2016 Red Bull Hart Lines: Schedule & Athletes Announced

Local Battle Pits 6 Detroit Shops Against One Another on the Custom Course

DETROIT – May 4, 2016 – Twenty of the biggest names in skateboarding are headed to Detroit’s Hart Plaza May 14 & 15 to take on the unique two-lane course and put their skills on the line in front of a packed Michigan crowd. In addition, six local Detroit skate shops each comprised of two local athletes will battle it out on Saturday for bragging rights and a chance to earn two scholarships to the famed Camp Woodward, the pre-eminent action sports camp in the world.  For a sneak preview of what fans can expect click here.  Hart Lines airs as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of the most innovative and progressive events in action sports. Fans can attend the event live, watch the finals live on Red Bull TV May 15th, or tune-in to a two-hour highlight program on NBC June 26th at 1:00pm EST.

The twenty professional skateboarders confirmed for this year’s event include:


Axel Cruysberghs; Ben Hatchell; Chaz Ortiz; Chris Cole; Clint Walker; Curren Caples; David Bachinsky; David Loy; David Reyes; Evan Smith; Felipe Gustavo; Greg Lutzka; Louie Lopez; Nyjah Huston; Riley Hawk; Ryan Sheckler; Ryan Decenzo; TJ Rogers; Tommy Fynn; Zered Bassett
A complete Red Bull Hart Lines schedule can be found below (**subject to change):
Saturday, May 14th
  • 11:00am – Motor City Grind Shop Battle Contest
  • 12:00pm – Motor City Grind Shop Battle Awards
  • 12:15pm – Practice
  • 2:00pm – Qualifying (Top 7 skaters advance to Finals to skate against the Top 5 skaters from 2015)
Sunday, May 15th
  • 10:00am – Practice
  • 2:00pm – Opening Ceremony
  • 2:15pm – Finals (Best Trick Contest & Awards immediately following Finals)

Based on athlete feedback, the Red Bull Hart Lines event format has been updated for the second year competition. First, each athlete will take a total of four runs; two on each lane. The average score from each lane will again be averaged to make up the skater’s initial score. Second, a timed element will be incorporated to encourage overall flow and fluidity through the course, something no other skateboarding contest has ever done.  For the skater who finishes the course with the fastest time, no points will be deducted from his original score. But the second fastest skater will have one point removed from his original score, the third fastest skater will have two points removed from his original score, and so on up to a maximum deduction of 10 points. Lastly, once these points have been deducted for the timed element, the final scores and rankings will be determined reflecting an overall mix of difficulty, style and speed. This dynamic, one-of-a-kind course will feature a mix of existing as well as custom built stair sets, rails and ledges by California Ramp Works.

Sal Masekela, the definitive voice in action sports, will host the Red Bull Signature Series show. Red Bull Hart Lines is brought to a national NBC audience in partnership with Pennzoil Synthetics and BFGoodrich. For more information, please visit redbull.com/hartlines.

Check out our photos from last years event. https://modedetroit.com/2015/05/13/hartlines/

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