Ryan Decenzo

Red Bull Hart Lines 2017

This is the third year that Red Bull and Ryan Sheckler teamed up to bring the Red Bull Hart Lines competition back to downtown Detroit, MI to Hart Plaza for a weekend packed with rad skating and good vibes all around. This year, Red Bull invited us to come check out the event and agreed to put us up for the weekend, so we were stoked to head to the Motor City to watch some fine skateboarding and experience Detroit’s unique landscape and eclectic inhabitants.

The format of the contest is pretty rad. Each skater begins at the top of the course, hits several obstacles going downhill (and pretty damn fast at that), before finally making their way down to the bottom of the course to the impact section (which, of course, requires jumping). Basically, amount of tricks landed, trick difficulty, and speed all factored into each skater’s final score. Each skater’s overall time was ranked and was issued a point deduction for their ranking. So, even if a skater’s run was scored first place for trick difficulty and overall impression, they could end up in 7th place after the end of a jam if their speed was not up to par. This definitely made for an interesting format and some surprising results in the end.

In the end, Nyjah Huston knew what he had to do. He won last year’s event, so he was no stranger to the format and what it took to come out on top. It was pretty clear when you’d see Nyjah Huston on the jumbo-tron landing 8 tricks before most dudes (and dudettes) were landing 4 tricks, that he had it locked it. However, if it were all based on speed, this thing would’ve gone to Chase Webb, hands down. On top of that, hee was pretty much the only one that did more than an axle stall on the quarter pipe in the corner wall; utilizing it for monster frontside wall bashes at top speed before making his way to the impact section. Other standouts include Tommy Fynn, Ryan Decenzo, and Alec Majerus, to name a few. Their super-human skateboarding abilities sure are enjoyable to witness in person.

Shout out to everyone that skated and thanks to Red Bull for taking care of us and for the awesome weekend in Detroit. Check out the results and photos from the event below:

Results

  1. 1. Nyjah Huston
  2. 2. Alec Majerus
  3. 3. Kelvin Hoefler
  4. 4. Ryan Decenzo
  5. 5. Chase Webb
  6. 6. Ryan Sheckler
  7. 7. Tommy Fynn
  8. 8. Felipe Gustavo
  9. 9. Axel Cruysberghs
  10. 10. Paul Hart

Getting the day rolling with the national anthem. It’s pretty crazy that skateboarding events have come this far to include the national anthem as part of an opening ceremony.

“Look, Paul, cut it out with the speed shades thing already, would ya?!” Speedsters Alec Majerus, Paul Hart, and TJ Rogers get ready for their runs.

Gap to blunt from Chase Webb.

Dave Bachinsky, 270 to lipslide.

David Reyes, kickflip front board.

T-Puds takes the haul.

TJ Rogers has always got time to sign boards for the fans, no matter the length.

Gap to frontside blunt from runner up Alec Majerus.

Shecks pulls through with a back smith.

Switch frontside board from Axel Cruysberghs.

I wasn’t sure what I was in for when this girl asked me to shoot a photo of her doing an “inverter”, but it definitely wasn’t a street plant.

Felipe Gustavo starts his line off with a kickflip nose manny.

Leticia Bufoni holds it down for the female gender as the only she-ripper in the contest. Back smith.

It didn’t take long to get yelled at, either.

Ryan Decenzo, frontside flip.

Kelvin Hoefler ends his line off with a bigspin front board.

Definitely a risky way to end off a line, Tommy Fynn had no problem putting down this kickflip back noseblunt.

Nyjah Huston kickflips the gap to frontside board for the win.

Congrats to the top 3: Kelvin Hoefler (3rd), Nyjah Huston (1st), and Alec Majerus (2nd).

Down to Detroit’s infamous Garden Bowl for the after party to enjoy some pins and some pints.

Good times mingling with the locals.

Thanks RedBull for the good times in Detroit!

All content by Mike Chinner

Sheckler Foundation Reveals Line-Up For 8th Annual Skate For A Cause Event

YouTube Preview ImageThe Sheckler Foundation has announced its confirmed line-up of pro/am skateboarders, sponsors and charities for its 8th Annual Skate For A Cause taking place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest. The stacked line-up includes pros: Danny Way, Ryan Decenzo, Chris Cole, Torey Pudwill, Christian Hosoi, Matt Berger, Leticia Bufoni, Samarria Brevard, Chris Joslin, Tom Schaar and countless others.

Admission is free to enjoy this family-friendly skate jam and carnival for all ages. Skate For A Cause features games, prizes, food and five skate contests presented by the Sheckler Foundation’s generous sponsors.

Limited VIP tickets are available now which allow fans to hang out with the invited pros for a $50 donation at ShecklerFoundation.org. Donations will help fund the Sheckler Foundation’s “Be the Change” initiative, benefiting injured action sports athletes and children in need.

Join the Sheckler Foundation for an action-packed day:
10:00 am – Gates Open to the public for the Carnival Village
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Legends Bowl Practice
11:30 am – 11:50 am – Adaptive Skate Kollective & WCMX Demo
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm – Be The Change Legends Bowl Contest
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Plan B SkaterCross Contest
2:45 pm – 3:10 pm – Red Bull Tech Center Best Trick Contest
3:15 pm – 3:40 pm – Oakley Tranny Best Trick Contest
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm – Tillys Stairs, Hubbas, Rails Best Trick Contest
4:30 pm – Awards
4:45 pm – SF Raffle Winners Announced at SF booth
5:00 pm – Carnival Ends

Confirmed sponsors for the 8th Annual Skate For A Cause include: Chronic Taco, Ethika, entries, Grizzly, Just Have Fun, Melin, Oakley, Plan B, Red Bull, Roth Capital, Tech Deck, Tillys, UFC, and Woodward West

Past “Be the Change” recipients, finalists and local charities will join the Sheckler Foundation to spread awareness and educate attendees on initiating change within their communities. Charities include: Ashley Wade Foundation, A Skate, Nick’s Picks, SC Skatepark Coalition, TACA, Tilly’s Life Center, and Traveling Stories.

Skate for a Cause started in 2010 as a way for the Sheckler Foundation to raise resources and awareness to contribute to the many causes that directly benefit and enrich the lives of children and injured action sports athletes. The Sheckler Foundation’s mission is to “Be the Change” and this year’s Skate for a Cause is raising resources to empower people to do just that. Through its “Be the Change” program, the Sheckler Foundation will provide several organizations and individuals with financial grants and additional support with the money and resources raised at Skate For A Cause.

For additional info on the Sheckler Foundation and its 8th Annual Skate For A Cause, follow @SheckFoundation on Twitter and stay connected with the foundation on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Street League’s Brick City Battle Royale Today

SLS New Jersey 2016Seven Street League skaters (Shane O’Neill, Paul Rodriguez, Nyah Huston, Luan Oliveira, Ryan Decenzo, Tom Asta, and Cody McEntire) have each clinched spots in the upcoming 2016 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. This leaves only one spot in the top eight to be decided today in Newark, NJ.

SLS Pick Chris Joslin sits on the bubble for Super Crown qualification, but he’ll need to skate strong and remain consistent because he’s up against a handful of SLS veterans. Ishod Wair, Chris Cole, Sean Malto, and David Gonzalez are a few of the heavy hitters that are able to snag this eighth spot.

Keep in mind that there’s a handful of skaters that can take the top spot with a first place finish, earning them a Golden Ticket straight into the 2016 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship.

Tune into Street League’s webcast live and direct from Newark, New Jersey today to witness the action. The Prelim heats kick off at 1:25pm EST on streetleague.com, followed by the Final at 5:00pm live on Fox Sports1 (US) and streetleague.com (International).

Local SLS Broadcast Times
New York 1:25pm ET
Los Angeles 10:25am PST
Mexico City 12:25pm CDT
Sau Paulo 2:25pm BRT
Barcelona 7:25pm CEST
Moscow 8:25pm MSK

Shane O’Neill Shines in Barcelona

SLS OneillAmongst the sold out crowd and his peers and competitors – Nyjah Huston, Paul Rodriguez, Cody McEntire, Ryan Decenzo, SLS Pick Chris Joslin, Luan Oliveira and Chaz Ortiz – Shane O’Neill racked up the most points in the 8-man Final of the 2016 SLS Nike SB Pro Open in Barcelona, Spain yesterday to bring home $20,000.

And with his win, Shane has earned the Golden Ticket to this year’s SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship, his second of the year after winning Tampa Pro in March of this year. Keeping his momentum going after the contest, he took home an additional $5,000 at Diamond Supply Co.’s Best Trick event with a backside bigspin fakie 5-0 fakie flip out for the win. Congrats Shane!

Drop by the Street League site for all news, photos and recaps from Barcelona and information on the remaining stops of the 2016 SLS Nike SB World Tour.

SLS Nike SB Pro Open Results
1. Shane O’Neill – 34.8
2. Nyjah Huston – 32.8
3. Cody McEntire – 31.8
4. Paul Rodriguez – 31.0
5. Luan Oliveira – 29.9
6. Ryan Decenzo – 28.9
7. Chaz Ortiz – 28.4
8. Chris Joslin – 22.2

X Games Real Street 2016

X Games Real Street 2016 ToutReal Street, the X Games all-street skateboarding video contest, is back for 2016. The Fan Favorite vote is a one-round, winner-take-all cage match. Watch the videos at The Real Street mini site and vote for your pick to win. Voting ends on Sunday, May 15th, at 11:59pm PST.

The behind-the-scenes stories on the making of this contest will broadcast in 60-minute “World of X Games” show on ABC, Saturday, May 14th at 2:30pm ET, and again on Sunday, May 15th at 10pm ET on ESPN2. Winners of the judge-awarded X Games gold, silver and bronze medals will be announced on the ABC broadcast. The Fan Favorite will be announced on XGames.com on Monday, May 16th.

Please note: Only one vote per day, per browser will be counted. Cheating on behalf of your favorite skater will result in disqualification, so play nice.

Ryan Decenzo: eh Canadian Story

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