T-Mobile Extreme Playgrounds: Tom Fooshee and Mark Webb burn the Summer Session
Hamburg, Mekka of action sports. For Sunday, August 30th, the Summer Session of the T-Mobile Extreme Playgrounds brought the world's best wakeboarders, wakeskaters and BMX miniramp riders to northern Germany.
Returning to three-peat his victories from 2007 and 2008, Tom Fooshee (US) made it a reality and grabbed every first place available. An amazing variety of tricks meant a safe first place for Maxine Sapulette (NL) in the Women Open. Mark Webb (UK) was unstoppable in the BMX miniramp competition. Rise Against earned themselves the title of Best Live Act 2009 with a blast of a punk rock show.
Beaming winners, thrilled fans, and a relieved crew—the Summer Session 2009 was a huge success. „The weather had us worried at first, but the sun came out during the afternoon. It was a great day, and I am very proud that we were able to excite 6.500 fans in Pinneberg—1.000 more than last year,“ said Lars-Oliver Vogt, head of the organizing agency Nice Productions.
He is a second-to-none first: For the third time in a row, no one was able to beat Tom Fooshee on the wakeboard cable at the Summer Session. Currently the best wakeboarder worldwide, he showed breathtaking moves like Heelside Backside 720 and Toeside Frontside 720 Transfer, and kept his position of the untouched winner of the WWA Wake Park World Series 2009. His closest competitors were the same as last year as well: Acting World Champion Mike Ketellapper (NL) had to settle for second place anew, and runner-up German Champion Steffen Vollert repeated his third place.
In the Women Open category Maxine Sapulette once again rode in a league of her own, leaving her competition far behind. Hungarian Kinga Horváth came in second, followed by Steph Caller from Great Britain. The spectacular wakeskate premiere of the T-Mobile Extreme Playgrounds went to Brett Little (USA), followed by German wakeskate wizards Jan Kissmann and Jan Grabski.
In BMX Miniramp the Final Four turned out to be Mark Webb (UK), Ben Wallace (UK), Alessandro Barbero (ITA) and Sergej Geier (GER). Latter had to take slams in both his final runs, and therefore missed a place on the podium. Italian Barbero showed his usual assured sense of style and took his wide array of tricks to third place. Ben Wallace got second place with an advance of just 0.2 points. But one man turned out to be really unstoppable: Mark Webb from England! It was a perfect day for this 24-year-old ripper, and he made it clear from his very first run. His final run was graced by an Invert 360, Fastplant, and his best trick, a Lookdown Flair, which he put in a hight of approximately 15 feet. His audience and competition didn't have any words for that.
The additional Xbox 360 Contests went to 19-year-old Czech Ondra Slez. He delivered the most creative, difficult 360 in the BMX miniramp, putting Mark Webb and Ben Wallace behind him. At the lake, Tom Fooshee secured just another first place, in front of Mike Ketellapper (2nd) and Tom Richter (3rd). All of them won an Xbox 360. All the highlights can be seen on DSF TV on September 5th, starting 09.30am, and September 12th, starting 09.15am!
In between competitions, the festival stage roared. The line-up, consisting of Rise Against, Mad Caddies from California and Swedisch cult band The (International) Noise Conspiracy battled it out for the biggest pogo-waves, the fiercest guitar thunderstorm and the most intoxicating punk rock hymn. Winner of the day and the season when it comes to these titles: Clearly headliners Rise Against.
The final round of the T-Mobile Extreme Playgrounds 2009—the Street Session—is going to happen on December 6th, 2009, in Berlin's Velodrom. The only World Cup Skateboarding event on German soil will have the World's best skateboarding and BMX pros going at it for a proper prize money purse. Some world class riders have already confirmed their participation. On the street course, that's Rob Darden (USA/BMX) and Adam Dyet (USA/Skateboard), on the vertramp heroes like Chad Kagy (USA/BMX) and Adam Taylor (USA/Skateboard). As a matter of course, there will be three bands playing. Pre-sale starting soon!