Alright, I know this is old news by now but Ryan Sheckler took first place in Thrasher’s “Bust or Bail” contest recently. It all went down at the infamous Paul Revere 16 stair in San Fransisco, CA. You know, the one that Andrew Reynolds frontside flips for his last trick in “This is Skateboarding.” Well, those gnarly stairs got torn up during this contest by just about every contestant that was there.
Tons of “Never been dones” were thrown down. The 16 step was annihilated by an assault of huge rail tricks and gnarly hammers off the set. Ryan Sheckler threw down what is probably a record setting 360 flip and hard flip off a set of stairs to date. I remember Bryan Herman throwing a tre flip down a fifteen stair for his ender in Baker 3. Now this dude’s throwing a tre flip down a 16 in a contest? Talk about one upping one another. He also backside flipped the 16 without a problem which leaves little room for doubt on his El Toro backside flip rumor.
Andrew Reynolds also found himself one upping the bar taking down his prior frontside flip by doing it over the rail this time. And If I’m not mistaken, he heelflip varialed the stairs as well, which would be another first for the skateboarding world.
The bars was raised at this contest for sure. I almost felt as if this entire event went under the radar a bit. It was so insane and yet it didn’t get as much publicity as many of the other contests. This was real street skateboarding at its finest. No polished handrails, no miniature sized stair sets, no perfectly smooth landing spaces, just a real raw 100% legit spot. Everybody threw down their fair share of tricks but “Shecks” took the gold. We all know how many people hate on him. But whether you hate on Sheckler or not, you have to admit the dude is one hell of a skateboarder.
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Posted by Ruben 'Studdard' Najera on Thursday, September 11th, 2008 in Skateboarding.