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12.12.2017 18:31
GoPro 2017 Season Recap

GoPro always has the best angles and gets right into the action of every trick! From Barcelona to Super Crown, relive some of the best moments from the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour.

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GoPro always has the best angles and gets right into the action of every trick! From Barcelona to Super Crown, relive some of the best moments from the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour.

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08.12.2017 22:17
2017 SLS Season Recap

Nyjah & Shane vs. The New Kids by Paul Zitzer SLS isn’t just a top-level contest series where we find out who among the world’s most talented contest skaters is the best at doing ridiculously hard tricks on manmade street obstacles. It’s also some of the greatest in skate entertainment, serving up fodder for hours…

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Nyjah & Shane vs. The New Kids
by Paul Zitzer

SLS isn’t just a top-level contest series where we find out who among the world’s most talented contest skaters is the best at doing ridiculously hard tricks on manmade street obstacles. It’s also some of the greatest in skate entertainment, serving up fodder for hours of heated debate and friendly argument with the bros. Do smaller obstacles hurt Nyjah’s chances? Did Evan get scored too high for flying out of the course that one time? Should it have been scored even higher? Would it be better if the format allowed for more bails? Fewer bails? Does crowd reaction matter to the judges? And why hasn’t Joslin won yet? As the SLS talking heads at ETN the past couple of years, Geoff Rowley and I are always looking for the storylines that sum up what we think might be worth paying attention to. At the start of 2017 the questions on our minds were basically this: Will the scales stay tilted in Shane’s favor like they were in the battle between he and Nyjah in 2016? Or could some hungry young new kids be coming in to change the conversation?


Louie Lopez boosting a Kickflip during his Tampa Pro run

Tampa Pro in March was the first chance to find out. Tampa is the only SLS North American Qualifier, it also brings out all of the SLS Pros, but it’s a far cry from an arena contest, with no best trick section, no counting the best 4 of 7 tries, no ISX scoring, and no concession stand hot dogs either unfortunately. Tampa is old school, with a best of 3 run format and hopefully no random kids skate onto the course during the Finals. And in that setting, the 2017 Tampa Pro was all Louie Lopez. Sure there was still debate. Did Kelvins kickflip fs blunt happen before or after time? But as I’ve heard people say in the past, “That’s Tampa.” And that’s what makes Tampa rad. Having seen probably 21 of the 23 Tampa Pros firsthand I know from experience that it’s all about the moment. Not a trick for trick breakdown of who did what and what the points on each should be. Louie’s run was a one-minute masterpiece of flow and variety and stoke, not just a grab bag of individual maneuvers. And the fakie tre on the quarter at time sealed the deal, and you have to admit it’s hard to site an example of anyone else ever doing that trick, like that, out of the blue in a contest run. Either way, with Louie’s win we got to chalk one up for the newer kids. And placing 6th, but FIRST among all of the non-SLS pros, big ups to Dave Bachinsky whose efforts finally earned him a spot on the SLS World Tour. Dave’s 31, so he isn’t quite a new kid but he’s mad young at heart and a great addition to the League.


2017 Tampa Pro Top 3

Then it was off to Barcelona for the SLS Pro Open, where 30 of the best of the best Qualifiers (non-SLS Pros) from around the world are invited to duke it out for two open spots on the SLS World Tour. The Barcy scene is second to none and contest or no contest it’s one of the best places for skateboarding in the world. The vibe is more relaxed than any of the indoor arena stops but the stakes for those in the Qualifiers makes the intensity very real. It’s also a good chance to see skaters you don’t normally see in contests: Marek Zaprazny, Sebo Walker, Diego Najera and Kevin Bradley to name a few.


Diego Najera great view on this 360 Flip

None of those skaters made it to the Finals unfortunately, but the ones that did made up for it. Namely Nyjah Huston and Shane O’Neill along with two of the new kids: 2016 Tampa Am winner Dashawn Jordan, and Japan’s Yuto Horigome who has been putting it down in events all over the world the last year. As the only two non-SLS skaters to make Finals, both Dashawn and Yuto locked up SLS World Tour spots as new SLS Pros and guaranteed that we’ll be talking about them for a long, long time. And a nollie backside 270 noseslide on the bump to ledge helped Yuto get all the way up into 3rd place. Nyjah and Shane were battling for the win when Nyjah fakie flipped the volcano on his second last try for an 8.8 and took the lead from Shane. When Shane couldn’t make the nollie tre fs board down the rail (and who else in the universe would ever even try that?) Nyjah got his first victory since New Jersey 2016. But once again, how about those new kids?


Yuto Horigome with a Nollie 270 Switch Backside Tailside

The second SLS event and first SLS World Tour stop of the year went down in Munich Germany, where the history runs deep and schnitzel with warm beer is for sale on every corner. The setting was the site of the 1972 Olympics and either there’s no a/c in the building or they just didn’t feel like turning it on, but no matter the reason it was hot. Just like the skating. Dashawn kept the fire lit by qualifying in 1st place out of the Prelims, which is huge considering this was his first ever event as an official SLS Pro. Munich gave us one of the best showings from Carlos Ribeiro yet, and he’s always on point. But this time he took an approach that went heavy on the tech and light on the feet all the way to his first SLS podium finish in 3rd place. But the real headline coming out of the contest would have been this: Nyjah Fends off Yuto for the Win (But barely!). Yuto had the most crowd support of any other skater in the contest, in fact they were chanting his name before every try. And he ALMOST got the win in Munich but had to settle for second after missing his last crucial trick. Shane shocked us all and missed the 8 cut. So…he IS human?


2017 SLS Munich Top 3

We were back in Chicago for the last stop before the Super Crown World Championship in Los Angeles, which made it the final chance for SLS Pros to stack enough season points to make the top 8 cut and get the invite to the World Championship. For some skaters, their only Super Crown hope was for a miracle win over Shane, Nyjah and everyone else for a Golden Ticket straight to the big show. That seemed unlikely and talk was already turning to the likelihood of Nyjah finishing the year with two more wins. But either way, he already had his Golden Ticket to LA for winning the Pro Open, so did Louie for his Tampa win, and they would be joined by Kelvin Hoefler & Shane who had already earned enough season points to clinch their spot in the Super Crown World Championship. Four other skaters, including Joslin and Luan, were still in a heated race to qualify, and despite his successes Yuto had a ton of work to do to make Super Crown since he didn’t get any Pro Open points due to not technically being an official SLS Pro until after the Barcelona contest was over. And Dashawn’s chances were even worse with a win being his only hope. Things weren’t looking good for anyone other than Nyjah when he went for a switch frontside flip off the top of the hubba, just missed getting his foot back on the tail, and did the splits of a lifetime, and thankfully didn’t get taken out on a stretcher.


Dashawn Jordan Laserflip off the top ropes

Apparently Dashawn Jordan thrives on pressure, because when he floated a laser flip off the top of the hubba it was all in, everything or nothing, and when he rolled away clean he jumped out ahead of Nyjah and won it, and that’s how Dashawn got his Golden Ticket to the Super Crown World Championship. Torey Pudwill finished 2nd behind Dashawn after missing the entire 2016 season due to injury. He’s still looking for his first win, but it seems like it’s only a matter of time. Unfortunately for Luan Oliveira, Dashawn Jordan’s last minute heroics squashed his chances of skating in yet another Super Crown. Yuto’s season also ended in Chicago but Dashawn’s success was enough to keep the new kids anthem alive.


2017 SLS Chicago Top 3

The intensity of the Super Crown World Championship is insane. For starters there are only 8 skaters invited and they can’t be considered anything less than the eight best contest skaters in the world at that moment. That said, not all of them were in fighting shape when they arrived at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Dashawn had a rolled ankle, T-puds was under the weather, and both Carlos & Tiago were burnt from a hard week of heavy ripping in the streets. On top of all of that, unless you’re a veteran with ice water flowing through your veins there’s a good chance you’ll panic and blow it under all of the pressure. Whether Dashawn’s ankle was giving him too much grief or he panicked is up for debate, but it may have been the fault of a cracked board from the first trick in his first run of the contest. Either way he ended up in 7th, which wasn’t really the fairy tale ending some of us might have wanted to see, but hey, Dashawn came a LONG way in a very short time: Tampa Am in November 2016 to the Super Crown in a 10-month span.


Torey Pudwill Backside Smith up the hubba

At the end of the day it was the veterans and contest killers that landed in the top three. Kelvin Hoefler having completed a miraculous comeback after exploding his leg back in 2016 placed third. In some ways Kelvin is an even better skater than he was before the injury. When he used to depend more heavily on his big handrail tricks to rack up points, he’s toned down the gnar a degree but at the same time turned up the difficulty level in the run section, making him more well rounded and tougher to beat in general.


Shane O’neill Switch Flip Frontside Boardslide

Nyjah Huston, SLS World Champion in 2012 and 2014, was also coming into the weekend in less than perfect health. He’d knocked himself out the week before, landed in the hospital, and left people wondering whether he’d even skate or not. But skate he did, looking calm, relaxed, focused, and basically unbeatable as he worked his way to first after posting a 9.0 and a 9.2 in the runs section, then doing a nollie heel front noseblunt on the handrail for a 9.3 and a backside 270 flip lipslide for a 9.5. At that point, in 2nd place was defending 2016 SLS World Champ Shane O’Neill, the only skater who was still in the running to take Nyjah out. And with one Best Trick attempt left he needed a 9.6. Shane has landed a 9.9 in his past, so a 9.6 is within range. And he tried what only Shane could try, a switch backside bigspin double flip, and he landed ON it, but didn’t manage to roll away. If he had, there is a very good chance he would have skated away with the points he needed to win. But that’s all conjecture now. After taking only one win in 2016, Nyjah dominated another SLS season with his 3rd lifetime Super Crown World Champion win. The season had one of the best endings ever, and nicely sets up the storylines for next year: Will the scales stay tilted in Nyjah’s favor like they were in the battle between he and Shane in 2017? Or will the hungry young new kids turn over the applecart once and for all? Stay tuned to find out.


2017 SLS World Champion – Nyjah Huston

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17.11.2017 15:01
2017 Tampa Am: Recap

Jorge Simoes – Fs 180 Switch Crook Tampa Am was always a big deal, partly because people came from all over the US to skate it. Only later did it really start to attract skaters from all over the world, making it an even bigger deal, but this year its international reach was next level.…

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Jorge Simoes – Fs 180 Switch Crook

Tampa Am was always a big deal, partly because people came from all over the US to skate it. Only later did it really start to attract skaters from all over the world, making it an even bigger deal, but this year its international reach was next level. Of the 20 plus countries represented, ranging from South Korea and Australia to Peru and Columbia, six of those countries had skaters make it all the way to the Finals.


Jake Ilardi – Gap Back Lip

Speaking of making it to the Finals, that’s not getting any easier. In fact the skating is on par with Tampa Pro, at least. These days getting approved to even enter Tampa Am can be tough. And this may or may not be fair, but the closer you live to SPoT the higher the standards get. If you’re coming from Zimbabwe and have a mean pop shove, that might be enough to get the green light to skate, and those skaters’ challenges typically include getting a visa to enter the US and figuring out how to pay for the flight, hotel, etc. But if you live in Seminole Heights, Florida, you better have either made it to the top 10 in a Damn Am or have someone like Jim Thiebaud himself asking to let you in.


Hermene Stene – Back Tail

But back to skateboarding. 250 skaters with all kinds of crazy talent were in the Skatepark of Tampa for a shot at becoming the next Donny Barley, or Nyjah, or Luan, or Trevor Colden, or Dashawn Jordan. Those are just a few previous winners from Tampa Ams past, and based on how things have turned out for them, can you blame anyone for thinking it might be cool to do the same?


Jake Wooten – Fs Air during the Concrete Jam

The Tampa Am contest format is pretty intense, especially for skaters not already pre seeded into Saturday. For those stuck skating the Friday Open Qualifier, they had to go up against 155 other rippers, and somehow grab enough of the judges’ attention to get a bunch of points while sharing the course with two other skaters, and make a top 12 cut. So only about one in 13 skaters from Friday advanced. The number one skater of the day, Jhancarlos Gonzalez traveled all the way from Columbia to kickflip frontside lipslide the A-frame rail every try and get the Straight Shot to Sunday’s Semis, where he placed 7th, and became the only skater to make it all the way to Finals from Friday.


Fernando Bramsmark – Fs Stalefish

The skaters in Saturday’s Qualifier had easier math to contend with as 29 of the 100 were slated to advance to the Semis, but the problem was that Saturday’s pool of skaters consisted of the heaviest 100 ams in the world. These were the International Celebrities like Robert Neal and Jacopo Carozzi, plus all of top 10 finishers from each of the Damn Am stops, and dudes who the biggest and best skate companies support the hardest. To give you an idea, at the end of the day Christian Dufrene from Louisiana and Kento Urano from Japan tied for 29th and both just barely survived to skate another day. Taking into account their insane levels of talent, the cut was unforgiving to those who fell even a one too many times.


Felipe Nunes – 5-0

The Sunday format is old school. It’s cool though because it goes back to a standard run format. Skaters get two 60 second attempts at their best stuff in Semis, and the ones that make it through get 3 tries in Finals.
Aaaaaand speaking of Finals. Any one of the 12 skaters that made it that far had a shot at winning, at least at first. BUT, after few runs it became apparent that it would take a flawless run to win it. And since no one was half stepping, cruising, or safety dancing, it was going to take a skater’s best best to come out on top. You don’t need a full rundown of the top 12; you can go back and watch it all for yourself on ETN, but here’s the top 3 and how they got there:


Vincent Milou – Kickflip Boardslide

3rd Place: Marcos Montoya is from Florida and has been entering SPoT contests since 2010. This was his 4th Tampa Am. His best prior finish was 19th last year. This year he’s turned his game WAY up. With his win at Damn Am Atlanta he got a Straight Shot all the way to the Semi Finals at Tampa, so he was one of the lucky few who didn’t have to skate until Sunday. Marcos did his absolute best skating in the Semis, with some of the most choice tricks (like front feebles across the flat bar popped out early), done the most properly with the best overall course flow than any other skater of the weekend. In the Finals he was one of the few skaters who was on their way to a potential win more than once, when each of his three runs fell apart by the end. He still ruled it and won over a whole lot of new fans.


Marcos Montoya – Fs Feeble

2nd Place: Ivan Monteiro is from Brazil and travels the world non-stop to skate just about every am contest that exists. He made it to 5 of the 7 Damn Am stops this past year including the Amsterdam stop. He did better than any other skater in the Damn Ams, getting two 2nd place finishes, and two 1sts. For his trouble he took home Damn Am of the Year top honors and got a Straight Shot to the Tampa Am Finals. Ivan is a machine, and successfully pulls a trick out of his insanely deep bag about 99% of the time. Unfortunately there’s that pesky 1%, and Ivan missed one key trick in his best run (but still made the tre flip noseslide on the ledge and the tre flip noseblunt on the handrail) and that’s all it took to NOT win.


Ivan Monteiro – 360 Flip Noseblunt

1st Place. Gustavo Ribeiro skated his first Damn Am at the one Portugal Damn Am back in 2014 and finished 18th. He made it to his first Tampa Am last year based on a top 10 Damn Am Woodward finish. And this year he won best trick at the same stop with a kickflip crook nollie varial heel. Add the fact that he’s a Euro willing to come all the way over the Atlantic to skate and there was no saying no to Gustavo this year. He started of with a spot in Saturday’s Qualifiers, barely survived the 30 cut to Sunday with a 26th place finish, then got 6th in the Semi Finals to make it all the way to Finals. The general trend for Gustavo has always been onward and upward. And he saved his very best skating for his second run in the Finals, which you’ve hopefully seen by now and was one that included exactly a million different tricks, no lie, where he flipped his board onto a rail, and landed PERFECTLY (including a bigger flip to front board fakie!). There wasn’t a sketch or a wobble anywhere to be found, as if it was some simulated video of the ultimate in tech heavy skateboarding. When he ended the run with back 270 lipslide down the rail at the buzzer (there isn’t actually a buzzer but it felt dramatic enough for there to be one) there was no questioning that his was the run to beat, and after every single other skater finished their run after run, there was also no question that none of them had managed to do better.


The 2017 Tampa Am winner Gustavo Ribeiro!

So for the second year in the last three a skater from Europe has won Tampa Am. It was truly a melting-pot of stoke and shred inside SPoT all weekend long and anyone who was there needs to consider themselves #blessed. And no matter how bad the news makes everything sound for the world’s future, with kids like this out in there doing it, everything is going to be okay.


Top 3: 1st Gustavo Ribeiro, 2nd Ivan Monteiro & 3rd Marcos Montoya

Words By Paul Zitzer
Photos by Justin Crawford & Bart Jones

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13.11.2017 17:38
2017 Tampa Am Winner

Congrats to Gustavo Ribeiro on winning the 2017 Tampa Am which gets him the Monster Energy Golden Ticket that qualifies him to skate in the 2018 SLS Pro Open!!

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Congrats to Gustavo Ribeiro on winning the 2017 Tampa Am which gets him the Monster Energy Golden Ticket that qualifies him to skate in the 2018 SLS Pro Open!!

Check out his winning run above and catch more Tampa Am coverage on ETN.

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13.11.2017 10:48
Tampa Am Semi-Finals & Final Recap

Wow what a heavy day of skating! The top 29 Qualifiers from yesterday skated with the 2017 Damn Am winners in the Semi-Finals today. The top 10 advanced to join the Damn Am of the Year, Ivan Monteiro, and yesterdays 1st place Qualifier, Jorge Simoes, in the Final. After a tough battle in the Semi’s & Final, a winner has emerged.

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Wow what a heavy day of skating! The top 29 Qualifiers from yesterday skated with the 2017 Damn Am winners in the Semi-Finals today. The top 10 advanced to join the Damn Am of the Year, Ivan Monteiro, and yesterdays 1st place Qualifier, Jorge Simoes, in the Final. After a tough battle in the Semi’s & Final, a winner has emerged.

If you missed Tampa Am Live you can still watch it free today on the ETN app.

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