There are three constants of the King of Cleveland: people will eventually wind up at a strip club, the Browns will have a home game the following day, and it will rain. Sadly this year it didn’t rain, but that didn’t prevent us from having an amazing weekend in Cleveland to usher in a new era. Our new king emerged from the corn with a crown made of Casey’s doughnuts and Happy Joe’s original taco pizza — our new king Ben Forsythe.
I’ve been to nearly every King of Cleveland and this one just felt special. There were a few things at work: The spots linked together in ways other street comps lack and the short commute in between spots kept the group together and the pace steady. The comp clocked in at just over three hours, with the event flying by with enough time do the impossible in rollerblading: arrive to a scheduled award venue on time.
We met up at the Crooked River skate park and soon ventured off to our four spots, each one building upon the previous. That kept the energy levels high throughout the event. Blood was spilled and car doors were dented but it was all for the sport we love in the city that calls for a new king to be crowned and lead us into a new frontier.
Ben Forsythe has taken his place upon the throne this year, though it was a hard fought battle. Luke Naylor and Austin Loomis were chasing the entire time; not backing down or passing up any spot we stopped at. Each man could have earned the crown that day but it was Ben’s steady progression from spot to spot and finding new and dangerous approaches that set him apart from the rest.
All hail the King of the Corn Ben Forsythe, your new King of Cleveland. Long live the King!
1. Ben Forsythe
2. Luke Naylor
3. Austin Loomis
4. Danail Gantchev
5. Brad Anthony
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