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Birmingham Skate Supply shop chosen for nationwide contest

Red Bull chooses 5 teams for Terminal Takeover video project
Jake Wooten performs an Indy air at Red Bull Terminal Takeover in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA...
Jake Wooten performs an Indy air at Red Bull Terminal Takeover in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on 30 April, 2021. // SI202105070007 // Usage for editorial use only // (Jonathan Mehring | Red Bull)
Published: Jun. 1, 2021 at 6:12 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 6:17 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Skaters are known to take an everyday object and turn it into an awesome trick. A baggage claim may look like a boring place to a traveler, but to a skater it’s a prime ledge.

That’s why Red Bull decided to invite Five skater teams to the old New Orleans Airport terminal for a skate session.

“We were basically given the keys to the old airport, and they had built three skateparks in the old airport and just lets us have a blast really,” says Peter Karvonen. He is the owner of Faith Skate Supply in Birmingham and put together one of the teams. “It was a big honor. I can’t believe they picked skate shops. They have some of the top professional athletes in the world they could have sent down there but they chose us and it was awesome.”

Karvonen says Red Bull has been a big supporter of the skate board community, and this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“There are all these places with epic architecture perfect for skateboarding but you are never allowed to skate in there. We are probably the first people in the world to get to skate anything we want in an airport,” says Karvonen.

Each of the five participating teams created a two-minute video compilation for a fan-sourced vote. The winning team will take home a $5,000 prize to help their local skate scene. You can vote here!

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