Orchard Battle at the Barrics: Participant Overview/Analysis pt. 2


Continuing our week dedicated to Sunday's Battle at the Barrics 3 contest, we have below our predictions and analyses for the "East" bracket. Our predicted winner will then be announced on Saturday, rounding out our bracket (much of which we left up in the air because three people doing one bracket was bound to be difficult). Don't forget, it's 3:00 p.m. at North Star Bar across from the Garden and we'll see ya'll there!


Participant: Eric Dasaro

Riding For: Orchard Skateshop

Strengths: Speed, pop, fresh line ups.

Weaknesses: Ceilings may be too low for Eric to properly pop shove it.

Notable Achievement: Last part in Stone Soup, fakie frontside heelflip noseslide at MFA ledges (RIP, kinda)

Predicted Placing: Will win first round, predicting an incredible match against Comini in quarter finals.


Participant: Erik Pickard

Riding For: Orchard Skateshop (but secretly smltalk.com)

Strengths: Drinking beer, doing tricks that no one else can do.

Weaknesses: Free beer, “chicks with sweet butts”

Notable Achievement: Once called out by Dane Burman on instagram for “bad form” on a no grab benihana, back foot casper flips.

Predicted Placing: First round loss to Dasaro :(


Participant: Eddie Comini

Riding For: Theory

Strengths: Former competitive yo-yo-er

Weaknesses: Alcohol, extreme height

Notable Achievement: 4 ½ foot half cab flip, ability to kick a beer can off of Burke’s head

Predicted Placing: Goes against Dasaro in quarter finals. No idea who wins that.


Participant: Dave Begonis

Riding For: Eastern Boarder

Strengths: Being one of the most likeable people on Earth, Smoking more weed than humanly possible, Malden Park Spine.

Weaknesses: See above strength

Notable Achievement: nollie big spin Melrose 12, back 5-0 front 180 the electrical box at Tootsie Roll ledge, once smoked a blunt containing over one ounce worth of pot in one sitting.

Predicted Placing: Will lose to Comini first round.


Participant: Nnamdi Ihenetu

Riding For: Eggs

Strengths: Raised by Hyde Park Skatepark, hardflips both ways, switch frontside heels, Drake.

Weaknesses: Nollie 540 inward heelflips...can anyone really be prepared for something like that?

Notable Achievement: Switch hardflip late frontside 180 on flat, kickflip that set along Storrow is bonkers.

Predicted Placing: Going to be very close, whoever wins will likely beat Burke though. ;)


Participant: Jason Ross

Riding For: Max Hesh

Strengths: Lives next to North Shore TF “The Market Skatepark”, is used to skating wooden floors (he will not be rusty). Has been known to bust out a double heelflip or two if he has to.

Weaknesses: Too many tricks to choose from → Mental breakdown???

Notable Achievement: Once skated to “She Blinded Me With Science”

Predicted Placing: See Nnamdi’s predicted placing.


Participant: Jeff Burke

Riding For: Theory

Strengths: A tactical player, Jeff Burke approaches each game intuitively with the poise and consistency to support his strategy.

Weaknesses: Tre flips (sorry Jeff).

Notable Achievement: SMLTalk SOTY14, put out ~36 parts last year, one of the fastest flipping varial heels in history.

Predicted Placing: Losing to winner of Nnamdi/J-Ro's match.


Participant: Ariel Perl

Riding For: Concepts

Strengths: Legend status, “The Ariel Twirl”

Weaknesses: Dirty water swimming.

Notable Achievement: Switch pop shove nosegrind fakie bigspin out, multiple plunges into Boston Harbor.

Predicted Placing: After what may perhaps be the most entertaining game of the entire bracket, Ariel will ultimately lose to Burke. It’ll be an insane game though, full tallboys encouraged for that match up.

Picky to be announcing our predicted winner tomorrow! And if you haven’t done so there’s still time to fill out and submit a bracket of your own...