Ortiz Leads Prelims, Advances to Finals

Skate park prelims saw some familiar faces and some not so familiar faces advancing to the finals on Saturday at the Toyota Challenge. Sort of a stranger to skating in prelims but not at being in the finals, Chaz Ortiz cruised his way to the top spot in skate park prelims with a score of 90.50.

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Jereme Rogers barely made it to the prelims in time and with no practice except for the five minutes before his heat, but he still managed to pull his first six tricks in the jam. His momentum continued and he ended qualifying second with a respectable score of 88.

Ryan Decenzo has made every final so far this year and he continued his run despite breaking his board two thirds of the way into his heat. No biggie as he just borrowed a board and made his next four tricks as the heat ended.

A new face to a Dew Tour final will be Andrew Pott. After a couple of falls at the beginning of his heat, Andrew got on a roll and rolled right into the fourth spot of the prelims. After just missing the cut in Portland by one spot, Carlos De Andrade got it together and put himself cleanly in the finals with the fifth spot.

Not disappointing his hometown fans or his 10-month baby girl, Adam Dyet skated the best he has all year on the tour and did what he does every time the Dew Tour comes to Utah by making the finals with his sixth place in prelims.

Another regular to this year's skate park finals, and just missing the podium at each stop, was Bastien Salabanzi. He pulled all his regular tricks and just a few uncharacteristic falls kept him from qualifying higher than the seventh slot.

Sierra Fellers missed making the finals in Portland but got back on track to make his second finals of the year after qualifying in the eighth spot. Back-to-back bubble boy Fabrizio Santos made the cut once again and will be looking to improve on his tenth-place-finish in Portland. Joining these nine qualifiers in the finals are Greg Lutzka, Ryan Sheckler and Paul Rodriguez the top three points leaders racing for the Dew Cup.

Results

1. Chaz Ortiz, 90.50
2. Jereme Rogers, 88.00
3. Ryan Decenzo, 86.50
4. Andrew Pott, 83.00
5. Carlos de Andrade, 83.00

For complete results from skate park prelims and all this weekend's competitions, click here.

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