After a crazy string of weather in Ocean City on Wednesday forced the delay of the Free Flow Tour’s first-ever championship in skateboard bowl until Thursday morning, the finalists finally got their chance to drop into the Dew Tour’s portable concrete pool and show the world why the future of bowl skating is looking so bright.
The Free Flow Tour officially added bowl as a discipline this year, lining up 4 qualifying stops, including one held just a few days prior at Ocean City’s local skatepark. Over the season, it became more and more evident that much like their counterparts on the vert ramp, a youth movement is in full effect right now. All you had to do was glance at the roster of athletes competing – 10 guys, 8 under the age of 16!
When all was said and done, it was 13-year-old Heimana Reynolds atop the podium. The youngster stood head and shoulder above the rest of the field, as the judges rewarded his strong performance in the 10 minute jam session with high marks.
The Honolulu, Hawaii native was thrilled to win the contest, but had a limited time to savor the victory before the Dew Tour’s skate bowl semifinals. As Free Flow Tour champion, Reynolds got a crack at skating against the pros, but unlike past years, the gratification was instant. There was no month-long wait to let things sink in, hit Woodward, learn a few new tricks, and everything else we’ve seen in past years. Instead, Reynolds found himself back in the bowl a few hours later, competing against the likes of Pedro Barros, Bucky Lasek, and even other young guns like Tom Schaar.
As for the rest of the Free Flow Tour podium, Nick Wallace (13) and Collin Graham (15) edged out Cory Juneau (12) for the other two spots, but all three riders were separated by less than a point in the final standings.
The contest certainly had some light moments, most notably from 9-year-old Evan Doherty. The kid they call “Big E” decided to use one of his runs to put on a mctwist clinic. Evan just skated back and forth, going for mctwist after mctwist, ultimately landing 5 in a row, much to the delight of everyone in attendance. He also provided a possible preview of what he might have in next year’s arsenal, following that show up with a 720 attempt. Like a lot of younger skaters, the speed should come with age, and when that happens, you may want to keep an eye on him.
While the book on skateboard bowl may now be closed for the season for the Free Flow Tour, you can still check out the Dew Tour’s pro finals Sunday from 2:45-4pm ET on NBC.
1. Heimana Reynolds, 84.67
2. Nick Wallace, 76.67
3. Collin Graham, 76.33
4. Cory Juneau, 76.00
5. Ronnie O’Neal, 72.67
6. Brennan Campbell, 72.33
7. Jake Wooten, 71.00
8. Titus Massinello, 67.67
9. Brady Harvey, 63.33
10. Evan Doherty, 62.00