The Dew Tour Beach Championships returned to Ocean City, Maryland for the third consecutive year and another dose of action on the sand!
This year's Vert Semi-Final included 20 of the industry's best skaters broken into two heats. As for point accumulation, each skater was allowed three, 30-second runs with their best run accounting for their final score and the top ten skaters advancing to the final.
With two heats of skaters taking to the ramp, the first round seemed like a show itself and after the first run through of all the skaters it was Andy MacDonald, aka Mr. Consistency, with a perfect first and second run giving him the second best score of his heat. However, it was the local legend Bucky Lasek that stole the show from heat one with his first two runs leaving him in last until his third run jumped him up to first – never count Bucky out!
Local legend Bucky Lasek poking an indy nosebone
In the second heat we saw some more serious talent, including that of the high flying Brazilian Sandro Dias. Dias did it big and threw one of the largest and most technical tricks of the night, his very own gnar jar which is a combination of a 540 to body jar. Dias finished the semi-final in third.
Sandro Dias reeling in a kickflip indy
In the end it was the French-Canadian force Pierre-Luc Gagnon, aka PLG, who landed in the top spot allowing him to drop in last in the final. PLG blasted giant 540s and pulled out an arsenal of technical tricks that set him apart from the rest of the field – well deserved PLG!
Tune in to NBC this Saturday from 4-6pm ET to catch the rest of the skate action on the vert ramp!
Be sure to check back shortly for the complete results posted below, a photo gallery posted to the top of this article and video of the first place run!
1st Place – Pierre-Luc Gagnon – 84.75
2nd Place – Bucky Lasek – 84.00
3rd Place – Andy MacDonald – 82.50
4th Place – Sandro Dias – 82.25
5th Place – Ronaldo Gomes – 82.00
6th Place – Paul-Luc Ronchetti – 81.00
7th Place – Jimmy Wilkins – 80.25
8th Place – Sam Becket – 80.00
9th Place – Alex Perelson – 79.75
10th Place – Marcelo Bastos – 77.00