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23.02.2017 10:59
These 20 Skaters Are Confirmed For Tampa Pro

Tampa Pro is the longest running professional contest in skateboarding with this year marking its 23rd anniversary. Given its history and legacy, it is the perfect kick-off event for the SLS season. Taking home a Tampa win is considered a milestone in any Pro’s career. This contest is going to set the tone for 2017—SLS…

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Tampa Pro is the longest running professional contest in skateboarding with this year marking its 23rd anniversary. Given its history and legacy, it is the perfect kick-off event for the SLS season. Taking home a Tampa win is considered a milestone in any Pro’s career. This contest is going to set the tone for 2017—SLS pros will be receiving Super Crown World Championship qualifier points. The highest scoring non-SLS Pro will win his way into SLS, and the second highest scoring non-SLS Pro will advance straight to the SLS Nike SB Pro Open Semi-Final where he will have a chance to make it into SLS. The winner of Tampa Pro will take home $20,000 & earn a Golden Ticket straight to the 2017 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. The stakes are high for everyone involved.

As always, this year’s Tampa Pro is going to feature some heavy hitters. Former winners including Nyjah Huston and Torey Pudwill will be making appearances—these guys have proven in the past that they have what it takes to pull through with a win.

Newcomers like Blake Johnson, Jordan Maxham, and Carlos Iqui will be making their Tampa Pro debut this year. They are all going to be hungry to prove themselves on the Tampa Pro stage. Tiago Lemos—who turned Pro at the beginning of 2016 and qualified into SLS via the 2016 Pro Open in Barcelona—will be skating his first ever Tampa Pro as well. He gave an impressive performance in his rookie year in SLS in 2016. Tiago is definitely someone to keep an eye on in Tampa this year.

Don’t count the veterans out either! Guys like Ryan Decenzo, Ryan Sheckler, and 2013 SLS Champion Chris Cole are going to be in the building and know what it takes to score big with the judges. SLS veteran Tom Asta will also be skating Tampa Pro this year. Tom took home 3rd last year and is definitely a top contender in this year’s contest.

The street course at SPoT isn’t the only thing that’s going to see action at Tampa Pro. The annual Converse Concrete Jam will be in full effect with tranny rippers like Tom Remillard, Eric Winkowski, Jake Wooten, and Daniel Vargas confirmed to be in attendance. Eric, Jake, and Daniel all skated the Am Concrete Jam in November. Now that they have been elevated to the Pro ranks, it will be interesting to see how they match up against the veterans.

Don’t sleep! Tune into the live stream on March 4 and 5 to see it all go down for yourself. You can view some of this year’s confirmed skaters below. Stay tuned for more additions.

Blake Johnson
Boo Johnson
Brandon Westgate
Carlos Iqui
Chris Cole
Chris Joslin
Eric Winkowski
Evan Smith
Greyson Fletcher
Jake Wooten
Nyjah Huston
Ryan Decenzo
Ryan Sheckler
Tiago Lemos
TJ Rogers
Tom Asta
Tom Remillard
Torey Pudwill
Daniel Vargas
Jordan Maxham

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22.02.2017 15:34
SLS Partners With ETN

Fans will be able to stream the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour live via ETN—a brand new platform that will be hosting live and original content. ETN is the first network of its kind and our new home for global streaming. We’ll be announcing details on this season’s TV coverage and tour date locations…

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Fans will be able to stream the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour live via ETN—a brand new platform that will be hosting live and original content. ETN is the first network of its kind and our new home for global streaming. We’ll be announcing details on this season’s TV coverage and tour date locations soon. For now, follow ETN on Instagram and Facebook for additional information and updates.

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20.02.2017 15:54
The 23rd Annual Tampa Pro Is Coming!

We are just under two weeks away from the start of the 2017 SLS season. The 23rd annual Tampa Pro contest will be happening on March 4 and 5 at the Skatepark of Tampa. This is the North American Qualifier for SLS. Current SLS Pros will be competing for Super Crown World Championship qualification points,…

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We are just under two weeks away from the start of the 2017 SLS season. The 23rd annual Tampa Pro contest will be happening on March 4 and 5 at the Skatepark of Tampa. This is the North American Qualifier for SLS. Current SLS Pros will be competing for Super Crown World Championship qualification points, and one non-SLS Pro will win his way into SLS. In addition to this, the second highest scoring non-SLS Pro will get an invite and free pass to the Day 2 Semi-Final at the SLS Nike SB Pro Open. And the winner of Tampa Pro will take home a $20,000 prize and Monster Energy Golden Ticket that guarantees his spot in the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. The stakes are high at this contest. Tune into the live webcast on March 4 and 5 to find out how all of this is going to play out!

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01.02.2017 18:47
2016 Trick of the Year Chains

We wanted to hook up all the 2016 Trick of the Year winners with something special. So we contacted El Señor New York to make custom silver chains for the 2016 Trick of the Year Award winners and 14 karat gold chains for the Active Ride Shop Voter’s Choice Award and 2016 Trick of the…

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We wanted to hook up all the 2016 Trick of the Year winners with something special. So we contacted El Señor New York to make custom silver chains for the 2016 Trick of the Year Award winners and 14 karat gold chains for the Active Ride Shop Voter’s Choice Award and 2016 Trick of the Year winners. Each chain has the award engraved on the back. If you’re not familiar with El Señor, it’s a jewelry brand founded by former pro skater Spencer Fujimoto. The pieces are designed and manufactured in New York with the entire process from beginning to end being overseen by Fuj. These one-of-a-kind chains can be worn for a lifetime. We recently sat down with Spencer to get the full story on what went into making these unique pieces.

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Let’s start with a little bit of your background with making jewelry and how you transferred into that from professional skateboarding.

After I stopped skating in the early 2000s, I had a bunch of different jobs. One of them was running a sneaker store. I was just doing all sorts of random stuff that helped me get ready to start a business. I was a personal assistant for a club owner. That taught me about odd hours. And then working as a team manager for DGK—that helped me get back into skateboarding. I was out of it for about seven years. Working with DGK and being around Stevie Williams inspired me to start thinking about doing something.

Initially, I wanted to make leather jackets. I quickly realized that I needed to make something that was smaller in size. I was dealing with a small space in New York. So the jewelry came out of necessity. My mother and my father are artists. And I had messed around with it in high school. So I just put it all together. I needed something small. I can make art. I have x amount of money. With jewelry, I didn’t have to make a whole lot of pieces. In the beginning, it was more like art. It was like a hobby. I was thinking that it would be a side thing. It turned into something that needed to me more than just personal.

At first I wanted to go really high-end. But that was too expensive. And I wanted everyone to be able to get it. Stevie introduced me to some people that could manufacture it so that we could make it affordable and produce a lot more. Then the quality got much better after like two years of trial and error.

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Spencer Fujimoto in His Studio | Photo: Pete Pabon

Walk us through the process of making a piece.

First you brainstorm an idea. Then you put it down on paper. It can be a super technical drawing with sizes on it and stuff. Or it can just be a rough sketch. Or you can even work from an inspiration photo—the designers can get it pretty good. The more details that you start with, the less changes that there will be and the less costs there will be. Once the design is done—you have a 3D design and you turn it into a 3D print—you have the model and you make a mold. After the mold is made, it’s time to pour. You choose the metal that you want to use and start going at it. You pour it into the mold and take it out of the mold. There’s some sawing and polishing—and more polishing, basically a shit-load of polishing. Then you get the packaging and stick it in the box.

Are all of your pieces produced in New York?

All of the Lux Collection pieces are produced in New York. The Lux Collection is the silver and solid gold. All of that stuff is made in the Diamond District in Manhattan.

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Spencer Fujimoto (Far Left) With the EMB Crew in the ‘90s | Photo Bryce Kanights

There’s an art and creative process to skateboarding and making jewelry. How would you compare the two?

I don’t think it’s so much the creative similarities as it is the process of getting it done. It’s like getting a trick. If you’re filming or learning a new trick, it takes a lot of hard work. You have to persevere through adversity. Every time, it’s a different problem. It’s like learning a kickflip, you have to figure out where to put your foot through trial and error. You keep moving your foot around and something different happens until you figure it out. That’s similar to the process of making jewelry. You think you know the process, then something will happen that throws it off. So you have to adjust and fix the problem. You just have to keep trying until it works.

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An Early 3D Rendering of the Trick of the Year Chain

How did the Trick of the Year collaboration come about? And how did you go about making these signature pieces?

Amrit (Jain) called me up. This was probably right in the beginning of December. It was possible to turn it around in that time. We went through it and got the green light. So we started working on it. This was the quickest that we’ve ever turned a piece around from beginning to end. I can’t even actually believe that we finished them on time—especially with the two holidays. There was ten days that the manufacturer shut down from Christmas to after New Year’s. The scheduling worked out just perfect. There was a change to the design—which always eats up a little bit of time. There weren’t drastic changes, just two small changes. The last one was super easy to deal with. It had to do with the engravings on the back. When things get engraved—this is the scary part—if it’s slightly off, it’s over. After all that work, you have to start over almost. It sets you two weeks back. Luckily everything worked out. We have some good guys. It’s like skateboarding in that aspect too. Sometimes it works out. And sometimes it doesn’t.

Spencer Fujimoto Got Gold? (2002)

Did you follow the Trick of the Year competition while it was going on?

I did. We have a few El Señor team riders that were in the running. There’s two that I know of that got an award—Tiago Lemos and Diego Najera.

How does it feel to produce a signature piece given out as a prize for Trick of the Year by SLS? Kyle Walker won the $10,000 for Trick of the Year and Carlos Lastra won the Active sponsorship for Voter’s Choice. Everyone else got El Señor chains, which is pretty special.

That’s how it came up. They wanted to give something special to them. For El Señor and myself, it’s an honor to be a part of this and produce the piece for them. It means a lot to us. And I think it means a lot to the skaters too. It’s more than a trophy that you put on your shelf or something. I’ve got some trophies. I don’t even know where they are. It’s something that you can wear and keep with you. It was a cool idea. I’m psyched that they reached out to us and included us in the prizing.

Spencer Fujimoto The Search (2017)

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25.01.2017 10:54
2016 Trick of the Year Recap

You’ve seen all of the awards and the winner announcement rolled out over the past month. Now take a look at a recap of all of the 2016 Trick of the Year Awards as well as the winning trick all in one place. It was a great competition. We’re looking forward to seeing what everyone…

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You’ve seen all of the awards and the winner announcement rolled out over the past month. Now take a look at a recap of all of the 2016 Trick of the Year Awards as well as the winning trick all in one place. It was a great competition. We’re looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with in 2017.

Trick of the Year

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Pros have been eyeballing this quadruple set kinked handrail for years. Nobody thought it was possible until Kyle Walker came along and stepped up to the challenge. What started as a joke between Kyle and his friends quickly became serious when he truly started to go for it. From being reposted by just about everyone in skateboarding to the consistent comments calling for it to be Trick of the Year, Kyle’s 50-50 will go down as a historic moment in skateboarding for decades to come. This truly raises the bar—which is why we are more than happy to award Kyle the $10,000 prize for 2016’s Trick of the Year.

Trick of the Year Awards

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Carlos Lastra submitted his 360 flip hippy jump nose manual nollie flip out back in October. He quickly rose to the top of our leaderboard and held down the number one spot for the remainder of the year. This sealed the deal on Carlos taking home 2016’s Voter Choice Award. Congratulations Carlos on winning a year’s sponsorship from Active Ride Shop and an ad in your favorite magazine! Check back tomorrow for the official announcement on 2016’s Trick of the Year winner.

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Execution is a huge part of skateboarding. How you do something is just as important as what you are doing. Tiago Lemos has amazing form on every trick he does. His switch pop shove it fakie tre on a picnic table and switch bigspin switch backside tailslide over the gap to ledge at Radio Korea are on a level of their own. Tiago’s flawless precision is more than worthy of this year’s Don’t Sweat the Technique Award. Have a look at perfection personified below.

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The kickflip is a staple of skateboarding. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book. But it’s continually pushed to the limits by being applied to various spots and situations. Many kickflips were done in 2016. But none matched Jackson Pilz’s over a head-high fence. For that, Jackson gets 2016’s Kickflip of the Year Award. Have a look at what might be the biggest kickflip over something done to date below.

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Sometimes in life it’s better to be late. Nobody wants to be the first person to show up at a party. Leaving the house a little bit late could allow you to miss getting stuck in traffic or riding in a severely overcrowded train. And, when it comes to skateboarding, throwing in a late shove it or flip can turn a basic trick into something special. Kevin Viernes illustrates one of those instances when being late is perfectly acceptable with this backside flip to late shove it down a big three. He took home 2016’s SLS Trick of the Year Late to the Party Award in the process.

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Progression has always been the driving force behind skateboarding. Learning one trick has the potential to open the door to hundreds of others. And stringing together what you’ve learned along the way can result in something entirely new that leaves people in shock and awe of what you’ve just created. In skateboarding, this is frequently referred to as a game changer. Tiago Lopes comes through a couple of bangers to take home this year’s SLS Trick of the Year Game Changer Award.

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Sometimes it’s not about how long you stay at the party—it’s about how you make your entrance and exit. Jordan Maxham embraces this philosophy and takes home this year’s SLS Trick of the Year Early Exit Award. These two rail tricks illustrate that sometimes it pays to get in and get out as quick as possible. Jordan makes the difficult look all too easy in these clips. Have a look for yourself below.

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If you’ve ever seen a Richie Jackson video part, then you know that he’s on another level when it comes to creative skateboarding. Creativity is one of the main factors that’s considered for SLS Trick of the Year. So it was only right to give out an award based on that named after Richie Jackson. Joe Moore came through with unique submissions all year long. This one takes the cake and this year’s Richie Jackson Award. Make sure you stay tuned on Friday when 2016’s Trick of the Year is officially announced.

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A masterful bartender on a skateboard can pull off mesmerizing tricks on a flatbar on any given day. Aaron Scollier is a prime example of an accomplished skateboarding mixologist. Have a look at what he served up on the bump to flatbar at his local park. It certainly looks tasty.

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2016’s Trick of the Year will be announced this Friday. In the meantime, we are rolling out all of the TOTY Awards. The Gonz Award is all about having fun and staying creative. This year, Mark Gonzales takes his own award with this incredible suitcase slide. Gonz has been pushing the limits of skateboarding since the ‘80s. And at 48, he’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Check out the video below to see one of the most creative stunts to involve a skateboard this past year.

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2016’s Trick of the Year will be announced this Friday. In the meantime, we are rolling out all of the Awards. First up is Relationship Goals. The couple that skates together stays together. This tag-team tre flip sex change is definitely proper! Check the video below to see how Andrea Benítez and Alfonso Rojas take care of business at the skatepark.

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