TadashiTorey Pudwill was by far one of the most fun people to watch all day. This Smith was part of a flawless run.Although he qualified second, Oliveira had the crowd's rapt attention as well. Tampa being the first pro contest for the rookie, it sure didn't seem that way. Oliveira has nearly a home court advantage since he won Tampa am on the same course just a few months ago and won it the year before as well. Oliveira pulled some crowd pleaser tech moves including frontside 360 heelflips down the Tampa street course seven-stair. The top five were rounded out by Sierra Fellers, Paul Rodriguez and Nyjah Huston. Huston, the young dread newly at the helm of his own board company I&I, had a flawless run though perhaps not as technical as some of his peers who placed higher.
TadashiRookie pro Justin Brock tossed these steezed out 360 flips over the pyramid every try. And yes, this is a make.Torey Pudwill and Luan both receive "Golden Ticket" buys straight into tomorrow's finals. Fellers, Rodriguez, Huston and Sauder will join the 25 other qualifying skaters in the semi-finals as well as previous Tampa Pro winners who get an automatic buy into the semi-finals [that list includes Gershon Mosley, Kyle Berard, Dennis Busenitz and Eric Koston]. Semi-finals begin Sunday at noon and with the amazing caliber of skating seen so far, things should get very interesting.
The skaters that qualified for the semi-finals are as follows:
1. Torey Pudwill 2. Luan Oliveira
3. Sierra Fellers 4. Paul Rodriguez
5. Nyjah Huston 6. Keegan Sauder
7. John Rattray 8. Chaz Ortiz
9. Tyler Hendley 10. Fabrizio Santos
11. Peter Ramondetta 12. Matt Miller
13. Rodil Jr. 14. Robert Lopez Mont
15. Chad Bartie 16. Ryan Sheckler
17. Billy Rohan 18. Andrew Pott
19. Danny Fuenzalida 20. Stefan Janoski
21. Chad Fernadez 22. Milton Martinez
23. Anthony Shetler 24. Shuriken Shannon
25. Danny Cerezini 26. Sammy Baptista
27. Mike Peterson 28. Chris Troy
29. Neverton Casella 30. Justin Brock
TadashiPaul Rodriguez pulled this switchstance backside tailslide in both of his nearly flawless runs.
Garrett Hill officially joins Fallen footwear with this "welcome to the team" video: http://blackboxdist.com/archives/video/index.php?id=186
Fallen Welcome Garrett!
Cesar Fernandez riding for Roger Skateboards. Former flow rider for Stereo, Fernandez joins Nate Broussard, Nate Lacoste and Brandon Ziskind on the Roger Team. Look for more fake ads for Roger and video of their riders comnig to an internet near you: http://www.rogerskateboards.com/
Roger SkateboardsFormer Stereo rider joins Roger.
New TF for both teams and PS Stix Plan B boards to come
How did the initial idea for Plan B and Element to team up come about?
Plan B, Element and The Billabong Group have a shared vision and mutual goals for the future.
Who reached out to whom?
Through long time industry relationships and common goals, connecting was a natural progression.
Will Plan B be severing ties with Syndrome Distribution completely?
Plan B (and Element) will be available exclusively through The Billabong Group's new Branch Skateboarding Distribution.
Will Plan B be using the same woodshops as Element moving forward?
We are very excited to say Paul Schmitt and the PS Stix Group will be developing and manufacturing Plan B Skateboards. The team and I are really looking forward to working with Paul's group, they have a progressive approach to manufacturing that is a perfect match for Plan B.
Are there any initial plans or talks for joint tours or anything like that now that the two brands will be operating out of the same building.
We have some initial plans to create a special Training Facility for both teams, beyond that the brands promotional and team efforts will remain independent from on another. But naturally, by being within the same group, we will always explore future opportunities together that may be mutually beneficial.
Are there plans for other brands to join the fold within Branch Distribution?
Plan B and Element are both interested in being a part of the skateboard community for a very long time. We are excited to have this opportunity to create a positive impact on the industry and explore new business opportunities.
- Andrew Mapstone