ASR January 2008 – Lord of the Lines Presented by Matix
Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 by Ryan
Photos and Captions by Rob Meronek
And to add to the excitement, the public is permitted into the San Diego Convention Center to view the entire thing. They don’t let the non-attendees travel the aisles, but they are permitted into the skate area, which certainly adds to the environment and vibe.
We had 19 entrants…the list was invite-only and they were all top dogs. And as I mentioned, these Contests are unique because there are some guys skating that you wouldn’t normally see in any contest, like J.B. Gillet and Bobby Worrest, who ended up in the top three.
We broke them into heats as best as we could, but some guys bailed out and others showed up last minute, so it was tough to keep the heats balanced. Some had three, some four, and others five skaters in them, and they each got to skate eight, 10, and 12-minute jams respectively. The three ledges were skated in a row as a line and the contestants were judged on their best three-trick combo.
It was a tough Qualifier round because we were only taking the top three to the Finals to compete for the $15,000. However, we did have some extra cash to hand out to some deserving rippers, insuring that they didn’t go home empty-handed.
I want to give a shout-out to the following skaters because they didn’t make the cut, but were truly a pleasure to watch:
- Jack Curtin – you don’t see this dude skating too many contests, but his switch fs nosegrinds were on point and he surprised everyone with the switch bs heelflip tailslide fakie. Stevie was there cheering him on
- Benny Fairfax – a recent addition to the professional ranks, Benny skates fast and solid. We tried to get Stereo Co-Captain Jason Lee to rip, but he ignored the request
- Eli Reed – Zoo York’s newest recruit surprised the hell out of us at last summer’s Manny Mania. He couldn’t land the switch pop shove-it to krooks, but we know he’s got it
Torey, Bobby, and Joey skated in a 15-minute jam for the Finals. And then when time was up we gave them three more un-timed shots at landing their lines. Here’s how it ended up:
- 3rd – Joey Brezinski - $2000 – Joey purposely didn’t hang out at ASR prior to the Contest because he wanted to do well…and it paid off nicely. It’s difficult to read the judges’ notes, but I think that Cliché’s finest had a inward heelflip manny, fakie inward heelflip to bs tailslide fakie, and a nose manual nollie heel out in the run that he landed
- 2nd – Bobby Worrest - $3000 – the only thing that would have made Bobby’s line any better would have been Mark Gonzales being there to cheer him on, but we had to settle for the switch bs tailslide, kickflip fs tailslide, and nollie fs nosegrind without the presence of The Gonz
- 1st – Torey Pudwill - $10,000 – that’s quite a chunk of change for skating some ledges on a Saturday afternoon. His winning line was a buttery-long bs tailslide, kickflip bs noseblunt, and nollie krooks, so the judges didn’t even need to look at the other two lines that he landed