Red Bull Manny Mania in London kicked off in style with 3 different stops across Ontario.
London held the first of three qualifying events in Ontario for this year edition of Red Bull Manny Mania in Kiwani´s Skatepark. 24 local skaters took on the challenge of putting together the sickest manny lines and tricks on the park´s perfectly suited obstacles.The field was narrowed down to a 6 skater super final, and in the end it was last year´s London winner, Mitch Barrette who could once again not be beaten stomping the biggest maneuvers and impressing the judges with hard trick combos and arguably the longest manny line ever put together!
Curtis Greidanus, also a top-3 skater from 2011 made the battle for the win really hard this year, only being outskated by the smallest margin. Brad Burden was the surprise of the final but could persuade the judges with great riding. These three guys will represent London at the national final in Ottawa on July 1.
As a special surprise, the Red Bull crew brought team skater Ryan Decenzo in to host and head judge the entire Ontario Red Bull Manny Mania tour. After getting some sick footage in and around London during the morning the 150+ kids were peaking as Ryan had a nice warm up skate session with everyone and then gave autographs both at the skatepark and partner skate shop The Boardshop.
Red Bull Manny Mania in Toronto means rain! Or in other words: after 44mm of rain throughout the entire month of May, June decided to kick off with in style with around 50mm in one day. That made all plans of having a great Toronto Red Bull Manny Mania at the Beach Skatepark obsolete. Good thing to have friends like East York Skate who offered their Skateloft as a backup location right away. Big shout out to the perfect hospitality as well as to the Baitshop who put put everything together and managed to get most of Toronto´s skateshops on board and Quiksilver providing some sweet goodie packs for the top 3.
So while rain was pouring down all day, things got heated up pretty quickly inside the Skateloft for the TO stop of the tour. A solid crowd of around a hundred, with Jon Cos, Ben Patterson and Morgan Smith among them competing or just hanging out, saw some really good manny skating during the 4 heats.
Like the day before in London, Ryan Decenzo as a head judge had to narrow down the field to six skaters for the final. During the final 10 minutes the level of skating was incredibly high but nobody could beat Will Marshall´s Fakie Hardflip to Fakie Nose Manny and tons of other solid tricks he pulled out of his sleeve during the finals. Pat O´Rourke came in close second, impressing the judges with his consistency and the most completed maneuvers during the finals. Will Bartlett completed the podium and will be the third competitor making his way to Ottawa for the national finals of Red Bull Manny Mania on July 1.
The second day in a row Red Bull Manny Mania got rained on and had to find a new, indoor home. Although the weather was by far not as bad as the day before, the decision was made to move the competition to Mcnabb Skatepark, a sweet indoor park that primarily shines with a wicked set of rules and regulations.
Still, the word was out and the peeps came to check out the action. Over a hundred spectators saw 22 helmet wearing hence super save manny skaters giving it all. In four heats the 5 finalists were selected by, once again, Ryan Decenzo with the help of Jordan Mayfield and last year´s Red Bull Manny Mania National Final runner up Mitch Barrette who had already qualified earlier in London.
The five skaters in the finals got 10 minutes to impress the judges and they did. In an intense battle Seb Labbé quickly took over the rains stomping trick after trick, including switch backside 180 - nose manny - backside 180 out, fakie nose manny - flip out or 180 - switch nose manny, - akie flip out. There was no chance for the other guys to keep up with that and Seb took home a well deserved win. In second, Marcus Denis was super consistent topping his heat with a switch 180 - manny revert and other switch manny combos. Ryan Shaver came in third stomping a hardflip manny and a nose manny - inward heel flip. Top of the World skateshop hooked them all up with a sweet goodie pack, but the surprise of the final was that Red Bull granted all 5 finalists hometown treatment, also letting Dominik Labelle and Jesse Lacroix who gave the top three a super hard battle, enter into this year´s Red Bull Manny Mania National Final.
Right after the comp kids swarmed Ryan Decenzo for his final autograph session in Ontario before he heads into Quebec fields and then back to California.
After three eventful days with about the worst conditions Ontario could offer, the Red Bull Manny Mania qualifying series is wrapped and has some very deserving winners being invited to the National Final in Ottawa on Canada Day, July 1. Be sure to check it out!