Watts Wins AT Showdown

A flip bar-spin off the step-down drop and a flip suicide to bar spin on the trick jump gave Greg Watts the edge over 16 other finalists to leave AT's (Andrew Tailor's) Showdown at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California $2,500 richer.

Other top results from the finals on the 7th of November were:

2nd: Josh Stead

3rd: Jamie Goldman

4th: Casey Groves

5th: Paul Basagoitia

6th:Tyler McCaul

This was the second year of the event, and Andrew Tailor pulled out all the stops to create an epic course consisting of a 20ft step-down drop, 35ft doubles, a step-up onto a cargo trailer to step-down and a quarter. Josh Stead (a former BMX'er) won Best Trick with a double backflip and won Biggest Whip earning himself a tidy sum.

Cam McCaul was back from injury and was looking on form. Controversy surrounded Mike Montgomery's result as he killed the course with 720s, canonballs, flairs, flip-whips and qualified first yet didn't even place in the finals. He stomped his first finals run but rolled his ankle on his second, and his first run was supposedly forgotten about when the jam ended. There is no doubting that when he isn't struck by bad luck or unfair judging (many think he should have been crowned at Crankworx) he's a difficult one to beat.

Overall the event was a success and saw the introduction of a new pro rider. It will be interesting to see what impact Josh Stead, who has just been picked up by Diety, has on the MTB scene and whether he will compete in slopestyle events next year. I also have a feeling that at the rate Mike Montgomery is progressing he will gain some big wins in 2011.

Cam McCaul headcam footage!

Practices video

Finals video

Video: run up to the comp

Lots of photos here