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Monday, October 17, 2011

Pierre-Luc Gagnon Wins Dew Tour Vert Final in Las Vegas!

 If you were not in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 16, 2011, for the Vert Finals of the Dew Tour Championship, don’t worry, we have sinned for you and all nailed down here at And let me tell yopu it was all of a Canadian dominance. It all happened at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Paradise Road and the excitement was at its apex. When Sunday's Vert Finals started, people were still reeling from the excitement of Friday's Street Finals where Canadian Pro Ryan Decenzo reigned. Decenzo came into the Dew Tour Championships ranked first overall and a win in Vegas guaranteed him the Dew Cup. His nollie backside heelflip down the stairs was just one in a list of solid tricks that earned him the win and the Dew Cup. He finished with a score of 90.28."The first time I ever competed on the Dew Tour it was obviously a dream and a goal to make it to this point, and I did, so I'm super proud of myself," Ryan said. The weekend started on a high note and ultimately ended the same way. Here's a quick look at the results:

Halfway through the finals the point spread that separated the 10 remaining contenders was negligible. Pierre-Luc Gagnon (PLG) was in the lead (88.75) with Shaun White (87.25), Bucky Lasek (87), Andy MacDonald (86) and Pedro Barros (85.35) at this back. The stakes were unbelievable high and so was the tension. In the last minutes of their final runs they threw everything they had onto the betting table with a, "Go big or go home" attitude.

Vert Final results
The Final Dew Tour of the season saw Pierre Luc Gagnon held off Shaun White and Bucky Lasek to claim a piece of vertical victory out at the Hard Rock’s pool and another Dew Cup. Even if Shaun White rolled the dice with his take on a fakie-to-fakie 540, a 720, a body varial frontside rodeo and an armadillo at the end, that was not enough and he missed the fisrt place. Bucky Lasek, on the other hand, tied his fate to a nollie kickflip stalefish 360 but that unfortunately fell flat. And then there was Canadian Pierre-Luc Gagnon. He went into the Dew Championship following a series of three consecutive wins, one in the United States and two aboard. His winning hand was a royal flush of sorts and consisted of a 720, a kick flip 540 and multiple 360 variations. In the end Pierre-Luc Gagnon took home top honors with a final score of 92. Shaun White rolled in at 2nd place with a score of 91.50 and Bucky Lasek finished 3rd with an 88.50. Pedro Barros (84.50) and Andy MacDonald (83.50) rounded out the Vert Final's top five. Pierre-Luc Gagnon's Canadian cohort, 26 year old Jordan Hoffart, walked away with Best Trick. You can watch the video highlights of the event on isTia.Tv.

Final Results
1. Pierre Luc Gagnon
2. Shaun White
3. Bucky Lasek
4. Pedro Barros
5. Andy Macdonald
6. Adam Taylor
7. Ronaldo Gomes
8. Jonathan Schwan
9. Alex Perelson
10. Sandro Dias

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Monday, October 17, 2011 


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