Rad: The Groms Tour The Baltics

rad: the groms tour the baltics(8/8)
11.35–12.05

The BAFTA award-winning freesports show continues its latest skateboarding tour. Christian Stevenson and the Groms – a group of young skateboarders ranging from 12 to 17 years old – show off their skills throughout Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on what they describe as their best tour to date. The Groms this time round include Rad regulars Ben Raemers, Ollie Tyreman, Sparrow Knox and Sparrow’s brother Tom. They are joined by newcomers Paul-Luc Bronchetti from Norfolk and Madars Apse from Latvia.

In this final programme of the series, the gang have returned to Latvia and wake in the capital, Riga. They’re here for the Latvian leg of the global game of Skate which, after a huge competition with over 90 entrants, Tom Knox wins! Later, everyone heads east to the town of Sigulda and visits an aerodium which provides perhaps the best activity of the tour.

On the final stretch of the tour, the Groms spend a morning ‘wild-catting’ and tackle an obstacle course high up in the trees. Afterwards they journey to an Olympic bobsleigh run –which they attempt to skate down!

Wrapping up the series there’s a look back over the last three weeks with some of the best moments of the tour. What were the highlights for Christian and his band of Groms?

rad: the groms tour the baltics(7/8) 11.30–12.00

The BAFTA award-winning freesports show continues its latest skateboarding tour. Christian Stevenson and the Groms – a group of young skateboarders ranging from 12 to 17 years old – show off their skills throughout Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on what they describe as their best tour to date. The Groms this time round include Rad regulars Ben Raemers, Ollie Tyreman, Sparrow Knox and Sparrow’s brother Tom. They are joined by newcomers Paul-Luc Bronchetti from Norfolk, and Madars Apse from Latvia.

In this morning’s programme, the Groms wake in Vilnius and are joined by a new member of the tour, UK pro skater Pete King, who has flown out to spend a day with them. Pete joins the Groms as they visit the largest skate park in Vilnius, and inspires them to reach new levels.

In the afternoon, the gang continue their journey south and visit a Cold War-themed park in Druskininkai –but the Groms are more interested in having fun than learning about history and statues!

After travelling overnight north to Kaunas, the Groms say goodbye to Pete and head west for the coastal city of Kaipeda to do a spot of swimming. Upon arrival, the Groms want to skate so they find a local park and stretch their legs. Then it’s time to head to the beach for that swim –and Christian manages to get the vans clamped!

rad: the groms tour the baltics (6/8) 11.35–12.05

The BAFTA award-winning freesports show continues its latest skateboarding tour. Christian Stevenson and the Groms – five young skateboarders ranging from 12 to 17 years old – show off their skills throughout Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on what they describe as their best tour to date. The Groms this time round include Rad regulars Ben Raemers, Ollie Tyreman, Sparrow Knox and Sparrow’s brother Tom. They are joined by newcomers Paul-Luc Bronchetti from Norfolk, and Madars Apse from Latvia.

In this morning’s programme, the Groms leave Ventspils and head out of town to visit what was once a Soviet satellite spy station. The crew don helmets and climb an enormous satellite dish which was originally built to eavesdrop on the West during the Cold War. Later, they have a picnic by a lake before returning to Ventspils to skate a street spot Madars knows.

There’s an early start the next day as they begin their journey south to Lithuania. It won’t be an unbroken trip, though –today’s itinerary includes three skate parks in three different cities. Although the first two parks –in Kuldiga and Saldus respectively –are less than impressive, the Groms find plenty to enjoy, before travelling to the last destination of the day, Jelgava. The skate park here is excellent and the Groms put on a good show for the locals.

On the following day, the Groms make the eighthour drive to Vilnius in Lithuania, stopping only to visit the show’s namesake town, Radviliski! Once in Vilnius the gang head out in jeeps for a 4×4 adventure, taking in fields, valleys and rivers. And of course, despite the exertions of the day, there’s time for an evening skate once a suitable street spot has been found.

rad: the groms tour the baltics (5/8) 11.35–12.05

The BAFTA award-winning freesports show returns with another skateboarding tour. This time Christian Stevenson and the Groms – five young skateboarders ranging from 12 to 17 years old – show off their skills throughout Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on what they describe as their best tour to date.

The Groms this time round include Rad regulars Ben Raemers, Ollie Tyreman, Sparrow Knox and Sparrow’s brother Tom. They are joined by newcomers Paul-Luc Bronchetti from Norfolk, and Madars Apse from Latvia. In this morning’s edition, the guys drive across Latvia to the town of Jurmala and book into a fivestar hotel. After a quick swim in the hotel pool, everyone heads toward the beach where there is a set of stairs waiting to be sessioned. Ben is having trouble with one of his tricks until Madars helps him out –but manages to stomp the trick clean on his very next attempt.

The next morning the Groms leave the hotel and head for Latvia’s largest aqua park, where they spend the morning playing on all the flumes and slides. Afterwards they head for a skate park deep in the woods, where they find another vert ramp and a super-slippery mini-ramp.

Then it’s time to board the RVs and head back towards Ventspils. The Groms wake in Ventspils, where they return to the concrete skate park and enter the largest skate competition in the Baltic States. There is drama when Ben qualifies, then has an accident before the final, leaving him unable to walk properly. Fortunately he recovers and is able to skate, ending up in fourth place! Ollie comes third, and Madars comes second –pipped to first place by a Finnish pre-rider.

rad: the groms tour the baltics
Sunday February 25 11.35–12.05

The BAFTA award-winning freesports show returns with another skateboarding tour. This time Christian Stevenson and the Groms – five young skateboarders ranging from 12 to 17 years old – show off their skills throughout Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on what they describe as their best tour to date. The Groms this time round include Rad regulars Ben Raemers, 15, Ollie Tyreman,17 and 12-year-old Sparrow Knox and his brother Tom, 15. They are joined by newcomers Paul-Luc Bronchetti, 13, from Norfolk, and, halfway through the series, Madars from Latvia.

In this edition, the crew arrive at a medieval castle just outside Saaremaa’s capital, Kuresaare. Everyone has a go at archery before the group heads for the coast to catch a ferry south to the second country on the tour, Latvia.

When the Groms arrive, they meet a sixth Grom: a 16-year-old Latvian skater called Madars Apse. He takes the gang to his enormous local skate park and, although it is now after dark, the Groms still have a little skate. The Groms wake in the Latvian capital of Ventspils and return to the magical skatepark they had been shown the night before. They have a chance to meet Madars properly and everyone has a good skate.

After the skate park visit, the gang head south to Leipaja –where they meet a lady who keeps blue cows! Once they’ve seen the cows, it’s off to another skate park. Unlike the previous park, this one doesn’t impress the Groms and it’s not long before they leave with a local skater, a friend of Madars’s, in tow. He takes them to a dockside location where the Groms get the chance to skate a bank for about an hour.

The Groms then head off to the final location of the day: a former Soviet military prison. They have a go at skating in the grounds, but get arrested and thrown into the cells! Will they be released in time to finish the tour?

Sunday 18 February, 11.35–12.05 on FIVE

The BAFTA award-winning freesports show returns with another skateboarding tour. This time Christian Stevenson and the Groms – five young skateboarders ranging from 12 to 17 years old – show off their skills throughout Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on what they describe as their best tour to date. The Groms this time round include Rad regulars Ben Raemers, 15, Ollie Tyreman,17 and 12-year-old Sparrow Knox and his brother Tom, 15. They are joined by newcomers Paul-Luc Bronchetti, 13, from Norfolk, and, halfway through the series, Madars from Latvia.

In this third episode, we join the Groms en route to Peetr’s father’s lake-side house, deep in the woods. After a day of swimming and boating, everyone joins Christian for a barbecue. Then it’s time for a sauna before jumping in the lake!

After leaving the lakeside house, the gang head for the coastal town of Parnu. They arrive at the skate park, where they meet the locals and do another demo. The helpful locals then show the Groms where the campsite is, take them to the beach and later help them put up their tents.

The following day it’s time to catch a ferry to the Nature reserve island of Saaremaa, where the gang visit a 2,000-year-old meteor crater, the largest in Europe, where the Groms skim stones on the water. Then it’s time to head for another campsite, where poor Sparrow manages to bang his head on a trampoline and get a nasty bump. Later, the Groms catch a fish for supper in the campsite’s trout pond. And there’s more skating the next day, when the gang head for the island’s capital, Kuressaare, and have a good session in its rough skate park.

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