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The fourth and final stop of the 2019 Vans BMX Pro Cup in Huntington Beach, CA, can be summed up best with the very phrase written on the trophies “ride fast and blast.”
The fourth and final stop of the 2019 Vans BMX Pro Cup in Huntington Beach, CA, can be summed up best with the very phrase written on the trophies “ride fast and blast.” Sprinting across the deck was common, pedaling on the flat was rare, inverts and cancan tire grabs were the norm, and flairs and flips were few and far between. It was truly a global event for the bowl riders with a heavy Australia contingent, practically every country in South America, as well as riders from Canada, Spain, Germany, Russia, and Japan.
The traveling series kicked the year off in Sydney,
Australia, followed by stops in Stuttgart, Germany, Mexico City, Mexico, and then
on to the World Championships in Huntington Beach at Vans’ very own Off The
Wall skatepark. Riders collected points at each stop tallying up for the coveted
Pro Cup World Champion title. This year belonged to Australia, with Jason Watts
taking the title for Men’s and Natalya Diehm clinching it for the Women’s. With
wins in both Germany and Mexico, and a solid third in HB, Watts walked away with
a trophy almost as tall as him. While Natalya’s overall consistent riding
throughout the year placed her on top.
Beyond the overall titles, Huntington Beach saw local boy Kris Fox win his first Pro Cup. Kris’ warp speed lines, huge airs, and massive transfers earned him the top spot in both Qualifying and Finals. Speaking of huge airs and transfers, Perris Benegas borrowed a few pages from the Kris Fox book and it paid off with a first place in Qualifying followed by the top spot in Finals, as well. Kris and Perris also won the Best Line award in their respective classes too. Women’s High Air had Macarena Perez and Teresa Azcoaga battle it out with repeated airs hovering over six feet out of the deep bowl, but Macarena ended up inching out over Teresa at about seven feet for the win. Raddest Trick was a whirlwind of action, with Pat Casey stomping a 540 double whip, Dennis Enarson putting on a demo on the Vans logo, Peraza planting a footjam whip on the logo, Felipe Manerim sending trucks to flat and Morgan Wade inspired flairs, but in the end, Gary Young’s alley 360 whip transfer was deemed the Raddest Trick.
That’s a wrap for the 2019 Pro Cup. Congrats to all the
riders and a huge shout out to Vans for making such an incredible event and
giving cool opportunities to so many riders. Can’t wait until next year.
Huntington Beach Finals Podium:
Mens: 1. Kris Fox, USA 2. Corey Walsh , CAN 3. Jason Watts, AUS
Womens: 1. Perris Benegas, USA 2. Nikita Duccaroz, USA 3. Macarena Perez, CHI
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