Friday’s Street Final was a night of redemption for Gustavo Ribeiro, who injured his shoulder in the contest at Dew Tour one year ago but locked down this year’s Final early in the night, from Run 1.
“I was kind of nervous to come here because, as everyone knows, I hurt myself last year on the back Smith at the beginning of my run,” Ribeiro said after Friday’s podium presentation. “I started my run exactly the same way today, just to prove to myself that it’s just mindset and focus, nothing superstitious, so I’m pretty stoked I got the W.”
Ribeiro opened his run with a casual 360 flip step-up, then went straight into the backside Smith grind, looking immediately relieved as he was rolling away from it. Removing the jinx seemed to unlock something inside him, as he packed an incredible 10 total tricks in his run.
It featured a nollie nosebluntslide on the bump to bar, 360 flip to 50-50 on the Hubba ledge, crooked grind nollie flip out from the down rail, kickflip frontside boardslide on the bump to bar, 360 flip to nosebluntslide on the down rail, crooked grind up the ledge, kickflip, and bigspin frontside boardslide on the big rail.
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Ribeiro looked almost shocked to have put it down on his first attempt, and pointed to the sky as he was rolling off. He attempted to improve on it, knowing there were heavy hitters down the entire roster, but fell in each of his next attempts.
Yuto Horigome took 2nd place for the second year in a row, and also took Best Trick honors, for his nollie backside 180 to switch feeble grind on the 9-stair handrail. Kelvin Hoefler made a Run 3 move onto the podium on his last attempt, coming in 3rd.
Vincent Milou and Dashawn Jordan held at #4 and #5, despite strong, technical, complete runs.
Ribeiro says he felt strong challenges from everyone in the field, which also included impressive complete runs from Jamie Foy and Chris Joslin, and big tricks from Shane O’neill, Felipe Gustavo, Jake Ilardi, Sean Malto, and Carlos Ribeiro.
“You’d think it would be really nice to lead from Run 1 and have the pressure off, and it is really nice, but at the same time it kind of sucks because it’s a lot of pressure as you see the rest of the contest, just because you don’t want to get dropped,” Ribeiro said. “I’m grateful this time it worked out!”
Men’s Street Results
1.) Gustavo Ribeiro, 89.00
2.) Yuto Horigome, 87.33
3.) Kelvin Hoefler, 86.00
4.) Vincent Milou, 85.00
5.) Dashawn Jordan, 84.33
6.) Shane O’Neill, 83.33
7.) Jamie Foy, 81.66
8.) Chris Joslin, 75.00
9.) Felipe Gustavo, 61.00
10.) Jake Ilardi, 58.33
11.) Sean malto, 55.00
12.) Carlos Ribeiro, 52.33
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