Berlin. Friday night. Formal dress code. Sounds like a regular boring whatever-award-event but it was a historic moment for the European skateboarding scene when BRIGHT and Kingpin invited all the relevant makers, riders and shakers to the auditorium of the former Stasi headquarter. Finally this room was reasonably used since the Eastern German Security Service built it... It's really hard to get why this did not happen before - so Ladies and Gentlemen, please give respect to the Europen Skateboard scene! What was on the agenda? 70 members of a selected jury of people that are deeply and daily connected into the scene were asked to choose their three favourite nominees for the following categories: Kingpin Readers Choice Best Rider, Best Skate Shop, Best Photographer, Top Brand, Best Cover, Rookie of the Year, Best Video, Hardest Slam and Best Skater. The hosts of the night Sally Braid and Lennie Burmeister had kindalike the hardest part: keep a yelling audience in check and try to let this SOMETHING like an official award show. Two hours filled with tension, surprises and icons like Ray Barbee being playing solo guitar or Skin Philipps of TransWorld speeking and every respectfull listening and of course the AWARDS! We had it all what a perfect night needs: champagne, music, winners, skate rats. and ray Barbee. Thanks to Mathieu, Marco and Thomas for being so passionate about this and thanks to Smart, Nike SB, Mpora Kingpin and special thanks to RELENTLESS for making this possible: going down in history.

And here are the winners of the first BRIGHT European Skateboard Awards:
Kingpin Readers Choice (70.000 votes): Eniz Favilov / Best Skate Shop: Lost Art, Liverpool / Hardest Slam: Steve Forstner / Photographer of the Year: Sem Rubio / Best Trick: Steve Forstner / Cover of the Year: Sem Rubio, Kingpin / Best Video: Lukas Puig, adidas / Rookie of the Year: Albert Nyberg / Brand of the Year: Palace Skateboards / Best Skater: Lucas Puig.

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