Zumiez Couch Tour 2011: Fallen In Denver

The gnar of Denver exhibited itself in a different way as the Zumiez Best Foot Forward contest and the Fallen team raged through the Zumiez Couch Tour and made historical shredding the way to be.

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As always, the BFF contest just went off! The man to watch was Denver local Julian Christianson, who would seal it all up and throw down huge handrail tricks and big gap-to-flat bangers. Julian with tricks like switch 270 lip and nollie nosegrinds down the handrail made him the crowd favorite. The judges were awed by Julian’s control and smoothness as he stomped a huge switch heel down the big gap. The rankings: 3rd Wyatt Milhollan, 2nd Phil Hansen, and without a doubt Julian came in first with yet another BFF win.

After the contest, the Fallen team took to the course. Fallen, always known for killing huge gaps and rails would not let the Couch Tour crowd down. Although pros Billy Marks and Tommy Sandoval were half way across the country, the rest of the team rolled into Denver to Ride The Sky. Ernie Torres, no stranger to Denver’s ways, came out and ripped with nollie flips and backside overcrooks on the quarterpipe. Zero pro Garrett Hill wowed the crowd and fellow teammates when, after snapping his board on a pop shuvit 50-50, he borrowed a spectator’s set-up and landed it second try. Thanks to helpful BFF-ers and Couch Tourers the demo keeps going. Garrett wrapped it up with an unprecedented 360 flip to 50-50 down the handrail.

No stranger to life on the road and the Couch Tour atmosphere, Jamie Thomas skated the whole demo. Jamie rocked ollie impossibles and 180 nosegrinds as well as a 50-50 to wallride down on the steep bank. It was truly a pleasure for the crowd to see this living legend shred their Littleton home front.

Also on the Fallen roster was DGK pro, Jack Curtin. With one of the best tricks of the day, Jack landed a switch front blunt down the handrail. Rounding out the demo was Tom Karangelov, Tom Asta, and John Fitzgerald. The team ripped and tore all over the street course. The Fallen team went to sign autographs and the bands Anarbor and Forever the Sickest Kids took to the Skullcandy stage to do some ripping of their own.

The sounds of rock and roll from Anarbor could be heard across the parking lots, throughout the mall into town, and echoing off the great Rocky Mountains. They shredded the stage with passion deserving of such an epic landscape. Taking the stage and owning it like they were born there, FTSK did a severe amount of rock and roll justice as well.

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Amongst the mountainous ranges and serene big sky, Denver has a undercurrent of gnarliness. Raging rapids and bitter windy winters stomp through this land of plenty. The gnar of Denver exhibited itself in a different way today as the Zumiez Best Foot Forward contest raged through Zumiez Couch Tour and made historical shredding the way to be.

With rippers from all over the Colorado mountains, this Littleton stop on the Couch Tour would be an awesome sight. Coming out of the gates and killing everything with originality and style was Matt Pennington. Matt, sporting a curled moustache and Hunter S. Thompson shades took to the Zumiez course like a bird in flight, ripping and shredding. Matt did a backside 360 540 flip and a clean laser flip down the big gap. Wyatt Milhollan came out strong as well. He hammered out kickflip back lips down the hand rail and a huge nollie heel down the big gap.

The Zumiez course was on fire when Phil Hansen took to the finals! Phil made everything work in his favor when he effortlessly landed practically every trick he tried, first try. Highlights of Phil’s runs were the double 360 flip off of the quarter pipe and a tre-flip lip on the bump-to-rail. Phil was truly on fire. But it would be Denver local Julian Christianson, who would seal it all up and throw down huge handrail tricks and big gap-to-flat bangers. Tricks like switch 270 lips and nollie nosegrinds down the handrail made Julian the crowd favorite. The judges were awed by Julian’s control and smoothness as he stomped a huge switch heel down the big gap.

The rankings: 3rd Wyatt, 2nd Phil, and without a doubt, Julian came in first and pulls in yet another win.