For anyone who loves extreme sports, the Pannonian Challenge lives up to it in Croatia. With every year the athletes put together their wildest moves to win the competition. This will be the 18 years for this annual event, with BMX riders, Skateboarders, and Pro Inline skaters to take the show by storm. With this year the one thing no one expected was to have access to the sports events free. The concerts and after parties run late into the night. (There is still a ticket charge for the Pannonian Music series). With part of last year's events being put on hold, this year was their chance to shine. The location for Pannonian Challenge has the best place along the left bank of the river Drava. The event has people from around the globe to watch with many people coming back year after year. The announcers did a great job jumping from speaking Croatian and then instantaneously French or English depending on the athlete that was on the course. The Pannonian Challenge runs from June 7 to 11 with much to see and do.
Vendors were on the scene to keep things interesting with a video game area to chill out in with friends. There was also an area for some great memorabilia for the event with vendors being creative selling art made out of broken skateboards. Sponsor also brought their game with some free swag and food.
Yesterday at the Pro Inline warm ups in the stands was full of life with the DJ pumping the music loud that got the show moving. The Inline skaters were glad to be here in this year's competition, as last year it was rained out. This time around the Pannonian Challenge brought some new talented to the skate park athletes. With more Pro Inline athletes at the event showing their latest move and talent, taken the skate park to a new level.
The program got a lot more interesting with the skills being put to the test. Watching the moves and the way the Inline skates stuck to the wall, made it look like they could stick at any given angle. The acrobatics of the talented athletes took a great deal of strength to harness the power to do a free handstand at the edge of the wall. It was about getting the right speed and accuracy of taking off grabbing as much height and air to do the somersault triple flip.
Errors could be made at this level of skill mastering the most difficult moves. For that one split second that they slipped or fell, they recovered instantly to avoid penalty. The move was then re-attempted to get that jump needed to complete the trick.
The amount of support and encouragement from other competitors was incredible as they got the crowd to cheer them on. The team of athletes stuck together and watched their competitions every move. Here are just some of the photos from Yesterday.