Every year, Vans, the action sports footwear brand, organizes a competition to find the best skaters amongst Europe’s specialty retail sales staff. This year’s event took place last weekend, with a showdown in Aalst, Belgium, including the 2014 winners from neighboring Netherlands. Participating retailers and employees had to win local skate-offs in 15 countries before securing a ticket to Belgium. A total of more than 200 shops took part, but most of them were knocked out before the finals, which were held in Aalst’s Flesh and Bone skatepark.
At the sixth event of this type, Vans crowned the team from the Dutch shop Burnside as this year’s winners. Their team defeated the U.K. team from Skate Pharmacy and walked or skated away with the tile of Vans Shop Riot champions 2014. A film of the event can be seen on YouTube.