The winner João Pedro Oliveira (Brazil) and runner up Christian Estrada (Spain) at the Red Bull Skate Arcade World Finals 2016 at IAPI Skate Plaza in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on November 5.
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On a scorching hot day at the IAPI plaza in Porto Alegre, Brazil a skateboarding firework display culminated in a head-to-head final skate-off between JP Oliveira and Spain's Christian Estrada to decide the outcome of the 2016 Red Bull Skate Arcade World Final, with the local boy Oliveira taking home the title.
"The final against Christian was too much. He skated well all day, trick after trick. I had up to step it up to match him," said Oliveira, who has experience of the format from Red Bull Skate Arcade 2014. "Skating the contest is different in Brazil, with all the fans and this good energy. This helped me a lot!" he added.
Second-placed Estrada said he was happy with his skating, but the expended energy began to take its toll as the day wore on under that punishing Brazilian heat. "The final went well, but I admit that the physical side became evident," he said. "After five heats, I was a little tired and couldn't give my best, but it was all very cool."
The final saw 23 skaters from 22 countries competing, whittled down from an online qualifying field of 70,000 skaters from around 100 countries.
As ambassador for Red Bull Skate Arcade 2016, Brazilian Felipe Gustavo was also in Porto Alegre as one of the judges. "It's a different platform, one that gives opportunity to many people around the world. It was very cool," he commented. "As a judge, I confess I was a little afraid of being unfair, but two other skaters were judging with me, so we talked a lot before finalising the results."
For more information visit the 2016 Red Bull Skate Arcade World Final event site here.
By Red Bull / Niall Neeson