The Old World and New World Collide Along the Banks of Amsterdam’s Waterways - 50’000 Euro Prize Money up for grabs!

4 August 2012, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam – FREE EVENT

Skateboards will rival bicycles as the city’s main mode of transportation en route to the historic
heritage event site, the Westergasfabriek of Amsterdam, NL the first weekend of August. The
former “Western Gas Factory” will be the venue for the fourth edition of the now legendary Vans
Downtown Showdown and the location will host the free skate event complete with movie
screenings, music, a public skate feature, art activation and more activities to be revealed over the
next few months.

The best skate teams are venturing from the far reaches of Europe and the shores of California for
their chance to take part in a contest renowned to test skill, flare and creativity. Far removed from
the usual format of any other skateboarding competition - the event will take place on 4 special
customised ramps, which are all designed by the invited teams themselves. With the park layout
being thrown out to the competing brands, the focus is not just on the riders ability and skills, but
also on the individual teams to redefine the concept of a skate obstacle and ultimately designing
something original that reflects the most emblematic symbols of Amsterdam & The Netherlands.
Inspired by all the stories of one of Europe’s major historic cities, you can expect to see some very
special ramps to be built. Iconic images including windmills, tulips, clogs and bikes will provide
visual stimulation for the ramp builders while visions of artists gone mad (Van Gogh), gothic
churches, coffee shops and the infamous red light district haunt their dreams. Suffice to say, the
variety of inspiration is endless and the invited crews will have their hands full designing tailor made
obstacles for Europe’s premiere skate event.

With Torino, Hamburg and London the previous settings for the European Vans Downtown
Showdown, expectations this year are higher than ever before as Vans and the competitors push
hard to surpass the already extremely high standard of the contest. With some of the top board
brands in skateboarding already confirmed, expect to see the top Pros from US brands ZERO
Skateboards, Toy Machine, Spitfire, Flip, and European brands Yama, Antiz, Cliché, Palace,
Blueprint and many more featured in this one of a kind exclusive Skateboarding session!
The Vans Downtown Showdown concept was created for skaters by skaters and has been running
globally for the last six years, each time creating unique Off the Wall concepts to be skated. Be
ready to see some Dutch flavour added to this renowned event as it continues to lead the way for
future skate contests.

Entry to the event is Free.

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