August 3rd through the 5th saw the IGSA Padova Grand Prix take place in Teolo Italy. With no repeat winners so far in the World Cup Series, Padova would prove an important opportunity for this seasons previous event winners, giving them a chance to become the years only repeat winner, and put themselves ahead of the pack in season points

The IGSA site describes the event as follows;

“The 5th stop of the IGSA World Cup Series is in Teolo, Italy for the Padova Grand Prix. Home of the IIDA (International Inline Downhill Associate), this track require skills on slow technical hairpins where riders either push, pump, or laugh to try to get as much speed as possible. Racing is racing and it’s tough to win against an international field but most riders find it funny you can almost run faster down most of the hill.”

Qualifying Times Day 1:

1st: James Kelly 1:57.857

2nd: Patrick Switzer 1:57.882

3rd: Ramon Koniggnausen 1:57.899

4th: Louis Pilloni 1:59.214

5th: Erik Lundberg 1:59.372

6th: Douglas Dalua 1:59.372

7th: Thiago Lessa 1:59.538

8th: Dillon Stephens 1:59.912

Day 2 of qualifying saw Ramon Koniggnausen shatter the track record and replace James Kelly’s previous number one qualifying time:

(From IGSA’s site)
“Ramon Konigshausen earned the number one qualifying position for tomorrow’s Padova Grand Prix with an amazing 1:57.146 time that broke James Kelly’s day old track record. Konigshausen has taken the pole position in Padova two out of the last three years. Kelly was unable to better his Friday time but it was still fast enough to hang on for second. Patrick Switzer was also unable to improve on his Friday effort but his time was good enough for third. Mischo Erban made a huge move up in the final qualifying run and will start fourth. Douglas Silva put in a strong effort on his second qualifying run and will start fifth.

Padova Grand Prix
Open Downhill Skateboarding
Final Qualifying Leaders

1. Ramon Konigshausen, Switzerland 1:57.146
2. James Kelly, United States 1:57.857
3. Patrick Switzer, Canada 1:57.882
4. Mischo Erban, Canada/Czech 1:58.031
5. Douglas Silva, Brazil 1:58.245
6. Erik Lundberg, Sweden 1:58.268
7. Nicolas Robert, Switzerland 1:58.710
8. Zen Shikaze, Canada/Japan 1:58.765
9. Adam Persson, Sweden 1:58.801
10. Matt Kienzle, Canada 1:58.839″

Race Finals:

James Kelly capped off a strong weekend at the Padova Grand Prix by winning his first IGSA World Cup race. Kelly who hails from Petaluma, California, USA lined up in the final against number one qualifier Ramon Konigshausen, Douglas Silva and Luke Melo. Kelly is known as one of the most talented longboarders on the planet but until today a World Cup victory had eluded him. Earlier this year he said the focus of his year would be on racing. That focus appears to have paid off in a big way. Melo earned his first ever World Cup podium by finishing second. It was a breakthrough result for the skater who hails from the Toronto, Canada area. Douglas Silva finished in third giving him his third World Cup podium finish this year.” – IGSA

1st – James Kelly (USA)

2nd – Luke Melo (CAN)

3rd – Douglas Silva (BRA)

4th – Ramon Konigshaausen (SUI)

5th – Patrick Switzer (CAN)

6th – Adam Persson (SWE)

7th – Dillon Stephens (CAN)

8th- Erik Lundberg (SWE)

Thanks to SkateHouseMedia for the footage and the International Gravity Sports Association for their wonderful event coverage. Shout out to Luke Mellow for representing Onterrible in his first World Cup Series podium placement, congrats Luke.