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2008 Red Bull Manny Mania Overview

Red Bull Manny ManiaThe 2008 season of Red Bull Manny Mania had their finals a week ago and the results are is as follows.

1. Joey Brezinski
2. Brandon Biebel
3. Chico Brenes
4. Eli Reed
5. Malcom Watson
6. Kelly Hart
7. Stevie Williams
8. Sad
9. Danny Falla
10. Jason Dill
11. Daniel Lebron
12. Gary Smith
13. Jereme Rogers
14. Kenny Anderson
15. Dennis Busenitz
16. Jack Curtin
17. Tim O’Conner
18. Rodrigo Peterson
19. Rob Welsh
20. Jon Newport
21. Brian Wenning
22. Lenny Rivas
23. Bobby Worrest
24. Stefan Janoski
25. Richard Angelides

Joey Brezinski tore it up and so did Brandon Beibel. Stevie Williams should have placed higher though as he was unleashing trick after trick and doing each one pristinely at that.

I absolutely love this contest, it’s one of my favorite contests to watch throughout each year. It’s so unique and different from everything else out there and the skateboarders that show up are always a rare group of elusive pros that we would love to see compete but never can. This contest brings out some of the greatest street skateboarders in the world who have their balancing skills up to that magical level.

One massive question pops up in my mind about this year’s contest though – WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO THE AM STOPS!?!? I only saw three on the website, last year there were like 4x that many stops, not to mention the finals didn’t come ’til the end of all the stops.

There are a lot of top notch Amateur technical skateboarders out there that are just as good as the pros and ready to show the world what’s up. I really feel it would have been awesome if they would’ve had a bunch of Am stops beforehand. Not only that, but to have the Am winners show up to the pro contest and see if they could have taken the gold themselves. I could totally see it happening. Sort of like Alex Mizurov did with the Es Game of Skate. The random Am taking the first place in front of all the pros… Do you know how awesome that is? If that doesn’t inspire kids then I don’t know what would. Plus, that amazing course alone would inspire me to skate hard.

The course was a perfect blend of ledges, manual pads and boxes. Simply stunning and exactly what I would put in a training facility if I ever so had a miracle of a chance to have. Oh and one last thing I would like to add; Where in the world was Daewon Song? No invite? It would be sweet to see Daewon Song, Chris Haslam, and Ronson Lambert added to next years lineup. That would really spice up the competition.

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Posted by Ruben 'Studdard' Najera on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 in Skateboarding.


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