Wild West Showdown 09
gotzis, lui summer, lukas merkle, miro kolb, tim helbock, wild west showdown
This years Wild West Showdown had to be rescheduled because of the terrible weather on Saturday. There were loads of people at the skatepark on Saturday but the rain just didn’t stop so we had to move the event to Sunday...
This years Wild West Showdown had to be rescheduled because of the terrible weather on Saturday. There were loads of people at the skatepark on Saturday but the rain just didn’t stop so we had to move the event to Sunday.
The weather on Sunday was great. But as most people had planned to come on Saturday there were fewer competitors than expected. The contest started with a one hour delay due to a malfunctioning sound system. During the warm-up you could see that most guys were really juiced to give their best.
About 20 junior and 10 adult competitors registered. By the time the contest started a nice crowd of about 150 to 200 non-skaters, skateboarders and bmx riders were there to watch the competition. The junior competition was dominated by German champion Miro Kolb. Miro used all the obstacles in the park and skated with great style and a lot of speed. Chris Stadler won second place with huge 360s and some nice grinds. Florian Koch came in third with a nice and clean run. But he could have been way better if he would have tried just a little bit harder and would have landed just one outstanding trick.Miro Kolb - BS Nugen to Soul
Only one more competitor from the juniors needs to be mentioned: The award for the sickest Rocket Makios definitely goes to ten year old Flo.
The adult competition was more or less a battle between Tim Helbock form Austria and Lukas Merkle form Germany. Both guys killed it the whole day. Lukas showed the sweetest 540s I have seen in a long time and loads of stylish grinds. Tim did all kinds of crazy spin to win trick on the rail and in the quarter. In the end the judges decided that Lukas Merkle wins first place and Tim Helbock could not win the Wild West Showdown another time. If he had one he would have won the contest three times in a row. The skaters also skated very nicely but they were totally overlooked due to the crazy show of the maniacs who came in first and second.Lukas Merkle - Zero Fishy
A special shout out goes to everybody’s favourite newcomer Adrian Burtscher who did tricks during the competition he had never even tried before. One of these tricks was a picture-perfect BS Torque down the rail. I can’t wait to see how this guy skates in two years.Adrian Burtscher - Topsoul
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1. Miro Kolb (Germany)
2. Chris Stadler (Austria)
3. Florian Koch (Austria)Florian Koch, Miro Kolb, Chris Stadler and JonasAdults:
1. Lukas Merkle (Germany)
2. Tim Helbock (Austria / Infernal Clothing, X-World Skateshop)
3. Stefan Mohr (Germany)
4. Lui Summer (Austria) / Sebastian Dreysse (Austria)Jonas, Stefan Mohr, Lukas Merkle and Tim HelbockText and Photos by Lui SummerThe DJs
Florian Koch - Mizou to Topsoul
Tim Helbock and some of the juniors preparing for their runs
Miro - 180 from the bank into the transitionPart of the crowd during the warm-up
Drinks and snacks were sold
Tim Helbock and Jonas
Tim Helbock - Fullcab True Mizou
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