Team Trouble – Laax, Switzerland – December 2018

Team Trouble took place at the Freestyle Academy mini ramp in Laax, Switzerland. About 10 teams from England, Switzerland, Belgium, and France and other skaters from Spain, Sweden and Scotland gathered for the annual gathering of many of europe’s best ramp skaters. In the end Team Lovenskate with Jordan Thackeray, Alex Hallford, Ewen Bower and Aaron Wilmot, took 1st place, defending their win from the last edition, with Pocket Fluff in 2nd, Sam Beckett got hurt in the qualications replaced by Swedish ripper Jonathan Sjöberg and skated along side Craig Questions, Sox and Ben Broyd from England and Team Savate with Vincent Coupeau, George Poole, Chloé Bernard and Gaëtan Ducellier, in 3rd place.

All the other teams put on a good show, whether it was big moves, team skating and camaraderie or slams, and everyone both in the contest or watching had a great time during the contest and at the after parties.

First day was qualifications, second day best trick and handplant contest and final day was finals with two wildcard teams that had a second chance to compete in the finals, with a polenta, a local dish from the Lugano, Switzerland region cooked up by the Warriors… The toga party at the after party club started with a slam pit and ended in the wee hours of the morning with DJs and final goodbyes before everyone dragged themselves out of bed to take the shuttle to the airport and flew back to their countries or drove back to wherever they lived from the mountain. The rest of the stories remain untold, so check out the photos and video and show up next year for a little get away from reality and a show of skateboarding skills and party above and beyond the expected.

Photos and words by Jonathan Hay
Video by Sean Nguyen
Additional filming by Jackson Davis
Bonus photos by Alan Maag and Thibault Le Nours

Thanks to Cedi (MC and competitor), photographer Alan Maag, filmer Shawn, and the rest of the organizers for putting on a good show!

Team Trouble – Laax, Switzerland (official video)

Edited by
Sean Nguyen

Team Trouble – Laax, Switzerland (un-official video)

Edited by Dominic Gilomen

Jordan Thackeray. “Skater of the weekend”. Stalefish. Team Lovenskate. Photo: J. Hay

Alex Hallford. Stand up frontside grind up the extenstion. Team Lovenskate. Photo: J. Hay

Alex Hallford. Indy air on the extension. Team Lovenskate. Photo: J. Hay

Alex Hallford. Floating a crail air to fakie. Team Lovenskate. Photo: J. Hay

Jordan Thackeray. Backside air off the extension. Team Lovenskate. Photo: J. Hay

Alex Hallford. Backside 360 from high to low. Team Lovenskate. Photo: J. Hay

Jordan Thackeray. Stalefish of the extension. Photo: J. Hay

Alex Hallford backside tailbone over Aaron Wilmot. Photo: Alan Maag

Aaron Wilmot. Invert. Team Lovenskate. Photo: J. Hay

Aaron Wilmot. Mute to fakie. Photo: Alan Maag

Team Lovenskate. Triple backside blunts. Photo: J. Hay

Sam Beckett. Blasting a frontside air. Team Pocket Fluff. Photo: J. Hay

Ben Boyd. Slob fast plant. Team Pocket Fluff. Photo: J. Hay

Sox. Switch lipslide. Team Pocket Fluff. Photo: J. Hay

Craig Questions. Boneless disaster. Team Pocket Fluff. Photo: J. Hay

Questions. Fakie 360 mute. Team Pocket Fluff. Photo: J. Hay

Ben Broyd. Texas plant roof bonk. Team Pocket Fluff. Photo: J. Hay

Sox (three wheel burnin’) over Ben Broyd. Photo: Alan Maag

Jonathan Sjöberg. Backside boneless off the wall over Sox’s ollie after getting recruited by Team Pocket Fluff to replace Sam Beckett since Team Hoax failed to advance to the finals. Photo: Alan Maag

Ben Broyd. Layback on the ledge. Team Pocket Fluff. Photo: Alan Maag

Sox. Stand up frontside grind grab off the extension. Team Pocket Fluff. Photo: J. Hay

Ben Broyd. Sad Plant. Team Pocket Fluff. Photo: J. Hay

Vincent Coupeau. Slob plant over Gäetan. Team Savate. Photo: Alan Maag

Chloé Bernard. Frontside stand up grind nose grab. Team Savate. Photo: Alan Maag

Chloé Benard. Rock Fakie. Photo: Alan Maag

Gaëtan Ducellier. Boneless. Team Savate. Photo: J. Hay

George Poole. Madonna. Team Savate. Photo: J. Hay

Schetg Gru Crew. Photo: Alan Maag

Schetg Gru – feebles and blunts. Photo: Alan Maag

Silvano Deflorin melon grab over the Schetg Gru. Photo: Alan Maag

Schetg Gru

Schianta over Nik. Team Warriors. Photo: Alan Maag

Fede Boldini. One foot tailblock. Team Warriors. Photo: Alan Maag

Jeroen Bruggeman. Madonna. Team Jean Jaques. Photo: J. Hay

Jarne Verbruggen. Noseslide down the escalator. Team Jean Jaques. Photo: J. Hay

George Poole. 360 flip to fakie. Team Savate. Photo: J. Hay

Jeroen Bruggeman. Fakie stalefish. Team Jean Jaques. Photo: J. Hay

Jarne Verbruggen. Backside ollie in. Photo: Alan Maag

Jonathan Sjöberg. One foot stand up frontside grind down the escalator. Team Hoax. Photo: J. Hay

Joe Howard. Texas plant off the extension. Photo: Thibault Le Nours

Pepe Nuñez. Lien air. Team Hoax. Photo: J. Hay

Jonathan Sjöberg. Tailblock. Team Hoax. Photo: Thibault Le Nours

Pepe Nuñez. Ollie. Team Hoax. Photo: J. Hay

Joe Howard. Fakie sweeper. Team Hoax. Photo: J. Hay


BEST TRICK CONTEST

Cedric Oost. Highest air of the week. Photo: J. Hay

Another angle of Cedric Oosterhoff’s big frontside air. Photo: Alan Maag

Donald Huyke. Frontside pivot grab to fakie. Photo: Thibault Le Nours

Pepe Nuñez. Fakie tailblock on the extension. Photo: Alan Maag

Ewen Bower. Gap alley oop frontside disaster. Photo: Alan Maag

Jordan Thackeray. Backside 540 transfer from the extension to the quarter. Photo: Alan Maag


MR. HANDPLANT and LONGEST HANDPLANT CONTEST

Jeroen Bruggemann. Mr. Handplant. Photo: Alan Maag

Alex Hallford. Invert. Photo: J. Hay

Cedric Oost. Invert. Photo: J. Hay

Jordan Thackeray. Invert. Photo: Alan Maag

Jeroen Bruggeman. One foot Invert. Photo: J. Hay

Ben Broyd. Inverted. Photo: Alan Maag

Jeroen Bruggeman. Invert. Photo: J. Hay

Jeroen Bruggeman. Invert revert. Photo: J. Hay

Mr. Team Trouble, the man behind the whole event, Cedric Romanens. Photo: J. Hay

TEAM TROUBLE – December 2018. Photo: Alan Maag


Team Trouble 2018 Pt. 2 – Finals (6 hour webcast)

Team Trouble 2018 Pt. 2 – Best Trick Session (3.5 hour webcast)

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