A Hamilton skate shop owner is “stoked” that his shop has been crowned the world's best skate shop in an international competition.
Flatspot on King Street West won a competition that included five skate shops in five countries. The shop, owned by Trevor Rowan, is the new winner of the Vans and Spitfire Create and Destroy II contest.
“I'm pretty stoked,” Rowan said. “It's great exposure for the skate scene in Canada and great exposure for the store.
“But I just wanted to win it for Canada and Hamilton, to be honest. I wanted to show the rest of the world that we can make noise.”
To enter the contest, Rowan and his Flatspot skate team made a video at a skate spot near Waterdown. Online viewers voted on their favourite video.
Flatspot wins a $2,000 party and $1,000 for improvements to its favourite skate spot. For Rowan, that is the Beasley skate park.
He's not sure how exactly the $1,000 will be used at the park, but there are plenty of options, he said. The skate park needs a facelift, including new concrete and new obstacles.
“It's going to be put to good use, I can guarantee that,” said Rowan, a member of the Hamilton Skateboard Assembly. “I'm very excited.”
Shops from the U.K., the U.S., Mexico and Australia also competed. Flatspot got 7,640 votes, narrowly surpassing the Destructible Skate Shop in Mexico City, which had 7,341 votes.
Watch their winning video below.