Barbadian Skateboard Team Tops U.S. Embassy’s ‘Urban Visions’ Video Contest

After more than 1,300 Facebook ‘likes,’ the U.S. Embassy’s Urban Visions video contest wrapped up with a short video by Barbadian Mikul Elcock, an avid skateboarder, coming out on top.

The competition, which encouraged young people in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean to create videos illustrating their vision of urban culture, was hosted by the Embassy’s Public Affairs section as part of its month-long focus on Urban Culture. During the past month, the Embassy also supported a three-country tour of American hip-hop dance troupe Urban Artistry as well as a Facebook discussion that explored themes like urban spaces and urban art, and encouraged the active participation of our over-12,000 Facebook fans.

Mikul Elcock, of Movement Sk8 Team, garnered 660 votes for his video ‘We Will Not Be the Last,’ a documentary on Barbados’ growing skate scene and culture. Elcock, along with fellow skate team member Adrian Bowen, collected his prize of a FlipCam from Consul General Eugene Sweeney on Wednesday. He said the video was based on an idea he’d had for a long time – his realization in his early skateboarding days that he would not have to “start from scratch” as other skateboarders had come before him. “I realized that I was a small link in the chain,” said Elcock, explaining his inspiration for the video title ‘We Will Not Be the Last.’

Consul General Eugene Sweeney (center) gets a skateboard lesson from Mikul Elcock (left) and Adrian Bowen of Movement Sk8 Team. Elcock uses the new HD FlipCam he won in Embassy Bridgetown's "Urban Visions" 2011 competition, to record the lesson.

Bowen praised the video contest as a “positive step by the U.S. Embassy” as it gave young people an opportunity to be involved in something positive. On the Embassy’s Facebook page (, where the competition ran for over a week, the finalists hailed the competition for allowing young Caribbean people to both showcase their urban culture and learn more about it.

Second-placed James Marcelle, a student at St. Lucia’s St. Mary’s College whose witty ‘My Urban Vision’ video got 604 votes, said: “Honestly, before this contest I knew nothing on urban culture in the Caribbean. I only joined for the acting/directing/script writing experience but, I’m glad to say I got just what I wanted and I learnt a lot about urban culture in the Caribbean in the process.”

Andre Phillips, also from Barbados, placed third with his video which covered the One Movement Sk8 Competition earlier this year.

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