Globe Bowl Bash

By: | Friday, November 4, 2005 //

‘ALEX GIRAUD’ WINS THE ‘GLOBE BOWLBASH’ FINALS IN EINDHOVEN!

Sunday October 23rd the finals of the Globe BowlBash 2005 series came to a climax in the

Area51 MU bowl in Eindhoven. Europeans best bowlriders pushed each other to new heights. 23-year-old Alex Giraud from Marseille showed an incredible performance and conquered the BowlBash 2005 title. 30 Skateboarders from all over Europe were invited to come together in the Area51 skate park in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. 24 of these 30 riders already qualified in one of the four BowlBash qualification battle’s that were held in the UK, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands earlier this year. The last 6 qualified at the last qualifications that were held on Saturday the 22nd.

Sunday October 23rd the finals of the Globe BowlBash 2005 series came to a climax in the Area51 MU bowl in Eindhoven. Europeans best bowlriders pushed each other to new heights. 23-year-old Alex Giraud from Marseille showed an incredible performance and conquered the BowlBash 2005 title. 30 Skateboarders from all over Europe were invited to come together in the Area51 skate park in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. 24 of these 30 riders already qualified in one of the four BowlBash qualification battle’s that were held in the UK, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands earlier this year. The last 6 qualified at the last qualifications that were held on Saturday the 22nd.


Alain Goikoetxea-Ollie

Already in the morning the selected few were warming up in the bowl and the audience formed a line at the door. The ‘Built to destroy’ DJ’s build up the tension with a sublime compilation of music. At two ‘o clock the Speaker opened the battle and the first rounds kicked of. It soon became clear we were witnessing something really special. The level of riding was beyond all expectations. Out of the thirty who started off, ten riders proceeded to the semi-final jams. Aldo Niemeyer from Amsterdam rocked hard with big transfers and smooth lines full off lip-tricks. Fellow Dutchie Erwin Prent tanked trough all the chaos, but Nicky Cornell and Lee Blackwell from the UK were there too. And Micky Iglesias from Switzerland and Jussi Korhonen from Finland pushed the level steadily. Manuel Palacios showed the true art of bowlriding by doing things of a complete different order. But Manuel slammed real hard after a huge ‘frontside-ollie’ and dislocated a bone in his wrist. Unfortunately he couldn’t join the final jam.


Alain Goikoetxea-Stalefish

The tension kept on growing. The final jam kicked of with the five sickest bowlriders of the European continent. David Martelleur alias ‘Roost’ from Belgium earned fifth place by boosting huge ‘frontside airs’ into the deep end and a ‘fingerflip-lien-to-tail-revert‘ on the extension. Ivan Rivado from Bilbao did amazing backside-air-transfer-to-360’s which put him in fourth. Julien Benoliel from Marseille put on his lucky pants in which he did massive ‘transfers’ and ‘fakie-nose-pivots’ on the extension. It brought him in third. But then there was Alain Goikoetxea from Algorta combining everything and adding smooth style. This while suffering from bad cramps in his leg. Alain ended up 2nd. Alex Giraud scored with impossible lines and transfers full of tricks, doing it all consistent with such control. He scored big time and won the battle. Alex Giraud is the true ‘Globe BowlBash’ 2005 champion and walks away with the cash and respect.


Julien Benoliel-Fs Nosebone

Altogether the ‘Globe BowlBash’ finals brought the most intense skateboarding jams to the Area51 MU bowl since it’s creation in 2002. A remarkable and unique happening, which will be remembered long after. Luckily for the people who couldn’t be there the media was there. MTV Benelux will start broadcasting the first reports coming Saturday. Shows of the complete BowlBash series will be on Extreme sports channel mid December and a few weeks later on Eurosport. Check the complete TV schedule on bowlbash.com.


Alex Giraud-5-0 to fakie

RESULTS FNL-05#NL
1. Alex Giraud (France)
4. Ivan Rivado (Basque country)
2. Alain Goikoetxea (Basque country)
5. David Martelleur (Belgium)
3. Julien Benoliel (France)
6. Manuel Palacios* (Spain)

*Got injured in the semi final jams and could not join the final battle.

Keep track on how Europe’s best transition skateboarders kill Europe’s sickest bowls on
www.bowlbash.com.

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