The atmosphere was electric; as 15,000 enthused fans flocked to Old Market Square throughout the day, for the very first Red Bull Vertical Battle on Saturday, to witness ten of the best skateboarders and BMX’ers compete on Europe’s largest vert ramp to the backdrop of live music from Kerrang!
However, the night belonged to legendary BMX’er Jay â€˜The Beast’ Miron, who not only took first place, but also scooped the â€˜best trick’ award for pulling a â€˜540 whip’, commenting he said: â€œI always like to â€˜give-er’ at the Red Bull contestsâ€? and the judges couldn’t agree more, BMX judge Will Smyth added:
â€œJay has everything â€“ he’s in a class of his own.â€?
In the skateboarding ranks, a fierce battle for first place ensued and was eventually won by 28yr old German Juergen Horrwarth, whilst French Terance Bougdour took second place and â€˜best trick’ for his â€˜rodeo varial’. An overjoyed Juergen said: "What a great event! I really loved it - it was so well run. I'm so excited to have won the Red Bull Vertical Battle, now I can't wait to celebrate!"
Taking it in turns of their respective sports, riders took to the â€˜Kingsize’ ramp starting with a jam session, as they were judged on; skill, style, magnitude of tricks and general vert ability, with the four highest scoring making it through to the highly anticipated finals.
There were also prizes for â€˜highest air’, which was won by UK rider Bas Keep in BMX (11.5ft) and Jocke Olsson (11ft) in skateboard â€“ coincidently, both riders also took overall third place in their respective disciplines.