Austin Keen Wins the Florida Skimboarding Pro/Am

By Steve Taylor

Day two of the 2010 Florida Pro/Am saw very similar conditions to day one, though the expected bump in swell was an absolute no show.  The waves were still contestable, but lacked the power and size to make wave riding or barrels the main attraction.  It was clear that the best tricks thrown on what waves there were, would be the high scoring heat winning factors.

The Quarterfinals and Semi Finals were relatively close aside from a few standouts. Jason Wilson came out with guns firing in his QuarterFinal with a smooth backside slash to 720 spin riding up the beach with confidence, but was unable to back it up with more high scores. Max Smetts put on another crowd pleasing performance and could have easily gotten himself into the semi-finals in his second professional appearance. The entire group of professionals watching Max at the event were impressed at his composure and ability to skim without being intimidated by older veteran pros. Tim Fulton, another young pro was on fire up until the Quarterfinals when he just came up short in a stacked heat. Brad Evers was barely able to edge out Max in the quarterfinals to put himself into the semi’s alongside the younger push of new school skimboarders. Sam Stinnett and Brad Domke both stuck 540 shuv-its in their quarterfinal heats, as Dave Armstrong launched massive frontside airs up and down the beach. Bill Bryan put together his standard rock solid performance of fakie shuv-its to switch wraps, and backside liners to fakie, switch shuv-it to cover ups. Standard for Bill, not so standard for the average skimboarder.

Though small, the waves were boostable and the inconsistent knee-thigh high sets would push through giving competitors infinite launch ramps. And launch they did. The finals came down to Bill Bryan, Sam Stinnett, Brad Domke and Austin Keen. The current and past living skimboard legend against three of the most progressive young guns. What else could we ask for in a final at a huge UST event? The level of skimboarding was immediately elevated in the final. Bill Bryan came out strong linking combo tricks like frontside bigspins to switch wraps into trough barrels. Sam Stinnett stuck a frontside 360 shuv-it out and completed it with a backside air back onto the sand. Austin Keen answered with a what I believe would be called a Korrupt Flip, that he stuck. The crowd went insane, I’ve never experienced as long of an applause as Austin received for that trick. Austin was instantly filled with confidence and everyone could tell he was in the zone. He immediately followed it up with a frontside floater to 360 shuv-it. Sam, Brad and Bill knew they needed something. Austin answered again with a massive 360 shuvit landing in the transition and riding up the beach. He couldn’t but help throw his hands in the air for the crowd to make some noise. And that they did. After a couple of failed attempts Brad was able to stick a bigger spin off the lip of a wave back onto the beach. The crowd erupted again. Sam answered with a frontside wrap and some more solid rides. Brad finished strong with a frontside bigspin out to small switch backside air, but it was too late; Austin’s bangers (huge tricks) had sealed the deal for his first UST win, and a final that will re-set the bar for skimboarding tech in a Final. A huge thanks to Steve Pullara and all that helped him put the event together. The judges, the tabulators, the announcers, everyone. A big congratulations to Steve for making a women’s professional division for the first time on the East Coast, which Anna Prophet was able to continue her dominance in, going two for two in women’s professional events so far. Make sure you get out to Vilano Beach next year if you can, you won’t be disappointed.

Final Pro Results:

  1. Austin Keen (Exile, EOS)
  2. Brad Domke (Exile)
  3. Bill Bryan (Victoria)
  4. Sam Stinnett (Exile, Main St.)
  5. Brandon Sears (Exile, Main St.)
  6. Dave Armstrong (Zap)

Day One Writeup

Photos By Tad Mask

 

Comments

comments

19 Comments

  1. please post the standings for the women’s pro comp at Vilano

    Posted by Sara Jones on 24 August 10 at 3:21pm [Reply]
    • Do you know them? email them to us and we will!

      Posted by Aaron Peluso on 25 August 10 at 8:55pm [Reply]
  2. Good day very nice web site!! Man .. Excellent ..

    Amazing .. I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds also?
    I am satisfied to find a lot of helpful info here in the put
    up, we want work out more strategies on this regard, thank you for sharing.
    . . . . .

    Posted by adtitan google plus android on 20 September 14 at 11:05pm [Reply]
  3. I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for.

    can you offer guest writers to write content available for
    you? I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on some of the subjects
    you write related to here. Again, awesome weblog!

    Posted by Modesto California auto glass replacement on 26 September 14 at 9:26am [Reply]
  4. What’s up i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anywhere, when i read this article i thought i could also create comment due to this
    good paragraph.

    Posted by best downloads on 27 September 14 at 4:15pm [Reply]
  5. Hi it’s me, I am also visiting this website on a regular basis,
    this website is really good and the users are really sharing fastidious thoughts.

    Posted by click for more AW Direct Voucher Code on 01 October 14 at 8:29am [Reply]
  6. Good day I am so glad I found your site, I really found you by accident, while I was researching on Yahoo for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say thanks a
    lot for a tremendous post and a all round enjoyable blog (I
    also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to browse it
    all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and
    also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be
    back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the great
    work.

    Posted by custom tshirt design on 05 June 15 at 6:20am [Reply]
  7. Great website. A lot of useful information here.

    I’m sending it to a few pals ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And of course, thanks for your sweat!

    Posted by custom shirt design on 12 June 15 at 8:36pm [Reply]
  8. Probably spent a couple of minutes on some Binary possibilities trading account demo, if even that.

    Posted by binary options demo free on 12 June 15 at 11:17pm [Reply]
  9. Unfortunately, many Americans who need to lose “unhealthy”
    excess body fat enroll in weight loss programs that lead to long-term weight gain. Drink plenty
    of water to stay hydrated and minimize bloating caused by water retention. A terrific technique to reduce weight will include slowly reducing the number of
    calories people consume daily.

    My web page flat stomach tips

    Posted by flat stomach tips on 13 June 15 at 1:07am [Reply]
  10. Awesome! Its in fact amazing paragraph, I have got much clear idea regarding from this article.

    Posted by Lonnie on 19 June 15 at 3:04pm [Reply]
  11. If some one needs expert view on the topic of blogging and
    site-building after that i suggest him/her to pay a quick visit this website, Keep
    up the nice work.

    Posted by riding compilation on 17 July 15 at 5:27pm [Reply]
  12. Welcome to MTV Global Hosted By Marc Alex Cool Voted the #1 Live Broadcast Video Channel in America.
    Now You Too Can Have Your Music Video Broadcast Live and seen by Millions Daily on Computers,
    All Smart Phones, Smart TV and ROKU Boxes. Featuring Your Music Video on MTV Global In 72 Hours With Unlimited Live
    Broadcast Views For Just $29.95 a Month. Reserve Your Airtime Slot Now and Recive a FREE Music Showcase Link Valued at $9.95 a
    Month!

    Posted by radio on 06 August 15 at 4:24pm [Reply]
  13. I’d like to find out more? I’d like to find out some additional
    information.

    Posted by make your own t shirts on 08 August 15 at 12:11am [Reply]
  14. Geet out of debt today. Bankruptcy is a dirty scary word.
    But once you learn thhe ins annd outs oof bankruptcy it is not so scary anymore.

    In fact, you may conclude it is your best chance at starting a new future.

    Posted by Joey on 01 September 15 at 7:46pm [Reply]
  15. Senior advertising associate job description contains nothing, however supervising
    total advertising duties and ensuring their fruitful implementation.

    Posted by Clemmie on 02 September 15 at 5:21pm [Reply]
  16. I think this is among the so much significant information for me.
    And i am satisfied reading your article. However wanna statement on some
    general issues, The website style is wonderful, the articles is in point of fact excellent : D.
    Good activity, cheers

    Posted by hanjin on 06 September 15 at 10:42pm [Reply]
  17. Thanks for some other wonderful post. The place else may just anyone get that type of info in such
    an ideal method of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I’m at the look for such info.

    Posted by custom shirt design on 20 October 15 at 11:27pm [Reply]
  18. Hello there I’m not sure whether or not it’s me or possibly your webblog but it is starting slowly
    for me personally, it took me like a moment to finally load however facebook
    works completely . Well, Thank you for publishing an incredibly lovely blog post.

    Perhaps this has already been necessary to lots of people who arrived on this page.

    I personally should state that you actually have done excellent job with this and hope to find out further wonderful things through
    you. Soon after looking at the blog post, I’ve bookmarked your web blog.

    Posted by dota2hack.org on 04 June 16 at 8:26pm [Reply]

Leave a Reply to Aaron Peluso