Sheffield’s House Skatepark’s annual shenanigans which is the House Comp is breaking new ground in its 15th year, when it will become the first professionally live-streamed comp in the UK. The folks at the House have teamed up with Sheffield-based extreme sports streaming company Technative to bring the pro / sponsored section of this event, on 15th October, to a wider audience across the internet. The move to take on a broadcasting format familiar across Europe and in the States, but still in the experimental stages here, is intended to give greater exposure to UK skateboarding talent, as well as a helping hand to those unable to, or too slack to, get down to the comp itself. And ramping up the comp means a bigger prize pot, with £2,500 for the skater taking first place in the section.
The House is promising a ‘proper’ broadcast (in the traditional and Yorkshire sense) complete with commentary from a studio team of industry wise owls, assembled to chart the chances of those competing for web-based fame and fortune. The prize fund is offering £2,500 for first place, £1,000 for second, £500 for third, £250 for fourth, £125 for fifth, and £75 for sixth place.
There’s plenty of proddy for the taking too, from event sponsors Death, Landscape, Heroin, Sour, Skateboard Cafe, Fabric and The Karm plus Slugger, Props and Avit.
But if the streaming of the Pro / Sponsored event is a break from the norm, for the rest of the comp it’s business as usual, right down to the now unchallengeable £5 to enter, skate or spectate on the day. Doors open at 10am so get there good and early to get your name down for either the 12 and Under comp for rising stars which starts at midday, or the Unsponsored section set for 1pm. The live-streamed Pro / Sponsored event is scheduled for 3pm.
Keeping riders and spectators fully fuelled during the day is the Bhaji Shop, Thali Cafe, who will be serving up street food as an alternative to House standard pop and crisps. So come down; you’re very welcome to be part of UK skateboarding history.