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April 23rd

What's at stake at the Urban Sports Week?

At the first editon of Urban Sports Week Amsterdam some prestigious titles are at stake. We take a look at 5 of the main events.

Dutch Open Championship Spine Ramp

April 29

The Dutch Open Championships Spine Ramp will be held at the Museum Square on the country's most famous skateramp in the heart of Amsterdam. Holland's finest skaters will compete with international riders and battle it out to become the Dutch Open Spine Ramp champion. There will also be a special junior league.

 

Look out for some special riders. Martin Danning is a 15-year old junior rider from Norway. He’s been winning the bulk of junior competitions in Scandinavia for years. Another Scandinavian talent coming to Amsterdam is Frederik Koefoed. This multiple Danish champion is renowned for his style and flair.

 

British inline skater Nick Lomax has fond memories of Amsterdam. Ten years ago he won the IMYTA  real street contest here. His career has taken an enormous flight since. This week Lomax will be back to where it all started off for him.

 

For the home crowd Jaro Frijn is one of the riders to watch. The 15-year-old skater from Amsterdam is delighted to show his best on the ramp he knows so well.

 

Make sure to come and see these and many other pro and amateur skaters doing flips and spins over the spine at the Museum Square.

 

NK Boulder

April 30

On Saturday the Urban Sports Week Amsterdam will be the scene for the  NK Boulder. The Dutch national championships will take place at the Westergasfabriek

 

The best men (12) and women (12) of the Netherlands have qualified for the NK Boulder via the national boulder competition. The Dutch national championships consist of 2 rounds. In the semifinal all competitors get 4 boulders with 5 minutes to complete each climb. In the final the 6 finalists get 4 boulders each with 4 minutes per climb.

 

Bouldering is a spectacular form of climbing without ropes on walls with a maximum height of approximately 4.5m. The courses (boulders) are short and though. In order to ensure the safety of the climbers crash pads are used.

 

Especially for the NK Boulder a temporary indoor venue will be created in the Zuiveringshal at the Westergasfabriek. This spectacular setting will excite both climbers and spectators.

 

Entrance to the semifinals is free. For the finals a ticket is required. Tickets can be purchased from now in the NKBV Webshop. Tickets are 10 euro in pre-sale, and 15 euro on the day.

 

Dutch Freerunning Championships

April 29-30

Especially for the Urban Sports Week JUMP Freerun will organize the Dutch Freerunning Championships. This two day event will be held at the Beursplein.

 

The aim of freerunning is moving as fast and gracefully over a multitude of obstacles. These objects include parallel bars, walls and boxes, which are used to do tricks, jumps and rolls. The art of freerunning is to display total control of the body and movements.

 

During the Dutch Freerunning Championships the participants get 30 seconds for their run over the obstacle course.

 

Friday qualifying will take place at Beursplein, with the first 18 freerunners qualifying for the main event on Saturday. The best 6 athletes will compete in the final on Saturday afternoon.

 

One of the main contenders in the event is Bart van der Linden. He will meet strong opposition from Thyrone Paas and others. Paas recently was one of the finalists at the Freestyle Games, the BNN TV show featuring athletes form different urban sports.

 

Amsterdamn Open

April 30 - May 1

Some of Europe’s best skateboarders are coming to Amsterdam for the Amsterdamn Open! They will compete on a spectacular street course at the Museum Square.

 

Saturday is the day of qualifications for a maximum of 60 riders. Only 20 of them will make the cut and qualify for the semifinals. At noon on Sunday the remaining skaters have two runs to show the best they’ve got to try and make the final.

 

The competitors will divide a € 10.000 purse, with a €3500 cheque for the winner. The athletes in the Amsterdamn Open will be judged by a team of professional skateboarders with great experience in international competitions.

 

The course for the Amsterdamn Open is designed and by Skatepark Amsterdam and Pier 15. The street oriented set-up offers riders countless combinations for technical rail tricks, Hubba ledges and a bank-to-bank with an A frame rail next to it. There will be quarter pipes on all sides connecting the course.

 

EK Panna Knock Out

April 29-May 1

The European Championships Panna Knock Out is a 3-day event. On Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30 the qualifications will take place at Iepenplein and Balboaplein, with the finals being played on Sunday May 1 at the Surinameplein.

 

The European Championships will see the best European players in action. In Amsterdam it will be decided who will be crowned European champions in three catagories:

 

Among the contenders is reigning world champion Ilyas Nasri (aka Toubz). Another favorite is Mohamed Boutaka, the current European champion has announced he will defend his title in Amsterdam. In the women's event Sherallin Henriquez is one of the players to watch, especially after her win in the Open Dutch Championship Panna Knock Out last month.