SKATERCROSS&#8480 SKATEBOARD RACING DEBUTS IN SAN DIEGO

15-Year-Old Trey Wood Wins Inaugural Title

For Immediate Release: June 30, 2016

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SAN DIEGO – The newest discipline in skateboarding made its worldwide debut on June 25 in San Diego as Skatercross Skateboard Racing hosted its first-ever event at the YMCA’s Krause Family Bike/Skate Park. Fifteen-year-old Trey Wood topped the field to earn the inaugural championship title.  

“I’m super stoked,” said Wood. “It’s a super fun event, everyone was shredding and I took a couple good slams,” added the Queen Creek, Ariz., native.

Skatercross Skateboard Racing, the vision of 23-time X Games medalist Andy Macdonald, pits several skaters against each other on a track littered with jumps, berms, gaps, rollers and hurdles. The first rider to cross the finish line wins. Drawing parallels with snowboardcross, motocross and BMX racing, SSR demands that competitors possess a diverse skill set as it combines several skate disciplines including park, bowl, vert and big air.

“This is one of the most fun forms of skating I’ve ever done and I’m excited to bring some objectivity to competitive skateboarding,” said Macdonald, a Massachusetts native that now calls Encinitas, Calif., home.

Saturday’s event featured a 16-skater field racing in a double-elimination format.

Wood, who went undefeated on the day, cruised through the opening rounds, defeating Bryson Farrill and Josh Stafford in head-to-head action. In his three-skater semifinal, he topped Monster Energy teammate Tom Schaar as well as Jeromy Green. In that race, Wood posted the day’s fastest time, coming across the line in 30.56. 

Wood took on Beaver Fleming and Willis Kimbel in the finals, which proved to be one of the closest and most exciting races of the afternoon. It stayed tight all the way around the 430-foot-long track, but Wood nabbed the victory with a time of 30.85, his second-fastest mark of the day. Kimbel was second in 31.39 and Fleming was third in 32.73. 

When asked what it took to win the title, Wood, known primarily as a big air specialist, replied: “Staying in your lane and going fast, that’s all it really is.”

Also competing Saturday for a share of the $10,000 prize purse were Matt Boyster, Evan Doherty, Greyson Fletcher, Cory Juneau, Macdonald, Mike Owen, Ryan Sheckler, Alex Sorgente and Adam Taylor.

After the racing was complete, the first-ever MovieTicketsDotCom “Straight Up” High Jump contest went off on the track’s second jump. The bar started at six feet and quickly went up from there. A variety of tricks were thrown over the hurdle by the likes of Fletcher, Green and Sorgente, keeping the large crowd fired up and loud. When all was said and done and jumped, Schaar was the victor, clearing a height of eleven-and-a-half feet.

ABC’s “World of X Games” will feature full event coverage on July 23. 

“Leveling the playing field has been huge,” said Macdonald. “Riders from every aspect of skateboarding were represented today. They all had fun, the crowd loved it and it’s going to make for some awesome television.”

“Taking something from concept to a successful first launch is always a challenge,” said Chris Conway, founding partner of Skatercross Skateboard Racing. “I could not be more proud of the successful debut of Skatercross Skateboard Racing and I look forward to the future as we introduce skateboard racing to skaters around the world."

Saturday’s event was part of the Clash at Clairemont, Southern California’s Premier Action Sports Fundraising Celebration. Now in its 10th year, Clash at Clairemont set a new attendance record while raising over $20,000 for Grind For Life, a charity organization that aids cancer patients.

 

Skatercross Skateboard Racing
June 25, 2016

YMCA’s Krause Family Bike/Skate Park
San Diego, Calif.


Round 1

1. Trey Wood 30.88
2. Bryson Farrill DNF

 

1. Josh Stafford 35.26
2. Greyson Fletcher DNF

 

1. Beaver Fleming 31.62
2. Alex Sorgente DNF

 

1. Cory Juneau 31.48
2. Ryan Sheckler DNF

 

1. Jeromy Green 31.75
2. Matt Boyster DNF

 

1. Willis Kimbel 32.40
2. Adam Taylor DNF

 

1. Evan Doherty 31.50

2. Tom Schaar 31.55

 

1. Andy Macdonald 31.66

2. Mike Owen DNF

 

Round 2

1. Greyson Fletcher 34.44

2. Bryson Farrill 35.60 (eliminated)

 

1. Ryan Sheckler 31.99

2. Alex Sorgente 32.51 (eliminated)

 

1. Matt Boyster 31.45

2. Adam Taylor DNF (eliminated)

 

1. Tom Schaar 31.73

2. Mike Owen 33.14 (eliminated)

 

1. Trey Wood 31.25

2. Josh Stafford DNF

 

1. Cory Juneau 30.84

2. Beaver Fleming 31.62

 

1. Jeromy Green 31.35

2. Willis Kimbel 31.73

 

1. Andy Macdonald 31.71

2. Evan Doherty 42.30

 

Round 3

1. Evan Doherty 31.34

2. Greyson Fletcher DNF (eliminated)

 

1. Willis Kimbel 31.84

2. Ryan Sheckler DNF (eliminated)

 

1. Beaver Fleming 31.89

2. Matt Boyster DNF (earns last chance qualifier spot due to 31.45 in Round 2)

 

1. Tom Schaar 32.07

2. Josh Stafford DNF (eliminated)

 

Semifinals

1. Willis Kimbel 32.54

2. Matt Boyster DNF (eliminated)

3. Cory Juneau DNF (eliminated)

 

1. Trey Wood 30.56

2. Tom Schaar 32.03 (eliminated)

3. Jeromy Green 37.05 (eliminated)

 

1. Beaver Fleming 31.81

2. Evan Doherty 32.30 (eliminated)

3. Andy Macdonald DNF (eliminated)

 

Final

1. Trey Wood 30.85

2. Willis Kimbel 31.39

3. Beaver Fleming 32.73

 

DNF – did not finish

 

Top 9 Standings

1. Trey Wood $3,500

2. Willis Kimbel $2,100

3. Beaver Fleming $1,100

4. Tom Schaar $800

5. Evan Doherty $700

6. Jeromy Green $600

7. Cory Juneau $500

8. Matt Boyster $400

9. Andy Macdonald $300

 

Individual Top Times

Trey Wood 30.56

Cory Juneau 30.84

Evan Doherty 31.34

Jeromy Green 31.35

Willis Kimbel 31.39

Matt Boyster 31.45

Tom Schaar 31.55

Beaver Fleming 31.62

Andy Macdonald 31.66

Ryan Sheckler 31.99

Alex Sorgente 32.51

Mike Owen 33.14

Greyson Fletcher 34.44

Josh Stafford 35.26

Bryson Farrill 35.60

Adam Taylor no times

 

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