On Sunday, July 1st, hundreds of spectators and 19 skateboarders from coast to coast gathered on Rideau Street in Ottawa for the 2012 Red Bull Manny Mania Canadian Finals. For the second year in a row, Brandon Bandula from Ajax, Ontario won the amateur contest, which is all based off the manual skate trick, and will represent the country at the Red Bull Manny Mania World Finals on August 18th in New York City. Brandon alias "Beaster" showcased his skills with combinations, including: “Feeble grind to manual”, “manual to lipslide on the wedge”, “crooked grind to manual to revert”, and “backside lipslide to manual”.
Mitch Barrette (London, ON) also did a great performance and won the best trick with a “backside tailslide to nose manual nollie heelflip out”. Jamie Suppes (Winnipeg, MB) did great with a solid second place after landing his signature trick, a “nose manual double flip out off the big box”. Edmonton’s Dylan Fulford was definitely the under dog and surprises everyone by making it to the big final.
1st: Brandon Bandula
2nd: Mitch Barrette
3rd: Jamie Suppes
4th: Dylan Fulford
What is Red Bull Manny Mania?
It’s an amateur contest for male and female athletes at least 16 years of age. The event is all based off the manual skate trick – where Red Bull Manny Mania got its name from - a balancing act that is a must-do in any new skateboarder’s skill set and yet can be made extremely difficult with limitless combinations. The event is a core skateboard contest based around the manual, or wheelie trick. Manuals can be simple on the most basic level, yet like a fine recipe it can become extremely complex and difficult with the more “ingredients” added. The contest has grown into one of the biggest global contests, while maintaining a relaxed vibe as it seeks to award the highest level of technical trickery on two wheels. Based on the simple balancing trick of the manual, Red Bull Manny Mania awards skill and creativity as skaters try to link their best combinations together.
Wheels in Motion Around the Globe
Across 12 nations, 5 continents, and countless manual pads and skate parks, all lines lead to New York City where the Red Bull Manny Mania World Final and Pro contest will return to Coleman Park on August 18-19th.
The technical based trick contest will challenge skaters amateur and pro alike. The amateurs compete against their country mates, with the cream of the crop earning a ticket to New York City. Only one from each country will move on in the Red Bull Manny Mania World Final in August, carrying the hopes of the country they represent on the back of their board. The winner of the World Final will quickly step into the big leagues, earning a spot to compete against the pros the next day. Entering into its 6th year, the invite-only pro event has brought some of the best skaters to New York City, including past winners Brezinski, Ronnie Creager, and Eli Reed as well as other top skaters such as Dennis Busenitz, David Gonzalez, and Eric Koston among many others.
Red Bull Manny Mania World Final | Coleman Park, New York City, NY – August 18, 2012
Red Bull Manny Mania Pro Final | Coleman Park, New York City, NY – August 19, 2012