The obstacles featuring in the 2013 Vans Downtown Showdown are:
Cliché chose to reinterpret the pools beneath Paris’ most iconic monument, as Cliché founder Jeremie Daclin explains, “Video Days made this spot mythical, and Cliché brings back the magic.”. Expect some fast lines and creative use of the pyramid!
Element pulled no punches, and chose to take on the mighty Eiffel Tower itself. Utilising the structures transitioned sides, they created a monster that is sure to be the site of some of the contest’s heaviest tricks. Alex Deron, Element’s Marketing Manager, said “We never got the chance to skate the ponds, so what about the Eiffel Tower itself?!”.
Palace took things a step further, heading straight for the city’s famously chic citizens. When faced with the Parisienne setting, founder Lev Tanju’s “first idea, instead of making a skateable baguette, was to make a 3D rendering of Karl Lagerfeld’s head, with a really whippy transitioned ponytail that you could get air out of. Legal said they’d get sued though, so we had a last minute switch-up, and made some really expensive luggage you can grind”.
As Geoff Rowley explains, Flip’s obstacle “pays homage to the French flag. As various Flip riders have resided in cities across France, it seemed only fitting to honour these good times with a bold and brazen approach to the artwork. Hopefully ‘French Fred’ (Mortagne) approves? The design approach was simple; multiple-directional flow with a variety of street, bank and tranny terrain”.