Still reeling from the trip of a lifetime.
Last week’s reimagined CHP Open was a … well … I can’t really call it a skateboard contest. But it had contest elements to it, for sure. And it wasn’t a demo, but everywhere you looked you could see amazing demonstrations of skateboarding prowess from the likes of Luan, Stephan, Felipe, Berger, Ribeiro, Plunkett, Marius, Koston, Grant, and hundreds (yes, hundreds) of others. So what do we call this seed planting, scene building, super time in Copenhagen, Denmark?
Cultural exchange, field trip, geography lesson, party, or an event beyond what we in skateboarding have come to know as an event. It was not your standard celebration or even your standard tournament in the traditional format (qualifier, semi-finals, finals, and after party) Instead, the reimagined CHP Open was five days of skateboarding in a city that, through the month of July, has nearly seventeen hours of daylight per amazing day, and through those five days there were something like nine or ten scheduled events that ranged from party to death race to fire jumping to demo to actual judged contest, and each was the best thing you’d ever seen or experienced or been a part of in all your earthly existence.
When in Copenhagen … Al Partanen is a renter.
Al and Dan Plunkett: The Fast and The Furious.
Daryl Angel and Stefan Janoski, made in the shade.
Ian Deacon didn’t lose his bike all weekend.
More Boardr. This time we have Rob, Joe, and Jereme Knibbs trying to escape just after the get-buck huckfest at the Dream Spot.
Phish ’98, dude. Grä Hall. Photo: Gabe Clement
My favorite breakfast spot in Copenhagen: Wolskyini’s Paninis. Proprietor: Erik Wolsky.
Seven-pack of rad.
Had to show you this one again. Marius Syvanen and Plunkett go big into the Øresund Strait off Refshaleon Island, the site of the CHP Open finals as well as Levi’s Skateboarding’s latest Spot Delivery installation—the Triangle.
And this, my friends, is Levi’s Skateboarding’s Spot Delivery vehicle. A double-decker convertible bus that houses a full crew of DIY spot builders whose sole mission is to drive around Europe, building and fixing skate spots. Dream vehicle for a dream job.
Evan Smith abides.
A little message to you, Rudy. This is a lifetime deal.
Generals gathered in their masses. Non-stop flight from WarPigs.
Deacon and Justin Ashby. The bruvas from #pigcity.
And while I’m not one for shout outs, the situation dictates that we go there. So to the CHP Open clan, including, but not limited to William, Camilla, and Simon, well done and thank you for opening up your city to the traveling circus and showing us all how a skateboarding event can be so much more than just a contest, a demo, an autograph signing, or a party. This is how you do it.
To Levi’s Skateboarding, thanks for backing worldwide skateboarding in general, and the Eurocentric Spot Delivery project, specifically. In doing so, you’ve given Copenhagen skateboarding a place to grow and expand beyond its already idilic and groundbreaking scene. DIY until we all die.
And to all the amazing locals and travelers who descended upon the five-day CHP Open weekend, thanks for knowing what’s up, thanks for all the back slaps and high fives, and thanks for always ripping. Always.
Hopefully, we’ll see you all out there in twelve short months.
For results, video, photos, and a bunch of other rad shit from the CHP Open weekend, visit The Boardr and get to scrolling.