwarth – once again – in a close second place, followed by Frenchman Julien Benoliel.

The audience at CLASH 2011 presented by Relentless Energy Drink got to witness skateboarding on its highest level all weekend long. Skateboarders from all over Europe showcased what is possible in the Skatehall Berlin.

Thus, the street final held all aspects of skateboarding styles imaginable: Lennie Burmeister who just gave the streetcourse of Skatehalle-Berlin a new facelift showed the crowd how to shred off the beaten tracks.

Lem Villemin returned after last year's heavy knee injury and Louie Lopez pleased the crowd and judges with popping full cab flips. Axel Cruysberghs displaying that eventually he is not little anymore: impossible lipslides and backtail 270's up the rail should be proof enough.

The Vert Jam turned into a big showdown between buddies Jürgen Horrwarth and Renton Millar. Both flew various 540's almost up to the roof, smacked madonna's and body jar's on the coping, rambled grinds through the rugged pool coping corner and slid liptricks spanning almost all of the ramp. A photofinish so to say, with Renton's flip to five-o arguably making the difference.

The brand new stone coping corner piece in the bowl was definitely the sight to see in Zimtstern's bowljam. The sound it made when Ferit Batir slid Mach-2 lipslides, JulienBenoliel ground nosegrinds popping in, or CurrenCaples gapped to tailslide down probably still rings in the ears of everyone there.

What else? Cash for tricks! Hammers upon hammers: Back to back flip frontblunt down the ledge by Eniz Fazilov and switch backside noseblunts by Pete Eldridge!! Any questions!? Check the first teaser on Mpora for the madness:

Street:

1. Axel Cruysberghs (BEL)
2. Louie Lopez (USA)
3. Lem Villemin (GER)
4. Curren Caples (USA)
5. Andy Welther (GER)
6. Lennie Burmeister (GER)
7. Louis Taubert (GER)
8. Albert Nyberg (SWE)
9. Maxime Genin (FRA)
10. Neil Smith (GBR)

Death or Glory Bowljam presented by Zimtstern

1. Curren Caples (USA)
2. Jürgen Horrwarth (GER)
3. Julien Benoliel (ITA)
4. Martin Jurasik (CZE)
5. Ivan Federico (ITL)
6. Axel Cruys­berghs (BEL)
7. Mickey Iglesias (SUI)
8. Robin Mentrup (GER)
9. Ferrit Batir (AUT)

Relentless Vertjam

1. Renton Millar (AUS)
2. Jürgen Horrwarth (GER)
3. Jussi Korrhonen (FIN)
4. Sam Beckett (GBR)
5. Pontus Björn (SWE)
6. Sam Bosworth (GBR)

All Photos by Adam Sello. Adapted from Press release.

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