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Teutonia, Brazil – Douglas Silva from Sao Leopoldo, Brazil laid down a blistering run on his home course that was a full three seconds faster than defending champion Kevin Reimer to establish himself as the clear favorite after the first day of qualifying.

The first day of the Malarrara Pro Teutonia World Cup was delayed by wet conditions that made the track unsafe until it dried. Unofficial speeds in excess of 70 mph were seen regularly once practice got underway in the world’s fastest downhill skateboard race. Competitors worked their way up the start first from two lower starts before running the course from the top. Due to the delays, the first run from the top was also the rider’s first qualifying run.

Newly crowned IGSA World Champion Scoot Smith describes the hill as straight but technical. The hill has very few corners but the uneven pavement and the constant up and down sections induce speed wobbles and keep the skaters constantly on their toes. Although very straight compared to most World Cup tracks, Teutonia tests every bit of the rider’s skills.

Following Reimer was Everton Alves in third from Osasco, Brazil. Mischo Erban was fourth and feeling confident that he could improve on his time since it was only his first time down from the top. Rounding out the top five was Rafael Finck from Vermelho, Brazil.

Many of the other top riders like Scoot Smith, Erik Lundberg and Pete Connolly seemed to share Erban’s sentiments that they could improve their times once they had some more runs from the top. Tomorrow will be very interesting.

On Saturday the IGSA will also set up their speed trap to see what kind of speeds the riders are actually turning. Teutonia is definitely one of the fastest hills in the world and the official world speed records are expected to fall tomorrow. We’ll have a full report on Saturday evening.

Qualifying List        
Downhill  Skateboarding      
No. Surname Firstname Nat Qual 1 Qual 2
1 Silva Douglas BRA 1:20.452  
2 Reimer Kevin CAN 1:23.455  
3 Alves Everton BRA 1:24.198  
4 Erban Mischo CAN 1:24.957  
5 Finck Rafael BRA 1:24.967  
6 Garcia Alysson BRA 1:25.421  
7 Lunderg Erik SWE 1:25.800  
8 Smith Scott CAN 1:25.852  
9 Brasil Vinicius BRA 1:26.190  
10 Mercante Alexandre BRA 1:26.528  
11 Bastos Rafael BRA 1:26.977  
12 Garcia Silon BRA 1:27.076  
13 Alemparte Diego CHI 1:27.649  
14 Pacifici Arthur BRA 1:27.820  
15 Malessa Wendel BRA 1:28.345  
16 Oliveira Sandro BRA 1:28.361  
17 Connolly Pete GBR 1:28.556  
18 Lamb Fabio BRA 1:29.180  
19 Martins Felipe BRA 1:29.447  
20 Cassemiro Juliano BRA 1:29.811  
21 da Rosa Antonio BRA 1:30.361  
22 Paletti Luciano BRA 1:30.539  
23 Sabella Rafael BRA 1:30.639  
24 Stein Henrique BRA 1:30.696  
25 Arrata Michel BRA 1:30.954  
26 Lyons Bricin CAN 1:31.202  
27 Lau Ethan USA 1:31.575  
28 Rosa Rosa BRA 1:31.952  
29 Slalzar Vitor BRA 1:32.303  
30 Castagna Vinicius BRA 1:32.459  
31 Dubois Justin USA 1:33.320  
32 Junior Paulo BRA 1:33.722  
33 Gomes Johnny BRA 1:34.743  
34 Cazon Diego BRA 1:35.701  
35 Guilherme Joao BRA 1:35.828  
36 Cabral Henrique BRA 1:35.915  
37 Marques Israel BRA 1:36.651  
38 Ignacio Rene CHI 1:38.101  
39 Paixao Carlos BRA 1:41.314  
40 Carvalho Bruno BRA 1:42.632  
41 Preto Andre BRA 1:43.456  
42 Netto Abel BRA 1:45.335  
43 Torres Andre BRA 1:51.120  
44 Haddad Hugo BRA DNF  
45 Junior Walter BRA DNF  
Street  Luge        
No. Surname Firstname Nat Qual 1 Qual 2
1 Araujo Denis BRA 1:17.221  
2 Lemes Caue BRA 1:17.847  
3 Saldaha Rodolpho BRA 1:19.866  
4 Jardim Mario BRA 1:20.518  
5 McBride Chris USA 1:22.848  
6 Alves Jacques BRA 1:37.171  
Classic  Luge        
No. Surname Firstname Nat Qual 1 Qual 2
1 McBride Chris USA 1:27.113