Jono Schwan won the Rocky Mountain Rampage men's pro vert contest over the weekend in front of his home crowd in Colorado Springs, Colo. He beat out Rony Gomes and Alex Sorgente for the win in the World Cup event. Schwan also finished second in the men's pro bowl event, sharing a podium with Josh Rodriguez and Sorgente.
But the 16-year-old, who has a knack for making great things happen for his local skate scene, says the bigger victory was bringing skateboarders from around the world to his home skatepark.
"This year we were able to host men's and women's contests on the vert ramp, the street course and in the bowls here at Memorial Skatepark," Schwan says. "And because it was a World Cup Skateboarding event for the second year in a row, we were able to offer some great prizes and attract skaters from as far as Brazil."
Earlier this year Schwan landed a 1080 while training at Woodward West and is now one of just three skaters ever to have landed the spin. He was invited as a Skateboard Vert alternate earlier this month at X Games Los Angeles and competed after Bob Burnquist was injured in the Big Air contest. Schwan missed the cut for finals in the elimination round.
"The rest of the year didn't go the way I'd wanted it to, so it felt good to get a win here in front of my friends and family," he says.
For the second consecutive year, the Rampage was the only women's vert event on the World Cup Skateboarding circuit. Gaby Ponce won on the vert ramp thanks to tricks like a kickflip Indy, beating out Allysha Bergado and last year's champion, Lizzie Armanto. Julz Lynn won in the bowl, sharing the podium with Armanto and Bergado.
"Watching Julz skate was one of the highlights of the weekend," Schwan says. "She put together some really spontaneous, fast-paced, crazy runs with big airs and long grinds."
Another highlight? Seeing Eddie "El Gato" Elguera and Mike McGill throwing down their signature tricks -- the Elguerial and the McTwist -- as they destroyed the bowl in the Master's division.
"These are the legends who made skateboarding what it is before I was even born," Schwan says. "Seeing them still out there showing us how it's done is one of the most amazing things I can imagine."