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10/03/2017 01:41 PM
DAMN AM NYC RECAP

By Paul Zitzer On a weekend where 120 skaters came from all over the United States and the World (Japan, Peru and Brazil to name a few) to join in the good times, Damn Am NYC came down to the very last trick of the Final, like a scaled down version of the Super Crown.…

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By Paul Zitzer

On a weekend where 120 skaters came from all over the United States and the World (Japan, Peru and Brazil to name a few) to join in the good times, Damn Am NYC came down to the very last trick of the Final, like a scaled down version of the Super Crown. And while there was no real money on the line, the stakes were as high as any contest ever. I’ll explain.

Going into NYC, which was the last of seven Damn Ams of 2017, there were four skaters who’d won at least one stop and were in contention for Damn Am of the Year. Maurio McCoy was in the lead, and the only way for anyone to take him down was to match his two wins, and do it with a higher score than the 93.33 he’d posted on his winning
Woodward West run.

Not surprisingly to those who’d seen the previous Damn Am winners skate, all four of them made it to the top 12, so basically, it would be a fight to the finish for all of them,plus there were eight other ridiculously talented rippers in the mix who were all lookingfor their first wins of the year. So even before it started NYC had become the most exciting Final in Damn Am history. And it got better.

But before we get to that, I’ll tell you now that you should do whatever you can to get yourself to LES next year when we return. It is hands down the stop with the most hype, the biggest turnout and the best vibe. New York in late summer, there really is nowhere better. And adding to the level we hit on the stoke-o- meter, this was the first-ever Damn Am that was live on ETN. Now aspiring future pros around the world are finally able to
tune in and get an idea of what they’ll be up against in the coming years.

But back to the contest. There were more than a few standout moments leading up to that last trick I was talking about. Keith Hardy, LES local and fashion model in the making, showed up in overalls, no shirt (along with a girl in overalls) and proceeded to mutilate the course. Keith is less about tricks than he is about style and flow, but he’s got the tricks too. Lucas Rabelo is another in a long line of amazing Brazilian skater with tech
tricks for days. He did nollie backside 180 nosegrinds on the new bump to bar like he was taking a well-trained dog on a short walk. Now get this: six of the 12 finalists were from Florida. Before you start thinking the judges were biased, the only Florida judge was Pat Stiener and he’s lived in New York for the past 5 years. Billy Marks and Jack Sabback [the two other judges] don’t give a Damn Am about Florida. With skaters ranging from Marcos Montoya, Zion Wright, Jereme Knibbs, Jake Ilardi, and Christian Henry-Brissett, you know it doesn’t take tainted scoring for them to get them into the Final.

But I get it; you want to hear about that last trick. So here goes. Damn Am Amsterdam winner Ivan Monteiro from Brazil had already done an absolutely stellar run that included a tre flip lip down the handrail, a backside nollie 270 heelflip over the hip, and bump to bar 270 lipslide 270 out, and a tre flip noseslide on the bump to ledge. The smart money had him as the guaranteed winner. But Daisuke Ikeda from Japan, winner of Damn Ams Costa Mesa and Australia, was 89% of his way through what was a perfect run. He front blunted the flat bar, tre flipped the pyramid, backside 270 kickflipped the hip, and then, with time running out he headed for the 5 stair to finish with a bang by way of a 360 double flip with extra pop. And he landed it!

But stuck.

And got pitched off the front of his board.

And that was that. When the results were announced, Daisuke placed 2 nd , and Ivan Monteiro got a 95 even, the highest score of the 2017 Damn Am series, and so Ivan who is probably the winningest amateur skater of 2017, walked off with his second win and Damn Am of the Year status to boot. Along trophy his double stack of trophies Ivan gets a Straight Shot to the Final at Tampa Am along with an invitation from SLS to skate the 2018 Pro Open. All I can say is this: Look out Pros!

After the Finals our attention shifted to the Independent Best Trick down the LES double set. It’s a 6 flat 4 that is longer than it looks on any video, and it’s the host set of what is now an annual tradition. With $2500 up for grabs the bodies started flying, but so too did the tricks. Back three nose grab (Brandon Johnson), switch fs 360 (Tim Casey), varial heel (Markus Jalaber), nollie backside biggie (Marcus Sarsycki), but the winning trick? The same one that “lost” the contest: A three sixty double flip by Daisuke Ikeda. Schaeferhigh fived him with $1000 for his efforts and all was good in the world. Mark it on your calendar and see you there next year.

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09/20/2017 11:32 AM
Monster’s in Passing featuring Nyjah Huston

n the most recent episode of Monster Energy’s “In Passing”, we head down to the OC to chill with Nyjah and see how he’s spending his days leading up to Super Crown. Chilling with friends, riding dirt bikes and of course skating are all part of his daily life between contests.

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n the most recent episode of Monster Energy’s “In Passing”, we head down to the OC to chill with Nyjah and see how he’s spending his days leading up to Super Crown. Chilling with friends, riding dirt bikes and of course skating are all part of his daily life between contests.

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09/16/2017 09:56 PM
2017 Super Crown World Championship Recap

Wow what an epic finale to the 2017 SLS season! The 2017 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship was heavy. The event got underway with the Women’s competition and with the performance that they put on these female competitors showed the world that the future of women’s skateboarding looks bright. Things got heated nearly…

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Wow what an epic finale to the 2017 SLS season! The 2017 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship was heavy. The event got underway with the Women’s competition and with the performance that they put on these female competitors showed the world that the future of women’s skateboarding looks bright.

Things got heated nearly immediately during the Run section. It was clear that this was going to be a battle between Leticia Bufoni and Lacey Baker—both former SLS Women’s World Champions. Lacey set things off with some flowing lines that included a stomped nollie heelflip over the euro gap, back 5-0 front 180 down the hubba, and a noseslide 270 out on the bump to ledge. Leticia followed suite with powerful lines punctuated by a long backside 5-0 down the long hubba and nollie 270s over the hip. From the start, you couldn’t help but wonder which of these former champs was going to regain the title.

The Women’s Championship hit a fever pitch in the Best Trick section. A lot was riding on this contest. Judging on how hard they skated, each of these ladies were gunning for the win. Alexis Sablone got the ball rolling with a stylish kickflip front 50-50 down the hubba, earning a whopping 7.9 score for her effort. Then, Mariah Duran broke the 8s by unleashing a hardflip down the big gap for 8.4. Not to be outdone, Lacey Baker threw out her patented noseslide 270 out for an 8.0. This put her within striking distance of Leticia, who had been consistently getting good scores throughout the contest. Bufoni decided to play it safe with her last trick—a fakie ollie down the big gap that only earned a 6.3. Her strategy proved to be unsuccessful as Lacey was able to nail a nose manual nollie heelflip out on the long manual pad for a 8.7 and sealed her repeat as the 2017 SLS Women’s Super Crown World Champion.

The Men’s Championship consisted of the top eight SLS Pros from the 2017 SLS season.  After a long and hard-fought battle on the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour, the eight SLS Pros made it to the Super Crown World Championship by either getting a Golden Ticket from winning a stop or stacking up enough season points. From start to finish, this was hands down the best contest that we’ve seen in terms of scores and caliber of tricks. Louie Lopez put the pressure on early by scoring a 9.1 in the very first run of the contest. Nyjah Huston followed suite with a 9.0. And then, in their second runs, Louie, Shane O’Neill, and Nyjah scored a 9.4, 9.2, and 9.2, respectively. To put this into perspective. Chris Joslin shocked everyone last year by being the first to get a 9-Club score in the Run section. In 2017, we saw 9s consistently.

The outstanding skating in the Run section set the pressure on high. Everyone was trying their hardest stuff. By the end of the first two rounds of Best Trick, we only saw a handful of scores posted including: Torey Pudwill’s nollie flip boardslide, Louie Lopez’s halfcab frontside 50-50, and Kelvin Hoefler’s cab back tail on the 9 stair rail. All impressive, but none were 9-Club scores. This would change in the third round when Pudwill upped the ante with a back smith up the five-stair Hubba earning the first 9 of the Best Trick. Nyjah clapped back with an incredible nollie heel noseblunt down the rail for a 9.3. Then, it started raining 9s. Carlos Ribeiro’s switch heel switch back smith on the hubba, Shane’s switch tre double flip down the gap, and Kelvin Hoefler’s halfcab noselide to back tail bigspin out on the down ledge earning 9.1, 9.4, and 9.1, respectively.

But at the end of the day, it was Nyjah Huston’s mind-blowing back 270 kickflip lipslide down the rail that stole the show. The trick earned Huston a 9.5—the highest score of the year, and his fourth 9 of the night. After not winning a Super Crown World Championship since his 2014 season sweep, Nyjah showed us what it means to be a SLS World Champion. He dominated the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour and came back to take the 2017 SLS World Champion title after being in the hospital earlier in the week due to a vicious slam in the streets that left him with a concussion and a sprained ankle. Huston defines drive and determination, congrats Nyjah!
View the full results below.

Women’s Results
Lacey Baker – 30.4
Leticia Bufoni – 29.4
Mariah Duran – 28.8
Aori Nishimura – 27.2
Pamela Rosa – 25.6
Samarria Brevard – 15.3
Alexis Sablone – 13.8
Vanessa Torres – 13.0

Men’s Results
Nyjah Huston
Shane O’Neill
Kelvin Hoefler
Louie Lopez
Torey Pudwill
Carlos Ribeiro
Dashawn Jordan
Tiago Lemos

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09/15/2017 03:51 PM
Super Crown Practice Photos

Men & Women’s Super Crown World Championship Practice went down yesterday and they all shredded the course. Anyone would win it today! Check out some photos from our Super Crown photographers Jake Darwen & Justin Crawford:

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Men & Women’s Super Crown World Championship Practice went down yesterday and they all shredded the course. Anyone would win it today!

Check out some photos from our Super Crown photographers Jake Darwen & Justin Crawford:

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09/15/2017 03:45 PM
2017 Super Crown Course Preview

Carlos Ribeiro gives us a preview of the 2017 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship course while some of the Men & Women get some practice in.

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Carlos Ribeiro gives us a preview of the 2017 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship course while some of the Men & Women get some practice in.

Watch the Super Crown LIVE stream FREE today only on ETN.

Women’s Super Crown World Championship starts at 5:15pm PT / 8:15pm ET

Men’s Super Crown World Championship starts at 7:30pm PT / 10:30pm ET

Lower Bowl & Floorseats are SOLD OUT but you can still get Upper Bowl tickets.

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