April 30, 2012
American Tom Schaar Lands First 1080 in Competition While at KIA X Games Asia
Takeshi Yasutoko Earns Four-peat in Aggressive In-Line Vert
Consistently one of the most exciting and popular events at KIA X Games Asia, the Skateboard mini-Mega Ramp competition did’nt disappoint. In a field so deep even two-time defending gold medalist Pierre-Luc Gagnon did not qualify for the final, it was 12-year old Tom Schaar who proved himself king of the mini-Mega Ramp.
After landing the first 1080 on a MegaRamp in practice only weeks before heading to China, all eyes were on Schaar throughout the competition. On his second to last run, Schaar exceeded everyone’s expectations and left the rest of the competition to battle for silver after the backside 1080 scored him a 94.00, making him the youngest X Games Asia champion in history.
"I tried the 1080 one time before the contest and then three or four times during the contest and was stoked to get it,” an exhilarated Schaar said. “I’m just excited to be here and be skating with all of these pros that I’ve looked up to. It’s the best feeling!”
Skateboard MegaRamp pioneer Bob Burnquist added, “He’s very advanced for his age. In his head he’s very cool and that usually comes with time, but he’s had that right away. He’s going to go a long way and we’re going to have to deal with Tom for a long while.”
Bob Burnquist’s best run earned him a silver medal with a score of 84.00 and fellow Brazilian Ronaldo Gomes rounded out the podium with a score of 83.00
Aggressive In-line Vert Finals
Continuing his dominance of the Aggressive In-Line Vert competition, Takeshi Yasutoko led the Japanese podium sweep to win his fourth consecutive KIA X Games Asia gold medal. After securing two solid runs, giving himself a comfortable lead over the other riders, Takeshi and brother Eito dropped in together to give fans a taste of their Vert Doubles riding skills.
“I’m so glad to be here again and to be wining!” said Takeshi. “With my brother here this time and all the other good skaters who skate doubles it made it harder to win.“This is the most important event.”
Brother Eito added, “We performed a great show. My brother and I are a team and today we showed the people everything we can do, even doubles so it was good. I am so happy and the contest was very exciting.”
In a competitive final, Takeshi battled with his brother for the top spot throughout the competition, finishing on top with a score of 91.00. Eito settled for silver with an 87.00, while last year’s bronze medalist Yusuke Aihara defended his bronze with a score of 81.00.
BMX Street Finals
In his first KIA X Games Asia appearance, Chad Kerley took home a surprise gold in the BMX Street Finals. Qualifying second, Kerley stepped it up in the final, leading throughout the entire jam. His creativity and style coupled with various manual tricks and the best combos of the competition led him to gold with a score of 86.00.
“I had a good song playing, so I just went for it. My adrenaline was going and I’m with my friends, so I wasn’t too stressed,” said Kerley about his performance. “Just knowing that I’m in China I feel grateful,so I wanted to make the best of it and I had a lot of fun.”
Last year’s gold medalist Jeremiah Smith finished with a silver medal with a score of 76.00 and German rider Bruno Hoffman took home his first KIA X Games Asia medal with a 73.00.
Catch the Skateboard Street, BMX mini-Mega and Skateboard Vert competition at KIA X Games Asia LIVE and exclusive on ESPN3 from 1:00 a.m. ET to 3:00 a.m. ET on May 1.
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Dew Tour Bowl Update
The open qualifiers went down today and there was some amazing skating that happened. I have to say that I was impressed with the diversity of skating styles and the range of approaches to this bowl. In many ways the judges had a tough job just sorting through this variety. How do you compare the smooth flowing riffs of Tyler Mumma to the youthful back and forth of Steve Pineiro? There’s a lot to admire about both, so hats off to the judges for trying to rank all the skaters who shredded the bowl today at the Dew Tour.
Sandro Dias- utilized every corner – lien transfer
Stevie Caballero- frontside invert through the corner… GULP!
Dalton Dern-qualified 2nd – 540
Josh Mattson- pop shuv it tail grab
Tom Schaar- this 11 year old powerhouse pulled a 720
Having nothing to do with the results, the standouts in my mind were Sandro Dias — who adopted his high – powered big air style to the hips and curves of the bowl very well, Steve Caballero with his classic smooth flow and patented bag of tricks, Josh Mattson with alley – oop front blunts, mini -grom Tom Schaar who did a 720, and Tyler Mumma who did some of the most stylish lines and grinds of all. In the end the results of the open qualifier looked like this:
1 Dias Sandro
2 Dern Dalton
3 Mattson Josh
4 Schaar Tom
5 O’friel Michael
6 Sorgente Alex
7 Caballero Steve
8 Kimbel Willis
9 Blair Charlie
10 Pineiro Steven
11 Mocquin Guillaume
12 Beckett Sam
13 Taylor Adam
14 Horrwarth Juergen
15 Lorifice Rob
16 Mumma Tyler
17 Benoliel Julien
18 Stafford Josh
19 Boulanger Joey
20 Jones Rodney
21 Wisniewski Paul
22 Fancher Packy
23 Merlino Mason
24 Harris Corbin
25 Furlong Anthony
Looking forward to more Dew Tour ripping this weekend– Chris Miller
The question of whether we could successfully build a temporary, moveable cement bowl on the beach was answered today. The Dew Tour Pantech Open bowl in Ocean City, Maryland was completed in time for practice and qualifiers to not only go down but go off. The first of it’s kind, since the bowl can be used again, the overall conclusion is that the bowl is rad; designed and built well, smooth flowing and fun. The bowl, designed by Chris Miller, consists of a shallow end that allows for a huge variety of options with pockets, flat wall, corners, and hips. The shallow flows into the deep which is essentially a square bowl that can be attacked by way of high speed corner carves, halfpipe style back and forth lines or any combination you want. It is not too tight and not too mellow. If you like 15 foot deep Oregon bowls, it might be too mellow but you get the idea, it’s fun.
Adam Taylor- good to see him back … ripping!
Willis Kimbel- son of legend Curt Kimbel
Despite the hot temperatures, a varied group of skateboarders came out to practice. You had veterans like Bucky Lasek, Omar Hassan and Rune Glifberg ripping along side younger guys like Tom Remillard, Ben Raybourn and Ben Hatchell. Being freshly built, the cement was a bit grippy but everyone got used to it and proceeded to find their lines. Watching the variety of styles out there today was a blast. From the flowing lines of Tyler Mumma to Alex Perelson blasting airs to Ben Raybourn’s trickery, hell everyone was ripping. Those that showed up early got some alone time in the bowl. But with such a big group of guys throwing down, the practice sessions eventually got hectic with the usual two to four guys in the bowl at a time. A few collisions happened at the height of the session but no serious injuries.
Michael O’ Friel- madonna over the hip
As practice ended and qualifiers started, things got way more mellow. There were 6 heats with 4-5 skaters in each heat. Each heat had their own practice session limited to the guys in the heat so they could dial in their runs without the criss – cross crash factor. There were fifteen minute jams & the guys skated in order. This was the format and it seemed to work out. Of the 28 guys that competed today, 13 got to move on to meet 22 pre -qualified skaters tomorrow. Some of the pre- qualified skaters include Bucky Lasek, Rune Glifberg, Pedro Barros , Alex Perelson and more. Today was great and tomorrow will be better as everyone finds more lines and the pre -qualified guys go to work on the bowl, stay tuned. – George Crosland
Thank you to Chris Miller & George Crosland for the updates. Thank you to Chris Ortiz for the images. Skate- Ozzie
Click link for Dew finals article- www.concretedisciples.com/feature-skateboarding-articles/item/4342-pedro-goes-bowling-on-the-beach.html