Just north of the bucolic Italian beach town of Rimini, in Torre Pedrera, you can hear the waves crashing on the beach, have a great meal at one of the local oceanfront restaurants and ride the wave ramp known as the Onda d’ Legn, or Wooden Wave. Made by Whitezu, the modular wave ramp is a perfectly breaking wave made for surfskating. Designed by Matteo Tontini, the Whitezu is an asymmetrical ramp that is literally shaped like a wave, with a steeper inclined wave section on one side and a less inclined flat section on the opposite side. It encourages you to ride it like you surf, where you focus on pumping and snapping on the steeper section while using the flatter section for bottom turning.
The Surfskate Video Contest was focused on fun, so everyone was invited to participate. The basic rules were that you shoot and uploaded a 30 second continuous un-edited video that showcased your best surfing maneuvers executed on the ramp. It was not about the filming, which was simply to be done on a phone camera, but about your surfskating. And just like in surfing, you were encouraged to utilize the classic Speed Power and Flow triumvirate to set up for maneuvers like off-the-lips, bottom turns, floaters, aerials, etc. The emphasis was on doing everything you do on a wave that you can’t do on a typical skateboard, which is to surf!
There were two awards for the best performance; first was the glory of having your name engraved in the Hall of Fame area on the wave itself. The other was a Carver Proteus surfskate with the new Roundhouse Concave wheels, which provide extra grip for deeper carves.
The judges are all locals, several with surf shops nearby. Scoring criteria and point systems are listed on Whitezu’s website, as well as examples of what the judges are looking for: http://www.surfskateurbanwave.com/surfskate-video-series-2015.
By September 20th all the videos were uploaded and the judging began, with the best heats shown on their Surfskate Video Series YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2leuegHOYJKkhCnBObh8x9KI38bkX-Av
After much scoring and deliberation by the judges, they chose Andrea Tassello the winner of the video contest. Carver also reviewed the footage, and agreed with the judges, awarding the Proteus surfskate to Andrea for his smooth lines and nicely choreographed set: https://youtu.be/F_UgdkvSYcs Congratulations!