Riders of the Storm: RMR 2013

Eddie Elguera and Mike Rogers

Eddie Elguera and Mike Rogers

Great vibes, an international group of supportive skaters, a well-designed skate park and sassy weather all came together to make one of the most fun skateboarding events I have ever been a part of: The 2013 Rocky Mountain Rampage.

The second annual RMR showed no evidence of the fires that raged across Colorado Springs in the months leading up to the event. Despite the challenges the Sk8 Strong crew faced, the event was bigger and better than last year’s: It expanded to three days in order to include street as well as 14 & under and 15 & over categories in addition to pro men and women’s bowl and vert events.

As we warmed up for the vert contest, it was apparent that the Sk8 Strong team had put a lot of energy into maintaining the integrity of the vert ramp they fought to build: It showed minimal signs of having gone through aggressive Colorado weather.

 

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Amelia Brodka

There was a record-breaking amount of women and girls participating in the vert discipline with a total of 17 skaters scattered across 14 & under, 15 & over and Pro.

Gaby Ponce made a strong comeback in the pro division. This event marked her return from a post-2010 X-Games hiatus from skateboarding. Gaby came back strong and went home with the gold thanks to her powerfully solid style and tricks such as kickflip indys and les twists.

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Allysha Bergado

Close on her tail were skaters such as Allysha Bergado, who had the longest and most solid runs filled with smooth inverts and air variations, Lizzie Armanto with a powerful array of lip tricks and solid airs and Karen Jonz, who demonstrated her technical tricks such as fingerflips and varials in the qualifiers.

The men’s vert contest was won by local legend, Jono Schwan, who had just returned from skating in the X-Games vert contest in LA. He pulled off 720s and multiple 540 variations. Ronnie Gomes’ technical bag of tricks earned him 2nd place and Alex Sorgente and his massive saran wraps took 3rd.

It was an honor watching the masters skate the bowl. Jud from Utah charged the bowl with aggressive style, shouting “YEAH SKATEBOARDING” in between runs filled with tricks such as lengthy lipslide smith grinds. Mike McGill had a huge bag of tricks, beautiful inverts, and impressive speed lines that put him in second place.

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Eddie Elguera

Eddie Elguera really shone in this contest, putting together technical lines such as 5-0 fakies across the shallow to switch blunts on the hip. His consistency and technicality allowed him to win his first contest in decades.

Josh Rodriguez destroyed the bowl contest for the second year in a row. He started his run with a daring “late for the bus,” in which pure faith and skateboarding ability inspired him to run out of the bowl and then run and jump into a huge method bomb drop into the round and into a phenomenal run. Jono was on his tail, huge airs and 540s. Alex Sorgente’s fast style and impressive bag of tricks earned him another 3rd place.

Inclement weather cut off the other finals and the women fought to beat the oncoming storm. As usual, Allysha really stepped up her game in the finals with tricks like judo airs and bonelesses through the corner. Lizzie feebled and smithed her way through corners and threw crailslides, inverts and a variety of airs into her lengthy runs.

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Julz Lynn

The ferocity and charge of the storm really shone through Julz: her fast grinds echoed the thunder and her runs took her well into the rain. Julz showed no sign of backing down as she sped through wet concrete and into first place.

The Rocky Mountain Rampage is an event held together by a pure desire to support the growth of skateboarding. Sk8 Strong makes an incredible effort to expand while making everything as comfortable as possible for the participants. The apparent love of skateboarding that fuels the event inspires a contest composed of considerate skaters who don’t dwell on weather delays, minimize snaking and root for one another until their voices are hoarse. I’m already looking forward to going back next year!

Top 5 results from each division:

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Cory Juneau

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Mike Rogers

Men’s Pro Bowl:

1

Joshua Rodriguez

2

Jonathan Schwan

3

Alex Sorgente

4

Cory Juneau

5

Heimana Reynolds

Women’s Pro Bowl:

1

Julz Lynn

2

Lizzie Armanto

3

Allysha Bergado

4

Amelia Brodka

5

Nicole Hause

15 & Over Men’s Bowl:

1

Clay Kreiner

2

Justin Rivera

3

Austin Creasman

4

Archer Braun

5

Shea Donovan

15& Over Women’s Bowl

1

Nicole Noller

2

Mary D’antoni

3

Alishia Stevens

4

Franziska Stolz

5

Shannon Davis

14 & Under Boy’s Bowl

1

Keegan Palmer

2

Nick Wallace

3

Evan Doherty

4

Reid Watson

5

Tyson Zane

14 & Under Girl’s Bowl

1

Poppy Olsen

2

Spencer Breaux

3

Jordyn Barratt

4

Bryce Ava Wettstein

5

Mikayla Sheppard

 

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Evan

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Jono

Mens Pro Vert

1

Jonathan Schwan

2

Ronaldo Gomes

3

Alex Sorgente

4

Cory Juneau

5

Heimana Reynolds

Women’s Pro Vert:

1

Gaby Ponce

2

Allysha Bergado

3

Lizzie Armanto

4

Julz Lynn

5

Karen Jonz

15 & Over Men’s Vert

1

Clay Kreiner

2

Derek Scott

3

Toby Gummeson

4

Justin Rivera

5

David Palazzese

14 & Under Boy’s Vert

1

Keegan Palmer

2

Evan Doherty

3

Nick Wallace

4

Brennan Campbell

5

Travis Rivera

14 & Under Girl’s Vert

1

Poppy Olsen

2

Spencer Breaux

3

Bryce Ava Wettstein

4

Jordyn Barratt

15 & over Men’s Street

1

TJ Vanauken

2

Jordan Rommel

3

Heimana Reynolds

4

Trevas Kessack

5

Travis Reid

  

15& over women’s street

1 Bia Sondre

2 Alexa Stewart

3 Alishia Stevens

4 Amelia Brodka

5 Lizzie Armanto

14 & Under Boys Street

1

William Lallis

2

Shane Short

3

Xion Lockwood-Pullaro

4

Nick Wallace

5

Dylan Fox

14 & under girls street

1

Madi Thomas

2

Spencer Breaux

3

Poppy Olsen

4

Halle Gonzalez

5

Bryce Ava Wettstein