Due to Covid, officially Helride had to slim down from a multi-day event to just the Friday with 4 different spots. After Thursday’s session being cut short and the weather forecast for Friday predicting perfect blues, we set off from the hotel to the first session, a DIY spot outside of the Helsinki convention centre. As the crowd started gathering, Portuguese hotshot @Jorge Simoës started with some quick-footed rail-to-manual-to-rail combos, as well as a hefty impossible over the whole ledge.
Next came a 1KM mob skate to a perfect downhill marble ledge, where the Helride overlords had a few ideas on how to “improve” the spot by ways of adding two hippy jumps mid ledge. @Kevin Baekkel decided to ignore these modifications and proceeded to send huge first-try methods and bs 360’s over the ledge from a surprise kicker.
The third spot was a perfectly good manual pad, which again the Helride organisers couldn’t help but add their own special twist: this time by placing a flat bar straight through the middle. Once again Jorge leapt at the opportunity to flex his technical feet and proceeded to shut down the spot with banger after banger, finishing up with a fifty fifty bs 180 switch manual.
The day concluded around the corner with the final jam being a hubba/handrail session. By this point the crowd had grown to one of the biggest Helride has ever seen, with spectators clambering up bus stops, roofs, trees and anything else they could get up just to sneak a peak of the action. This final session really kicked off with locals mixing with visiting pros to hack their carcass’ down the rail for the last chance of the day to win some cash. Tricks started going down and there were countless NBD’s getting ticked off, but it was @Gabriel Fortunato, who walked away with the final banger and competition ender with a flawless Tre Flip Noseslide.