Empire’s ‘Wall of Death’ skate contest elevates the art of the wall ride

Empire Wall of Death Converse Montreal wallride wall ride

Phil Dulude wins Empire’s Wall of Death contest with a massive 15-foot frontside wall ride.

While wall rides are some of the smoothest-looking maneuvers in skateboarding, most modern-day skate contests don’t feature a ton of them, as judges look for more variety and amplitude in scoring. Luckily for skateboarding fans, as reported by TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, the people at Empire and Converse aren’t about to let the art of the wall ride fade away. Watch:

As part of the Wall of Death contest held Saturday in Montreal, Converse and Empire decided to merge wall riding and high jumping into one competition by seeing which skaters could clear an ever-increasing bar (in this case, a pair of shoes) stationed between two quarterpipes, all while wall-riding their boards. As you can tell from the video, the stakes were high as the skaters continued to jump higher and higher.

Ultimately, the winner of the contest was Philipe Dulude, who cleared an insane 15-foot mark with a frontside wall ride and took home the $1,000 grand prize.

For more on the story, check out TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING’s post.

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