With a shortened schedule and the competition growing tighter, this second stop of the dew tour is crucial. Athletes can separate themselves in the overall standings or find themselves in the bottom of a very tough and tight points race. After brutal qualifiers and semi finals, the skateboard street finals were loaded with the best talent that the street riders had to offer and they delivered with the tightest competition for the top of the podium.
Paul Rodriguez got on top of the podium with his first win on the Dew Tour. “It feels amazing.” P-Rod said. “To finally come here and win, words cannot express what I am thinking.” With a huge bag of tricks, P=Rod stayed ahead of a hard charging Ryan Decenzo and Manny Santiago.
The course was full of rails and sliders and it fit P-Rod’s riding style. He looked smooth and comfortable making the runs look effortless. The Portland Invitational featured a new street course design which was met with wide approval from the skaters. The concrete course featured multiple rails, ledges, hubbas and banks. The design forced the skaters to be creative and the skaters without technical skills were eaten up by the course.