From the X Games in Los Angeles, California to the Maryhill Festival of Speed Downhill Longboarding event in Goldendale, Washington, to the ramps of the Free Flow Tour in Tampa Bay, Florida, Triple 8 athletes stood on podiums in each competition this past weekend. In case you don’t own a private jet and weren’t able to make all three events happening simultaneously, here’s a rundown of what happened:
In LA, Mitchie Brusco was busy making “Big Air” history by landing the first ever 900 in an X Games competition. After sneaking in to the finals, he vowed redemption. And he delivered. The 15 year old phenom earned a silver medal in Big Air with 93.00 point run on the Mega Ramp slightly behind Bob Burnquist’s amazing effort. Mitchie’s podium run included a huge 720 over the 70ft kicker gap, followed by a clean 900 on the quarter. Congrats Mitchie, you killed it! In what was highly debated post competition, Elliot Sloan threw down an insane double kickflip 360 to mute over the gap into 540 tail grab on the quarter. Despite this incredible run he was somehow mysteriously left just short of qualifying for the extremely competitive final heat. Also not too far behind were young guns Jagger Eaton and Trey Wood, each at 11 years old were the youngest competitors at the X Games. With the kind of experience they gained this year, there’s no doubt that they’ll be forces to be reckoned with in X Games to come.
Mean while in the Pacific Northwest the IGSA returned to the famous Maryhill Loops Road at the Maryhill Festival of Speed. The field of almost 100 riders was whittled down to the final heat of Zak Maytum, Alex Tongue, Kevin Reimer, Douglas Silva, Billy Meiners, and our very own Patrick Switzer. P-Swiss, who skipped this event last year, narrowly beat out the pack to take it all in a victory determined by only a couple feet in front of 2010 Maryhill Champ Zac Maytum and young gun Alex Tongue. This finish puts the defending IGSA world champ back at the top of the IGSA world rankings as he looks forward to the next IGSA stop out in the Czech Republic. Amanda Powell who also competed, posted up a top 10 finish on the women’s side in her first ever IGSA competition.
Evan Doherty found himself on top of the podium at the Free Flow Tour in Tampa Bay, Fl, while Austin Gordon also worked his way to an impressive 4th place finish. Evan is now qualified for the Free Flow championship where should he win, he’ll be qualified to compete against the pro’s at the Final Dew Tour stop.
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