Monster Energy’s Tom Schaar Takes First Place at X Games Skate Park Qualifiers in Boise

Monster Energy’s Tom Schaar Takes First Place at X Games Skate Park Qualifiers in Boise

I’m just happy I made it through and can’t wait to go to Minneapolis. It’s a new spot for X Games and will be fun. I’ll try and skate my best and see what happens. – Tom Schaar

Monster Energy congratulates team rider Tom Schaar for taking first place at the X Games Skate Park Qualifiers at Rhodes Skate Park in Boise, Idaho. In front of a high-energy crowd and thousands of viewers connected via live stream, the 17-year-old from Malibu, California, landed a perfect run – taking the top spot in a field of some of today’s top park skateboarders – for the win and a straight ticket to X Games Minneapolis 2017 July 13 – 16.

The invite-only event was part of the Road to X Park Qualifier series, providing skateboarders from around the world a chance to earn invites to the upcoming X Games. The weekend’s three park riding events – Skateboard Park Men, Skateboard Park Women, and BMX Park Men – each saw a field of 20 competitors battle it out for six X Games qualifying spots per discipline.

In a positive, session-like atmosphere the level of riding soared on the freshly renovated Rhodes Skate Park bowl course underneath an I-184 Interstate bridge in downtown Boise. Renovated in 2016, the concrete park offers a vast array of transitions, hips, banks, extensions, and a deep pool corner, fully accessible to the public year-round at no charge.

The recipe for victory in Boise today consisted of hitting all of the park’s different angles with speed and a mixture of technical lip tricks, creative transfers from low to high sections, and big airs in all the right places. Schaar checked all the boxes in a flawless finals run…

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