Premiered in Long Beach today as a brand-new contest format, the Team Challenge presented by TransWorld Skateboarding saw nine board company teams – each composed of four skaters – compete for the highest overall score. The teams collected points by assigning one team member as a specialist to one of four sections representing different aspects of skateboarding: Tech, Bowl, Rails, and Gaps. Individual scores were added into team scores to decide the winner.
As the specialist for the Bowl section, 15-year-old Monster rider Trey Wood earned his team crucial points in the blazing Southern California heat. Covering the entire concrete bowl with speed and maximum air time, Wood’s standout moves included frontside kickflip stalefish, alley oop frontside 5-0 grind, frontside boneless, huge frontside nosebone air, body jar, and high-flying backside 540 after the buzzer for a 93.00 point score; the second-highest in today’s Bowl event. Wood’s score set Blind Skateboards on the road to victory, while his teammate TJ Rogers took the top spot in the Tech section, Micky Papa boosted the team’s lead in the Rails zone, and Cody McEntire sealed the deal in the Gaps competition for a total score of 369.32 points.
Charging into second place, Curren Caples and the Flip Skateboards team cleared 359.66 points with a versatile performance. A major push came from Caples putting up the day’s highest score as the specialist for the Bowl section with his signature fluid style and difficult technical moves. The 20-year-old from Ventura, California, secured 93.33 points with standout moves including backside crossbone and lien airs on the extension, frontside nosegrind over the channel rail, a technical kickflip to frontside 5-0 and frontside blunt on the tall bank, and backside tailslide and backside Smith grind across the pool wall. Caples also made a strong showing in yesterday’s individual pro skate event, finishing 3rd in the Bowl section with 88.33 points.
Closely missing the podium, Monster Energy’s Nyjah Huston and the Element Skateboards team found themselves leapfrogged in the final heat by Plan B Skateboards taking 3rd place with 358.99 points – one single point ahead of Element. As the specialist for the Rails section, Huston unloaded a repertoire of technical moves onto the course: backside Smith grind, frontside nose grind to pop over, and frontside 5-0 the entire flat rail, and switch frontside Smith grind, kickflip frontside boardslide, switch frontside lipslide, and backside 180 to backward nosegrind on the 9-stair rail, plus a switch frontside noseblunt slide earned the 21-year-old from San Juan Capistrano, California, the second-highest score in the Rails section with 93.33 points.
With Dew Tour Long Beach 2016 in the books, the Monster Energy Skateboarding team is focused on the next stop on the 2016 Street League Skateboarding Nike SB World Tour. Make sure to tune in on August 28, as the world’s best street skaters go head-to-head at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, for the last chance to win Championship Points and a Golden Ticket to the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship in October in Los Angeles.