Scootfest 2017 – Crowning the best all round riders in the World...
Last weekend we witnessed a whole new level of insanity; as the biggest scooter festival on the planet returned to Europe's largest skate park and broke every record yet again...
Day 1 saw a sell-out crowd of nearly 1300 people pour through doors at Corby’s indoor skatepark Adrenaline Alley where world class competitions took place across the amazing facility.
The first riders to drop-in were the Novice and Intermediate categories in the Scoot Sport GB British Championships. The King of Street kicked off this year’s headline World Cup contest, just a hairs breadth separated huge street names such as Nick Tedrick, Alex Sicre, Richard Zelinka and Jonathan Perroni, but scoring the win, £1000 and the first Scootfest ring of the year was won by Frenchman Didine Terchague.
Then it was the UK's most important contest of the year – The Battle of Britain. The nation’s finest shredders went head to head fighting it out for the country's highest title, Apex's Dante Hutchinson claimed his 3rd consecutive British Title to add to his World Championship ahead of Jamie Hull and Nathan Churchill.
Day 2 arrived along with a huge crowd of revellers queuing up to 2 hours before doors opening. The young guns were busy early, closing out the Under 8 & Under 12 national champs in room 3 before the crowds headed for the almighty King of Bowl contest. With local favourite Lewis Williams still returning from injury, Richard Zelinka , the Czech District rider is the undisputed Bowl King taking the £1000 prize for the overall title.
The Scootfest amateur Jam has uncovered some incredible talent through the years, and 2017 was no different as Charlie Lawler took an emotional win in the over 13’s and Corby boy James Gellatly scooped the win in the 12 and under category.
To close out the weekend everybody packed themselves into one of the finest parks in the World – the Performance Arena – for park contest of the year: the King of Park. With all to play for in the overall team and individual competitions too, £3500 hung in the balance as riders dropped in.
Laying his claim at the top of qualifying was the Machine himself Dakota Schuetz. Unbeaten in any Scootfest park contest since the event's inception, he brought his A-game once again, dominating proceedings from start to finish including his now signature 360 out of the park to close the event and seal the King of Park title.
But had he done enough to take the overall “King of Kings” title? Well on any other weekend, he may have, but one man had other ideas. Equalling Kota on points, and on the initial tie-breaker, but sticking his nose ahead with an all-important 2nd place in the street, it was the Czech all-rounder Richard Zelinka who took the King of Kings title. Backed up by his team-mates Chris Farris and Cam Ward, he also wrapped up the World Cup Team title for District Scooters.
With more fans, more pros, and more cash on the line, Scootfest 2017 was the event's biggest instalment yet. Where can it go in 2018? Up is surely the only answer...
2017 DOGG WORLD CUP TEAM EVENT
1st District £1,500
2nd Kota Magazine Team
KING OF BOWL - Richard Zelinka (CZ), District £1,000
KING OF STREET - Didine Terchague (FRA), Blunt £1,000
KING OF PARK - Dakota Schuetz (USA), Kota Magazine Team £1,000
KING OF KINGS - Richard Zelinka (CZ), District £1,000
2017 AM JAM
13 & OVER
1st Charlie Lawlor
2nd Anthony Cataldo
3rd Charlie Drayton
12 & UNDER
1st James Gellatly
2nd Kian Nythe
3rd Carter Hughes
SCOOT SPORT GB
1st Josh Newton
2nd Alex Bowen
3rd Coby Wenyon-Chambers
1st Vinnie Whitney
2nd Connor Pawson
3rd Dylan Wilson
1st George Seers
2nd Kieran Mallory
3rd Morgan Hughes
1st James Gellatly
2nd Tyler Lawson
3rd Jack Murray
ELITE – BATTLE OF BRITAIN (British Championships)
1st Dante Hutchinson
2nd Jamie Hull
3rd Nathan Churchill