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The Izmir Regional Qualifiers for the 2016 Turkish Skateboarding Championships went down at Democracy Park in the beautiful coastal city of Izmir on a blazing hot Saturday on 18 June, 2016. Over 30 skaters from Izmir and surrounding cities made it out in hopes of winning some cash prizes and snagging one of the top 8 spots to qualify for the finals in Istanbul this Sunday, 26 June. In the end, Bursa ripper Murat Uğur put together some smooth lines and had what it took to take home the 800TL grand prize and a spot in the finals in Istanbul. Thank to The Roof Skateshop, Noire Skateboards, X4Tune Skateshop, Ala Skateboards, Red Bull, Subway for the 10% discount, and everyone else for their support and for making sure things went down smoothly!

Check out the results and photos from the event here. See you in Istanbul!

1. Murat Uğur – 800TL (Bursa)
2. Alper Çanakçı – 450TL (İzmir)
3. Berkcan Kırcan – 250TL  (Bursa)
4. Ali Osman Ensar (Bursa)
5. Taha Kaya (Bursa)
6. Onur İmre (İzmir)
7. Okan Şen (Antalya)
8. Umut Çağrı (Manisa)

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Some of the smoothest flatground ever and marble that grinds for days are two symptoms that you may be skating Democracy Park, Izmir.

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Wings for the crowd.

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Tuncay and Berkcan beat the heat with a X2 on the rail.

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 Down but not out, this kid even skated the contest with a mangled arm! That’s love.

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Our friend Erinc puts down a frontside boardslide on the flatbar.

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Cenk gets some photos during warmups.

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Taha cruises through with a lipslide.

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Berkcan with an ollie over the pole.

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Murat put this one down several times throughout the day. 5050 tre flip for the win.

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Izmir! The skate scene in Turkey is alive and well. thanks to everyone for coming out to support local skateboarding.

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Congrats again to our top 3 from the day (from left to right) – Alper Çanakçı (2nd), Murat Uğur (1st), and Berkcan Kırcan (3rd).

Photos: The Roof / Mike Chinner