We spent a lot of time just drinking and walking around trying to get into trouble. But after the buzz wore off, I couldn't really enjoy the event without taking a few photos. After snapping some photos of the hard parked entries in the Slammed Society showcase, and a few around the venue, it was back to light beer, drinking games, and cold sandwiches.
Soon after, I made way to the bleachers to watch the top eight. And of course, it was already so crowded that my group and I ended up sitting in the dirt at the front of the crowd. A few of us tried standing up so that we could see more than the back of people's heads. But apparently I was at a golf tournament and standing was frowned upon. There was almost a riot at one point between the people standing and the people behind us sitting. The rent-a-cops had to come out and calm things out and put us back in the dirt. Like I said, PBIR f*cked things up with seating arrangements. But we eventually moved on to the other side of the track, away from the pissed of girlfriends who didn't want to be there and the chaperones with six small children and had a great time with people - standing - and cheering at the top of our lungs. Here are some photos from Sid Fligel and StanceNation to show the drifting action:
It was great to see someone like Mike Essa, who might be a bit of an underdog, take the win this year. The event didn't end until 10:30 PM due to all of the delays that night, but even through all the moans and groans, most people were pretty stoked about the event going on a little longer than usual. So restart the clock, Palm Beach. We have another three hundred and some odd days of waiting ahead of us until we get to do it all over again.
First Place: Mike Essa
Second Place: Daigo Saito
Third Place: Robbie Nishida
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS BY SID FLIGEL FOR STANCENATION.COM