It all took place on Go Skateboarding Day, June 21, 2006, at the most skate-famous neighborhood in Brasov, called Racadau. It's so popular due to its vast, slightly inclined marble area with lots of stair sets, ranging from three to eleven stairs. We held a Best Trick contest on a few of them. Some highlights included Teo's nollie backside flip and Cupi's inward heel down six, and Gavo's ollie and Cupi's backside down the eleven set.
I know it's not much compared to European standards, but we were all stoked on the tricks, which were far better than the ones from last year. Gavo is a legend amongst Romanian skaters, as he was one of the first skaters over here, and Cupi is considered the best skater from Brasov.
Another highlight was the Mountain Dew contest in Bucharest. This was by far the best skate contest that has ever happened in Bucharest. Everyone stepped up their game and Uskat managed to beat them all by winning the first place with overall above-good skating. Cezar took second place and Teo won the Best Trick contest by pulling off a stylish nollie backside 5-0 on a huge ledge. In other news, a new skatepark has been built, but what sucks about it is that it's the first one with helmet and pad rules. Excluding that, it's pretty dang good, but still not the concrete park I and many skaters are longing for.
Now for the interesting part. Ha-ha. Without bragging, I can seriously say that in my opinion, Romanian women and girls are the most beautiful in all of Europe. Some would probably rank the Czech ones better, but I've never been there, so I wouldn't know. You should definitely come over here sometime in the near future and check it out for yourself, because I don't know exactly how I could prove that.--Dragos Petrisor
Photos, top to bottom: Teo, nollie backside flip. Brasov poidium. Gavo, ollie. Brasov girls. Kenny Reed, backside flip near Dracula's castle. Bottom two photos by Tristan Casey.