By Rob Meronek
Jeffrey Marshall turned some more heads this weekend while killing it on everything.
Dune and Ryan Clements gearing up to talk mad crap on the mics all weekend.
Chris (Dune) Pastras
Good thing I didn't have to write this iPad judging system myself. Our friends hired by Maloof Money Cup - those Reality Check nerds - wrote the whole thing. Friday morning before the Contest was the first time we got to take a look at what they produced from me giving them the full design specs and how to make the interface. Bugs were nearly instantly discovered but the RC nerds quickly fixed them and things were back on point by the time the Contest started 24 hours later.
We took the time to explain the format to everyone. Clem is here with Chris Pfanner, Chima, and AVE.
Due to this being on live TV, DJ Wade was stuck with a pre-set list of elevator muzak he was allowed to play. You know what's worse than wack ass business owner kooks who yell, "You'll sue me!" when they give you a reason for kicking you out of a spot? Your favorite musicians are worse than that. I can't imagine how dumb and demoralizing it must be working in the music industry.
Jason Dill, AVE, and the comeback kid stretching for a possible spot in the Contest. Thrasher said no.
Behind the scenes in the live TV truck was an amazing thing to watch.
Terry Kennedy was here filming for his new show on BET.
This dungeon behind the course was my office, shared with Reality Check Kevin, where we were battling kids unplugging our router that ran the whole iPad judging system, possible theft of our gear every time we had to frantically run out to the course to do something, and spilled drink disasters from the course.
Spotted this kid repping hard.
Jeff Pang was on live the whole weekend. It was on Fox Sports, too? Damn.
Theotis Beasley. I didn't even get to say hi and get my hug because it was so hectic.
The robot droids were documenting.
Adam Dyet - nollie frontside 5-0.
Stefan Janoski got the Most Leisurest Gear of the Weekend award.
P-Rod didn't ignore the grate. When you do switch tricks like this 360 flip, do you skate your board switch also or do you leave it regular? Looks like P-Rod puts his board switch, too.
The skateboard media was insane.
Paul Rodriguez - switch smith.
I guess they found Rohan. We found this sign on the ground.
Keegan Sauder's extra Euro ass shorts were pretty amazing.
The judges rolling up to the scene.
This live TV guy has a salty sign for you.
These grown ups are the Fuel TV live broadcast crew producing the whole show for the boob tube.
Security wanted a photo. Nicest security out.
These umbrellas caused Paul G from Fuel and I a lot of headaches. They were blocking the TV broadcast, but they were also absolutely crucial to the iPads not overheating and shutting down the Contest. We were both stressing the hell out. By the start of the next day, we had worked out a solution to have shorter umbrellas.
This pile of iPads had me on the verge of heart attack through the entire day on Saturday.
I asked these girls what their job was this weekend and they said, "Look hot."
The crowd early morning outside.
Shawn Hale - backside nosegrind.
It's never too hot for a Tampa Kit.
I watched Luis Tolentino's huge frontside 180 over the five stair rail go down in the back in the live TV truck. They were debating on whether to cut away after he had tried it like five times. Luckily they stayed on until his last try where he made it.
I guess the personal chef for the Maloof brothers was cooking. He was serving up some amazing gourmet stuff like these fried chicken wrap things.
A few of the pros in the Finals during a meeting to go over the format one more time. Caswell Berry, Sierra Fellers, Keegan Sauder, Sean Malto, Chris Cole, and Ryan Decenzo.
This crazy structure is right outside the park.
Porpe took over the camera for a bit - Koston, Smyth, Hunter, and Andy.
Keep those iPads in the shade or the Contest stops.
We had to stop the Contest so everyone could fan out with Lil John.
Torey Pudwill - big ass switch flip over the hubba into the bank.
This is the girl from Entourage and Sopranos. Celebrity madness at this skateboard shindig for sure.
If Keegan still had those Euro ass shorts on, you'd get the ol' nut tunnel in your eye here. You know the gap in the short shorts that always somehow makes a nut show. You know you're not gay, but somehow your eye just gets caught in the nut tunnel and you get stung. Not cool.
Gavin Maloof and Remy Stratton from Volcom.
Fake champagne flies as Chris Cole is announced the winner. See you next year in Flushing.