Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Part 4 of 4 of the DLX catalog launched today. Just a couple highlights; Luis Tolentino has an interview, his newest ad and a video for Thunder. Lem Villamen and Theotis Beasley also come through with their own Thunder videos. Spitfire has a sneak peak at Vincent Alvarez’ new ad plus a Special Canadian F1 wheel commercial with Antoine Asselin. Real leaks out the new Dennis Busenitz ad through no League and releases the new Max Schaaf one off board. And as always a whole bunch more.
Bucky Lasek in Skate Vert Crowned 2009 Dew Cup Champion
Bucky Lasek of Baltimore, Md. won the skate vert finals and secured the Dew Cup in the closest race for the Cup in Dew Tour history. Heading into Orlando, Lasek, Canada’s Pierre-Luc Gagnon and Boston-native Andy Macdonald were separated by a mere six points in the overall Tour standings. It was anyone‘s game heading into the finals, and the last five standing in the final jam session were the who’s who in skate vert – Lasek, Gagnon, Macdonald, and Brazilian shredders Sandro Dias and Bob Burnquist.
Lasek pulled into the lead in his last run with his switch 360 backlip, switch 540 and nollie flip stalefish to earn him a first-place score of 90.88. Macdonald followed with a score of 85.63 and Dias came in a close third with his crowd-pleasing varials, like a body varial 540 to tuck knee, earning him a final score of 84.74.
Lasek three-peats as Dew Cup champion, having won in 2005 and again in 2006.
SUNDAY: SKATE VERT FINAL
SKATE VERT Podium:
1. Bucky Lasek, Baltimore, MD, 90.88
2. Andy Macdonald, Boston, MA, 85.63
3. Sandro Dias, Santo Andre, Brazil, 84.75
The Set Up: The top three athletes in the Dew Cup standings automatically advanced to the finals (Bucky Lasek (268 pts.), Pierre-Luc Gagnon (266 pts.), Andy Macdonald (262 pts.) to face off against the seven best riders from Friday's prelims (Sandro Dias, Bob Burnquist, Alex Perelson, Rob Lorifice, Paul-luc Ronchetti, Adam Taylor, Anthony Furlong).
Notable Nugs: Five months of nose-to-nose competition all came down to O-Town for Bucky, PLG and Andy Mac, who each had a veritable shot at taking home the 2009 Vert Dew Cup with a win in the final contest. Of the three riders in the hunt, PLG was the first to skate himself out of contention. The Canadian commander was off his rhythm all afternoon and failed to put up a single clean run in the final jam. Andy Mac made an early push with several fall-free runs in the final 10-minute jam. It looked like his consistency and a slew of solid 720s might be enough for all the loot, but down the stretch, it was Bucky who strung together righteous runs as the clock ticked down. Lasek eventually nosed passed the field by sticking his patented nollie flip stalefish. Sandro Dias took the third spot in Orlando for his third of four possible podiums this season. For his efforts he earned the No. 3 spot on in the final 2009 Dew season standings.
High Honors: The win in Orlando was the third Dew stop top for Bucky, who also stole the show in Salt Lake and Boston. For his efforts, he finished in first place on the season and was crowned the 2009 Dew vert champ. That feat netted the third Dew Cup for his mantle (also 2005, 2006).
2009 FINAL DEW CUP STANDINGS - SKATE VERT
1. Bucky Lasek ** Dew Cup Champion
2. Andy Macdonald
3. Sandro Dias
4. Bob Burnquist
5. Pierre-Luc Gagnon
SKATE PARK Podium:
1. Chris Cole, Philadelphia, PA, 88.48
2. Paul Rodriguez, Tarzana, CA, 87.90
3. Greg Lutzka, Milwaukee, WI, 86.75
The Set Up: The top three skaters in the points standings got a bye to the Finals—Chris Cole (262 pts), Ryan Decenzo (238 pts) and Chaz Ortiz (228 pts) and the following nine skaters from Thursday's prelims were also in the mix (in order of qualifying): Greg Lutzka, Milton Martinez, Danilo DoRosario, Rodolfo Ramos, Timmy Knuth, Chris Mendes, Paul Rodriguez, Jordan Hoffart and Austen Seaholm.
High Honors: Coming into the final stop atop the overall point standings, Chris Cole needed only to place anywhere on the podium—first, second or third in Orlando—to take home the 2009 Dew Cup. "There's more pressure now that you put it that way," he told me the day before competition. "Now I know I have to podium. I have a third place and two seconds this season, it'd be nice to have a first place, that's the way I'd want to win the Cup." Mission accomplished.
The Quoatable Chris Cole: "It's so hot down here today I have to be careful. I don't want to get one of those salty sweat stains on my jeans tomorrow."
Didn't he bring another pair of pants, you ask?
"I did, but I'm so particular, I'll probably wear the same ones. All I brought were these and a pair of khakis, but you know how those get kind of stretched out and baggy and gangster? That's not my style. I'm going with the same pair of jeans."
2009 FINAL DEW CUP STANDINGS - SKATE PARK
1. Chris Cole ** 2009 Dew Cup Champion
2. Chaz Ortiz
3. Paul Rodriguez
4. Ryan Decenzo
5. Rodolfo Ramos
2009 DAMN AM AT VOLCOM - OCTOBER 22ND-25TH, 2009!
Mark your calendars for the 2009 Damn Am at Volcom taking place October 22nd-25th. The top 12 qualify for the 2009 Tampa Am, with the top 2 sliding directly into the semi finals. Don’t miss out on one of the biggest amateur skateboarding events in southern California! But, if you do happen to not be in the area, have no fear, you can log onto Volcom.com and catch all the action on the final day through its live webcast! Check out DamnAm.com for more info.