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It is with great pleasure to say that we have finally completed Europe`s biggest Vert Ramp right here in Copenhagen, Denmark. Where else would it be built when you consider everything else that happens here in this town.

Up until a few days ago this thing was covered in a 20cm of snow, and today it was ice so some photos may look a little blemished and wrong in some ways when in fact its ice messing with the image.

This is a very well shaped ramp considering it is just a Vert ramp.

The 4 outer corners fold inwards to create some more lines within and generate a different rhythm to the overall feel of the ramp.

There is quite alot happening in this design, so much so that it is a very technically difficult ramp to ride. Vert ramps in general are difficult to get your head around because of their sheer size, but to then have so many other things going on also makes this quite the challenge. Can`t wait to see Rune Glifberg skate this thing.

Decided to not go to crazy here with details on the main body of the ramp. Simplicity was always going to be a better result in this circumstance.

But the roll in area was perfect for it and was crying out for a bit of love.

Super happy with how it turned out.

Used a combination of black and tan Skatelite to exaggerate the details and lines of the whole area.

And of course for all the idiots out there, I figured a directional arrow would aid the incompetence…haha

Weland did a fantastic job on the Safety rails and stair cases.

Very happy with the result and they were a pleasure to work with. No problems whatsoever and no complaints.

They themselves were shocked that both sides of this thing were the exact same to the very millimeter. Apparently in all their years of making rails and stairs for all kinds of things that this was a first for them. Hmmm, interesting.

As the winter grew closer the days got shorter so the lights had to come out at times. Cold, wet and dark work sessions were a real test for everybody.

On one of those cold nights I tried to finish the Skatelite on the last corner.

This happened to be the night before I flew to Paris to help with the Red Bull Skylines BMX comp build. Which was another serious stamina test. Yes, the life of a ramp builder is pure endurance test, one project after another.

Heres Michael Flood doing an amazing job on the coping.

First Skatelite sheet being positioned and squared by John and Jonas.

With the weather being so unpredictable at this point we needed to be sure of constant progress with the skatelite application. The situation had to be roofed and worked every hour of every dry day and night. When the rain came it came heavy and long.

Beast of a construction.

Night light.

John and Jonas and I think Andy is in there somewhere.

Ah there he is.

John taking yet another trip back to the Skatelite table, the never ending story ground hog day, oh man!!!

Skatelite- coldnight…. James and Jonas getting it done.

The Vert Ramp gods stuck with us through out this thing and we finally crossed the finish line.

Thanks to all the crew involved in this one, John, Andy, Jonas, Ryan, Michael, James, Allan, Mark, Mitch, Jesper, Bo, Kasper and Christian.

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