Chad Shetler won his third consecutive Ultimate Boarder title on Saturday at Seaside Reef in San Diego, earning a $25,000 check for being the best all-around skater, surfer, and snowboarder in the annual boardsports triathlon. "Every year has been getting heavier and heavier -- talent has just been coming in from all over," said Shetler, the Lost skateboarding team manager from Dana Point, Calif. "This one was the toughest for sure and feels so good."
A vert ramp, mini-ramp and buttery end bowl combo constructed in the parking lot at Seaside provided the battlegrounds for the skate contest, the third and final part of the competition. Shelter came into Saturday's skate portion in eighth place in the overall rankings, after a 10th place finish in the snowboarding division at Mammoth and a 17th place in the surf at Seaside, both held earlier this week. So he needed a top tier performance in the skate section to have any shot at a three-peat.
Willis Kimbel easily won the skate contest with one-of-a-kind lines and big boosts on the vert ramp. Shetler finished fourth on the day, a result that gave him the points necessary to narrowly beat out snowboarders Trevor Jacob and Shayne Pospisil for the overall crown.
Skateboard patriarch Steve Caballero won the team side of the event on Saturday, old school styling his way to first place for the Revolt squad over young guns Chad Bartie (riding for team Hurley) and Mike Peterson (team Lost), who finished second and third respectively. The overall team title and a $6,000 first place check went to Val Surf who bested silver medalists Team Encrypted and Lost's bronze efforts.
This was the first year the Ultimate Boarder has included a grom contest and the kids set high performance standards that made many of their adult counterparts take notice. Saturday's youth champ Tom Schaar, a 12-year-old from Malibu who was riding for eventual Grom team champion P3, put on a clinic on the vert ramp, linking up back to back to back 540s with a different grab each time in the finals, a series of tricks unmatched all day. Joined on Team P3 by surfer Kadin Penesi and snowboarder Broch Crouch, Schaar and company dominated the youth division. "No doubt, the groms are our future," said Ultimate Boarder founder Tim Hoover.
At Thursday's surf contest, Laguna Beach's Nathan Zoller overcame a rocky first heat to take home top prize in the solo division, just edging out Kyle Knox in second, and Josh Morse in third. Fellow pro surfers Pat Millin and Eric McHenry rounded out the top five.
On the team side of the surf event, Santa Barbara's Killian Garland dominated for Team P3 from beginning to end, handily beating his fellow podium placers, Hosoi team's Chris Waring in second and Anthony Petruso, riding for Val Surf, in third.
For complete results and video highlights from the world's only boardsports triathlon go to www.ultimateboarder.com.