TJ Rogers wins Red Bull Triple Set 2014

The level of creativity and difficulty on display is a positive sign for skateboarding’s future.
TJ Rogers, Switch Lipslide
TJ Rogers - Switch Lipslide © Mike Blabac
By Nate Hoppes

What has developed into an annual event, Red Bull Triple Set has a local contest feel with international appeal centred around one of skateboarding’s most legendary features. This year's contest went off at North Park Theatre in San Diego, California.

With more than 80 skaters in the field hitting a single feature at once, Red Bull Triple Set is comparable to the organised chaos seen everyday during rush hour at Taiwan intersection. It quickly becomes apparent the skaters abide by the unwritten rules of skateboarding as to who goes when and what's the best way to avoid disaster.

Not always does it work, just ask Ryan Decenzo who took a skateboard to the back of the head during practice.

After eight jam format style heats, 20 skaters advanced to the semis, with 10 moving on to what was a crazy final. In the end, TJ Rogers from Whitby, Ontario, took home first place and some cash money. It’s arguable that TJ didn’t land the biggest trick of the night, but he stomped trick after trick helping make what could have been a difficult decision for the judges, a no-brainer.

The international podium was rounded out by Canadian Micky Papa, and Brazilian Kelvin Hoefler. Other standouts on the night included Sewa Kroetkov, Kechaud Johnson, locals Woogie Jackson and Jordan Hoffart.

After the level of skateboarding we saw last year on the rooftop of the Hard Rock hotel in downtown San Diego, it’s hard to believe this year's contest could have been any better. But it was.

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