After a stressful week thinking about the huge storm that was supposed to hit Friday night and Saturday morning we decided to roll the dice and push the Rider Cup Queens Qualifier start time back to 3pm on Saturday (8/2) cross our fingers and hope it would be dry.
This is what I was seeing on my phone when I woke up at 9am to a steady downpour
By noon things had changed a bit and the rain had stopped but it was still pretty wet out.
One look at the radar and I knew the storm had passed!
We combined teams with eligible New York City residents and culled it down to 6 teams:
Outliers, Land Bolts, Belief, Money Team, Wave Sauce & Team Chadie
Explaining the sections and how it all works- Sections would be the up-bar, Ledge/manny section, titty/mound and out ledge
First round on the up-bar; these teams had this park wired. Nothing but love for each of the teams!
Queens not only has talent but a tight scene
Ledge/manny section first round
Titty/Mound section first round; crushing right out the gate getting props from the crowd!
Next to the out-ledge section:
Next round on the up-bar
Fadles with the nosegrind
Still crushing and still major crowd approval!
Karim absolutely killed the out ledge, probably the best head to head of the day with Humza and highest scores of the day. here with the kickflip front crook, backside 180 fakie nosegrind and front smith f/s flip out
And it’s Team Wave Sauce and Team Belief to the finals!
I can’t tell you how intense the final rounds were.
We had some of the highest scores and consistent skating yet.
Some shots from the sections
Another epic head to head battle from Humza and Karim; they had Queens hyped!
I think everyone knew who won but some of the crew gathered for the official announcement
And it’s official… Team Belief goes home with the $2000 and a top spot in the Rider Cup NYC finals on August 16th! Team Wave sauce and Team Outliers advance to the finals as well for a chance at the $10,000 CASH and an all expense paid trip to South Africa.
Congrats to Team Belief pictured here with Belief owners Phil and Raffie. Thanks to everyone that came out and skated and supported. Big thanks to the Rider cup and Volcom for making it happen. See you next week in Staten Island for the final qualifier and then on August 16th for the finals at LES!