Vans Pro Rider Kalle Berglind from Malmö Sweden. Winner of Betongcupen/Bowlstock Pro Class Seniors. Photo: Martin Willners
Wow, we are lost for words. If Bowlstock 2015 was a huge success, then our second year was even better. There are so many parts of Bowlstock 2016 that we need to mention here. But first, we must thank all the skaters who participated in making Bowlstock 2016 so awesome. If it wasn’t for all you skaters pitching in and helping out, without expecting to get paid. doing it for the love of skateboarding, Bowlstock wouldn’t be anything.
One of the goals we had when we started working with Bowstock early 2015 was to get skaters like Steve Caballero and Pedro Barros to come and skate in Stockholm. We reached one of those goals our second year: Caballero came, and skated at Bowlstock. To make a comparison to other sports: In soccer: Pelé. In boxing: Muhammad Ali. In 100 meters: Usain Bolt. You get it. To have Steve skating with us is just beyond words. He also came with two legendary friends: Mike Mc Gill and Kevin Staab, taking part in The Eurocana Reunion, and honoring us by stopping by at our big day, saturday Aug 6th.
We brought Julz Lynne over from the US, one of the world’s best female bowl skaters. Julz shredded Highvalley with us, and took part in the bowl comps, even competing in the pro class, doing airs over the highest copings. We got the money for Julz’ ticket from a fundraiser. Big ups to all who chipped in!
We got involved with John Magnusson (J-Mag) from Skate Malmo who are running Sweden’s biggest skateboard competition tour Betongcupen. They brought Sweden’s best bowl skaters including stars from Vans Park Series like Kalle Berglind, so that the skaters from Stockholm got some serious competition this year. We are aiming for even more pro skaters coming 2017, we hope to be able to get bigger sponsors, to be able to offer more prize money. John also brought his awesome referee sidekick Stan Postmus, who showed off his smooth mic skills, and elevated the competition vibe to an international level. Stockholms Stad’s Idrottsförvaltningens representative Anette Craas supported us with paying the fees and costs for bringing in Betongcupen. Thanks Stockholm! (50 000 skr)
Bands and musical artists are a big part of Bowlstock. This year we could, after a long wait, we actually learned a few days before that we would not get as much sponsor money for our bands as we had hoped for, so we had problems getting our top act, Teddybears. We posted some info about our problem on our Facebook page, hoping for some corporate sponsor to step in (miraculously…). What happened was, that Tero Larsson, from Flen, himself a skater and musician, arranging Rockabilly events, among many other things, who had attended Bowlstock in 2015, put in 15 000 Skr of his own money, so that we could afford Teddybears. What a hero! The bands playing at Bowlstock 16 were: DOKA, Solna Social Distorsion, Kitok, Strindberg Som Tortyr, Teddybears and Slam (with Caballero on bass).
One of our two large sponsors for 2016, Marshall, brought in their super advanced soundstage, delivered behind a large hauler truck, plus a Marshall branded London bus, as a lounge area for the artists. This becomes the centerpiece of Bowlstock, and creates the fantastic music/skate vibe, which is one of Bowlstock’s main trademarks.
We also had two other skateboard disciplines within Bowlstock 2016: Stockholm Freestyle wasindependently run by Denis Sopovic, assisted by freestyle skater former world champion Per Welinder who worked hard arranging the freestyle comps, with international participants from as far away as Japan.
Hans Corky Koraeus handled the Banked Slalom World Championships, where Steve Caballero almost took a 1st place. The Banked Slalom drew many competitors from the other disciplines, riding the unique slalom ditch of Highvalley. Hans Puttis Jacobsson hosted Eurocana Summer camp Reunion the week leading up to Bowlstock, and besides from bringing in legendary pros like Caballero, McGill and Staab, also brought in many legendary riders to the Eurocana Masters bowl competition part of Betongcupen.
Jay Adams is one of the most legendary skateboarders ever, from Dog Town, being featured in the Lords Of Dogtown movie, etc. Huge skateboarding star, passed away a few years ago, unfortunately. Anyway, one of his car, an old Corvai, rolled in at Bowlstock, courtesy of Dave Östlund, well-known Swedish skate photographer. Julz Lynne, who knew Jay very well, said she had been “feeling Jay” all the time in Sweden, and when she found out we had Jay’s old car by the bowls, she was very moved, to say the least.
Regarding spectators, we ran over 2 days this year, and the friday was less busy than the saturday, but we estimate we had between 5-6 000 visitors for the two days. We had four food trucks around the park, which worked very well, the trucks all sold a lot of food, and the spectators did not have to wait long for their foods, which was a big problem in ’15.
Our sponsors were mostly happy. We still have low fees for participating, especially for the small skateshop stands. Some of them might just have their own brand on sale, which might not be so lucrative, one of our Co-Sponsors, skateprylar.se, who pitched in with quite a lot of sponsor money for being a small skateshop, actually made a “killing” on sales.
All crew members were part of our security team, however, for the two days we had no incidents where any of the crew had to intervene or tell anybody to leave. We managed to hold a fun, relaxed friendly vibe at Bowlstock, which is something very appreciated by skaters, bands, food truckers and spectators. We hope to be able to keep Bowlstock the same way every year.