|Sunday June 18, 2000
We pulled it off. The weather held long enough to get in 2 runs of vert which we used as the finals. The skating was really close resulting in a 3 way tie for 1st place. The tie was broken by going to the second runs and even then there was a tie which had to be broken by using all the best run scores instead of dropping the high and low scores. Coming out on top was Andy Macdonald just edging out Pierre Luc Gagnon who took second. Third went to Max Dufour with a great first run. Danny Way grabbed the X Games spot for Vert sending him to San Francisco for both Street and Vert.
Before the rain came we headed over to the street course and finished off the weekend with Street finals. Kerry Getz qualified in first place and held onto it in the finals with an amazing first run. Jesse Paez and Chad Fernandez fought it out for 2nd and 3rd with some great technical skating. Kerry's 1st place earned him the well deserved X Games spot.
Something else that was pretty funny this weekend was that I was mistaken by a ton of kids as being Bob Burnquist (who wasn't here) because of my orange lens sunglasses, I guess (you decide). All day long kids were screaming at me asking for autographs, one girl actually told me she loved me. I may have looked like Bob but they would have figured it out pretty quick if they saw me try to skate.
Check out the winning runs and the Weekend Recap in Quicktime Video below.
Oh yeah, and Danny "The Ladies Man" DeLage still owes us all $5(US)!
Saturday June 17, 2000
We got rained out today.
So, the skaters hung out, played some dice, wrestled, ate and hung out some more. In between all that and the rain drops, the skaters managed to squeeze in some vert practice.
Tomorrow we'll try again. Weather predictions aren't promising but we'll wait and see.
|Tomorrow's (tentative) schedule is:
11:30 - 12:00 Street Practice
12:00 - 1:00 Street Finals
10:30 - 1:30 Vert Practice
1:30 - 3:30 Vert Prelims
4:00 - 5:30 Vert Finals
Friday June 16, 2000
Street Prelims concluded today and Kerry Getz stomped his first run to qualify 1st. Kyle Berard stepped up and took the second spot with a super clean first run and Dan Pageau put it together for third.
Many of the skaters commented on how much they liked the course setup this weekend. A few guys were using the "Death Rail", spanning a giant gap way off the ground.
Vert practice was going off tonight as well. Kyle Berard was even out there showing his all around talents. Sundays Vert contest should be pretty crazy.
This is the last US contest to get an X Games spot so competition is pretty fierce. 6 of the 10 street qualifiers are fighting for the spot and it looks like a lot of the vert guys also need one.
Check back tomorrow for final results.