2011Best Foot Forward

Best Foot Forward 2011: Austin, TX

Author: zumiezcouchtour | Source: YouTube.com

They say everything is bigger in Texas and Zumiez Best Foot Forward made it even bigger and badder. The 100 plus degree heat here in Austin didn’t keep these dudes down. Man, it was so hot out there I saw kids fry an egg on a rock for breakfast! The smooth breeze did allow for a slight reprieve from the heat. And the amount of bottled water sold in this sauna of a fun-fest could easily fill the Grand Canyon, and then some.

The BFF contest raged on and the heat of this Texan sunshine made the metal on the handrails and the coping red hot. You don’t wanna get caught slippin’ on the hubbas out here either! You’d get third degree burns that would make those masonite burns on your knees look like papercuts.

The illest shredders from all over the Austin, Texas area were in full-effect on this blistering day. First place and killing everything in sight was Ke’Chaud Johnson, who rocked all kinds of high-flying flip tricks up the euro gap including a backside 360 kickflip with ease. Sealing the deal, Ke’Chaud pulled off a picture-perfect backside 360 over the handrail at the buzzer.

Second was Ryan Holloway, rocking clean and original maneuvers all over the course including sugarcanes and mad blunt combos. Seeing Ryan’s originality and sweet maneuvers was a breath of fresh air to these Couch surfers. Zumiez recognized this in a big way and bestowed Ryan with the New Era Originator of the Day award.

And rounding out the top three was Luke Heilmann, pulling it off with consistency and style. These top three competitors weren’t even close to the only shredders out there. Although the heat was turned way up, we saw all kinds of handrail action, hubba hammers and rad flip tricks all over that shark pit euro gap.

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