On June 25, 2006, over 150 skaters terrorized London, England, skating from Slam City Skates to the first spot, which consisted of some really nice banks that are known for being a bust. The session lasted for about five minutes before the first cops arrived. Within 30 seconds, two more cop cars showed up and made it clear that we were not welcome at this spot.
The skaters moved on to the Millenium Banks right by the Thames. This session lasted for over 15 minutes and a few people got 20£ notes for the tricks they pulled. Emerica Europe rider Maxim Genin was one of the lucky ones, with a nollie drop-in and a flip to tail to drop-in. After this hassle-free spot, the group continued to the London Bridge steps, where a lot of good tricks were pulled.
Standouts included Emerica Europe rider Stefan Sperka, who made a clean nollie flip and got really close to a nollie halfcab flip. Richard Flude (pictured above and below) from Australia made a clean backside flip to win 20£.
The next spot was the Mayor's office, south of the river. This spot is normally not skateable because of the security guards, but they were unable to stop the invasion of 150 skaters. Soon after the skating started, two female cops arrived at the spot and tried to stop people from skating and to get everybody to leave. Of course, they were outnumbered and nobody really paid attention to them.
They called for backup, and we had to leave the spot 10 minutes later because about 20 cops showed up. We made our way along the river to the last spot, the famous Southbank, where skating has been hassle-free for over 10 years now. Some of the highlights at Southbank included Emerica Europe riders Jo Lorenz, with a clean nollie crooked on the ledge, and Pontus Alv, with a kickflip to backside Smith on the bank to curb. Richard Flude from Australia got the award for the Best Skater of the Day and took home some more money.
The Emerica Wild in the Streets 2006 event in London was a full success, as it raised public awareness of skateboarders' needs in the city, and the challenges skaters have to face every day.--Oli Buergin
View some footy of this event.