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During an epic 16 stop European series, Vans Shop Riot has seen the best independent Skate Shop Teams challenge each other to earn their place as local heroes. From May through to September 2013, the fight was on. Teams including the likes of Streetmarket (CZ), Alis (DK), Streetlife (ES), Lockwood 2 (BE) or Sparky (NL) not only qualified for the finals on October 12th - 13th, but also earned their share of the prize fund to accompany their newfound status as National Champions.
After successfully clearing stops in the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Southern UK, Poland, Switzerland, France and Russia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Belgium, Vans gives a big round of applause to the Shop Riot 2013 Finalists:
2. TITUS STUTTGART/DE
3. GILI'S SKATESHOP/IL
4. BLACK SHEEP/UK South
5. NERVOUS SKATE SHOP/PL
6. DA SHIT SHOP/CH
7. CREAM SKATESHOP/FR
8. BOARDSHOP #1/RU
9. EXIST/UK North
12. CLOCKWISE SKATESHOP (Latvia)/EE
14. CONTEST SHOP/IT
15. ERICEIRA SURF & SKATE/PT
The Works Skatepark in Leeds features an impressive set-up of driveways, quarter pipes, blocks, flat banks and hips in its mighty street section. But we are also curious to see what our European warriors will come up with in the pool section, which is infamous in the UK. With that in mind, plus the fact that other performers such as Charlie Chaplin and the illusionist Harry Houdini have shown this city a few tricks in past years, we can be sure to expect to see some impressive action there, and that the 2013 Finals of Vans' European Shop Riot Series will go down in skate history on October 12 - 13th!
Don't forget, if you can't make it to Leeds, the finals will be live streamed on vansshopriot.com, where you can also keep up with the news, see edits from the local teams, round-ups and exclusive content from each stage of the Vans Shop Riot series.