Manchester MEN Arena
21st-23rd October 2005
So, the world’s largest event finally hit the UK and landed in Manchester. It seemed to come out of the blue without much notice but it did not stop people from taking their kids and filling the place out to witness some of the best skating you will see anywhere.
Chris Gentry was pipped at the post by Pierre Luc Gagnon who hucked out a monster run in the finals to take $30,000 home on a night when Sandro Dias could not compete 100% due to an injured shoulder. So the much sought after 900′ was just a number on pieces of paper in the crowd instead of a reality which was a shame as we all wanted to see one go down in front of us. Rune Glifberg was killing it but could not take out PLG’s monster final run and hang in there on the night but did get a cheque for 4th place. Andy Macdonald who was on top of his game until the final run came in 3rd. The vert skating overall was huge. Anthony Furlong has some incredible skills and one of the best madonna to tails in the business. Tas Pappas with massive 540’s, Lincoln Ueda killed it, (check his late flip out on the video on this page) and Chris Gentry won the bling award on the night for sure and got 2nd…
The street course was built for rollerbladers, BMX riders and skaters mixing large trannies with ledges, banks, rails and roll ins. UK rider Ross McGouran managed a 3rd place spot for $10,000 with Daniel Viera in 2nd and Wagner Ramos taking the main prize. Greg Lutzka could have rinsed it if he had used the entire course but managed 5th behind Chris Dobstaff on the night. Lutzka’s skills on the ledges are incredible…one by one he laid hammers down in the warm ups…it was a treat to watch.
Some of the best skating was recorded for you to see on this page, feel free to download it by right clicking the file and save as onto your desktop and visit www.lgactionsports.com for all info on future events.