Originally the City Hall Championship Poser Game was about having fun and bringing the Montreal skateboard community together. Everyone participated in the game because they wanted to be a part of the moment; no one was hellbent on winning.
However, as champion’s names continued to be added to the trophy and the level of skateboarding rose over the years, winning the trophy started to mean something. These factors have instilled a greater sense of competition among the skaters, which has changed the vibe of the game.
Since 2000, almost all the skaters in the skate scene have changed, which means that none of today’s generation got to experience the atmosphere and energy of the first Poser Game 19 years ago. The result is that fewer skaters participate in the game because they believe they do not have a chance at winning. And those that do enter, enter to win. Despite these changes, the Poser Game is always a blast and it still brings skaters together once a year, either to witness the realness or to make an attempt at bringing home the trophy.
Congratulations to Zander Mitchell who has won the trophy for the fourth time! Until this year’s game, Antoine Asselin was the only other skater to have won the trophy four times. Next year is going to be the game’s 20th anniversary and plans are already in the works to make it a momentous event!
Video by Eric Lebeau
Photos by Ryan Lebel