Photos by Ryan Clements and Courtesy of West 49
Words and Captions by Ryan Clements
While Rob, Brian, and Jorge were in Hollywood, I flew up to Niagara Falls to help out West 49 with Take the Cake. With pretty much the best
backdrop of any contest ever, the Falls were the precursor for the rain that lingered all day on Saturday. The entire Am ran on Friday, so
at least we got to see some amazing skating:
1st – $750 & a spot in the Pro – Jon Consentino
2nd – $500 – Micky Pappa
3rd – $250 – Cameo Wilson
4th – Kyle Cheesequay
5th – Colin Findlater
So then on Saturday the rain came in during the early afternoon. We thought that there was going to be a short break, but that never
happened. It was gloomy with steady showers basically all day. But every invited pro was a true team player and decided to play a Game of
SKATE under a small tent for the few hundred people that stuck it out.
Thanks to West 49 and Eventsing for bringing us on board to help out. Judges Bob Reynolds, Mike Pragnell, and Ariel Stagni stuck it out in
the rain and cold, and co-announcer Chris Pastras was entertaining as usual. Despite the lack of nice weather and considering the view of
the Falls and overall good vibes, the event turned out to be as much of a success as possible under the conditions. Hopefully we’ll be back
again next year.
We arrived late on Thursday night and Dune actually got over the border with just a CA Driver’s License. I have no idea how he pulled that one off.
Chris (Dune) Pastras
It was cold, so our friends at West 49 gave us some loosely fitted, Canadian-gangsta-ass gear.
This is something you might see in GaYbor.
The view from the roll-in was amazing.
This big three is no joke. Chaz catches a kickflip.
And of course Chaz can kickflip into front feebles pretty much every try.
When you have a first name as cool as Chima, why bother using your last one? Nollie bs flip.
P-Rod got his kickflip on during practice.
Even though he wasn’t in the Contest, Matt Milla couldn’t resist a nollie over the rail.
The fakie ollie backside lipslide is always a good one. Paul Trep demonstrates.
Cameo Wilson was giving 110% and trying to win that top spot so he could skate against the pros.
Matt Berger won Damn Am Canada and Best Trick and then Am Getting Paid and Best Trick the following weekend. If he didn’t get hurt, he might have won the Am Division of Take the Cake, too.
Jon Cosetino getting his practice on with a switch frontside bigspin.
This is one of the biggest hardflips I’ve ever seen. Jon Cosentino has proper technique.
These kids were so psyched on Corey Duffel, and they should be because Corey’s dinner got cold when he was hanging with them.
Who do you think eats more candy, The Duffman or Bob Reynolds?
Bob insisted on taking this photo of me. I have no idea why.
The view from the restaurant at the top of the hotel was amazing. You can see the rain clouds building.
Like I said, most amazing backdrop for a contest ever.
It got colder as the day went on and by about 1pm it was lightly drizzling.
They had these homemade torches to dry the painted Masonite.
The crowd still had hopes that the rain would let up.
Superstar Game of SKATE with Sierra Fellers, Tom Asta, Brandon Westgate, Paul Trep, and P-Rod throwing the shakka.
T-Puds really wanted to smash this cake…I could sense it.
The next morning we rode the Maid of the Mist boat ride right into the Falls.
Bye-bye Niagara. See you next time. This was right before we crossed the border and drove to the Buffalo airport.
Buffalo? As in Buffalo chicken wings? Hell yeah! These were some of the best wings of all time.
Chris (Dune) Pastras