I said it once and I’ll say it again, Bastien Salabanzi is so damn good that it’s scary! In the new contest age where flawless runs are becoming standard, you gotta break out the goods to be number one, and Bastien ain’t playing around.
Kickflip backside lipslides, kickflip nosegrinds, kickflip frontside boardslides down the ten-stair rail¿and all in same run! The skills are getting upped for sure. But check this out! Because of some technical rules regarding whether or not Bastien was actually qualified to enter the contest, he didn’t get the first prize cash! Weird, huh? So second-place ripper Eric Koston got the eighteen Gs, and of course Koston’s run was flawless and had styles for miles, so he deserved every penny.
Ed Templeton kind of surpassed everyone by skating like a madman all weekend and noseblunt sliding across and down the funbox ledge with ease. Ed was seriously killing it and walked away with 10,000 bucks, which buys a lot of gold Toy Machine medallions. I personally had Colt Cannon picked to take first or second, but Mr. Cannon just couldn’t reel in the killer run, but his nosegrind down the flat-kink-flat-kink ledge was ridiculous!
There’s a video clip of the nosegrind floating around somewhere that you should check out, it almost looks like it’s not even possible. As far as the best-trick contest goes, this time there was little left to debate about who won¿Donny Barley! Donny ollied off the bank across an eight-foot gap onto a four-foot tall ledge to NOSEBLUNT-SLIDE! Insane, definitely one of, if not the, best trick of the contest.
X Box World Skateboarding Championships
Men’s Street Finals
2Eric KostonLos AngelesCA70.588.2588.25$18,000
3Ed TempletonFountain ValleyCA87.583.7587.5$10,000
4Colt CannonLos Atlas HillCA86.257186.25$6,000
5Carlos de AndradeCuritiba83.2563.583.25$4,000
6Chris SennGrass ValleyCA75.7581.581.5$3,000
7Rob DyrdekSan DiegoCA7381.581.5$1,700
8Rodil de Araujo, Jr.Curitiba71.7579.7579.75*
10Chet ThomasHuntington BeachCA78.7569.578.75$1,000
14Pat ChannitaGarden GroveCA63.2569.2569.25$600
16Omar HassanCosta MesaCA$300
17Jeff WilliamsBass Hill
18Dayne BrummetSan DiegoCA$300
23Fabrizio SantosCosta MesaCA
25Oscar JordanSan DiegoCA
27Tony TrujilloSanta RosaCA
28Willy SantosSan DiegoCA
30Ethan FowlerSan DiegoCA
31Brent KronmullerKansas CityMO
32Andy MacdonaldSan DiegoCA
35Daniel HaneyLos AngelesCA
38Brad StabaSan FranciscoCA
42John WilinskiYorba LindaCA