Battling the wind and the rain, the LXVI Invitational eventually went down as planned and the young guns continue to dominate.
After a morning of downpours, tornado alerts and winds strong enough to blow some riders pads straight off of their balconies, the ramps were finally cleaned off and dried just in time to run the event on schedule. Of the ten qualified riders, all would receive three runs to find their way through some persistent gusts and put together their best run.
Once again it was Daniel Sandoval who topped the list, riding as if even the wind couldnt touch him. Tucks to whips, triple whips and his heart-stopping lawn darts helped land him in the pilots seat for the day and put a cool $5000 in his pocket.
Fighting in for a second place finish and his part of the $25,000 prize money was Pat Casey who was back with decades, whips to tucks and double whips to get the best of some serious competition. He caught a few bad gusts that almost blew him off the ramps, but managed to fight his way through.
Third place went to a rider who is little known for his ramp skills and best known for his potential in the dirt, but thats all going to change. TJ Ellis came out for fun and left with a fat check in his pocket with some big no handed flips, flip whips and a massive superman flip that looked as though he would never get back to his bike. Its good to see that boost still counts for something in the judges eyes.
Rickey Mosley floats an indian air during practice.
Be sure to keep an eye out for extended coverage of this event in the December 2012 issue of the magazine.