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American Jake Ilardi carried over his excellent qualifying form to pip Danny Leon and Curren Caples to the Red Bull Roller Coaster title in front of a huge crowd at Munich’s eye-catching Olympic Park.
– Eighteen of the world’s top skateboarders took on the innovative course that mixes elements of Street, Bowl and Megaramp as part of the Munich MASH festival.
– The 300m slopestyle course included picnic tables, wall rides and water gaps, while the judges were looking for speed, style, jump height and trick selection.
– 2017 Skater of the Year Jamie Foy lined up alongside house-mates Zion Wright and Alex Sorgente as 18 skaters were whittled down to 10 for Saturday’s final.
– The 10 finalists were given two runs to show the noisy Olympic Park crowd and veteran judges their best, while they had to hit a strongman bell to find out their score.
– American Caples shocked the more established names with an excellent first run of 87 to lead from top qualifier Ilardi and Norwegian Kevin Baekkel.
– The 22-year-old revealed after the first run: “There were a bunch of tricks I didn’t land in practice, so I am surprised I put it all together. I am stoked.”
– American Sorgente was unlucky not to beat Caples’ score with a trick-filled second run, however Leon edged Caples out to lead with a composed 89 run.
– Ilardi, though, drew on his qualifying excellence to put together a superb second run of 95, including a breathtaking middle jump, to end the day with victory.
– He enthused: “Curren and Danny put down super solid runs. They definitely put the pressure on me. I had to stay on my board. I am lost for words.”