Skateboard Scotland organised the annual Scottish Street Championships on the 18th of January 2020 along with their annual AGM. The event was held in the great new The Loading Bay Skatepark in Glasgow. If you’ve not been already get along and check it out as it is a great spot and the guys that run the park are super friendly and supportive of events like this. So much so that they will be hosting one of the legs to this year’s War of the Thistles in May.

There were three competitions that happened on the day, the 16 and unders, Women’s and the Main event to determine the Scottish Street Champion for the year. We started off with the 16 and unders. This was open to everyone and we had a great balance of male and female entrants which was good to see. Tom Keatman travelled all the way from Stoke to enter the event and it was worth his while as he was ridiculously consistent on the rails and made the likes of a kickflip front board, front lips and switch boardslides. This lead to him winning first place and pipping Angus at the  post. Angus had also been pretty consistent too landing big ollie transfers over the hips. Ruby stoked out the crowd by piling up boards three high and riding them across the park. That helped to land her a spot in the final. Full results were as follows:

16 and Under Final Results:

  • 1st Tom Keatman
  • 2nd Angus Mackie
  • 3rd Kayden Lee
  • 4th Oliver Lynch
  • 5th Nikki Tang
  • 6th Rudy Morrice

Next up the Women’s event, it was rad to see such a strong turnout with 20 entrants and the standard of skating is getting really good. Nikki reigned supreme once again after her winning the women’s event at the 2018 WOTT event. Lily made a good recovery after a bit of a face slam in her first heat to take second. Women’s results as follows:

Women Final Results:

  • 1st Nikki Tang
  • 2nd Lily Grace
  • 3rd Paige Bassom
  • 4th Leah Moodie
  • 5th Lorn Geddes

Tom Shimmin was the reigning champ and skated well enough in his heat nailing a 360 flip up the massive euro gap along with a bunch of other rad tricks. Unfortunately that was not to be as he had run out of steam when it came to final. Sam Mason came up from Manchester and skated really well with his usual bag of diverse tricks. Shaun Wilkinson was so good in his qualifying run but unfortunately the final did not work out for him. Winton did not skate as well as he can and ended up in 5th (that’s how good he is).

Tom Keatman got the opportunity to skate in the Main Street Champs as he won the 16 and under event. He could only muster 4th place due to the level of skating from the top 3. Lachlan smashed it, skating the whole park and consistently nailing a bunch of rad tricks. Frankie was not as consistent as some of the other riders but the hardness of tricks he made were ridiculous including a lazerflip up the euro gap.

However the Olympian from Milton Keynes was not to be stopped with all of the ridiculous tricks that he made in the final. He made a boardslide kickflip out and a bigflip and late shuv-it up the euro gap to mention a few of the tricks that he made. We now know why Alex is getting funded as a future Olympian. Not content with winning 150 quid Alex then persisted to fleece the Skateboard Scotland kitty for a further 40 quid for smashing a few more bangers up the euro gap. Full results below:

Main Street Champs Results:

  • 1st Alex Decunha – 150 quid
  • 2nd Frankie – 100 quid
  • 3rd Lachlan Shaw – 50 quid
  • 4th Tom Keatman
  • 5th Gary Winton
  • 6th Shaun Wilkinson
  • 7th Sam Mason
  • 8th Tom Shimmin

Big props to Skateboard Scotland for organising the event, The Loading Bay for being great hosts and everyone who turned up at what was potentially the highest attended Skateboard Scotland event in a number of years. It’s amazing what a well designed skatepark in a big city can bring to the scene. Looking forward to War of the Thistles in May.

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