The best riders from Europe locked horns in Barcelona’s Parc del Forum with no spectators present, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Due to predicted stormy conditions over the weekend, the skating finals were brought forward to Friday.
Despite uncertainty over the schedule the level of competition was high in what was the first full event of 2020, live on Olympic Channel, as skaters build towards the qualifying events for the Olympic debut of the sport at the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.
Charlotte Hym on song in Barcelona
French skater Charlotte Hym was rewarded for her near faultless run in women’s final with the top score of 61.00.
The Paris native also won the Most Valuable Trick award after attempts on several bits of apparatus that no other skater dared to take on.
“It was hard but it was also fun. I love to see the other girls,” Hym, who only arrived in Barcelona at 4 a.m. on the morning of her run, said after her win.
“I can’t wait to have the opportunity to travel again so that I can try and qualify for the Olympics.”
Daniela Terol Mendez of Spain finished second with 55.33, while Argentina’s Camila Ruiz scored 46.67 to seal third spot.
Portugal’s Bruno Senra powers to victory
In the men’s final Bruno Senra shocked a stacked field to take top spot with a score of 71.11.
In adverse conditions, the ‘Portuguese powerhouse’ lived up to his nickname with an aggressive and accurate run, which included an impressive backside noseblunt trick.
“I feel really good and happy. I was having fun, I did my tricks. The other guys skated really well too so it was a big surprise,” Senra, who took home the €4,000 top prize, said after.
“It was kind of hard, but it was hard for all the riders. We had to try and do tricks in the wind and have fun.
“I’m trying to qualify (for the Tokyo Olympics) next year. Everything depends on Corona.”
Spain’s Danny Leon showed his majestic ramp game to secure second place with 70.11, while Senra’s compatriot Jorge Simones closed the podium with 56.11.
The skateboard qualifying events for the Tokyo Olympic Games are still to be confirmed.
The imaginExtreme urban festival also features scooter, BMX and roller freestyle competitions.
BMX freestyle cycling will also make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. While imaginExtreme is not an Olympic qualifying event, top riders like Daniel Dhers, Alessandro Balbero and Anthony Jeanjean will all be hoping to compete at the Games.
The BMX finals will take place on Sunday and you can watch them live on Olympic Channel here.