After watching her Japanese teammate Misugu Okamoto dominate with a backside 540 in every contest in 2019, and again in this week’s Semifinal, Sakura Yosozumi decided it was time to break out a 540 of her own that she’d been working on in secret and had never landed in competition before today. Landing it in Run 4 helped boost her to the top of the podium.
Dew Tour Des Moines delivered a heated 32-skater Men’s Street Semifinal despite rain delays. The day wrapped with Manny Santiago, Aurelien Giraud, and Yuto Horigome leaving semis on fire and leading the group of eight qualified for the final.
The best 21 skaters from qualifying met the top 11 World Skate ranked pre-seeded for an abbreviated semifinal format of two, 45-second runs with the best score counting. Each of the three heats felt like international finals of their own.
Manny Santiago, 35, came out blazing for Puerto Rico as the oldest skater in the contest. His first run fired everyone up and gave him the top score, but he bested himself on his second run and burnt the place down.
1. Manny Santiago
2. Aurelien Giraud
3. Yuto Horigome
4. Vincent Milou
5. Jamie Foy
6. Nyjah Huston
7. Shane O’Neill
8. Felipe Gustavo
Brazilian skater Pamela Rosa – already the top-ranked Women’s Street skater in the World Skate rankings prior to this week after winning Dew Tour Long Beach and other events in 2019 – won Saturday’s Dew Tour Des Moines Street Semifinal by a commanding 8.81 point lead over 2nd place finisher Leticia Bufoni.
Watch the Women’s Street and Men’s Park skateboarding semifinals live from Dew Tour Des Moines 2021! For the best live stream experience, go to dewtour.com/live for real-time scoring.
The Women’s Street Semifinal will feature a total of 32 skateboarders, 20 from the qualifying round and the top 12 pre-seeded from the World Skate Rankings. Heat one will consist of 11 skateboarders from the qualifier round, heat two will have nine skateboarders from the qualifier and two pre-seeded semifinalists, and heat three will finish the semifinals with ten pre-seeded competitors. All skateboarders in each heat will compete in a two 45-second run and five best trick formats. Both run and best trick attempts are out of a possible ten points. The total score is based on the highest four scores out of the seven scores (two runs and five trick attempts). Only the top eight skateboarders will move onto Sunday’s final.
The Men’s Park Semifinal features 32 skateboarders, 20 from the qualifying round and the top 12 pre-seeded from the World Skate Rankings. Heats one and two will consist of 11 skateboarders from the qualifier round, and heat three will finish semifinals with ten pre-seeded competitors from the World Skate rankings. All skateboarders in each heat will compete in a best of three runs, 40-seconds format where the best run counts. Only the top eight skateboarders will move onto Sunday’s final.
Misugu Okamoto, just 15 years old and already the top-ranked Women’s Park skater in the world prior to this week, stayed true to form on Friday, winning the Women’s Park Semifinal to advance to Sunday’s 8-woman Final.
Also making the top-8 cut for the Final: Sky Brown (representing Great Britain), Bryce Wettstein (USA), Sakura Yosozumi (Japan), Mami Tezuka (Japan), Kokona Hiraki (Japan), Kisa Nakamura (Japan), and Jordyn Barratt (USA).
With $10,000 on the line, the Top 12 skaters from hundreds of entries go all out on the concrete of their choice. Hosts Brian Schaefer and Paul Zitzer talk you through the shredding with scores and insights from judges Darren Navarrette, Zion Wright, and Mike Sinclair. Featured Skaters: Hampus Winberg, Iago Magalhaes, Taylor Nye, Elijah Akerley, Riley Kozerski, Steven Pineiro, Augusto Akio, Luigi Cini, Gavin Bottger, Jonny Gasparotto, Tristan Rennie and Chris Russell.
Watch Women’s Park Skateboarding Open Qualifier, live from Dew Tour Des Moines 2021! Women’s Park Qualifier will have a field size of 12 skateboarders, judged based on overall impression, taking the best one out of two, 40 second runs. The top five from each Qualifier will meet the presented top 12 World Ranked skateboarders in the Semifinal.