BIG CROWDS – BIG TRICKS – BIG FINISH for the 2011 Scion RAT Skate Tour
DALLAS, TEXAS (November 14, 2011)- The final event of the 2011 Scion RAT Skate Tour went down on Saturday, November 12th at the Scion of Lewisville Skate Park in North Texas. It was the sixth stop of the regional amateur series and it featured some of the best riding of the series!
Despite some extremely windy conditions, almost 80 riders from across region showed up to battle it out in street and bowl competitions for their share of over $2500 in cash and prizes.
The action started in the massive bowl. Eleven riders were split into two heats with the top 3 from each heat advancing to a six-man final. Riders got two one-minute solo runs followed by a five-minute jam. Raney Beres from San Antonio dominated heat #1 easily moving on to the final. Dallas native Sean Greene and Pat Donivan who made the trip from Kansas to compete would join him. All three are RAT Tour regulars. Heat #2 standouts were Entropy Team riders Eduardo Ochoa and William Cortez and they would advance along with Taylor Brown.
In the bowl finals, each rider got one more solo run followed by a frenzied five-minute jam. Once again, Beres was the class of the field with a seemingly effortless array of big airs, big grabs, grinds, reverts and hand plants. He backed up his first place finish earlier this year in Cedar Park with another top podium spot in Lewisville. Taylor Brown, who won the season kick-off in Lewisville back in March, parlayed his smooth style, boneless variations and unique lines to lock up 2nd place and Sean Greene pulled out a great run filled with switch moves to claim the third place finish. Pat Donivan, William Cortez and Eduardo Ochoa rounded out the top six. All of the riders who made the finals received cash and prizes from series sponsors.
The street competition started at around 2:00pm. Sixty-seven riders where split into nine five-minute jam sessions, the top two in each heat would advance to the semi-final round. In the semi-finals, 19 of the best skaters in the region were split into three heats for another five-minute jam and the top two from each advanced to the final where the top 6 would all get paid. The riders who advanced included series points leader Taylor Jett, Drake Flores (who was sitting second in series points), D.R.E.A.M. Teamers Carston Boyer and Frankie Heck, RAT regulars Tommy Wilkinson and D'Andre Martin plus Blake Baxter and Mack Dafoe.
The judging crew, made up of local skate hero Kechaud Johnson, Josh Hurley and Aaron Baugh, had their work cut out for them in a STACKED final round! The talent level was insane and nobody held back. It was arguably the most exciting final of the 2011 series, which was a fitting way to wrap up the year. Drake Flores unleashed EVERY trick in the book and used every obstacle on the course locking up his second RAT street win of the season. Highlights of Flores run include a clean backside 270 lip slide on the rail and a huge backside 360 kickflip down the 4 set to end his run.
The second podium spot went to Frankie Heck who impressed the judges with a barrage of hammers including kickflip frontboard, switch frontside healflip down the stairs and backside noseblunt on the rail. Heck has been honing his skills this summer at The Berrics in southern California after he and his crew won the YOUnited Nations nationwide video competition.
The always technical, intense and uber competative Taylor Jett came into the final stop with the overall series points lead. Sticking hardflip back lip, and a slew of nollie flip tricks, including nollie big heel down the stair set, Jett took third place and locked up the RAT Street Championship on Saturday. Fourth place went to Carston Boyer who was super consistent all day and landed tons of tricks including a huge tailslide kickflip out on the A-frame hubba. Blake Baxter and D'Andre Martin rounded out the top six. Their standout tricks were Baxter's back bigspin front board on the rail and Martins full heel down the stair set. Everyone received cash and prizes from series sponsors.
In addition to a full day of epic skating, spectators jammed to Skullcandy DJ PHIL-N- IT, enjoyed free Monster Energy Drinks, tons of great swag from series sponsors and checked out various interactive games and displays. Some top local graffiti artists including Grasp, Motion Groin, Stale and Howdy joined Colin Moen from Six Under to create some killer art decks in the Sector 9 "Inspiration Station".
Special thanks to all of our partners who made the 2011 RAT Skate Tour possible. The final event included series title sponsor Scion and local dealer Scion of Lewisville, Monster Energy Drink, the US Marines, Skullcandy, Spy Optic, Skateboarder Magazine, Sector 9, Element Skateboards, Already Been Chewed, Neff Headwear, Theeve Trucks, Light Bohrd, GFive Threads and Sk8te Skins. Additional support provided by local skate shops including index Skate Supply, Moebius Skate Shop, Vertigo, Shredderz and The Rec Shop.
Congratulations to Houston's Taylor Jett and OKC's Gary Morris for winning the overall RAT Tour Street Championships and Bowl Championship respectively. They both competed often and killed it all season. As the overall Series Champs they will both receive an all expense paid trip to Element YMCA Skate Camp in Northern California, courtesy of Element Skateboards.
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