© vans - element europe's ross mcgouran shows how it's done
vans returns to london with its infamous vans downtown showdown on sat - aug 20 [noon-6.30pm]. twelve of the best skate teams will be competing, on specially customized ramps designed by the teams themselves, in a contest that puts their skill, flare and creativity to the test. mind you, this year death skateboards crafted ripper's alley, a spooky blood-stained obstacle inspired by the notorious jack the ripper. additionally, there’s a slew of other treats going on, such as the van doren pizza parlour [headed up by steve van doren, the godfather of vans himself], the vans waffle booth, live screenprinting with lovenskate, athlete signings, product givea-ways and a retail area. confirmed teams include death skateboards, antiz, yama skateboards, blueprint and cliché. location: old spitalfields market [spitalfields].