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 Hallfrod, 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 along with 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 commradarie 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 2 wildcard teams that had a 2nd 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 stared with a slam pit and ended in the wee hours of the morning with DJs and the 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. 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 (coming soon)

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 (un-official video)

Edited by Dominic Gilomen

DISCLAIMER: I didn’t shoot photos the entire time, so not all teams are photographed, but I will add photos by Alan Maag and Thibault Le Nours asap!

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

Jordan Thackeray. Stalefish. Team Lovenskate. Photo: J. Hay

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

Jordan Thackeray. Stalefish. Team Lovenskate. Photo: J. Hay

Alex Hallford. Backside tailbone over Aaron Wilmot. Team Lovenskate. Photo: J. Hay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions. Hoho plant. Team Pocket Fluff. Photo: J. Hay

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

Chloé Bernard. Frontside grind down the escalator. Team Savate.  Photo: J. Hay

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

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

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

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

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

Jeroen Bruggeman. One foot invert. Team Jean Jaques. Photo: J. Hay

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

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

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

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