Two-time defending skateboard bowl champion Pedro Barros clocked up title number three at the Dew Tour Beach Championship at the weekend. The Red Bull star was the top qualifier coming into the super final and both of his first two runs were filled with highlights. Barros was able to generate more height and speed than all the other competitors in the bowl finals, pulling off eye-popping 540s.
Barros' two best runs gave him an average score of 89.62, topping Bucky Lasek’s tally of 87.62 and third-place finisher Kalani David’s score of 84.12. “I tried to skate my best, my fastest and try to mix it up with some big air and long lip tricks,” Barros said. “That’s the way I like to skate and I think that helped a lot.” Barros is hoping the win will also help to bring some attention to the plight of his home country of Brazil. The 18 year-old was wearing a t-shirt with the tagline of “ChangeBrazil” in support of the protests against perceived corruption.
In the BMX Park competition at the first leg of the 2013 Dew Tour on Sunday, Drew Bezanson rode to a second-placed finish. It was the first podium finish for the 24-year-old Onslow Mountain native in seven years on the tour, which also includes BMX vert and flatland competitions as well as the skateboarding street and bowl events. Bezanson posted a best run of 91.25 points in three tries to finish just behind winner Ryan Nyquist (92.50). The tour continues in San Francisco, in October, before wrapping up in Breckenridge, in December.
In the last round of the Mountain Bike European Championships in Bern, in Switzerland, Marco Fontana clinched his fourth medal in cross-country blue. Fontana finished in third after a race which saw him battle with the favourites, Julien Absalon and Nino Schurter. Frenchman Absalon is the new European Champion after beating the Swiss, Schurter, by almost a minute. Fontana kept on Schurter's shirt tails to clinch the bronze medal.
At the Boys Under-16 Grand Final, in the ISA World Junior Championships, in Nicaragua, Italy's Leonardo Fioravanti once again excelled, grabbing second place. Australia’s Jacob Wilcox won the Gold, earning 14.90 points, in a very close final against the silver medalist (14.73). The bronze went to Jake Marshall (12.20), of the USA, and the copper to Reo Inaba (11.76), of Japan.
The US beach volleyball team of Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal won the 2013 Grand Slam in Rome on Sunday. In front of 3,700 spectators who packed the stands of the Stadium Pietrangeli, Dalhausser and Rosenthal beat the Latvian pair of Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins in two sets, 21-19, 21-18. It's the team's second victory of the season after winning the Open of Fuzhou, and for Phil Dalhausser it's his second victory in Rome after the victory he achieved with previous partner Todd Rogers in 2010.