Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Well, no new records were set on Saturday at DVS's "Hands Free Big Air Challenge" but some seriously popped ollies did go down. The official world record, which was set back in 2000 by Britain's Danny Wainwright still stands. The 44 inch blast has yet to be overcome in an official setting though rumors swirl about the legitimacy of Luis Tolentino's unofficial record breaker this past fall at the Rooftop Rampage in NYC.
Luis won the Grind For Life High Ollie challenge on Friday, though the field of competitors didn't seem to be very competitive.
The marquee status of this year's high ollie challenge was somewhat diminished when the much hyped return of the Reese Forbes High Ollie Challenge was postponed when the title sponsor, Quiksilver, pulled out of ASR. The powers that be at the Action Sports Retailer tradeshow didn't see it fit to allow Quik to hold the comp since they were no longer going to pony up the serious dough to have a booth at said tradeshow.
Filling the void, DVS stepped up to hold a high ollie event at their traditional tradeshow beer garden, circumnavigating the legality of the naming rights by rephrasing "ollie" into "Hands Free Big Air." DVS also playfully named their event for their most diminutive rider, Daniel Castillo, poking fun at the seriousness of their own comp. Since Castillo clocks in at a total height not too much taller than the set record, there may have been some confusion over whether entrants would be ollieing over a measured barrier or Castillo himself. Though Tolentino easily won Friday's comp, he was defeated by Cliché's Andrew Brophy at the DVS event. While Brophy didn't break the World Record, he made those massive leaps look so easy it seems it's only a matter of time before his name winds up in the Guinness Book .