After a historic final round at the Maloof Money Cup in Washington, D.C., Sunday, 33-year-old Baker skateboards owner Andrew Reynolds took the win and $160,000. Reynolds' smooth style and huge tricks -- manifested in over a dozen video parts, through eight pro model shoes and a skater of the year award in 1998 -- made him the frontrunner.
When asked what he planned to do with the money, Reynolds said: "I'll put some into a few new windows for my house and some construction. Then I'll put some into Baker."
The finals were a head-to-head, four-minute jam using the entire park. Jack Curtin mixed up flip tricks with nollie in grind tricks on the big rail to move forward. Manny Santiago destroyed the big rail to pull ahead of Vincent Alvarez. Collin Provost started things off huge with a transfer and kept it going until he got stuck on a frontside flip down the stairs, while Tom Asta was calmly flipping into tricks left and right. And when the scores came in, Asta moved forward. The last jam before moving onto the next part of the bracket was Bastien Salabanzi and Justin Figueroa. Another close one led to Salabanzi moving on.
The next round was the leading four meeting up with the top four from Saturday's semifinals. Curtin and Reynolds were the first up, and although Curtin skated very well, it was not enough to take out Reynolds. Local boy Bobby Worrest and Santiago went next, and Worrest skated the jam as if it were a 60-second run, linking trick after trick. Both guys were on fire, but Santiago's handrail domination helped him press on to the third round.
Asta then joined Ronnie Creager on the course. It was a seasoned veteran versus a rookie pro, and Creager moved onto the next round. Following their jam, Maloof Money Cup New York's winner Greg Lutzka battled against Salabanzi. Lutzka threw out all the standard Lutzka tricks, but Salabanzi had his best four minutes of the weekend and was able to knock Luzka out.
With only three jams left, the crowd was going wild. The first matchup was Reynolds and Santiago, and Santiago started things off huge with an ollie impossible to lipslide on the nine-stair rail. It seemed as if he was on track to take out Reynolds until he broke his board with a minute and a half left on the clock. In the time that Santiago tried to fiddle with someone else's board Reynolds put down multiple jaw-dropping tricks to move on to the final jam.
Creager and Salabazni would decide who met Reynolds in the final round. Salabanzi gave it his all, but Creager did so many tricks in the time given that Creager moved on to face Reynolds.
The last one was the most legendary of all jams: Both men over 30 years old, neither considered contest skaters, but both fighting for $160,000. The final jam lasted five minutes but from the beginning it was apparent Reynolds was in the zone. Creager put up a fight, but he said that his nerves got to him and he couldn't put it together the way he had earlier. Reynolds stomped a massive kickflip to frontside lipslide to secure victory.