TOP SHOP 2004 TEAM SKATEBOARD COMPETITION REPORT Let it be known that TOP SHOP is the first and original team skateboard competition - conceptualized in the 3rd Lair SkatePark by resident pro Chad Benson and builder Erik 'Woody' Froland . This is our second annual year hosting this unique contest, a format that pits 5 man teams against each other. The winning team is decided up on each rider's highest scoring run. In order for a team to rank high in the standings in this years competition, each member needed to have a near flawless run. One bad run and your team would not finish in the top ten. Most of the teams that entered had 5 really good riders and it was a complete battle to make it into one of the top ten spots. We had a total of 22 teams enter this year!, up 12 from last year. We were honored that so many teams and people came out to make the journey to this event. Our scene here in the Midwest is rolling strong, we have top-notch riders and we challenge anybody, anywhere, to put your team together to see how they stand up to our boys! Very soon, the Midwest will be known for producing some of the industry's top pros. But for now, lets move on… With a 100 + riders trying to get their practice on, it was a little tough to get photos and try to figure out who was looking good. I did notice some people right off the start - 4 Seasons a skatepark that has 2 locations had a very strong team: Dan Nepscha , who I believe is on Beer City, is a rail killer! He goes the long way to the rail on our center obstacle - ollie up and over to lipslide and landing on the down slant. Dan's other teammate - Mario Matabele was another ripper a younger kid with good style who reminded me a little bit of Carlos DeAndrade. Northern Athletik had some heavy hitters with Mike Robke and Ben Vance . They both real smooth styles and rode the course strong. Bad Boyz Toyz also had a tight squad with Kyle Turbush and Drew Porter pulling in the top scores for their team. Everybody was back from last year with the exception of G- Shock, they are closed down at present. Of the teams coming back for their second year - Board To Death's Sam Schafer had an excellent run as well as The Hut's Brendan Connely . B T D and the Hut rounded off the top ten; very respectable out of 22 teams. Newcomers, Expression Skate Shop out of St. Paul had a good first year's showing with 11th place, just edging out Chicago's Uprise by 1 friggin point. It should also be noted Patrick Hergins from Sky High had a good run. Everybody knew that Fobia was the team to beat with soon to be pro Seth McCullum and top ams Jr. Mint and Jamiel. Cal Surf was leading in the earlier part of the day but could not hang on for the win - Fobia edge them out for first. On kinda of a last whim, we decided to enter our Grom Team and out of everybody's amazement they placed 3rd!! I absolutely cannot even believe this - our 12 and under team beat out 20 other teams! I am so proud of those guys - they all had such good runs!! The great part of this event is how it brings everybody together in a 'team environment', not everything is just resting on your individual shoulders. It seems to reduce the stress and anxiety usually affiliated with entering a competition. The format was well received by everybody and it good to see how your team ranks against everybody else. Next year will be our 3rd Annual and we will turn it into a 3-day event - Fri. practice / Sat. qualifiers / Sun. finals and best trick. Part of our success with this contest is our partnership with Slap Magazine , thanks to them a lot more teams found out about the event and we thank them for that. Our official drink sponsor - Coke donated one thousand dollars into the cash purse, as well as our other supporters: Phil Mero from Red Bull, Split Clothing, Accel Wheels, Alien Workshop, Silver Trucks, S - One, and a special thanks to Project Hardware for helping us to get the word out. We cordially invite teams from across America to come up to Minnesota, compete, and find out who has the TOP SHOP TEAM in the Nation for 2005!
WARP M.B. 8TH JOEY STEADMAN 83 LUKE STANDISH 69 JOHN DICKSON 66.33333333 MIKE OWENS 80.33333333 TOM EVANS 73.33333333 FINAL TEAM SCORE 372 BOARD TO DEATH 9TH SAM SCHAFER 84 SHANE GOLDER 67.66666667 CORY ANDERSON 73.6666667 CHRIS PATNAUDE 75.66666667 JORDAN GARRIS 68 FINAL TEAM SCORE 369 THE HUT 10TH TYLER PEABODY 73 JASON KNOLL 68.33333333 BRENDAN CONNELLY 79 PAT SEVRUD 74.66666667 PATRICK GALLANER 73.33333333 FINAL TEAM SCORE 368.3333333 EXPRESSION 11TH JAN JACOBSON 82 DAVID JAIMES 81.6666667 KEITH MUSANZ 75.33333333 JAKE LINDGREN 72.33333333 LOW TEAM SCORE 56 FINAL TEAM SCORE 367.3333334 UPRISE 12TH NEIL ERICKSON 75.33333333 JACKSON HENNESEY 77.33333333 CHRIS BURNETTE 79.66666667 NATE OLSON 73.66666667 STU JACOBS 60 FINAL TEAM SCORE 366 SKY HIGH 13TH PATRICK HERGINS 82.33333333 JOHN METHVIN 73.66666667 ROB CAMPBELL 58 PEDRO GRINDEL 72.66666667 SHANE BROWNING 75 FINAL TEAM SCORE 361.6666667 FONIX 14TH JACK BOYD 73 CASEY MORRISSEY 69.6666667 STEVE SIETZ 79 JASON BARR 80.66666667 JOHN FEICK 50 FINAL TEAM SCORE 352.3333334
UNDERLOUD 15TH ZACH KOSS 73 MARK MCULLOUGH 69 NICK SOMMER 70.66666667 RYAN WARFFUEL 68 TYLER EDWARD MORRIS 70.33333333 FINAL TEAM SCORE 351 LAKE OWEN 16TH NAME SCORE NAME SCORE SHAWN HANLEY 79.66666667 ANTHONY BRUNSON 77 GREGG PILOTO 77.66666667 HARVEY HASKINS 69.33333333 DAN CARDINELL 45.33333333 FINAL TEAM SCORE 349 DWELLERS 17TH DAVE BISEL 71.66666667 NICK DRAVES 67.33333333 SKYLER GANTERT 66.66666667 MATT ATHANASION 69.33333333 COREY NELSON 71 FINAL TEAM SCORE 346 FOBIA (2) 18TH ELIJAH COLLARD 77.33333333 DAN JACKSON 68.33333333 ADAM LONGFIELD 69 WAYNE ZERR 55 TIM BENNETT 74.33333333 FINAL TEAM SCORE 344 SOUTHPORT RIGGING 19TH STU DODGE 73.33333333 NICK GREEN 64 MATT WEBB 50 SEAN MATHCOCK 72.66666667 CHRISTIAN RIVERA 74.33333333 FINAL TEAM SCORE 334.3333333 IN THE WORKS 20TH REGAN KILLMER 64.66666667 JOHN ARMENDERAZ 75.33333333 JOE WILLIAMS 55.66666667 DAN WILLIAMS 62.66666667 DOM HESS 73.66666667 FINAL TEAM SCORE 332 NENDZA'S 21ST COLTON AMMUNDSON 54 JESS MONSON 59.33333333 CLAY HATHAWAY 56 EVAN WITSCHEN 73.33333333 RYAN MARKWARDT 57.66666667 FINAL TEAM SCORE 300.3333333 CHEAP SKATES 22ND DREW LADWIG 59.33333333 MATT KRAWCZYK 52.33333333 ADAM WUESTENHAGEN 61.66666667 ERIC POPOUR 53.66666667 MICHAEL PEULEBERG 61 FINAL TEAM SCORE 288
2004 RESULTS FOBIA (1) 1ST [$800.00] JAMIEL NOWPARVER 86 JASON BYRNE 82.33 MIKE BRACKEY 77.33 NATE COMPHER 89 SETH MCCALLUM 88.66 FINAL TEAM SCORE 423.33 FINAL TEAM SCORE 423.3333333 CAL SURF 2ND [$500.00] MIKE MUNZENRIDER 80.66666667 ADAM DALEN 82 JAKE SMITH 84.33333333 JEFF AMENDOLA 81.33333333 MIKE GOODMAN 76.33333333 FINAL TEAM SCORE 404.6666667 3RD LAIR (2) 3RD [$300.00] CODY DAVIS 80.66666667 DAN NARLOCH 79 TOM ROHER 82 NEAL SHIPE 80.66666667 KIERAN STONE 79.66666667 FINAL TEAM SCORE 402 4 SEASONS 4TH [$200.00] BRAD MONTE 79.66666667 JON BARTEIS 79.66666667 DAN NEPSCHA 86.33333333 MIKE TANK 65.66666667 MARIO MATABELE 81.33333333 FINAL TEAM SCORE 392.6666667 BAD BOYZ TOYZ 5TH [$100.00] KYLE TURBUSH 81.66666667 RANDY KORWIN 76.33333333 NATHAN PORTER 79 SEAN MCNALLEY 70.33333333 DREW PORTER 80.33333333 FINAL TEAM SCORE 387.6666667 3RD LAIR (1) 6TH MIKE GUY 81.33333333 BRIAN GODFREY 55.33333333 C.J. TAMBORNINO 85.33333333 TOM BEGGS 82.66666667 TONY LANNERS 70.66666667 FINAL TEAM SCORE 375.3333333 NORTHERN ATHLETIC 7TH MIKE ROEBKE 58.33333333 BEN VANCE 79 CHUCK NORRIS 75 JEFF BAUMAN 76.66666667 JEFF CHASE 85.66666667 FINAL TEAM SCORE 374.6666667 add text.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE TEAMS THAT COMPETED IN THE 2004 TOP SHOP!!!
RESULTS FOR THE 2003 TOP SHOP COMPETITION 1 - FOBIA I (CHAMPS) 2 - CAL SURF 3 - UPRISE (tie) 3 - BAD BOYZ TOYZ (tie) 5 - FOBIA II 6 - 3RD LAIR 7 - G SHOCK/PIT SKATEPARK 8 - G SHOCK 9 - BOARD 2 DEATH 10 - THE HUT The Story of the Top Shop Competition… This was our first annual Top Shop Comp. The format for this contest was the brainchild of our resident pro skater Chad Benson. The idea was to invite shops from all over the Midwest to come to the 3rd Lair and compete against the other teams. The scoring was done in a team format - combined cumulative of everybody on the team. There were five riders on each team; their top run went toward the team score. This contest format seemed to appeal to everybody we invited and the turn out was great. We had teams come all the way from Chicago - Bad Boyz Toyz and Uprise. Almost every Minnesota skate shop entered the competition - Fobia, Cal Surf, The Hut, Board to Death (Rochester), G-Shock Skatepark, and The Pit Skatepark (Rockford, Il.). The notables that did not make it to the competition were - The Youth Shelter from St. Cloud, Freestyle of Duluth, Sky High and Phase II from Milwaukee. We hope to see you guys next year and many others. There were ten teams that entered the competition - 50 riders total. Each rider would get 2 one-minute runs. The heats were divided up with one rider from each team - 5 heats total. Everybody got a good couple of hours to practice their lines and the contest started promptly at 5:00pm on Saturday, March 1st. It was great to see these guys skate the park all by themselves without anybody getting in their way. The course is very big and each rider had their own unique way of utilizing the obstacles. Our course was definitely designed with a contest in mind and I know our head builder - Erik (Woody) Froland was interested in seeing how these elite skaters would put their lines together. Steve Gareri was of course on the mike and did a great job of emceeing the competition. I got some good photos during practice but I was too intimidated to go out onto the course during the actual contest runs. I did not want to screw up anybody's line. Everybody that rode represented their shop well. The level of skating was insane. I knew it was going to be good, but I had no idea how consistent some of these riders were. Notables were: Nate Compher - he's from the Fobia team and had a great run, he utilized the course well and has a sick, laid back style of skating. He's got the 'I'm not really trying' style; yet he still makes everything. I really enjoyed his runs and I know the crowd did too because everybody went just nuts. Jason Burne - is another Fobia rider and he had the best most consistent run of the contest in my opinion. He did not bail one of his tricks! That's right he rode that course for a minute straight and did not miss anything. I think the crowd was just stunned and could not believe their eyes. This humble, young kid just blew every other rider out of the water. He definitely has a good future ahead of him in skateboarding. Jeremy Reeves - he rides for us so I probably shouldn't hype him up to much - not to be bias. The level of difficulty in his runs were on a pro level without a doubt. He stuck a switch frontside boardslide down the handrail and it was the best trick of the contest in my opinion.
Congratulations to Joe and all the riders over at Fobia - you have assembled an amazing team and have set the bar very, very high. I'm sure that these guys will be ready to defend their title next year. Later on that night during the after party we had a best trick contest. Woody had built a secret obstacle to hold this on and busted it out for everybody to ride. It was a sick homemade picnic table and an intense session ensued. Andy Paulson was trying this insane no-grab foot plant maneuver that might have won the contest if he had made it. It was between Mike Munzenrider and Chad Benson for the winner, after much deliberation we decided to give it to Mike because he stuck a hardflip backside 180 over the table. A special thanks goes out to our Judges - Brian Perry from Hardflip.com, Ryan Rousslang, Josh Holton, Darren McCannon and Rob Sissi from Supernatural Clothing. Also thanks to Rob Miller who had the hectic job as the official scorekeeper. Scott O from Cal Surf and Joe G from Fobia for each buying a keg of beer for the party. And especially everybody that traveled to enter this contest, your journey made it extra special and we hope to see you all again soon. Also thanks to all the bands that played - you rocked down the house and we hope to have you back next time. It should also be noted that we did not have one outside sponsor for this competition. Its not that we didn't want sponsors but we felt like it would be hard to get companies to donate prize money on such short notice. Next year we will be seeking sponsors for this event to donate prize money. Please contact the 3rd Lair if you are interested. In closing, this was a very fun event and we will be doing it on an annual basis. We hope they everybody had a great time and invite you to come back for our next special event - Our Cinco De Mayo Out Contest… stay tuned. -Mulla
The 3rd annual TOP SHOP - Team Skateboard Competition presented by the skateboard MAG was held on April 15th - 17th, 2005 at the 3rd Lair Skatepark in Minneapolis, Mn. The 3rd Lairs own team of young, up and coming rippers upset the heavily favored Fobia team. Bad Boyz Toys , being lead by Kyle Terbush , just missed second place. Cal Surf placed a very respectable fourth place, followed by the Warp Skatepark / MB Boardshop . These top 5 teams all received a cash payment for their combined efforts. Individual standouts were Marissa del Santo from RQ Boardshop , she scored an 87 which was one of the highest of the entire contest. Only, Junior Mint could top her for 'Best Run' honors. Eddie Kochendorfer , won the 'Best Trick' with a kickflip noseslide, kickflip crooks, and heelflip backside 5-0, he received $350 plus $100 from Roots and for his gnarlyness. 23 Shops from all over the country participated in this 5 man, amateur, team skateboard competition. Head judge Jason Rothmeyer , one of the most respected in the industry flew out to partake in this annual event held at the 3rd Lair SkatePark in beautiful Minneapolis, Mn. 2005 was the 3rd Annual TOP SHOP and next year's will be even bigger with more teams, more cash, another Skateboard Trivia Contest and a free Skateboard Trade Show Event with companies soon to be confirmed such as Accel Wheels, Project Hardware, Split Clothing, Listen Skateboards and many more. The TOP SHOP - Team Skateboard Competition is a great way to receive exposure for your shop as well as your team riders. It is also a great opportunity for skateboard companies and their sales reps to meet the true foundation of our industry the core, shop owners , their staff and the skateboarders that ride for their team.
Presented by – the skateboard MAG and Element Prize Purse Details $5000.00 grand total + $1000.00 in Element product for winning team’s shop · $4000.00 allotted to the Team Competition portion o 1st Place - $1550.00 + $1000.00 in Element product o 2nd Place - $850.00 o 3rd Place - $550.00 o 4th Place - $400.00 · $1000.00 allotted to the Best Trick Contest portion o Disbursements – To Be Determined TradeShow and Contest Schedule · TradeShow runs all 3 days – Friday, April 27th, Saturday, April 28th & Sunday, April 29th o Friday, April 27th – 12:00 – 7:00 pm o Saturday, April 28th – 11:00 – 7:00 pm o Sunday, April 29th – 12:00 – 3:00 pm · Team Competition runs all 3 days – Friday, April 27th, Saturday, April 28th & Sunday, April 29th o Friday, April 27th – 1 rider per team (contest starts at 5:00 pm) o Saturday, April 28th – 2 riders per team (contest starts at 10:00 am) o Sunday, April 29th – 2 riders per team (contest starts at 10:00 am) Party Schedule · Friday, April 27th – Skateboard Trivia Game starts at 9:00 pm · Friday, April 27th – V. I. P. party bus leaves 3rd Lair 10:30 pm · Saturday, April 28th – Creature Video Premiere at 3rd Lair starts at 9:30 pm · Saturday, April 28th – ‘McRad’ & 'Smile Project' concert and party at 3rd Lair starts at 9:30 pm · Sunday, April 29th – After party at Majors across the street Registration · Shop Teams or Park Teams ONLY! · Entry Fee: 200.00 per team Other Details · Host Hotel – Super 8 @ 763 546 6277 (right across the street) (ask for 3rd Lair Group Rate) · Judges – Jason Rothmeyer (Head Judge), Vern Laird (Listen), Kris Markovich (Crimson), Brian Perry (Hardflip.com), & Jamie Erickson (Mn. Legend!)
o 5th Place - $250.00 o 6th Place - $150.00 o Best Run of Contest - $250.00
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