Does everyone remember the video game on Sega Genesis we all spent countless hours trying to conquer when we were kids? Well thanks to Sonic the Hedgehog we now get the opportunity to see Sonic Generations of Skate, a Vert contest that pays homage to the three generations of Vert skaters that have come through So Cal over the past few decades.
This Saturday on the Venice Beach boardwalk fans will get the opportunity to witness skate legends Steve Caballero and Tony Hawk team up with current Vert destroyers PLG and Sandro Dias along with youngsters Adam Taylor, Elliot Sloan, Pedro Barros and Mitchie Brusco.
Sonic Generations of Skate will feature four teams consisting of one 40-something skater (first generation), one 30-something skater (second generation) and one teen/20-something skater (third generation) competing against other teams with the same mix.
There will be four different competitions where each pro will battle for team points against skaters from their own generation. The contests include individual runs, high air, best trick and team doubles.
Three members of the 900 club will be on hand including the first to ever land the trick Tony Hawk and now the second youngest Mitchie Brusco. The other is Elliot Sloan who recently landed the 900 in South Africa.
It's not everyday three generations of competitors go head-to-head on the same playing field. Imagine if Magic Johnson played with or against Kobe, or Ali fought Tyson, or Montana threw a touchdown to Calvin Johnson! Point being it's not often this kind of stuff happens so if your in the area take the time out to head to Venice to watch Sonic Generations of Skate.
Skateboarding history was made over the weekend when Elliot Sloan landed the first-ever tailgrab 900. He performed the extremely difficult maneuver, which involved spinning a 900-degree rotation while using one hand to reach back and grab the tail of his skateboard, on the mini-megaramp during the Maloof Money Cup in Kimberly, South Africa. Sloan not only won the best-trick competition, he became only the seventh skateboarder ever to land a 900 (check out the reaction of his peers in the video).
Among those Tweeting about the feat were Tony Hawk, who in 1999 became the first skateboarder to land a 900 on a traditional U-shaped vert ramp, and Bob Burnquist, who last summer became the first to land a 900 on a full-scale megaramp. Burnquist on Sloan's feat: "Radicalness at its finest. Congrats Elliot! Power smoothness."
Others to have landed a 900 (minus the tail-grab) are Georgio Zatoni, Sandro Dias, Alex Perelson and Mitchie Brusco (when he was 14). The megaramp and mini-mega-ramp feature roll-ins and a jump leading to a quarterpipe wall. Tricks are performed as skateboarders soar above the quarterpipe wall.
Elliot Sloan landed the first-ever 900 tailgrab on a MiniMega ramp at the Maloof Money Cup in Kimberly, South Africa.
In front of an wildly hyped crowd, who were getting to see the MiniMega Ramp for the first time in person, Sloan joined skateboarding's exclusive 900 club. He attempted the trick unsuccessfully several times during the jam session but finally landed the 900 before the buzzer sounded.
Elliot Sloan First Ever 900 Tailgrab on Mini-Mega Ramp from Skatepark of Tampa on Vimeo.
Elliot joins Tony Hawk, Georgio Zatoni, Sandro Dias, Burnquist, Alex Perelson, and the youngest member Mitchie Brusco.
Elliot came so close at X Games 17 but was unable to land the trick under the bright lights. After X Games Elliot targeted Maloof Money Cup South Africa as the contest he was going to finally land the 900. The trick was enough to earn Elliot the win in the MiniMega best trick contest.
Back in June of 2008 in NYC's Central Park, I was on hand to witness Elliot take his shot at the massive quarterpipe for the first time. Since then Elliot has come along way becoming a force to be reckoned with on the MiniRamp.
A special congratulations goes out to Elliot Sloan.
The inaugural Maloof Money Cup Championships in Kimberely South Africa are upon us with the top skaters from NY and DC Money Cups competing for almost $500k and the Maloof Championship title.
Heading into the event the competition is wide-open with a number of skaters having a legitimate shot at the title and a huge pay day. Like most skates competitions these days there's usually one or two guys you feel strong about winning, but with this years MMC's that's not the case. BUT we're prepared to go out on a limb and make a prediction.
The Maloof All-Star team set to do battle in Kimberely includes D.C. winner Andrew Reynolds and NYC winner Greg Lutzka. Reynolds win in D.C. was sort of a surprise, not because of his talent or for what he means to skateboarding but with the lack of recent competition results. Take away D.C. and Reynolds hasn't won many contests, but did prove he's capable at anytime. Greg Lutzka is a different story, he's made his mark in the past few years on the competition scene, competing in multiple X Games and Dew Tours. If we had to to chose between the two, Lutzka may be more of a lock over Reynolds to win in South Africa.
A skater with a bit of momentum coming into the contest is Ryan Decenzo. He recently won his first Dew Tour stop in Salt Lake City. Decenzo has come close in major contest before but has been unable to land the big tricks when it counted. With the contest format for the MMC being one that rewards big tricks, it's easy to see how Decenzo could walk away with the victory.
Ronnie Creager is trending upwards as one who has a chance heading into the championships. He's a perfect example of a skater with big tricks capable of beating anyone man on man. Remember with the head-to-head format you don't have to be the best skater all day, you just have to be better than the guy your skating against.
With that said, there's a whole crop of talented skaters with enough tricks in their bag to walk away with the title, but like we said we are here to make a prediction and we're sticking to it.
Our pick for the winner of the Maloof Money Cup Championship is Manny Santiago. He has what may be most important in the head-to-head format. He has the ability to skate all day long. Manny goes big and he goes often. Combine his huge tricks with his stamina and you have the recipe for success.
Hopefully we didn't put the Grind curse on Manny as many of our predictions in the past have failed miserably, but we truly believe in this one.
Bonus Prediction: Mitchie Brusco or Elliot Sloan lands a 900 on the MiniMega Ramp...
Here's a video to help get you hyped as the skaters begin to arrive in South Africa.
The Tony Hawk Vert Jam will go on as planned. Earlier this week Quiksilver announced cancelations of events due to damage from a direct hit from Hurricane Irene.
The Jam is free to the public on Friday September 2nd, 2011 at Pier 54 Hudson River Park in New York City. Riders including Kevin Staab, Jesse Fritsch, Neal Hendrix, Mitchie Brusco, Elliot Sloan and Tony himself will take to the ramp.
Check out some footage from Tony and Crew making their way up to NYC from Miami.
Quiksilver presents Birdhouse MIA to NYC @ Fayetteville, NC from Birdhouse on Vimeo.