Monday, May 4, 2009
The day's competition finished off with some of the world's top professional skateboarders hitting the street course in the Skate Street final. American Austen Seaholm took home the gold after a flawless first run that set the pace for the entire field. Scoring a solid 88.00 in his first run, Seaholm put the pressure on Brazil's Fabrizio Santos and Carlos de Andrade who each also scored well on their first run.
While Santos and deAndrade had next to perfect second runs, they still could not top the first run score of Seaholm. Santos just edged out deAndrade after landing a more technical trick over the gap, a Caballerial 360. Santos won the silver with a best run score of 83.67 and de Andrade earned the bronze with a score of 82.67.
"I never try to plan out my full run and I knew it was going to be good after I landed my first four tricks clean," said Seaholm. "This is my first time in Shanghai and I could not be more excited to win an X Games gold medal here."
If you're neck deep in the message boards , it might not be a surprise to you. But, if you check the Plan B website , you'll notice the absence of one of Plan B's first recruits, Brian Wenning. He's had a lot of presence on the Internet describing changes at DC and explaining what he's got in his basement , but it appears that the Internet's saying he has split with Plan B is official. According to Jason Maxwell, Plan B's TM, "Plan B has parted ways with Brian Wenning. We wish him the best of luck in the future. I can't really talk about it. They left on good terms; they just decided to part ways." Hopefully things will work out for him in the future and he'll come back with a part that's anything like his Habitat part in Photosynthesis. That part was crushing.