Paul Rodriguez

(Switch backside tailslide) Paul Rodriguez has made it to the podium at Tampa pro three times before but the top prize has always eluded him ... until now. With obvious focus and real determination, Rodriguez attacked the course in Tampa this year. His barrage of tech, including nearly half of his tricks performed switchstance, seemed to improve with every run. Though Torey Pudwill, Luan Oliveira, Chaz Ortiz and Greg Lutzka all looked like serious threats, none linked it together to the end like X Games champion, Maloof Money Cup champion and now Tampa Pro champion Rodriguez. (Tadashi)