A recap of SD9 by Bayley Maxcy:
One of the biggest, if not the biggest scooter comp in the USA happened for the 9th year in a row and that is SD9 in San Diego. Riders from all over the world including Dylan Morrison (Australia, world ranked #2 rider) Capron and Corey Funk and many other pros. The event was nothing short of spectacular and was super stoked I got to watch the whole thing unfold in person.The day kicked off with registration at 8:00am, by the time I arrived at 8:30, the line was still out the door. Companies were just starting to set up their product booths in preparation for the event. When I got past the line and was able to get inot the park, I was stunned at how many competitors were practicing their respective runs. It was packed and everywhere I looked kids were throwing flairs and buttercups. Unlike past SD comps the lineup for the day was AM, Pro, finishing with beginner. I was excited about the opportunity as I ride the pro class and don't like to wait around all day. AM kicked off at 10am and I was blown away at how good all these guys were getting. Kids were throwing flair whips, bri to barspins, 720's and much more. They ran a heat style format where 10 riders would each ride once for 5 minutes, then after everyone had gone they picked the top 10 riders to each get one run, lasting a minute. All the riders did great congrats to the top 3 riders in the AM class!
The Pro Event was jam packed filled with 70 riders. Each rider received two, one minute runs. They could do their run anywhere in the park with exception to the mega pipe. Tensions ran high with the three top pro riders in attendance (Dakota Schuetz, Dylan Morrison and Joe Armstrong). Every Rider was throwing down and I knew it'd be hard for the judges to declare a top three. Team rider Capron Funk had a great run but did a backflip and wasn't able to make it to the top of the ramp resulting in a smash to the chest.
Overall the Lucky pro riders threw down and it was going to be interesting to see who came up on top. Awards for all the divisions were set to be announced at the end of the day.
Finally it became time for the beginners to go. They had the same format as the AMs with two divisions, 12 and under and 13 and older. Personally I didn't get a chance to watch the beginners as I had hurt myself in my run but from what I hear they all did great!! It's so awesome to see kids throw down and push themselves along with the sport. Special shoutout to all the moms and dads that brought their kids to this event and supported them the whole way through.
After everyone had rode, it was time for best trick. They normally don't get best trick in due to lighting but this year they were able to complete everything on time and fit in best trick. Not too much crazy stuff was thrown this year because there was no prize money for best trick. Jared Adelson was able to win with an Inward in from a super tall vert quarter.
Once it was dark Clairmont kicked everyone out of the park which I thought was kind of a stupid move. Anyway everyone left the park and crowded in the parking lot awaiting results. They announced best trick, beginner, AM then Pro. After everything had been announced everyone went their separate ways.
Overall it was a great day and a very well run event. If there was one thing, I think they could do better would be getting bathrooms. They only had three porta potties and they ran out of toilet paper very quickly. Thanks to everyone who made the event possible and I cant wait for SD10! in 2016.
Check out the awesome edit Aaron Hill made of the competition!
1st - Dakota Schuetz
2nd - Dylan Morrison
3rd - Capron Funk
4th - Vincent Kudrna
5th - Raymond Warner