Following Thursday's Skate Vert Semi-Final, the anticipation from the fans in the sand had everyone counting down until they could watch the final unfold as part of the Dew Tour Beach Championships in Ocean City, Maryland!
Bringing back the top ten placing skaters from the semi-final, the format for the final consisted of two heats of five skaters each taking four, 30-second runs. With only their best score counting to their overall placement, the top five placing skaters advanced to the Final Round 2, aka the super final, for another four, 30-second runs for a final attempt to take all.
Coming into the final still hot after taking the top spot in the semi-final, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, aka PLG, was looking solid after his second run where he left off in the lead after throw giant 540s and kckflip mutes. However, the local legend from Baltimore, Maryland Bucky Lasek would be quick to drop in and take over the top spot.
On the final runs of the event the top three were locked in between Bucky, PLG and the pitbull on wheels, Sandro Dias. PLG took a spill on his final run trying a kickflip McTwist, which left him in second. Then Dias dropped in and we stomped a stylish Christ air, his patented gnar jar (540 to body jar) but on his final wall he spun a complete 900 but just barely couldn't hold on.
When asked about his fellow competitors at Dew Tour Bucky said, “Competition was at an all time high, everyone really stepped it up. Sandro almost pulled the carpet out from under my feet when he landed that 900.”
This left the hometown hero Bucky on the deck dropping in for a victory lap. Throughout the event Bucky landed multiple fakie to fakie 540s, frontside heelflip gay twist and even a boneless 540. Congrats Bucky on the win!
Bucky was super stoked to be in front of his hometown crowd saying “It feels so awesome to be back on top! I’ve had a great year, I don’t want it to stop, I don’t want to go to bed tonight!” Then added “Just the fact that I grew up heres as a little kid vacationing” was awesome.
Skate Vert Podium
1st Place - Bucky Lasek – 90.00
2nd Place - Pierre-Luc Gagnon – 87.50
3rd Place - Sandro Dias – 86.00
4th Place - Ronaldo Gomes - 74.75
5th Place - Alex Perelson - 52.50