After securing a win in Florida, his second of the season, John Akerman has jumped out in the lead in this year’s point standings. Not far behind is 2016 UST Champion Blair Conklin who also has one win under his belt so far this season.
Interestingly, John and Blair have not met up head to head this season as they have each missed the two events the other has attended. Hopefully that will change in one of the upcoming events! Santa Cruz is coming up quick followed by Oktoberfest at the end of the month.
Perry Pruitt and Sam McCoy are comfortably sitting in 3rd and 4th place but the point spread is tight all the way through the top 10.
This year 4 of the 7 events on schedule will count towards the rider’s final UST point tally. The directors decided on this format to allow rider’s greater ability to be competitive by having the option of attending only 4 events to be eligible for maximum point totals. Simultaneously the higher event count makes it more likely that events will be more proximate and hence easier to attend. So far so good!
On the women’s side, Sophia Nguyen has jumped out to an early lead winning her first pro event in Delaware. She is followed by reigning champ Casey Kiernan in second and fellow young shredder Jordan Sitea in 3rd. Ellen wood rounds out the top 4.
The next pro event will be in Santa Cruz CA Sept 9th and 10th and will count for both Men’s and Women’s points. Best of luck to all the competitors!
After a win in Santa Cruz Blair Conklin has stepped out as the man to beat with a solid points lead heading into the final event. Consistent performance all year long means that Conklin can only be caught by one other competitor, Sam Stinnett. Stinnett who is 4 time world champ would need to win the event or place second in order to have a chance at coming from behind and beating Blair for the 2016 title. Given the expected contest turnout at Oktoberfest, a third place or better result from Blair will secure the title regardless of how Stinnett finishes.
Austin Keen is well within striking distance of the second place spot while Perry Pruitt and John Akerman threaten his current third place spot.
The final rankings will be decided at the Oktoberfest Contest coming up Oct 1st and 2nd in Newport Beach CA.
Check out the full standings.
Leading into Santa Cruz the race is as tight as it has ever been with all of the top five competitors well within striking distance of the 2016 title.
Blair Conklin holds onto his lead after skipping Vilano but only in tabulated points after two events are dropped. Multiple riders top him in overall points but the quality of the record will be what counts in the end, not the quantity.
Sam Stinnett moved attained a much needed win in Vilano landing him in second place on the tour followed closely by John Akerman landing in third place on the tour after a second place showing at the event.
Austin Keen and Perry Pruitt are in 4th and 5th place in tour points but the total spread between 1st and 5th is only 200 points, so anything can happen at the last two events of the year. Good luck to all the competitors at Santa Cruz this weekend!
With three events down and three to go, the 2016 UST pack leaders are emerging.
Blair Conklin and Perry Pruitt sitting pretty comfortable in the top two spots after solid finals appearances at all three events.
Four time UST champ Sam Stinnett is off to a relatively rocky start landing in the finals of only one event so far, yet still finds himself 3rd in the total points tally. That third place is a bit of a mirage however as Austin Keen is right on his tail and after the drop is calculated once more scores are in, he is going to be at an advantage dropping a zero in Sununga.
The rest of the top 10 is in flux with a wide range of competitors posting top scores. John Akerman and Kyle Calandra are holding 5th and 6th but will need to continue to perform at those levels to hold on to those spots or hopefully climb the ranks.
The drop will play huge into the final standings but with three events left a win by either of the top 2 competitors will make them tough to beat. But with guys like Sam Stinnett and Austin Keen waiting in the wings, nothing is over until its over.