The 2011 season of the Dew Tour came to a close with the final event, the Dew Tour Championships at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from October 13-16, 2011. Ryan Decenzo tore up the Super Jam and single runs with tricks like a nollie heelflip boardslide on the big rail and a nollie heelflip frontside boardslide on the bump to bar.
An intense skate street final ended with 25-year-old Canadian Ryan Decenzo topping the podium. Edging out his two closest competitors, Paul Rodriguez and Greg Lutzka, Decenzo ended the tour with 340 points, which was 68 more points than Paul Rodriguez. Decenzio also won the top honors as the Toyota Athlete of the Year with the most points in any discipline.
On February 15th, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV Aldrin Garcia not only beat the current high-ollie Guinness World Record but set a new record at 45 inches. In the video below Aldrin explains a few of his training techniques, and mental strategy going into the event.
“The highest skateboard ollie measured 45 in (114.3 cm) and was achieved by Aldrin Garcia (USA) at the Maloof High Ollie Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on 15 February 2011. Garcia was required to ollie over a rigid high bar without making contact with any part of his body or board. An ollie consists of raising all four wheels of the skateboard off flat-ground simultaneously.”
During the 2009 finals of the summer X-Games, Ryan Sheckler broke his foot. In April the following year, he hired me to coach him as he prepared to make a comeback. After many hours of hard work, Ryan made it to the finals and was facing stiff competition in a young up and coming professional, Nyjah Huston.
Ryan beat Nyjah by a very small margin, and this was the beginning of my path as a coach. I realized that if Ryan beat Nyjah by a small percent, and if I was able to provide Ryan with a small percent increase in his final performance, I was a part of that win.