Contest season is in full effect, people! With the International Scooter Association set to kick off its worldwide qualifiers next month, we are seeing an abundance of riders participating in smaller events, preparing to battle for a spot in the World Championship at Extreme Barcelona in June. We have five North American events coming up (full schedule below), which will qualify riders for the National Championship in Lake Havasu, Arizona. The top riders from the Nationals will move on to the World Championship and compete against riders from all over the world that qualified in their regions. However, this isn’t the only way to secure your spot in the World Championship. There are special Golden Tickets being given to winners of other contest series.
The Winter Series is a contest series presented by United Scoot. The championship for this series takes place in Las Vegas on Feb. 9, where a Golden Ticket will be awarded to the victor. This Golden Ticket recipient will be qualified straight into the World Championship. We expect a massive turnout. Check out their site for more details on this event.
Over the last weekend, we had another installment of the Winter Series. The competition took place at A-Town Park in Atascadero, California. We had a total of 102 riders competing throughout all divisions. This included riders as young as 7 and as old as 25! We also had a ladies division, something we don’t see too often in the scooter contest scene. Chris Farris and Cody Flom, who have also competed at the Nitro World Games multiple times, were among the competitors here. This is Farris’ home park, so we expected him to throw down.
Before starting the pro division, we ran through beginners, novices, intermediate, ladies, street, and our open division. It is always awesome to see a lot of familiar names, as these riders travel from all over California and Arizona to gain points in the series. A couple names that come to mind are Blake O’Gorman and Brig Beck. These kids are the future — look out for them in the Nitro World Games one day!
Some other well known riders in the contest circuit are Daniel and Dom Deeder from Phoenix, and Dejion Taylor out of Long Beach, California. We tend to see these guys at all the contests from San Diego to the West Coast of Canada. The young Deeder Bros were cruising the course with speed and finesse as per usual. Daniel is also a black belt in jiu-jitsu, so you know he got moves! Dejion takes a bit of a different approach, using his huge bag of tricks to his advantage.
But this contest was definitely the Chris and Cody show. We know what these guys are capable of from watching them at Nitro World Games ScootFest King of Park and King of Bowl. The crowd was explosive for these two riders as well. From the time they dropped in until the timer struck 60 seconds, you could barely hear me on the mic because their cheering section was so loud. Unfortunately Cody wasn’t able to complete his first run without bailing, and his second run came to an abrupt end when he underrotated a backflip variation and jammed his finger into the ramp in front of him, leaving it dislocated.
As expected at his local park, Chris significantly dominated the competition, winning by 7 points (100-point scale). He put on an elegant display of speed and style while throwing in some massive maneuvers. The highlight for me was in his second run, where he was able to throw a barspin in the middle of a 360 backflip, stepping up the original 360 backflip from his first run. Check out his first run from an on-looker’s perspective here (sound on if you want to hear that crowd):
Overall, this event was a great precursor for what is to come on Feb. 9 in Las Vegas. Only one winner will receive a Golden Ticket to the World Championship. Can Chris do it? Maybe Cody? There will be an estimated 150-plus riders at the event. Don’t miss out if you can get to it. See you there!
About the writer:
My name is Jake Hershey, known in social media land as Nekbeard. I was born in ’91 and started scootering in ’02! I was born and raised in New Jersey, but made my way to the West Coast in 2014. I now live in sunny San Diego where you can catch me at Linda Vista skatepark almost daily. Scootering is a passion for me, so I hope that you like what I have to write!