Kozakov B- and C-Lists Fight For Their Lives While The A-List Parties

Kozakov B- and C-Lists Fight For Their Lives While The A-List Parties

At Kozakov Quali Day, the top 59 Open skaters passed straight through to the A-Bracket, giving them reason to party last night and then luxuriate today while the 60th-182nd times had to fight for the remaining 5 A-Bracket spots. The "C-List" - Qualifiers 119-182 - raced first, gunning for the top 5 positions (all 4 Finalists and the Consi winner) to graduate into B-Bracket. After day full of supremely close finishes, the top 5 B-Bracket qualifiers ultimately earned their ranks among the 64-person Open Finals bracket.

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The Tenth Kozakov Qualis; Hot Laps and Headwinds

The Tenth Kozakov Qualis; Hot Laps and Headwinds

On a day of blustery headwinds, Carlos Paixão qualified fastest, closely followed by fellow Brazilian Thiago Lessa. That reverses their final placing at the end of the 2017 World Cup season, and sets up a classic battle in the finals of the tenth Kozakov Challenge. Behind the two Brazilians lurks Daniel Engel, back in form after struggling in Transylvania.

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Mitch Thompson and Sabrina Ambrosi Crowned King and Queen of Transylvania

Mitch Thompson and Sabrina Ambrosi Crowned King and Queen of Transylvania

Mitch Thompson (AU) has reached many podiums, but the top spot has always eluded him. That changed at Pasul Vulcan. He pushed out in front of the final, widened his lead at every corner, and by the finish was well ahead of the remaining pack. Sebastian Hertler (DE) followed in second, but uncharacteristically crashed in the final corner, his first crash there of the whole event. Adam Westfall (US) seized the opportunity, sneaking past into second place, while fastest qualifier, Harry Clarke (AU) squeezed into third after Hertler controversially crossed the finish line on hands and knees in a desperate scramble.

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Transylvania Qualifiers: Battling The Weather

Transylvania Qualifiers: Battling The Weather

This is one of the world’s fastest racetracks, but the weather is some of the craziest we’ve ever seen. Qualification started with a sunny morning, giving everyone some cautious optimism after practice turned rainy yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately the forecast was accurate: midway through the first quali run, the rain began.

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Transylvania means “faster”

Transylvania means “faster”

Most got stoked, some got mad. Someone left before the practice runs started; someone else asked for more runs down. Everyone was amazed by the speed, technicality and intensity of the track.

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Arirang Hill Day 2: Daina Banks takes the lead

Arirang Hill Day 2: Daina Banks takes the lead

Day Two qualifications began with yesterday's fastest qualifier, Chase Hiller, breaking his ankle on his first run. With Chase out of the picture, fellow Coloradan Daina Banks pipped him by one-hundredth of a second to take the top qualifying spot in Open Skateboard.

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