That they relished in Osijek’s upgraded skate park and its brand new elements, fearless inline skaters showed with yesterday’s grand inline finals at Pannonian Challenge. The first competition day was a feast for the eyes, because really the best tricks were demonstrated in hot skate park in Osijek.
Much like the inevitable mosquitoes, inline skaters, too, occupied the skate park from the early morning hours and proved that the too many months without competing did not so much as graze their form. Amateur inline skaters were bursting with energy, and improved with each trick they landed. Only one can ever win, and the best in this show was Bibi Jonathan from France. Second best was David Prajz from Germany, while young Croatian Matija Kunštek finished third. On the fourth place was Zoltán Kőszegi from Hungary, and this selected team of four riders later got the chance to perform among the top 12 riders in the big Inline Elite/PRO finals.
This year, the Elite/Pro category welcomed the crème de la crème of Europe’s inline skating, all of whom were more than eager to compete at Pannonian Challenge and come (back) to Osijek, the interim inline skaters’ paradise. Competition was tight, the judges’ task not light. Victory was snatched by the superb Jaro Frijn from Netherlands, the first winner at Pannonian Challenge XXI., that was a mere hair’s breadth better than his runner up, Diako Diaby, while Joe Atkinson placed third, with admirable technical skill. In the end, prize for the best trick went in hands of Jacob Juul.
– It’s my first year at Pannonian and it’s just great to be here. The people are lovely, the competition is nice and it’s just a big session with friends. I haven’t ridden a competition in such a long time because of pandemic, and it feels perfect to be back in such a good skate park – said after collecting his gold medal Jaro Frijn, who was altogether youngest contestant in Inline competition, because he’s almost turning 20 years old, altough he rides skates since he was five.
The former competition dates chosen due to the coronavirus-caused suspense were a success. In line with anti-epidemic measures, our inimitable spectators are staying in front of their screens. Knowing they would flock to their beloved skate park in a heartbeat if they could both breaks and mends our hearts. We love you!
Today their eyes will be peeled to the ever strong battalion of skaters, led by Timotej Lampe Ignjić from Slovenia, and our very own Slavonian Bruno Vranić, all of whom will vie for the highest rank. While complying with strict anti-epidemic measures, Pannonian Challenge simply cannot exist without an accompanying urban culture program. Respectfully coloring outside the lines, extreme sports will yet again be given another dimension in the form of a unique graffiti workshop to be held by the renowned Croatian street artist, CHEZ 186.