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