Rookie of the year

Shane O'Neill turned pro just a few weeks ago. His pro debut came on the heels of a widely talked about and admired video part. In his first contest as a pro, O'Neill was thrown to the lions, having to compete in one of the heaviest heats of Saturday's prelims. With Chris Cole, Paul Rodriguez, Bastien Salabanzi and more, O'Neill battled it out and showed that his new status is well deserved. Though he didn't make the finals, O'Neill's nollie 180 flip (seen here), and his switch kickflip to switch backside lipslide got the biggest applause of the day. (Photo: Allen Ying)