It is clear to all who watched the live stream or attended the Vans Spring Classic that this seventh instalment of the famed event saw a level of skateboarding reach new heights. As the weekend drew to a close, those lucky enough to attend can reflect on an incredible weekend of skateboarding, music and good times.
In its new location of Riccione, Italy, the Vans Spring Classic has grown into the international mini ramp contest. The roster of riders, totalling over 60 competitors from all corners of the world, represents one of the most competitive fields of skateboarders ever assembled. The level on display was more than enough to hype the 15,000 strong crowd over the three days.
Aurelien Giraud was rightly crowned champion, demonstrating consistency, amplitude and dominance in every run. His variety of tricks, including his sky-high kick flips over the hips, coupled with his general finesse and style left the judges in no doubt as to who would take the title at the 2015 Vans Spring Classic.
Alex Hallford pushed Aurelien the whole way with his incredible array of tricks and unique care-free style. Having qualified in second, Alex continued to dominate the spine and won the crowd over with his creative and unique approach. A firm crowd favourite, 16 year old Ivan Federico secured 3rd place with runs that included a huge 540 melon along with seemingly limitless combinations of kickflip melons on every section of the ramp.
Whilst denied a podium place, Kalle Berglind proved to be the revelation of the year. The young Scandinavian showed that he will be a force to reckon with for years to come and that the Scandinavians understand transition riding like no other. Surprise entrant Grant Taylor brought with him a peerlessly effortless style and airtime matched only by Aurelien Giraud.
Special mention has to be given to 'Best Trick' winner Jacopo Carozzi. While it was his impressive frontside kickflip transfer lipslide that won the accolade, he could have been crowned with any number of tricks he laid down on Friday evening. It was from then on that it became clear that the Vans Spring Classic had transcended to another level.
Once the qualification rounds drew to a close on Saturday evening, the live music commenced. An impressive line up consisting of Dope D.O.D, Violent Voices and Noyz Narcos & Fritz Da Cat entertained the crowds in to the night.
Vans would like to thank the people of Riccione for their incredible support of the event, the riders that competed and the support of Becks, Redbull, Radio 105 and the municipality of Riccione for helping to create such an incredible event.
Vans is proud to announce some very special guests
The Antihero Skate Team: Julien Stranger, Grant Taylor, Andrew Allen and Peter Hewitt and Europe's own Daan Van Der Linden will be unleashed on Riccione. As one of the world's most respected skate teams – and one with a longstanding relationship with Vans - and as a bunch of guys known for going all out, the Antihero team are sure to be a highlight of the event.
A last minute addition to our weekend calendar, we are proud to be hosting a very special pop-up appearance from FILLER: the convention for lovers of graphic arts, illustration, skateboarding and punk music.
Skaters such as Vans’ own Dutch shred-machine; Daan Van Der Linden, the ever-gnarly Rob Smith, Trevor ‘All Terrain Trev’ Johnson – whose moniker speaks for itself – 17yr old shredder Aurelien Giraud and Italian vert-slayer; Giorgio Zattoni, amongst many others, tearing apart the infamous mini-ramp.
The 7th edition of Vans Spring Classic presents a stellar lineup of Italy’s finest hip hop, plus some international guests. Headline performances from Noyz Narcos & Fritz Da Cat will be lighting up the stage with tracks from their forthcoming album ‘Localz Only’, feat. Ensi. Plus Dope D.O.D., Violent Voices and E-GREEN will give a little Californian flavor and Hip Hop extravaganza to the night.
Three new activations are confirmed for the Vans Village:
- AONO Barbers
- Braid Bar
Stay tuned for more...
Spring Classic 2015
As ever, there’ll be more than just skateboarding, music and piadina, plus, we’ll have some exciting announcements to make over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on vans.eu/spring-classic for more information. You should also visit our Vans Facebook Event Page for further details!