2012 RAT Skate Tour Points Champions Crowned
“The 2012 Scion Regional Amateur Skateboard Tour (The RAT) included six events across three states in the southwest – Baton Rouge, LA; Conroe, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; San Antonio, TX; Austin, TX and Dallas, TX. Throughout the series, street and transition riders competed for over $15,000 in cash and prizes as well as valuable points towards the title of RAT series champion. Competitors were awarded points just for showing up to compete and then could add to their points total by advancing to the semi-finals, finals or with a podium finish.
When the series wrapped in Dallas on October 20th , it was Entropy Skateboards teammates Dakota Camp and William Cortez who sat atop the leaderboard and took home the title of RAT Series Champions in street (Camp) and bowl (Cortez). Both skaters are RAT Tour regulars who seem to always find a way to advance to the money rounds. It was skill and consistency and that helped them secure the titles.
2012 street champ Dakota Camp was born and raised and still resides in Lawton, Oklahoma…not exactly a skating hot spot. Camp is 21 years old and he has been skateboarding for the past 8 years. He’s a super technical skater and a huge fan of Kellen James smooth, effortless style. Camp is a man of few words, but his contest runs speak volumes, always exciting and packed with tough, tech tricks that just aren’t in the average skaters repertoire. When he’s not skating, Dakota is at work or just kicking it with his homies and watching skate videos.
Series bowl champ William Cortez is only 15 years old and has been skating for 6 years. He hails from El Paso but now resides in Mansfield Texas and he is definitely an up and comer in the southwest region and no stranger to the RAT Tour podium. His high-flying style is always a crowd pleaser and his permanent smile and positive attitude is always on display. In addition to ripping in any bowl (the bigger the better he says) he has recently been honing his skills on a couple of local vert ramps. His favorite spot to shred is at Mike Crum’s Overground Project in Dallas which houses a new pro level vert ramps. Cortez counts Bob Burnquist, Jake Brown and Alex Pearlson among his biggest influences in skateboarding and if he continues to progress at his current pace, you WILL hear the name Will Cortez again in the near future…maybe competing against one of his heroes.
Both of these guys have been lucky enough to have the support and backing of Tony Goza, owner of Entropy Skateboards. Established in 2010, Entropy Skateboards is a regional board company based in Durant, Oklahoma. A former competitive skater, Goza has been a big supporter of the RAT series and invests a lot of time and resources supporting the sport he loves and traveling and filming with the team. He stays involved in the sport getting his crew to contests across the region so they can experience the thrill of competition that he once enjoyed.
Huge congratulations to the 2012 Scion RAT Tour Series Champions!”