Thiago Lessa wins Newton’s 2018

Open Skate podium, Newton's 2018
Open Skateboard podium, Thiago Lessa (BR) first, Brennan Bast (AUS) second, and Pepe Laporte (BR) third.

Thiago Lessa won Newton's today in a final where only 0.37 seconds separated first from fourth. Forest Elbow confirmed its reputation as the most dangerous corner on the world circuit, claiming a series of victims. Daniel Engel never recovered from his crash there in qualifying, Kyle Wester went out there in the second round, and Emily Pross and Carlos Paixão succumbed there in the quarters.

Thiago's strategy was conservative; he slid before Forest Elbow where most aimed to 100% grip it. Sliding at Forest Elbow has never been a successful strategy in the past, but now that riders are attacking Forest Elbow in tighter packs, the ability to modulate speed and line is key.

Pepe Laporte battled his way into third place today after suffering this spectacular crash at Forest Elbow yesterday during qualifying.
Pepe Laporte battled his way into third place today after suffering this spectacular crash at Forest Elbow yesterday during qualifying. Pic: Tom Hynec
Jackson Shapiera, Brennan Bast, Pepe Laporte, and Dane Hanna exit Forest Elbow in Semi Final A
Jackson Shapiera, Brennan Bast, Pepe Laporte, and Dane Hanna exit Forest Elbow in Semi Final A
Womens Skateboard podium, Newton's 2018
Emily Pross (US) chalks up another victory in Womens, with Elissah Mah (NZ) second, and Natalie Burns (IE) third.
Junior Skateboard podium, Newton's 2018
Fin Cantrill (AUS) won Juniors, with Zane Bonser (AUS) taking second and Finlay Wilson (AUS) third.
Masters Skateboard podium, Newton's 2018
Brazilian Douglas Dalua is still very competitive in Opens, and in his first year of Masters will be hard to beat. Former Masters World Champ Ben Hay (AUS) came second, with Ryan Nicholls (AUS) third.
Luge podium, Newton's 2018
Abdil Mahdzan (MY) won Luge, with Will Stephenson (UK) second, and Graham Brittain (AUS) third.

For all results and brackets, click here.