(BALTIMORE) — Like it or not, Shaun White is here to stay. After finishing 9th and 12th in the past two AST Dew Tours, Birdhouse’s newest pro took 2007’s first stop by storm, placing first in the Panasonic Open by a comfortable three-point margin. And it was all in the presence of vert’s finest: PLG, Jake Brown, current TWS Best Vert skater Bob Burnquist, and even Bucky Lasek (who had home course advantage). There’s still four more stops on the tour, so let’s not get too crazy with the Flying Tomato hype. But you gotta admit, this is one strong opening statement by vert’s newest assassin, Mr. White.
Check out the slideshow to the left for all the vertical antics.
1) Shaun White 2) Bob Burnquist 3) Andy Macdonald 4) Bucky Lasek 5) Pierre-Luc Gagnon 6) Alex Perelson (Look out for this 16-year-old. He’s on the come up!) 7) Jake Brown 8) Jean Postec 9) Buster Halterman 10) Mathias Ringstrom