In case you haven’t noticed, Bob Burnquist has been destroying every contest he’s entered, and this year’s Triple Crown was no exception. Bob went deep breaking out an amazing one-footed backside Smith across the death gap in his second run and turn in an unbeatable score.
Forgetting about the one-footed backside Smith for a moment: how are you supposed to beat someone who can do fakie 540s, and then on the next wall do a switch kickflip Indy? Answer: You can’t, because Bob is too darn consistent. Then throw in the backside Smith and it becomes beyond impossible.
The only thing that could come close would be a run by style-king Rune Glifberg. Everyone knows Rune takes a bit more time in styling out tricks than just doing them. His 540s are the perfect example! Slow, high, and all inverted, but if he could have done one of the eight-feet-long kickflip backside lipslides that he made so effortlessly in practice, he might have been able to take out Bob. But in the end even a flawlessly styled Rune Glifberg run couldn’t stand up to Bob’s switch and super-tech bag of tricks.
One person who does need to get an honorable mention is Bucky Lasek. I don’t think people have been noticing how Bucky has been taking it to the next level lately, maybe the even the judges have missed it. Anyone who can do a switch rodeo flip, a switch McTwist, and then a switch handplant is amazing in my book. And don’t forget the frontside rodeo melon over the gap! Off the charts!
Oh yeah, I’ve already argued with some people about whether it should be called a rodeo flip or a frontside 540. I think since Bucky gets completely upside down it’s a bit more than fronted 540, and although it sucks that it’s kind of a snowboard term, he deserves the rodeo credit. Or maybe not, who cares? Bucky rips.
1Bob BurnquistSao PauloBRA93.258491.593.25$18,000
2Rune GlifbergCosta MesaCADEN9075.589.7590$10,000
4Andy MacdonaldSan DiegoCAUSA85.758276.2585.75$4,000
6Sandro DiasSao PauloBRA78.58383.2583.25$1,700
10Neal HendrixNewport BeachCAUSA68.7577.7577.2577.75$800
11Omar HassanCosta MesaCAUSA77.56872.2577.5$700
19Cristiano MateusNewport BeachCABRA$200
24Paul ZitzerSan DiegoCAUSA