When the flight attendants at Louis Armstrong National aIRPORT call out “now boarding,” this probably isn’t what they had in mind. On May 1 – 2, skateboarders from New Orleans and across the South will converge in a one-of-a-kind competition at MSY’s now-abandoned airport terminal.
Red Bull and pro skater Jake Wooten have transformed the space into a skater’s paradise, so a lucky group of skaters will get the chance to grind and ollie their way through the cavernous concourse. A rising star on the skateboarding scene, Wooten is a consistent performer at various contests such as Tampa Am and the Vans Park Series: the Huntington Beach event of which he won in 2018.
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All weekend, teams from across the southern United States will join together for a special, one-of-a-kind event. Teams representing their hometown skate shops in Memphis, Nashville, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Pensacola, and New Orleans will utilize the empty terminal to throw a two-day skate jam while capturing the best content from the sessions.
At the conclusion of the shoot, each team of skaters and one filmer will submit a video compilation of their team’s top moments for a fan-sourced vote. The winning team receiving a makeover of their skate shop.
Memphis – Society Skatepark and Coffee
Nashville – Sixth Avenue Skateshop
Baton Rouge – Rukus Skateshop
Birmingham – Faith Skate Supply
Pensacola – Waterboyz Surf & Skateshop
New Orleans – Humidity Skateshop + Parasite DIY Skatepark
Be on the lookout for the media coverage of Red Bull x Wooten’s takeover of New Orleans’ MSY for the skateboard extravaganza.
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Photo: David Grunfeld