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Friday, July 29, 2011

Raven Tershy Wins X Games 17 Skateboard Park

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Raven Tershy Wins X Games 17 Skateboard Park

Against all odds, Pedro Barros lost his X-Games 16 gold metal to Am Raven Tershy. Ben Hatchell lands #3; propelling Raven Tershy into superstar status.

That amazing high-profile win could eventually provide enough boost for his Santa Cruz sponsors to declare Raven a pro. Noah Quale, the owner of DAF Skateboards of Santa Cruz, said he doesn't think that was the Santa Cruz skater's goal heading into the event. Raven is an all terrain ripper who destroys anything in his path at top speeds! Street, vert, pools, he can skate it all! His appearances in contests are spares: he landed 4th at the Vans Am Combi Pool Party last January 2011, and last week he took second place at the first stop of the 2011 Dew Tour in Ocean City, Md. And that’s all I have been able to find.

During the qualifiers, some of the best bowl riders ever printed their names for eternity: Raven Tershy, Pedro Barros, Kevin Kowalski and Ben Hatchell. Raven Tershy led the first round of the finals with 79 points, putting him ahead of a three-way tie between Hatchell (Thursday's Skateboard Park Elimination winner), defending champ Pedro Barros and X Games 16 bronze medalist Kowalski, each with 76 points. Omar Hassan also edged his way into the five-man final, bumping Andy Macdonald out of the bubble spot in the final seconds of the first round.

Raven crashed to the bottom of the concrete bowl just after he started his fourth and final round. The fall caused event medical staff to rush to his side and he limped visibly as he climbed out of the park. With victory in hand, Tershy embarked on one final run, only to give the crowd a scare with an ugly crash. "I'd been looking at that gap the whole time," Tershy said. "I just figured I'd try it because the contest was about to end." Tershy's attempt to clear one of the biggest gaps on the transition-based concrete and wood-hybrid course fell just short. Or, as he said, the gap was "just that much further" than he expected.

"If I landed it, I'd have been happy and there probably would have been some more points up on the board," he said, with a bag of ice already on his right ankle. "It hurts, but it's fine. I just didn't go fast enough. Didn't clear the gap that I was trying to clear."

Pedro Barros opened the finals with two runs of 40 and 41, to take what appeared to be a commanding and decisive lead. He was throwing down 540s in every run: stalefish 540s, melon 540s, indy nosebone 540s and powering his way across every inch of the park course, but fell just short of defending his X Games 16 gold. Tershy beat him by just one point, 82-81 in the final score tally.

Ben Hatchell, an accomplished all-around skater on the amateur circuit with recent podium finishes in vert, street, park and pool contests, first entered the X Games in 2007, winning vert am gold. He finished 16th in Skateboard Park at X Games 16, he was the first on the podium at last year’s Coastal Carnage in HB, was 1st at the Last Volcom contest at Bergfest in Munich on July 16th and last week he took second place at the first stop of the 2011 Dew Tour in Ocean City, Md. The X Games Skatepark final was his first podium finish at X Games. Ben Hatchell finished third with 75 points.

Defending bronze medalist Kevin Kowalski and Costa Mesa native Omar Hassan finished with 66 points apiece to round out the finals.

1. Raven Tershy
2. Pedro Barros
3. Ben Hatchell
4. Omar Hassan
5. Kevin Kowalski
6. Andy Macdonald
7. Rune Glifberg
8. Aaron Homoki
9. Andrew Langi
10. Ben Raybourn

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Friday, July 29, 2011 

Anonymous Chris said...

Hey, Bergfest was in Münster, not Munich, cheers, Chris Eggers

August 1, 2011 at 1:26 AM  

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