It only seems fitting that the deciding factors of a colossal event such as the Zumiez Best Foot Forward Am Finals be held at the king of all malls. Nestled on the outskirts of Minnesota's Twin Cities, The Mall of America brings tourism and commerce to this Midwestern mecca in a grand way.
As the Zumiez Couch Tour takes on its most ambitious stop of the summer, we all are in anticipation of what the youth culture will bring to our blossoming expectations. Adrenaline escalates and the mood of this parking lot becomes like a mushroom cloud as the stages are set and skatepark is erected for the final stop on the 2012 Zumiez Couch Tour.
Victors rise and fall everyday across America and today there would be three moving up. Out of the hundreds that skated in the Zumiez Best Foot Forward Am contest this summer, today revealed the ultimate outcome.
The main event came upon us and the crowd was in full-effect. All the rippers from across the country were in play. Dudes like Weston Sparks, Cory Glick and Tom Wilkenson were out there shredding hard. We saw the type of maneuvers we have come to love from rippers Patrick Donivan and "The Working Man"" Dave Mull. When it came down to picking the finalists, the judges had to break it down to not five, but seven. There was just too much going on and these dudes were skating harder than we had seen all summer.
In the finals were Jack Olson, Julian Christianson, Dustin Blauvelt, Brendon Villanueva, Kevin Leidke and DaShawn Jordan. As the final ten minutes of the Best Foot Forward trip blasted on, the crowd went mad for Julian and his perfect switch heelflip over the entire hubba. DaShawn had flawless bigger flips down the double set. Kevin retained gnarly consistency with which he stomped seven or eight heavy hitting tricks in a row. Consistency was with Brendon as well with his attack of the handrail and stair set.
The outcome was a bit of a surprise. After taking the contest three years in a row, Julian Christianson rolled into second place with his switch 270 lips and superhuman switch tail slides.
Coming in third was Kevin Leidke. His persistence and amazing consistency was enough to earn him a spot on the podium.
For obvious reasons, the crowd favorite was hometown boy, Jack Olson. After skating in the invitational event, the Twin Cities finals and the preliminary round of the nationals, it's almost unbelievable that Olson would have anything left to throw down for the finals. Not the case. Jack Olson was unstoppable all day with plenty of aggression and consistency and came out victorious. It was a truly amazing event for all who witnessed.
We'll be seeing Jack, Julian and Kevin in Los Angeles at the Hometown Heroes Finals at X Games!
The Krew and Supra riders were eager to bring it all out and show the Twin Cities crowd what it was all about. Taking to the course were such skateboarding legends as Eric Ellington and Keelan Dadd. Joining them on the course was ripper, Boo Johnson. Boo threw down laser flips with ease and big switch back lipslides down the handrail. As Keelan busted front blunts and front nosegrinds down the handrail, Furby came out swinging with slow motion three flips down the double set. BFF's DaShawn Jordan joined in with Krew. All through the demo, DaShawn rocked out with inverts up on the vert wall, airwalk to fakies and killer 270 lipslides down the handrail. And Kevin Romar was in the house tackling the double set with Ellington all afternoon.
Killing all within earshot, "Set your Goals" came out and tore up the stage. The receptive crowd slammed through their set while the skaters still continued to rip the masonite.
We Came as Romans were up headlining the tour and busting out all the stops in this final showdown on the stage. With their loud in your face delivery, the sound of the booming double-bass drum was heard throughout the Mall of America.
All summer long, Zumiez Couch Tour has been blasting and blaring in respective cities across the country. And what a tour it has been. Thanks everyone!