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|Nyjah Huston and Torey Pudwill do doubles during the Crossroads Best Trick contest. Nyjah with the kickflip back tail and Torey with the Smith kickflip out.|
Black Box distribution's Crossroads retail tradeshow and Best Trick contest is completely independent once again after the dissolution of the ASR tradeshow franchise in 2010. Leaving us and us alone to experience one of the gnarliest weekends on record. Jake Brown and the Laced crew kept the party going all weekend with a booth full of women, DJing skateboarders and graffiti. Volcom had a micro-mini where the biggest names skated alongside the smallest of groms. As day two came to a close everyone moved inside from the beating sun to catch a glimpse of Chris Cole, Jimmy Carlin, Ryan Sheckler, Greg Lutzka, Torey Pudwill and others, toss themselves down the gated seven stair. It was pure madness as some of the best in the game competed for the $10,000 purse. However literally the second the contest came to an end, amateur standout Aldrin Garcia took a slam that will never be forgotten for those in attendance. The building went silent for 20 minutes until he was taken off on a stretcher. Manny Santiago came out on top after the shake up, landing a much hyped frontside bigspin backside bluntslide for $4,000. Two days of physically and emotionally exhausting skating, partying, slams and ride-aways let us know why we do this. We can't stop and we wont let anyone else dictate what we do. Thanks to Jamie Thomas for another great year.
Best wishes to Aldrin Garcia. Get well soon, buddy. Event video after the jump hosted by Andrew Cannon.