We saw a helluva lot of solid riding in qualifiers. The wind wasn’t nearly as intense as the semis and finals which saw a handful of riders pull out from taking their runs, and fair play to them for not giving into peer pressure. The gusts were pretty unsettling down on the sidelines, so you can appreciate the concern whilst upside down 10 foot over an 8 foot box… And looking at the results you’ll notice some household podium names had a bad day and didn’t even qualify for finals.
Few riders made much use of the huge wallride, but those who did made a lasting impression. Sandoval carved the width of the thing at pace both ways while Jake Leiva 270 hopped in from it, and both Tencio and Nikulin went all Mirra – flair dropping in right off the top. Everyone went mental as you can imagine.
Whip and bar combos were the theme of the weekend, and the monstrous spine saw a lot of the action triple whips, 3 dubs and a casual flip whip or two of course, but Irek Zikaev took the big props (albeit after the comp was up) by sending a… *let me work this out*… 360 whip to bar to downwhip, over the box. It was nuts, and he was pretty happy with himself. Rightly so.
Best trick though went to Kenneth Tencio for starting out his run with the flair drop in, not a bad way to kick things off. Podium spots were filled out by Kizaev coming 3rd, Dhers in 2nd, and Loupos taking the win.
Along with the men’s final seeing a few upsets in the last 12, there were a few changes in the pack during the women’s runs too.
Hannah Roberts coming hot ‘n’ fresh out the kitchen was riding great in semis, laying some solid runs down, but took some heavy slams in practice and finals. Despite this, she made it through to a pull a clean run and managed to get a podium spot, before jumping in the ambulance to the local hospital.
Lara Lessman took the top spot, perhaps having an OG legend like Tobias Wicke in her corner as a trainer has helped hone her riding with the efficiency we’ve come to know from the German tech machine.
Next stop, Edmonton, Canada. You can be sure things will step up, but right now its the freaking weekend baby I’m gonna have me some fun.