The boys at Syeahskate have returned with their sixth edition of their popular “Grind Challenge” video series. The contest series featured 20 teams with 115 skaters from 12 different countries! The rules for the online contest were that the edit must contain between 3-7 people, include no skatepark footage and the edits were judged based on blading skills, artistic effort and creativity. The Syeah team then created a points list of tricks with varying levels of difficulty that the teams would follow to win points towards the contest.
The top 5 teams are then awarded points based on their efforts, which were: 8000 points for 1st, 5500 points for 2nd, 4000 points for 3rd, 2000 points for 4th and 1000 points for 5th.
After calculating all of the points, the winners for the contest have been announced and the “El Canuto” crew which features the incredible talents of Xavi Eguino, Sacha Lopez, Craig Hamilton, Matei Lache, Salim Sikha, Vladimir Kocherga and Paquillo Sola went home with the grand prize of the contest. Not only did the crew pull off some of the most difficult tricks in the set list with consistent style, but the overall production value for the video which was edited by Salim Sikha of PausePlayVideos was incredibly high as well.
We spoke with Matei Lache of El Canuto about the filming process for the video and how his crew came together to create this award winning piece. Here is what Matei had to say.
“After two months of being stuck in quarantine in Barcelona, Salim Sikha came with the idea to gather a crew and make an edit for the Grind Challenge 6, an online video competition organized by Syeahskate. The goal of the competition is deliver a street edit and also get extra points for the challenges provided by the organizers. The whole thing was very spontaneous, with each one of us being from a different country our team turned out to be about as random and diverse as it gets. Some of the teammates have never even met each other before we started shooting, which now seems insane considering how many experiences we managed to share throughout just one month of filming together. The main idea of our crew was to showcase a varied mix of styles and tricks and have fun while doing it. El Canuto ended up the winning edit of Grind Challenge 6.”
Congratulations on your win, El Canuto!
Here is the awesome list of rules and tricks that the Syeahskate team compiled for the Grind Challenge.
Rules: – Make a rollerblading edit with 3-7 people. – No skateparks. The edits are judged on the following: