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Skateboarding championships at the XC
Skateboarding championships at the XC

WORLD class skateboarders descended on the XC to do battle for a £10,000 prize pot.

Competitors from England Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – as well as a handful from across Europe – showed off their skills in the Vans UK Skateboard Association National Skateboarding Championships.  

The event runs in a jam format, with four people skating at once, pushing the competitors to try and out-do their opponents. On day one of the competition, the 100 entrants were whittled down to 20 ready for the semi-finals.  

The ladies then showcased their talents, cheered on by the other competitors and spectators, with tournament favourite Lucy Adams taking the title.

After a day’s rest, the male skaters returned to action for the tension-filled finals.  

With only one or two points separating competitors in many cases, it was a close battle – but in the end Vans Team rider Josh Young claimed victory over Ross McGouran.  Third place went to Belfast’s Conhuir Lynn.

Following the finals there was a spectacular best trick competition.  Many of the skaters were too shattered to take part after their exploits in the main event, but the prize went to Bristol’s Korahn Gayle.