One of the most notorious skate spots in Holland, the Yard in Utrecht, is about to be destroyed. The Yard has been home for a lot of Dutch skateboarders over the last few years. The water gaps and some ledges at the spot have been there forever, while some others have been installed more recently with the support of the local skate shop, E-Zone.
To prove to the city council of Utrecht that there are more than enough skateboarders who care about this great, simple and cheap skate spot, Emerica Holland is holdng a Wild in the Streets event, and Emerica pros Bryan Herman and Braydon Szafranski are even flying out to support the cause!
It all goes down at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 24, 2006. The event will start at the Griftpark bowl (which was poorly built by the city council and quite expensive), then proceed through the middle of downtown and end up at the Yard. At the Yard, there will be a Best Trick contest over the water gap. We even built a rail over it for some extra gnarlitude!
We are working on a Save the Yard web page with some info on the event, as well as some history of the spot. Be sure to check it out.
P.S. Here’s a list of tricks that have been done over the big water gap so far. I’m sure there are more.
Backside kickflip – Andrew Reynolds
360 flip – Bryan Herman
Hardflip – Sean Malto
Kickflip – Bas Janssen
Frontside flip – Bas Janssen
Backside heelflip – Bas Janssen
Heelflip – Lindsey Robinson
Switch heelflip – Dennis Durant
First Ollie – Jos Theissens
Ollie to hang-up – Jonny Ganseman (Utrecht local)