Dubbed the “Zack Attack” by friends and family who waved signs and cheered him to a victory during tonight’s MegaRamp ASA Triples event at Fort Wayne’s Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Zack Warden claimed his first ASA Entertainment event title by beating favorite Brett Banasiewicz in the finals.
The competition was close and came down to the last run of the event. Both men took spills on their first run of the two-run finals; Warden crashed attempting a back-flip bike-flip and Banasiewicz failed to complete a front-flip tail-whip. Knowing that Banasiewicz was the event favorite having won the last two Triples events (Augusta, GA and Sacramento, CA), and was performing before an audience filled with his Washington High School classmates and family, Warden knew it would take a great run to win. He threw a 360° bar spin tail-whip, back-flip bike-flip, then a double tail-whip off the quarter-pipe and landed everything, surprising himself and thrilling the crowd with the back-flip bike-flip which he had never done.
“I’ve been working on that trick for the last three and half months. I knew I had to pull that out to win,” said Warden.
For his last run, Banasiewicz triple tail-whipped the first jump, landed a cash roll over the second jump and double downside-whipped the quarter-pipe, but slipped slightly and his feet hit the ramp. He then regained his balance, finished the run and waited for the results. Warden’s skillful performance and Banasiewicz’s slight misstep put a new man atop the winner’s podium.
“I feel good!” said Warden lifting the trophy above his head in celebration. “I’m really pumped that I did the trick that I wanted, and walked away with this sweet trophy.”