As the first physical freestyle competition of 2021 (and the first officially UKFSA-sanctioned event), the UK Round Up finds itself in the unusual position of being a very non-serious competition in a very serious role.
For those who haven’t attended, witnessed, or heard about the UK Round Up, it came about originally in 2015 as a reaction/response to overly-serious and overly-earnest competitions held elsewhere. Held as part of a larger longboard and slalom meeting/event/festival in East London, it’s provided an annual way for British freestylers to get together, hang out, and have a little taste of what a freestyle “competition” is like in a laid-back and farcical fashion – at least until a certain global pandemic got in the way, cancelling the 2020 event.
As such, this year’s event is looking to be a glorious return to form for the UK freestyle scene, and if you’re one of the many people who picked up freestyle over the last two years, head over to East London and get involved – just make sure you sign up in advance on the Skate Hog Hill website.
Format: Mixed Pro/Am, with each skater receiving four separate 60 second runs, performed and scored in pairs – otherwise known as the The Overkill Deathmatch Format. If you’re confused, take solace in knowing that’s exactly what’s intended.
What to expect: Absolute nonsense.