His Monster Energy teammate Wood also stoked the crowd with an ultra-technical run that seemed poised for a podium finish, but unfortunately ended on a bail. Highlights such as ollie transfer from the deck to 5-0 on the extension, high-speed frontside Smith grind on the barrier, backside 540 in the deep end, frontside blunt on the extension, and kickflip lien and kickflip stalefish airs earned a sixth place finish for the 17-year-old.
But Wood would have his podium moment in tonight’s The Real Cost Skateboard Big Air final, which commentators labeled one of the most spectacular in X Games history. After putting a solid 83.00 point score on the board with an opening run featuring a mute 720 over the gap and over 22-foot high backside 540 on the quarterpipe, Wood watched the rest of the field up the ante by stacking technical moves and big airs.
Monster Energy’s Two-time Big Air gold medalist and X Games veteran Jake Brown from Australia put down a solid run featuring backside 360 ollie over the gap and huge mute 540 on the quarterpipe. Then last year’s Big Air silver medalist Schaar took over the lead on his second attempt, despite ongoing knee troubles, by sending a huge tailgrab 720 over the big gap and a 21’5” backside 540 on the quarterpipe.
But right then the level of difficulty exploded. Mitchie Brusco and Clay Kreiner locked down the top spots by landing career-best performances.
In order to keep up, Wood needed to pull off something spectacular – and he did. On his fourth attempt, Wood impressed the judges and sent the crowd into overdrive with a mute 720 over the big gap straight into a highflying backside 540 varial on the quarterpipe for 90.00 points and the bronze medal.
Tonight’s strong third place finish in Big Air brings Wood full circle to the year 2012, when he made his X Games debut as a young Big Air contender next to Schaar. Wood has since advanced to become a highly versatile park rider and started his 2018 season by winning the concrete bowl contest at Tampa Pro in March and earning his way into X Games by finishing second at the X Games Skate Park Qualifiers at Rhodes Skate Park in Boise in June.
Schaar, who won his eighth career X Games medal tonight, has also evolved into an all-round talent since barging onto the scene as the world’s first skateboarder to land a 1080 aerial on a Mega Ramp in 2012. At last year’s X Games Minneapolis, Schaar made history by becoming the first pro to medal in both Park and Big Air events, and finished the 2017 Vans Park Series season on top of tour rankings. This year, he took the top spot at the Vans Park Series Pro Tour Event in São Paulo, Brazil, and won the prestigious Vans Pool Party contest for the third time in his young career.