At the Red Bull Roller Coaster in Munich's Olympic Park, national and international starters skated a 300-metre-long course over an altitude of 12 metres and encountered all kinds of obstacles on the way. From picnic table to watergap everything was there. Whoever planned to party with the prizemoney had to be a gnarly allrounder.
Oli Buergin, who together with Andreas Schützenberger took care of the construction of the giant ramp, welcomed the whole contest crowd in the capital of Bavaria on Wednesday. Of course in proper style with Brotzeit.
On Thursday it all started with the national qualification. 16 German riders had been invited to get two tickets for the semifinals. In the end it were Tyler Edtmayer and Jan Hoffmann who took the lead. Jan, however, gave up the finals and since third-placed Alex Ullmann had injured himself when he was badly thrown off the water gap, fourth-placed Lenni Janssen was given the chance.
Since Thursday was June 21st, after the session we went on to a nearby skatepark to celebrate the Go-Skateboarding-Day. There were legends like Pat Duffy, who came to Munich as a judge, or the current SOTY Jamie Foy.
Already on Friday the competition started with the qualification to find the ten finalists consisting of the nine best riders plus the best rider of the three invited ladies (Nora Vasconcellos, Candy Jacobs and Fabiana Delfino). There was also a best-trick contest at the watergap, where the whole crowd jumped over the mini-megaramp for 45 minutes, as if it was an air show.
On Saturday you finally had to go all in, cause each of the ten riders only had two runs. Three bails and you were out and actually a stay-on run was highly recommended, if it should work with the podium. The only one who succeeded with a lot of style for a long time was Curren Caples. But just like the World Cup game that followed the final, the decision was made at the last second. First Danny Leon fired a banger run and finally Jake Ilardi completely destroyed the ramp. Cab heelflip indy grab in the giant wall and bigspin frontboard simply combined in a row earned him 99 points and first place.
1. Jake Ilardi
2. Danny Leon
3. Curren Caples
4. Alex Sorgente
5. Zion Wright
6. Kevin Baekkel
7. Vincent Milou
8. Pedro Barros
9. Jamie Foy
10. Adriana Delfino