Hailing from 22 different countries, an international lineup of 64 skaters dropped in for the Men's Park Open Qualifier during day one of competitions at Dew Tour Long Beach 2019. Athletes traveled from around the world for a chance to earn valuable Olympic qualifying points, but only the top 14 individuals were allowed to advance.
It was a display of controlled chaos as three skaters at a time took to the bowl for three-minute jam sessions to win the judges over based on overall impression.
Familiar faces from near a far, such as Trey Wood from Arizona and Rune Glifberg from Denmark mixed in with international unknowns of ages as low as 10. There were familiar faces from other sports participating, like Ayumu Hirano, the Japanese snowboard superstar.
"I think it is great for skateboarding to showcase this international interest in skateboarding," said Rune Glifberg directly following his heat. Glifberg also commented on the 'Olympic' atmosphere of the event saying, "It makes [Dew Tour] a priority event. I'm competitive by nature, so any contest I am in want to do my best."
By the end of the Open Qualifier most of the most familiar names were advancing on, including all of those named above. However, a few familiar names were surprisingly not moving on, Clay Kreiner, Josh Rodriguez, Mitchie Brusco and Team USA member Zion Wright.
Tune in Friday at 6pm PT to catch the Men's Park Quarter Final on DewTour.com/LIVE.
Men's Park Open Qualifier Results
1.) Ivan Federico, ITA 82.33
2.) Kieran Woolley, AUS 79.76
3.) Edouard Damestoy, FRA 78.46
4.) Trey Wood, USA 78.00
5.) Alessandro Mazzara, ITA 73.22
6.) Rune Glifberg, DEN 71.00
7.) Karl Berglind, SWE 70.33
8.) Collin Graham, USA 68.00
9.) Adam Hopkins, CAN 66.00
10.) Jedd McKenzie, AUS 65.00
11.) Ayumu Hirano, JPN 63.86
12.) Vinicius Goetzke Barbosa, BRA 62.60
13.) Hugo Boserup, DEN 60.43
14.) Jack Fardell, AUS 60.00