The panel of veteran pro judges (Jamie Thomas, Pat Duffy, Ed Templeton, Geoff Rowley) responsible for awarding gold in the first-ever X Games Real Street video contest announced that Toy Machine and Converse pro Nick Trapasso, whose part was filmed and edited by Cole Matthews won top honors and the $50,000 first prize. Zero and Fallen pro Tommy Sandoval took silver, and C1rca pro Tony Tave earned bronze.
To be honest though, none of those parts, though they were all gnarly, were my personal favorite. So it was with some sense of vindication that I celebrated when I found out that Zoo York and DVS pro Zered Bassett earned the fan-favorite award filmed and editted by RB Umali. Maybe I'm biased because I live in New York and I've known Zered for a long time. Whatever, sue me. The fact is I know a lot of the spots Zered skates in his Real Street part. I know how rugged they are. I also like that he's doing things a little different from the rail chomping step counters out there. He's an original and that's what skateboarding needs more of. So the fact that the fans, the young skaters in the streets that watched all the Real Street vids, voted for Zered makes me pretty hyped.