Red Bull Art of Motion 2016, worlds famous parkour and freerunning competition.
It are the holidays of all enthusiasts in this discipline. Art of Motion 2016 took place on 1th October, on one of the Greek islands, Santorini. Watch some pictures of our Born to Trick Athletes. How they spent the time during these days.
Way to Santorini
Our trip started on 27th September. We took a train from Trenčín to Bratislava the capital of Slovakia. At 8:00pm we took our plane from Bratislava to Athens. The next flight was from Athens to Santorini at seven o’clock, so some could sleep for a while. If you did not find a hidden bed, the airport security was waking you up. Kalimera!
After landing on Santorini the owner of Agapi villa was waiting for us. Then he drove us to the villa. As we arrived we immediately ordered some ATVs. So we could explore the whole Island.
Art of Motion 2016 Selection Jam
On that same day as we arrived, Red Bull Art of Motion Selection Jam took place on Vlichada Beach. Here we found a great place to flip into small stones on beach. People and competitors gathered together to take part on the selection jam.
Those who registered for the competition, were competing each other for the qualifying roud. The competition took place in the Santorini Arts factory, where the obstacles were already waiting. The judges had a lot of work, because there were 108 participants.
Competitors were selected into groups of 10 people. They all performed at the same time for 10 minutes. Only 20 could pass to the qualifying round on the next day.
Onsite qualifying – Red Bull Art of Motion
Next day, the onsite qualifying rounds began at the famous Windmills of Oia. Freerunners, traceurs and crowd gathered from all over the world together to support their favourite athletes.
Qualifying rounds were in battles. From 20 competitors who made it from the selection jam, judges chose 5 of them for final event on the next day.
Who made it to the final event?:
Bart van der Linden, Nikita Teterev, Nathan Weston, Dominic Di Tommaso, Valtteri Luoma-Aho.
Jasom Paul was also onsite, shooting some life vlogs for Red Bull TV.
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 Finals
The finals took place on 1st October 2016. The judges were Sergio Cora, Gabriel Nunez, Anan Anwar, Kie Willis, Marcus Gustaffson and Patrick Morawetz.
These are all the athletes together who made it to the finals Jesse Peveril, Corey DeMeyers, Sydney Olson, Dominic Di Tommaso, Nathan Weston, Calen Chan, Pavel Petkuns, Yoann Leroux, Lynn Jung, Pedro Leon Gomez, Pedro Salgado, Bart van der Linden, Dimitris Kirsanidis, Alfred Scott, Pamela Forster, Valtteri Luoma-Aho, Joey Adrian, Nikit Teterev.
There were 3 groups of 6 people competing each other. From these groups only two went to the second final and last round. Joey Adrian, Alfred Scott, Calen Chan, Nathan Weston, Bart van der Linden and Pedro Salgado, competed in the final round.
1st place – Bart van der Linden
2nd place – Alfred Scott
3rd place– Joey Adrian
BEST TRICK goes to Alfred Scott
BEST FEMALE was Lynn Jung
Watch the whole final rounds on Red Bull TV.
After the event everyone was going for the famous sunset in Oia. There were freerunners all over the roofs because the roads were full of tourists watching us.
What we recommend to visit on Santorini:
- To all the freerunners we recommend you to visit the village EMPORIO. In this village you can jump on white roofs all the way down. Locals are kind and welcome freerunners. Well most of them.
- Amoudi Beach with a cliffdiving place. A beautiful place with clear water and underwater world.
- Red Beach is a beach with red small stones and rocks. From here you can go to White Beach by boat for 5€.
- Kamari Beach is a beautiful beach with black stones, many restaurants and hotel resorts. There you can also find a place to dive into water from rocks.
- Village OIA – famous for sunset views. Something you have to experience.
- Capital FIRA – while day there are spots nearby for practicing and at the evening it is possible to go to many clubs to have party.
- ATVs rental – adventure transport all over the island.
- Kebab with tzatziki sauce and french fries in pita. Delicious! Average price 3€
On 5th october 2016 our Santorini vacation was at the end. We took our plane to Athens. Where where we rest at night. As we woke up we went to Athens by metro. We explored the cities famous sights like the Dias palace and Acropolis. Then it was time to leave for airport to check the flight back home.
Look at more pictures we took. We hope you could feel some Santorini atmosphere in this report.