The Dutch Park championships took place last Sunday at Skateland in Rotterdam. Although a few riders were missing (Tom van den Bogaard's grandma turned 100 and Niels van Maren struggled with the Covid) the competition was fierce. When everyone rides at their best the vibe is good. The riders are happy with their riding and the crowd is stoked on the best riding they've ever seen the riders do. A win-win situation. 5 classes were on the program for Sunday. With practice, qualification rounds and finals it was a long day before the prizes were given out at the official ceremony in the evening. The most talented riders in each class get to call themselves Dutch champion for a year. In the Elite classes the titles went to Arjan Ellens and Jana Muradova with Thomas in 't Veld (15+), Bruno Colautti (-14) and Indy Kramer (Girls -14) winning the other categories.
Rotterdam is the city when it comes to street culture and that should be celebrated. For the fourth year, Rotterdam Street Culture Week takes place! From 4 to 12 September, Rotterdam will be dominated by street culture for a week and the streets, especially in South, will be filled with street art, urban sports and hip hop. During RSCW, the various disciplines, such as graffiti art, BMX, breakdance, street football and spoken word, are connected, blurring the dividing lines and allowing residents and visitors of the city to meet each other.
During this packed week, the different disciplines of street culture are well represented. For example, the sport discipline is represented by NK BMX 2021, skateboarding, roller skating, dance, freerunning,
On August, 4th Snipes Battle Square Rotterdam 2018 was the “KICK OFF” of a European wide TOUR including SIX STAGES in 2019. Open to public and free of charge, Snipes Battle Square brought 14 of the world's best BMX Flatland riders to Rotterdam. This new Flatland format will lead to an exciting Head to Head final where the riders will be Batteling for the GLORY and 7.500.- EUR in prize money.
SNIPES Battle Square is bringing both a NEW BMX Flatland event and a fundamentally new event format to Rotterdam. – On Saturday, August 4th, 2018, 14 of the world’s best professional BMX Flatland athletes together with OPEN Class amateur riders will be competing and showing spectacular moves and tricks on their BMX bikes. This fascinating freestyle discipline represents the symbiosis of BMX riding and Breakdancing.
On the first Saturday of August 2018 the last Dutch great “ship of state” SS Rotterdam and SNIPES Battle Square will present a unique event format with this new BMX event. In Rotterdam, the SNIPES Battle Square will start its tour of seven stages across Europe in 2019.
This project was a special one for me personally. When I approached Jimmy Schaffrath with the idea, he immediately said yes. Can't thank him enough for his hard work! He killed it on all fronts. The initial concept has changed dramatically, but the essence is still the same. Great shots of the city, supported with some basic riding to deliver the story I wanted to tell. Bad weather and our schedules made it hard to get the content we were looking for but I think we managed to get a great result!