BaySixty6 skatepark saw an international drubbing courtesy of skateboard maniacs from across the globe on Saturday 14th June.
With entrants from all over the UK and Europe, plus a good showing from Mexico, Chile and even further afield, the entire skatepark saw its behind well and truly kicked in true Summer comp fashion.
It was great to see a few newer UK faces in the mix too, along with contest veterans like Ross McGouran and Kyron Davis, with Huddersfield’s 16-year-old nutter Robert ‘Rooney’ Woodward making it into the finals and eventually, into the money with a 10th place finish, despite a broken toe and the prospect of a 6-day week of work ahead of him.
London’s Kyron Davis came in 9th with an array of his usual casual bangers, and of particular note, the amazing low to high indy-grabbed nosegrind that he grappled to floor as the whistle went.
Following Kyron up in 8th and 7th respectively were Mexico’s Carlos Padilla who flew around like a man possessed, and the half English-half-French George Poole who came in like a champ-in-waiting with a first try flip backlip down the A-frame rail in the finals.
4th, 5th and 6th saw a battle between London locals Daryl Dominguez, Ross McGouran and Casper ‘the clasper’ Brooker who all attacked their final runs in full no-shits-given fashion with Casper ultimately taking 4th (much to his surprise) and Ross and Daryl in 5th and 6th respectively.
As for the top 3, there were only a few points between them and after crushing it in the Finals, Tim Zom, Fernando Bramsmark and Tom Knox advanced into the Super-Finals to battle it out for the ticket to the Berlin London Am Open finals in July.
Tim Zom did as Tim Zom does – full speed, full throttle, no holding back. Finding new lines where nobody else had seen them and attacking the treacherous back wall like it was a 2ft quarterpipe: a well-deserved 3rd place was his reward.
Close behind the Zombie was Sweden’s finest Fernando Bramsmark who mixed up ATV mastery with huge stalefish to tails on the biggest tranny in Bay, (along with a constant smile on his face), putting himself into an indisputable 2nd place.
And, as for the winner Tom Knox, well – God damn! Not content with qualifying in first place on the Friday and then putting together an uninterrupted 24 trick line in the Finals, young Mr. Knox turned it on again and finished the Super Finals off by almost literally filming a video part on the course. Speed, style, consistency and a barrage of switch insanity linked together made it a dead cert that this London local took first place and the Berlin Am Open tickets in his extremely sweaty (by the end) palms.
All praise to all at BaySixty6, all at Nike SB and everyone who grafted hard behind the scenes.
The video clip will be dropping on the Sidewalk site soon so keep your eyes peeled, but for now – have a gander at Maksim Kalanep’s gallery from Finals day.