Kevin Reimer Wins in Downhill Skateboarding
Kevin Reimer leads fellow Canadians Nate Lang and Niko Desmarais on his way to victory. Photo Sven Von Schlachta
Peyragudes, France - Canadian Kevin Reimer earned a dominant victory in the Parygudes Deluxe Cup Downhill Skateboard race. It was Reimer’s first IGSA World Cup victory and he did it by defeating the strongest collection of international racers ever assembled.
Fellow Canadian Scott “Scoot” Smith made finished in second and three time World Champion Martin Siegrist from Switzerland was third. Mike Zietsman from Cape Town, South Africa was fourth.
Brianne Davies made it a Canadian sweep ot the Downhill Skateboarding podiums. Photo Sven Von Schlachta
In the Women’s race it was Canadian Brianne Davies winning over veteran racer Bettina Luginbuhl (SUI) and newcomer Rebekka Gemperle (SUI). Brianne is out to prove she is the number one female downhill skateboarder in the world by taking on all comers. Her victory was convincing and she looks like a strong contender to end up number one at the end of 2008.
There were plenty of hard slams throughout the week. Photo Sven Von Schlachta
By the Quarter Finals (Round C) the level of competition was through the roof. In 1C Erban and Zietsman advanced elimination Tournissac and Jo Babilot (FRA). In 2C Smith and Stefan Ruefli (SUI) advanced easily when teammates Sakamoto and Patrick Rizzo (USA) took each other out in the hairpin. Heat 3C saw Reimer and Siegrist advance eliminating Blondeau and Bruno Fuchs (SUI). In the last quarter final (4C) Canadians Lang and Desmaries eliminated upstarts Louis Bigourdin (FRA) and Kleas Johansson (SWE).
Mischo Erban (CAN) and Mike Zietsman battle in the semi finals. Photo Sven Von Schlachta
In the first Semi-Final (1D) It was Zietsman, Erban, Ruefli and Smith. Zietsman and Smith advanced to the final while Erban and Ruefli went to the Consolation race. The second Semi-Final (2D) pitted the Canadian trio of Reimer, Lang and Desmaries against the Swiss ace Siegrist. Reimer and Siegrist pulled away sending Lang and Desmaries to the Consi.
Kevin Reimer (CAN) showing the form that earned him his first World Cup victory. Photo Sven Von Schlachta
That set up the final with Reimer, Smith, Siegrist and Zietsman. In the end Reimer dominated the race and clearly made himself the favorite for next weeks Almabtrieb World Cup in Jungholz. Many of the top German racers didn’t make the trip to Peyragudes so it will be interesting to see if Bassi Haller (GER) or upstart Sebastian Hertler (GER) have anything for the talented Canadian. Many of Reimer’s main competitors like Siegrist, Erban, Lundberg, Sakamoto and or more have a lot of experience on the Jungholz track. Alamabtrieb is shaping up to be an even bigger test than Peyragudes. It’s going to be incredible!
Defending World Champion Martin Siegris (SUI) was the highest finishing European in third. Photo Sven Von Schlachta
Peyragudes proved to be an epic challenge for the world's best downhill skateboarders. Photo Sven Von Schlachta