Both were also crowned the first ever ISF Skateboarding World Champions of their respective disciplines
With a score of 91.03, Sheckler beat out an all-star list of skaters in the park finals including first-time Dew Tour competitors Ryan Decenzo (second place) and Dennis Busenitz as well as Dew Tour podium regulars Chaz Ortiz, Paul Rodriguez and Greg Lutzka. Sheckler’s first-place finish included back-to-back frontside lips, boardslides and 5-0’s.
“It’s crazy that I’m the World Champion,” said Sheckler. “These guys out here are absolutely amazing and it could have been anyone’s day. Today was my day, and I’m excited to see what happens on the rest of the Dew Tour stops.”
Decenzo went through four rounds of International Qualifiers in his professional debut and came out with a second-place finish, pulling tricks like a nollie heel to flat and a switch 180 to Smith down the rail. Chris Cole wowed the crowd with a front blunt to fakie down the rail and a 360 lip down the rail to round out the podium with a score of 87.93.
“What a great way to start the Dew Tour here in Boston,” said Cole. “Being from Philly, it’s always great to skate on the East Coast.”
Lasek took home the world title at the skateboard vert finals, with a run that included a heelflip stalefish and a nollie heel stale, earning him a score of 92.50. Lasek’s last first-place podium finish on the Dew Tour was at the first stop of the 2008 season.
“The first Dew Tour stop this season kind of crept up on me but I had a lot of fun out there,” said Lasek. “I usually ride on a bowl so I wasn’t used to wall-to-wall, but it was great and feels good to be the world champion.”
Pierre-Luc Gagnon pulled out a 720 and a fakie 540 to earn his second-place finish with a score of 90.75. A hometown crowd cheered on Andy Macdonald’s runs, which included a backside 540 and a gay twist to earn him the third-place spot.
The two-day Skateboarding single-sport competition is the second of five events on the Dew Tour, and 40,328 fans enjoyed the Dew Tour experience in Boston’s TD Garden. The Dew Tour will continue on to Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City and Orlando featuring skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross.
Dew Tour Skate Open, ISF Skateboarding World Championships
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Skateboard Park Finals
1. Ryan Sheckler, San Clemente, Calif., 91.03. 2. Ryan Decenzo, Canada., 89.50. 3. Chris Cole, Philadelphia, Pa., 87.93. 4. Chaz Ortiz, Chicago, Ill., 86.70. 5. Paul Rodriguez, Tarzana, Calif., 85.98. 6. Greg Lutzka, Milwaukee, Wis., 80.75. 7. Rodolfo Ramos, Brazil, 81.30. 8. Carlos De Andrade, Brazil, 79.50. 9. Dave Bachinsky,
Skateboard Vert Finals
1. Bucky Lasek, Baltimore, Md., 92.50. 2. Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Canada, 90.75. 3. Andy Macdonald, Boston, Mass. & EB TEAM, 87.75. 4. Sandro Dias, Brazil, 86.75. 5. Bob Burnquist, Brazil, 82.50. 6. Renton Millar, Australia, 81.75. 7. Adam Taylor, Cocoa Beach, Fla., 81.50. 8. Rob Lorifice, Carlsbad, Calif., 81.50. 9. Anthony Furlong, Tampa, Fla., 76.75. 10. Alex Perelson, San Diego, Calif., 60.00.