Alli Sports’ Dew Tour in Ocean City, Maryland was a huge success. One of the largest crowds in Dew Tour history and one of the best set ups in Dew Tour history as well. Granted they did’nt have their normal Skate Park event which is their equivalent of a street style contest, but I’m sure Alli Sports will make it up to us next year.
For the debut of their Skate Bowl event Alli brought out the big guns. The bowl was designed by Chris Miller, built by California Skateparks and shredded by everyone there. I mean literally everyone in the contest was killing it. Very enjoyable event. Some standouts from the qualifiers were Julien Benoliel and Guillaume MocQuin. These guys are from France and are locals at the famous Marsailles bowl. Also ripping was Alex Sorgente and Steven Pineiro both of whom are little kids but skate like men. They are both amazing vert skaters and would use their vert skills to destroy the deep end but it almost seemed like they spent a little to much time skating back and forth on the vert walls and not enough time utilizing the whole bowl. Those kids still kill it so keep your eyes on them. I would have bet money on Packy and Josh Mattson. They skated this bowl like it was meant to be skated. Josh Mattson was all over every inch of the bowl. Rolling in blind, ally oop frontside bluntslides, miller flips. Josh has a huge bag of tricks. Packy was on his A game and carveded every corner and grinded every hip. In the end Positiv’s Sandro Dias aired over me (Please see attached video) to qualify 1st followed by Dalton Dern, Josh Mattson, Tom Schaar and Micheal O’Friel.
Green Trucks co-owner and Positiv Skateboards pro Rodney Jones entered the contest. So did Paul Wisniewski. So did Bucky Lasek. All three are Baltimore natives and I was excited to see multiple generations of Baltimore’s pros representing BMore in Ocean City’s leg of the Dew Tour. That also made Bucky’s 2nd Place finish and 1st Place vert finish that much sweeter. – Jason Chapman The Global Skateboarding Network.com
Official Press Release:
PEDRO BARROS AND KYLE BALDOCK WIN THE FIRST FINALS AT THE DEW TOUR PANTECH OPEN
Young Competitors Barros, Skate Bowl, and Baldock, BMX Park, Make Noise Before Free Concert from Kid Cudi and The Cool Kids in Ocean City, Md.
Burr Ridge, Ill. – July 23, 2011 –It was a day of firsts at the Dew Tour Pantech Open in Ocean City, Md. as athletes Pedro Barros and Kyle Baldock made history in their respective sports, skate bowl and BMX park, before beachgoers enjoyed a free concert from Kid Cudi and The Cool Kids.
After entering the open qualifiers for BMX park, Baldock made himself right at home in the park designed by Ryan Nyquist, qualifying in first, backing it up with a first place finish in semi-finals, and capping it all off with a victory in the finals on Saturday. The twenty year old Australian native became the first ever rookie to win his first BMX Park final, edging out Dennis Enarson and the competition’s oldest competitor, Nyquist. It was an emotional win for Baldock, who was riding high after the finals.
“All I wanted to do was make it in this year, and to win is unbelievable. I did it for the people at home who’ve always had my back – my mom, I give this to my brother. He passed away and this is for him. This is for everyone,” said Baldock after his win.
In the debut of skate bowl at the Dew Tour, sixteen year old Pedro Barros impressed an energetic crowd with huge air and technical transitions. Barros, who is known for his prowess on the concrete at such a young age, had the packed stands on their feet during the competitive super final jam against bowl veterans Bucky Lasek and Andy Macdonald. The Brazilian native proved wise beyond his years with his win over runners up Lasek and Ben Hatchell.
“I feel really good about winning. It always gets you a little more excited and a little happier,” said Barros after the contest. “Just being in the finals like this with everyone killing it so much creates energy that only this contest can come close to. It’s incredible.”
Barros will be back in the action tomorrow as he competes in the Skate Vert Finals and both Barros and Baldock will look to build on their momentum as the Dew Tour travels to Portland August 11th-14th. The Pantech Open will continue tomorrow with BMX Vert and Skate Vert Finals to close out a weekend of great competition in Ocean City. Fans can catch all the action on NBC with live coverage starting Sunday from 4-6 pm.
Skate Bowl Finals Results
1. Pedro Barros, Florianopolis, Brazil, 85.63. 2. Bucky Lasek, Baltimore, Md., 84.00. 3. Ben Hatchell, Manassas, Va., 81.63. 4. Andy Macdonald, Boston, Ma., 80.13. 5. Nolan Munroe, Rindge, N.H., 77.38. 6. Omar Hassan, Costa Mesa, Ca., 77.25. 7. Rune Glifberg, Copenhagen, Denmark, 76.75. 8. Ben Raybourn, Houston, Tx., 73.13. 9. Benjamin Galloway, Vancouver, Wa., 72.75. 10. Kevin Kowalski, Portland, Or., 67.76.
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