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Brent Dubendorff Qualifies #1
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Brent Dubendorff on his way to qualifying number on. Photo Silverfish Longboarding
 

San Dimas, California, USA- On a hot, dry, 32C degree (90F) Southern California afternoon, Brent Dubendorff (USA) from Colorado mastered Seismic Corner to qualify number one for Sunday's North American Downhill Championships.

Defending champion Jimmy Flindt (USA) from Southern California was second followed by Zak Maytum USA) from Colorado in third. Maytum's run also placed him as the top qualifier in Junior Downhill Skateboarding.

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Defending NorAm Champion Jimmy Flindt qualified 2nd. Photo Silverfish Longboarding

Jimmy Flindt was the first skater to take a qualifying run. He laid down a really fast time of 1:06.349 and then sat and watched as skater after skater attempted to beat him. For the longest time, no one seemed able to do it. The key to the whole Bonelli course is the negotiation of Seismic Corner. The riders approach the corner at approximately 65 kph (40 mph) and then must brake heavily for the hard, 90 degree bend. Everyone is trying to carry as much speed as possible through the corner since it leads to a long, relatively flat straightawy to the finish. Often the riders carry too much speed and either slide out or have massive impacts with the straw bales on the exit. It's one of the most challenging corners in the entire world.

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Large brush fires are burning throughout Southern California. Photo Silverfish Longboarding

Finally, late in the session, Brent Dubendorff eclipsed Flindt's time when he laid down a 1:05.909. It was a big moment for the Colorado skater. His team mate Zak Maytum posted a time of 1:07.557 to qualify in third. Since Maytum is a junior, the time also gave hime the pole position for the Junior Downhill Skateboarding race. Rounding out the top five were Billy Meiner from Portland, Oregon with a 1:07.890 in fourth and James Kelly from Sonoma, California with 1:08.128 in fifth.

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Danny Connor leads a pack of riders during practice. Photo Silverfishl Longboarding

The Junior Downhill Skateboarding class continues to get more and more competitive. As mentioned earlier, Junior World Champion Zak Maytum earned the number one starting position with his 1:07.557. Tim Del Rosario was a close second with a 1:07.945. Those two appear to have the upper hand going into Sunday's race. Calvin Staub was third with a 1:11.937. In all there are 19 skaters qualified in the class for those aged 17 and under.

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Photographer extrordinaire Jon Huey gave Classic Luge a try with spectacular results. Photo Silverfish Longboarding

Street Luge definitely had the most spectacular crashes of the day. Both Brian Lee from Salt Lake City, Utah and Bill Smrtic from North Carolina had spectacular crashes taking out nearly 20 bales of straw each. Fortunately neither of them were injured and both were able to complete their runs.

Riley Meehan used his experience to qualify number one with a 1:06.647. It's hard to believe that the veteran racer is still eligible to compete in the Junior catagories! He laid down smooth, consistent runs all day and made Seismic Corner seemingly with ease run after run. Qualifying second was Mike McIntyre from nearby Gledora with a 1:07.054. Third was Justin Tolman with a 1:08.158. Sunday's race promises to be an exciting one with fast veterans Lee and Smrtic buried deep in the field.

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The Junior Downhill Skateboarding class has a full 19 entries. Photo Silverfish Longboarding

Classic Luge qualifying was also led by Meehan.  Both Junior Street Luge and Classic Luge were paced by Christian Conaway. Kyle Castaneda was pushing hard in both divisions and looks like he and Conaway will have some tough battles in their heats.

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Craig Ellis and Warren Focke take off on an inline practice run. Photo Silverfish Longboarding

Scott Peer set the fastest time in Inline Skate qualifying with a spectacular 1:03.570 run. His run was the fastest of the entire day for any catagory. The day was also significant because Scott finally retired his venerable kevlar suit for a brand new set of custom NJK leathers. He put them to good use since he also qualified second in Classic Luge.

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A Junior skater negotiates Seismic Corner. Photo Silverfish Longboarding

Special thanks to Erik Basil from SilverfishLongboarding.com for providing photos. Silverfish has posted a Gallery of Event Photos on their site.

Practice get's underway this morning at 8:00am. The big Downhill Skateboard race is set to go off at 11:00am. If you're anywhere within driving distance of Southern California, make plans to be there. The racing promises to be 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Downhill Skateboarding Qualifying
Pos No. Surname Firstname Nat Qual 1 Best
1 119 Dubendorff Brett USA 1:05.909 1:05.909
2 74 Flindt Jimmy USA 1:06.349 1:06.349
3 560 Maytum Zak USA 1:07.557 1:07.557
4 87 Meiners Billy USA 1:07.890 1:07.890
5 152 Del Rosario Tim PHI 1:07.945 1:07.945
6 58 Kelly James USA 1:08.128 1:08.128
7 288 DeKeysor Brent USA 1:08.368 1:08.368
8 35 Conner Danny USA 1:08.401 1:08.401
9 153 McCausland Brett USA 1:08.576 1:08.576
10 5 Meehan Riley USA 1:09.413 1:09.413
11 68 Cortez Romulo VEN 1:09.605 1:09.605
12 40 Mercardo Andrew USA 1:09.748 1:09.748
13 178 Pilloni Louis USA 1:09.927 1:09.927
14 88 English Rylan CAN 1:10.046 1:10.046
15 625 Omoto Kawika USA 1:10.384 1:10.384
16 164 Capps Max USA 1:10.729 1:10.729
17 264 Gonzales Justin USA 1:10.778 1:10.778
18 147 Kludy Rick USA 1:11.598 1:11.598
19 168 Johnston Hugh CAN 1:11.781 1:11.781
20 582 Staub Calvin USA 1:11.937 1:11.937
21 45 Sumile Roland USA 1:11.964 1:11.964
22 150 Carrol Paul USA 1:12.552 1:12.552
23 620 Torres Joshua USA 1:12.702 1:12.702
24 547 Cooper Kevin USA 1:13.204 1:13.204
25 56 Clutario Kevin USA 1:13.313 1:13.313
26 622 Hanson David USA 1:13.524 1:13.524
27 28 McKendry Robert USA 1:14.093 1:14.093
28 626 Stetler Tom USA 1:14.582 1:14.582
29 131 Eubank Pete USA 1:16.007 1:16.007
30 627 Porras Juan VEN 1:17.969 1:17.969
31 109 Hampton Dustin USA 1:18.319 1:18.319
32 613 Check Daniel USA 1:18.339 1:18.339
33 275 Linton Colton USA 1:18.931 1:18.931
34 624 Nahemow Michael USA 1:18.993 1:18.993
35 229 Stone Aaron USA 1:19.147 1:19.147
36 106 Price David USA 1:19.728 1:19.728
37 559 Lukoszek Ben AUS 1:20.935 1:20.935
38 616 Verbeest Alex USA 1:21.059 1:21.059
39 46 Koninghausen Ramon SUI 1:21.859 1:21.859
40 629 Mayall Zak USA 1:24.201 1:24.201
41 549 Dubois Justin USA 1:24.739 1:24.739
42 191 Doman Steve USA 1:24.866 1:24.866
43 605 Vigil Brian USA 1:31.351 1:31.351
44 615 Ramos Noah USA 1:31.448 1:31.448
45 623 Staub Mark USA 1:35.029 1:35.029
46 589 Dubois Quinn CAN 1:38.482 1:38.482
47 63 Rutherford Noah USA 1:52.284 1:52.284
Junior  I DH Skateboard  Qualifying (9 to 13 Years old)
Pos No. Surname Firstname Nat Qual 1 Best
1 619 Eaton Blake USA 1:27.168 1:27.168
2 628 Garland Ricky USA 1:28.442 1:28.442
3 610 Morgan Liam USA 1:28.833 1:28.833
4 589 Dubois Quinn CAN 1:38.482 1:38.482
Junior  II DH Skateboard Qualifying (14 to 17 Years old)
Pos No. Surname Firstname Nat Qual 1 Best
1 560 Maytum Zak USA 1:07.557 1:07.557
2 152 Del Rosario Tim PHI 1:07.945 1:07.945
3 582 Staub Calvin USA 1:11.937 1:11.937
4 620 Torrs Joshua USA 1:12.702 1:12.702
5 579 Ronzani Nick KOR 1:13.907 1:13.907
6 621 Chu Tim USA 1:16.959 1:16.959
7 617 Koss Ryan USA 1:18.217 1:18.217
8 624 Nahemow Michael USA 1:18.993 1:18.993
9 229 Stone Aaron USA 1:19.147 1:19.147
10 264 Gonzales Justin USA 1:24.739 1:24.739
11 618 Koss Shane USA 1:28.148 1:28.148
12 614 Blackmore Nate USA 1:28.169 1:28.169
13 606 Conaway Christian USA 1:28.441 1:28.441
14 577 Henderson Keith USA 1:29.869 1:29.869
15 611 McVitty Dylan USA 1:38.234 1:38.234
Street  Luge Qualifying
Pos No. Surname Firstname Nat Qual 1 Best
1 5 Meehan Riley USA 1:06.647 1:06.647
2 59 McIntyre Mike USA 1:07.054 1:07.054
3 15 Tolman Justin USA 1:08.158 1:08.158
4 87 Autry Waldo USA 1:10.273 1:10.273
5 26 Conaway Christian USA 1:10.474 1:10.474
6 220 Guarena (F) Marianne USA 1:11.167 1:11.167
7 21 Rutherford Noah USA 1:11.421 1:11.421
8 35 Wilson Rick USA 1:11.704 1:11.704
9 224 Yakubovich Albert RUS 1:12.737 1:12.737
10 225 Higbee Shawn USA 1:12.992 1:12.992
11 44 Iverson Sr. Ron USA 1:18.123 1:18.123
12 12 Lee Brian USA 1:27.725 1:27.725
13 251 Castenada Kyle USA 1:30.084 1:30.084
14 169 Smrtic Billy USA 1:34.167 1:34.167
Junior  Street Luge Qualifying
Pos No. Surname Firstname Nat Qual 1 Best
1 26 Conaway Christian USA 1:10.474 1:10.474
2 251 Castenada Kyle USA 1:30.084 1:30.084
Classic  Luge Qualifying
Pos No. Surname Firstname Nat Qual 1 Best
1 5 Meehan Riley USA 1:08.339 1:08.339
2 158 Peer Scott USA 1:10.590 1:10.590
3 15 Tolman Justin USA 1:11.038 1:11.038
4 26 Conaway Christian USA 1:12.373 1:12.373
5 251 Castenada Kyle USA 1:14.027 1:14.027
6 23 Huey Jon USA 1:37.175 1:37.175
Junior  Classic Luge Qualifying
Pos No. Surname Firstname Nat Qual 1 Best
1 26 Conaway Christian USA 1:12.373 1:12.373
2 251 Castenada Kyle USA 1:14.027 1:14.027
Downhill  Inline Qualifying
Pos No. Surname Firstname Nat Qual 1 Best
1 1 Peer Scott USA 1:03.570 1:03.570
2 2 Focke Warren USA 1:07.492 1:07.492
3 11 Ellis Craig USA 1:08.205 1:08.205
Gravity  Bike Qualifying
Pos No. Surname Firstname Nat Qual 1 Best
1 6 McIntyre Mike USA 1:05.389 1:05.389
Fairing  Gravity Bike Qualifying
Pos No. Surname Firstname Nat Qual 1 Best
1 2 Rutherford Noah USA 1:09.420 1:09.420
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