Ryan Decenzo won his first Dew Tour victory Sunday at the Toyota Challenge in Salt Lake City. In the super final heat of skate street, he landed a nollie heelflip boardslide on the big rail, a nollie flip on the stair set and a nollie heelflip frontside boardslide on the bump to bump to earn a score of 87.18. Greg Lutzka came in second with a score of 84.93 and Paul Rodriguez rounded out the podium with an 82.15.
"This feels great," said Decenzo. "It's my first Dew Tour win and I couldn't be happier with the way everything worked out."
Decenzo's first place finish puts him on top of the overall skate street rankings heading into the Dew Tour Championships next month in Las Vegas. Rodriguez is in second, just eight points behind. "I'm so pumped for Vegas," said Decenzo. "I'm excited to skate the course they'll set up there."
Skate Street, 2011 Dew Tour Toyota Challenge: Sept. 11, 2011, Salt Lake City, Utah
Pierre-Luc Gagnon won skate vert at the Dew Tour Toyota Challenge in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, edging out Shaun White in second place and Bucky Lasek in third place.
Gagnon's runs consisted of tailgrab 540s, kickflip backside grab 540s, kickflip mute fakies and smooth kickflip body varial 540s. Gagnon's top score, a 94.00, was a full 4.25 points ahead of White, who landed 720s at height, fakie to fakie 540s and f/s stalefish 540s.
"That's the run I've been looking for all year. I didn't want to talk about the run before the event, so it means the world to me," said Gagnon immediately after the finals. The win in Salt Lake marks Gagnon's seventh career win on the Dew Tour, and pushed Gagnon into first place standings for skate vert on the 2011 Dew Tour.
White, unhappy with second place, dropped back in after Gagnon won, and attempted to land another run, but fell. Earlier in the day, he had alluded to a new trick, which the Dew Tour speculated could be a 1080, but White did not attempt it.
Bucky Lasek, who won vert at the Dew Tour Pantech Open event in late July, pulled switch b/s 360s, back to back 540s and heelflip f/s gay twists before going down on a nollie kickflip lien air.
Sandro Dias went down on a judo 540 early in the super finals, and recovered to pull a massive 540 to tail slap, but was unable to finish a full run. Dias finished in fourth place. Pedro Barros, who aired in the 6-8 foot range and attempted kickflip body varial 540s, was unable to finish a full run and settled for fifth place in the super finals.