Red Bull Battleship 2008
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 by Rob
Photos and Captions by Rob Meronek
|Below are the overall results for the Red Bull Battleship 2008 in Wilmington, NC. Coverage and all the bracket results coming up soon|
|Red Bull Battleship 2008 full bracket results|
|Abdias Rivera - back overcrook|
|Warren Devarennes - crooked grind manny|
|Brian Schaefer - eggplant|
|Abdias Rivera - frontside nosegrind|
|Abdias Rivera - frontside pop shuv manual|
|Jereme Knibbs - half cab manny backside 180 out|
|Who dat? KFFSBS|
|Brent Sowinsky - nollie heelflip noseslide|
|Pat Stiener - half cab nose manual back 180 out|
|Pat Stiener - switch back lip|
|Porpe - backside lipslide|
|Abdias Rivera - shifty flip|
|Jereme Knibbs - back smith frontside 180 out|
|Leo Simonen - 360 flip|
|Day/nightlife Ryan Flynn Photo|
The teams checked in with us at the Hilton and before we knew it we headed across the Cape Fear over to the USS North Carolina, the decommissioned Battleship and site of the event, hence Red Bull Battleship. From across the River it just looked like a regular old big boat, but upon boarding the Carolina, I was really blown away. There were guns every which way you turned and gigantic cannons on the front of the Ship. You truly got the feeling that it caused some serious destruction when it was over near Japan in World War II. And I’m only guessing, but I assume that the numerous “rising sun” flags painted on the side represented “kills” of some sort or another.
The simple obstacles were painted battleship grey to match in with the surrounding natural terrain to fit in just right. Very often in life, less is more, and it proved to be true once again with the set-up, which consisted of a few boxes, ledges, bank ramps, flat bars, and a 4’ tall quarter-pipe. Just because the course was easy to build doesn’t mean that it’s not going to get torn to pieces. The session went into the moonlit darkness and we got the boot from the staff, who informed us that we had to take off before the ghosts took over for the evening. Apparently the USS North Carolina is considered “haunted.”
Next stop was the Eastern Skate Supply private skate park. This place was built by Team Pain and had one of the biggest, most well-built, and diverse bowls I’ve ever seen or had the pleasure of skating. This thing was amazing and I wish we had one at home in Tampa. The street course was equally unique, with angled manny pads, a flat gap, a bank to bank-to-wall (that’s not a typo), and everything else to be desired. The BBQ was delicious and the session went well into the night.
We finally got the boot at 10pm and spent the rest of the night at the Ruth’s Chris bar in the Hilton, telling stories of days gone by. What a great day we had…and it wasn’t even the event yet…
- It was team vs. team
- One skater from each team skated at the same time in a three-minute jam
- Then another skater from each team skated at the same time
- The overall scores of the skaters from each respective team were then tallied to determine which team advanced
- Each team starts out in the “Survival” bracket, but if you lost, you went to the “Sunk” bracket
- We ran through all eight teams once
- Half “Survived” and the other half “Sunk”
- We then ran through the “Sunk” teams
- If you “Sunk” again, you were out because it was double-elimination
- Then we went back up to the “Survival” teams and ran them again
- This went on and on until we broke it down to the final two teams, with each team having to lose twice before being canceled
Just after high noon, the first two teams to go at it were Westside and Ambush. John Montessi’s crew set the tone for the rest of the day with their complete domination of all obstacles. I could go on and on and on here, but the best way to explain what teams “Survived” and what teams “Sunk” is for you to check out the spreadsheet that breaks down the entire day.
CHECK OUT THE SPREADSHEET OF ALL TEAMS RIGHT HERE
The final scores were based on points. So even though a team or two in the final listing may have beaten a team that placed higher than them, the only way to make it completely fair was to go by the judges’ scores for each individual skater and average them for an overall team score. I know that’s an earful, but trust us…we did it fairly. Here’s the final placings:
- 8th - $300 – Board City (Cody Nobles, Chase Loggins, & Sal Butorac) – these dudes came from Jacksonville, Florida
- 7th - $300 – Continuum (Leo Simonen, Ty Brown, & Jack R. Cox) – no, we didn’t make up Jack’s name, but he sure had a good sense of humor
- 6th - $300 – Double Wide (Daniel Clements, Josiah Gatlyn, & Cameron Redwine) – Cameron got hurt and they had to sub in a fourth skater
- 5th - $500 – Vertical Urge (Scotty Moore, Connor Champion, & Brett Abramsky) – I honestly thought that these guys were going to be in the top three because Connor has a serious bag of tricks with him
- 4th - $600 – Ambush (Gary Sargent, Travis Glover, & Warren Devarennes) – even though of course I wanted SPoT to take it, I really thought that Ambush had a good shot with the buttery style of Travis and difficult tricks of Warren and Gary
- 3rd - $1,000 – Endless Grind (Jed Shooter, Tom Hyson, & Sam Buxton) – I must say that these guys from Raleigh really came to skate and give it 100%. They lost their final batter with SPoT, but it was the closest one of the day with both teams giving it their all
- 2nd - $1,500 – Skatepark of Tampa (Pat Stiener, Dylan Perry, & Abdias Rivera) – after losing their first battle to Double Wide, I thought that our crew was going to be sitting the rest of the day out. But a come-back was in order, and we beat Double Wide, Ambush, and Endless Grind to battle Westside for the title
- 1st - $3,000 – Westside (Brent Sowinsky, TJ Sparks, & Willy Kane) – there was no denying that Westside dominated the entire day. They didn’t even lose a single battle to any other team. Hats off to John’s crew for destroying, earning every penny, and taking the title like true champs
First and foremost, thanks to all of the teams for pulling together and making the effort to attend. Whether it was airplane or by car, we appreciate everyone coming out and showing support.
Also, our friends at Red Bull (Bob, Lisa, Sarah, Veronica, and I’m sure I’m forgetting someone) sure made it easy to have a good time. They took care of travel expenses, hotels for everyone, and even some food here and there. Let’s not forget to mention handling the logistics of renting the Battleship and fronting the loot for the purse. Thanks guys.
Additionally, thanks to Reggie Barnes and everyone at ESS for letting us skate the private park, the staff of the USS North Carolina for being so easy to work with, and Jona Owings and Allen Russell at Hazard County handling the construction of the ramps in such a professional manner.
This was our final event of the year and it sure was a great ender. Thanks to everyone for all of the support in 2008 and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you somewhere in 2009.