Everyone's of course going to remember Shane O'Niel's switch flip back lip
on the rail at the end of the third section and last jam. What you might not remember is that there are two other sections with obstacles in each that all counted towards your score as you heard on the mic all day. Shane shut down the third section, but his averages in the other two sections brought him just down below the top 12 cut in the Maloof Money Cup 2010 Pro Qualifiers
. Torey Pudwill won $10,000 in Best Trick with a kickflip backside lipslide to backside tailslide on the pyramid ledges.
The Am Contest gets going at 11am tomorrow and the Pro is at 3pm. It will all be live on Fuel TV and on the web at Fuel.tv. Today was one of the most stressful days of my life as I watched the one thing I have always been responsible at every single event we do be placed into the hands of another company of tech nerds. I usually do all the number crunching and results calculations. This time, the scoring was all done on a
system using iPads we had them design to quickly take input from judges and get scores calculated. Dealing with wireless computer networks, overheating iPads, making sure the judges knew how to use the app, and overall coordination had me in chicken with head cut off mode. I couldn't even get calm enough to shoot photos until the contest was nearly over.
I'm back to normal now and can finally have my first New York City beer. See you online, on TV, or in person tomorrow for an amazing Finals.
Make sure you check this switch flip back lip. The crowd exploded and was louder than I've ever, ever heard a skate crowd get. Thank you, Shane, for bringing the damn house down.