Tuesday, October 19, 2010

2010 Vans Downtown Showdown

The 6th annual Vans Downtown Showdown was crazy. This year, Foundation, Zero, Black Label and the Pretzel grip aka Beauty & The Beast teams each built a gnarly obstacle at the Paramount studios back lot that is a replica of a New York City block. 8 of the top teams in skateboarding battle it out against each other on each obstacle. At the end of the evening, Girl and Anti-Hero (Pretzel Grip) came out on top and claimed $30,000. Vincent Alvarez completely destroyed all the obstacles he skated and was named top pro and pocketed $7,500. Foundation’s Nick Merlino claimed the top am spot and $7,500 as well.
Overall Team Results: See full results here
1. Girl/Anti Hero (Pretzel Grip)
2. Zero
3. Powell Peralta
4. Element
5. Foundation
6. Blind
7. Black Label
8. Toy Machine
The first obstacle is from Pretzel Grip. The idea behind it is speed. It is a time trial with everyone racing to have the fastest time flying through the course figure 8 style. Stay tuned for the other 3 obstacles from Black Label, Zero and Foundation tonight and tomorrow right here at skateboarding.com.

Pretzel Grip Obstacle Skater Results:
1. Omar Hassan
2. Steven Reeves
3. Nolan Monroe
4. Tony Miorana
5. Tyler Mumma
6. Tony Trujillo
The second and third obstacles in the 2010 Vans Downtown Showdown were the Black Label and Zero Sections. Black Label’s Off The Wagon consisted of a gap with a ledge to a handrail down a double set, and the Zero Blood Bath set up was a huge volcano style ramp with a gnarly ramp to ramp jump, curved rail and a curved quarter pipe. Checkout some of the mayhem that went down on the two obstacles. Stay tuned for the final obstacle, the Foundation F right here on skateboarding.com.
Check out part one of the contest with the Girl/Anti-Hero obstacle.

The fourth and final obstacle of the evening at the 6th annual Vans Downtown Showdown was Foundation skateboards F’ed Up Hubba. There was no shortage of mayhem going down on this thing, boards were shooting out into the crowd, people were slamming, and some amazing tricks went down. Check out the highlights.
Check out part one and part two of the contest here for the highlights from the Girl/Anti-Hero, Black Label and Zero obstacles.

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