Vernon's Quin Finocchio is all focus as he charges down the course at the Mt. Keira Challenge in Wollongong

Vernon's Quin Finocchio is all focus as he charges down the course at the Mt. Keira Challenge in Wollongong

Erban wins Down Under

Mischo Erban and Quin Finocchio are ready to storm the world downhill skateboarding circuit.

Mischo Erban and Quin Finocchio each collected International Gravity Skateboard Association (IGSA) NorAm crowns last season, and now they are ready to storm the world circuit.

The Vernon duo ventured to Australia for the first two open downhill skateboarding world cup races of the season, with Erban claiming gold at Newton’s Nation festival last month in Bathurst.

Erban, who won the IGSA world title in 2009, overcame a slow start in the finals, passing three riders on the final straightaway to secure the win. It was his eighth world cup victory, placing him atop the IGSA all-time list.

Finocchio, a 17-year-old VSS student, and defending IGSA NorAm Junior 2 (ages 14-17) champion, finished fourth in the Junior 2 finals. He qualified first out of 22 racers.

In the open downhill, Finocchio finished 34th out of 101 competitors.

Earlier, at the Mt. Keira Challenge in Wollongong, Finocchio was fourth overall in the Junior 2 class after ranking sixth in qualifying. He was 29th out of 129 competitors in the open division.

Erban, who started the season with a No. 6 world ranking, placed 25th in the open at Mt. Keira.

Finocchio is entering his third year of competitive downhill racing and is No. 6 in the Junior 2 world circuit and 63rd in the open division.

Erban is hosting the eighth annual Vernon DH, June 9-10 on Middleton Mountain. It is the first of eight IGSA NorAm races.