Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Red Bull Empire of Dirt Results

Red Bull's Empire Of Dirt contest just wrapped up and here are the top three results:

1. Corey Bohan
2. Gary Young
3. Dane Searls

Wiggoly Dantas Wins The Rip Curl Boardmasters

It was an exciting final in Newquay England for the ASP 5-Star Rip Curl Boardmasters with four to six foot waves at Fistral Beach. Wiggoly Dantas of Ubatuba Brazil who is only 18 years of age took the crown defeating fellow countryman Pablo Paulino in an all Brazilian final. It was no easy task for Wiggoly to take the crown as he faced some of the top surfers in the world including Leigh Sedley of Australia, Chris Davidson of Australia and Eavid Weare of South Africa.

“I had a great time in England and people were so nice to me all week,” Dantas said. “We had great waves at the start and tough ones today but it was always lots of fun. So stoked to get this first title, such a big thing. It is a great confidence boost for the upcoming events.”

Dantas was definitely the outsider coming into the final whose ranking at the time was 122. With this win, he will be bumped up all the way into the Top 80 and is now going to France for the next competition with confidence.

“Pablo (Paulino) surfed so well and I want to congratulate him,” Dantas said. “It was one of my dreams to win the event here as I really love the waves and the atmosphere here. I am very happy and I hope things can keep going as good for me.”

Full story at www.lat34.com/

Danny Way on Letterman after X Game Slam

Interesting interview with Danny Letterman after his silver medal in the X Games.


It also includes the current debate about whether skateboarding should an Olympic event. Danny's opinion is that skateboarders already have their own kind of Olympics and that making skatebaording an Olympic event might take the edge off the sport. Many pro skaters such as Tony Alva have agreed with Danny whilst others such as Mark Gonzales thinks it should be included. Full articles about the debate can be found at www.lat34.com and http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/07/for-the-moment-skateboarders-should-be-gold-medalists-too/