Hollywood, CA (Monday, September 4, 2006) — The 2nd Vans Downtown Showdown was held on the Paramount Studios back lot Sunday with the world's top street skaters attacking custom-built obstacles nestled against a New York City backdrop.The Girl board crew claimed team honors and $50,000 while Real's Nick Dompierre won $5,000 as top am and Girl's Rick McCrank was named the top pro of the Showdown and pocketed $10,000.
The Vans Downtown Showdown featured many skaters who rarely take part in contests from Baker, Birdhouse, Element, Enjoi, Foundation, Girl, Real and Toy Machine and with the $85,000 purse, there was more than just board company honor on the line.
Each skateboard team submitted designs for a custom obstacle with the top four chosen and built to that team's specifications. Skateboard teams then chose three riders, consisting of at least one pro and one am, to jam on each of the four features.
For photos from our staff and those in attendance, video streaming and downloads and more commentary on the Vans Downtown Showdown, check out www.vans.com.
Here's a break down of the best performances of the day:
Enjoi Dick Gauntlet
1. Rick McCrank (Girl)
2. Dennis Busenitz (Real)
3. Alex Olson (Girl)
Element Double Down
1. Corey Duffel (Foundation)
2. Nyjah Huston (Element)
3. Josh Harmony (Toy Machine)
Girl Mini Mega
1. Nick Dompierre (Real)
2. Rick McCrank (Girl)
3. Mike Vallely (Element)
Real Hella Hyphy Bank –
1. Josh Harmony (Toy Machine)
2. Mike Vallely (Element)
3. Corey Duffel (Foundation)
Top Am Performance — Nick Dompierre (Real)
Top Pro Performance — Rick McCrank (Girl)
Overall Team Winner — Girl
Abig thanks to each of the teams that represented:
Baker: Rammy Issa, Jacob Walder, Theotis Beasley, Braydon Szafranski
Birdhouse: Matt Ball, David Loy, Justin Figueroa, Derek Burdette, Shaun Stultz
Element: Mike Vallely, Chris Senn, Tony Tave, Dallas Rockvam, Collin Provost, Levi Brown, Tosh Townend, Nyjah Huston
Enjoi: Cairo Foster, Louie Barletta, Nestor Judkins, Jerry Hsu, Jose Rojo, Caswell Berry, Clark Hassler
Foundation: Angel Ramirez, Corey Duffel, Mike Franklin, Matt Allen, Sean Conover, Don Nguyen, Gareth Stehr
Girl: Rick McCrank, Jereme Rogers, Sean Malto, Alex Olson, Kenny Anderson
Real: Dennis Busenitz, Ernie Torres, Nick Dompierre, Justin Brock, Damian Bravo
Toy Machine: Billy Marks, Josh Harmony, Matt Bennett, Austin Stephens
The Vans Downtown Showdown will air on Friday, October 27 during the Vans Off the Wall hour on Fox Sports Net from 3 — 4 pm with subsequent airings on the FUEL action sports network.
The Vans Downtown Showdown is made possible by Rockstar Energy Drink and Scion.