Damn Am

  • Action Sports Rewind & Results August 22-29, 2015

    Action sports with Leigh Roche

    This week I couldn't resist serving up an all-skateboarding column! 

    Street League Skateboarding Presented by Nike SB - Stop 2 New Jersey

    Street League

    Luan Oliveira won his second straight Street League Series Skateboarding at the Prudential Center, Newark New Jersey on August 24. Oliveira was dialed in, landing amazing trick combinations,including a 360 flip noseslide bigspin. Even when Oliveira had first place locked ahead of Nyjah Huston, he didn’t take it easy. Instead, on his last turn, Oliveira landed a switch tre flip down the Big Section 10-stair set and the Prudential Center erupted.

    Gotta See:  Studio Skateboards Wade Fyfe The Last Video Part 

    Fyfe is such a smooth, stylish skater with tons of pop, just great to watch. Pop some popcorn for this, give it a quick view and savor the pop, and how buttery his skating is, indeed. Enjoy!


    Product Toss: ZonedIn App

    Created by John Galbreth and Brad Smith, this skateboarding app for iPhone and on Google Play gives skaters the opportunity to connect with and compete against other skaters in a real-life  based game.

    Skaters playing ZonedIn progress through 10 different levels by watching a video of a pro skater doing tricks, trying the trick and recording it, then posting the recording on social media to have other players rate the performance. 

    US Skateboarding Championship Finals 

    After a summer of events in nine US cities, the World Skateboarding Federation, in conjunction with the World Skateboarding Grand Prix, held the inaugural US Skateboarding Championships August 28-29 at RFK Skatepark. The event was sanctioned by the World Skateboarding Federation. The nine finalists in the Championships won regional contests, and when the dust settled, Scottie Laird won, earning him a trip to Kimberley, South Africa  to compete against skaters representing over 50 countries at the 2015 World Skateboarding Championship at the Kimberley Diamond CupOctober 7-10, 2015.


    Damn Am Woodward PA

    Damn Am Select Series, Woodward, PA, USA went off August 27-29, with skateboarding contests in street and Mini MegaRamp. Over 60 hungry ams battled it out to be in the top twelve for a chance at the title and a trip to the prestigious Tampa Am in November. Josh Douglas of Boca Raton, Florida came out on top, with a deep bag of tricks and smooth lines all over the course. Douglas has the honors of not only winning Damn Am Woodward, but also going straight to the semifinals of the Tampa Am at the legendary Skatepark of Tampa

    Damn Am Woodward PA Results

    1. Josh Douglas
    2. Alex Midler
    3. Liam McCabe
    4. Tanner Van Vark
    5. Alex Knox
    6. Robbie Brockel
    7. David Dixon
    8. Brian O’Dwyer
    9. Chris Pierre Jaques
    10. Jamie Foy
    11. Christian Wood
    12. Ty Tarzetti

    Independent Truck Best Trick Results

    1. Andrew Grabowski- switch frontside flip 5-0
    2. Liam McCabe- 360 double flip lipslide
    3. Jamie Foy- kickflip frontside crooked Grind
    4. Akeem Haynes-frontside shuv-it late flip
    5. Shean Roche- frontside boardslide kickflip out

    Damn Am Woodward “Thanks for Nothing” Awards

    • Neil Hendrix
    • Gary Ream
    • Team C1rca
    • Adelmo Jr.

    C1rca Goliath Award- Tony Christopher

    Damn Am Woodward Mini Mega Results

    1. David Palazzese
    2. CJ Titus
    3. Asher Bradshaw
    4. Tate Carew
    5. Evan Doherty
    6. Tyler Edtmayer
    7. Rylan Mansilla
    8. Shaye McInnis
    9. Morgan Chandler
    10. Leif Trasser
    11. Ronan Livingston
    12. Jed Rigen

    Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grant Recipients

    McIntire Skatepark, Charlottesville, Virginia

    McIntire Skatepark, Charlottesville, Virginia

    Summer 2015 THF Skatepark Grant Recipients

    Charlottesville, Virginia

    Arvin, California

    Stevensville, Montana

    Niagara Falls, New York

    Houston, Texas

    Chiloquin, Washington

    Cassopolis, Michigan

    Kansas City, Missouri

    For more information about the Tony Hawk Foundation, including its Skatepark Grants Program, visit the Foundation’s To get started on a public skatepark project of our own, visit

  • Dropping In - Action Sports September 23, 2015

    This edition of Dropping In includes great news- Street League Series skateboarding
    is going to have a women’s division at the Nike SB Super Crown World Championships!
    Also here are the results from the Damn Am Select Series NYC, and info on a petition
    to bring back the Brooklyn Banks.

    Street League Series Women’s Super Crown World Championship

    Street League


    Street League Series  (SLS) was founded in 2010 by pro skateboarder, Rob Dyrdek, to create the first professional skateboarding contest series for skateboarders who compete at the highest level of skills. Dyrdek is transforming skateboarding once again with the announcement that SLS will have a Women’s skateboarding contest at the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championships on October 4, 2015.

    Rob Dyrdek is also an entrepreneur and reality show star: he has had a few shows on MTV; started a skateboarding league; built skateparks; started a foundation, and even has his own official day (February 1). Creating an opportunity for women skaters to compete at a professional level is one of Dyrdek’s best moves.
    Street League’sinclusion of women skaters raises the profile of women’s skateboarding and will improve the state of pro skateboarding for women. There has been no women’s skateboard Vert at X Games since 2011,and there has never been women’s Big Air (heck, this year at X Games Austin, there was even a Skateboard Ams Street for Men). Many of the major contests have women’s divisions, but there are still some that lack a women’s division, such as Tampa Pro, Dew Tour, and Simple Session.

    SLS will now have up for grabs the biggest first place prize purse in Women’s skateboarding. While there is no parity with the men in the winnings, this is a start- and a respectable one, which can only increase the visibility of women skateboarders. Ideally, it will bring more revenue to Women’s skateboarding, which will help women’s skating grow at every level. 

    These are the Women on Street League Series Nike SB

    Lacey Baker

    Samaria Brevard

    Letitia Bufoni

    Marisa Dal Santo

    Pamela Rose

    Alexis Sablone

    Alana Smith

    Vanessa Torres


    There is an intrinsic value in creating something for the sake of creating it.-Rodney Mullen, skateboarder

    Damn Am Street League Select Series NYC

    The SkatePark of Tampa and Street League crews took the Damn Am to New York City and Lower East Side (LES) park, September 18 and 19, 2015. Yoshi Tanenbaum killed it all last weekend at LES to repeat as winner of NYC Damn Am, also earning his second Damn Am Select Series win for 2015, putting him in the top spot for Damn Am of the Year. Nike SB, 5Boro and NY Skateboarding put in a pop-up skatepark at 50 Kent in Brooklyn this summer and that was where the Best Trick contest took place on Friday evening. The Independent Best Trick went down Saturday on the double set at LES and it was insane! Watch the highlights here.

    Damn Am Select Series NYC Results

    1. Yoshi Tanenbaum
    2. Dylan Witkin
    3. Dashawn Jordan
    4. Maurio McCoy
    5. Zion Wright
    6. Alex Midler
    7. Jereme Knibbs
    8. Jamie Foy
    9. Josh Douglas
    10. Oscar Meza

    Damn Am NYC Nike Best Trick 50 Kent

    1. Antonio Durao-switch flip; switch frontside tailslide
    2. Dashawn Jordan-backside flip; backside nosegrind
    3. Andre Beverly-kickflip frontside crooked grind
    4. Tyson Peterson-backside bigspin fakie 50-50
    5. Yoshi Tanenbaum-hardflip from the top rope

    Damn Am NYC Independent Best Trick

    1. Antonio Durao- nollie backside flip
    2. Clint Beswick- nollie kickflip
    3. Dashawn Jordan- frontside 360
    4. Oscar Meza- frontside big heelflip
    5. Ryder Lawson-360 shove-it

    Gotta See: Darkstar- Forward Slash


    Forward Slash  is a recent classic (2012) but so good, it’s one of those videos that has to be re-visited every so often. This gem is so stacked. 

    Watch...repeat as necessary.

    Who's in it? Greg Lutzka. PLG. Ryan Decenzo. Tyson Bowerbank. Manolo Robles. Chet Thomas. John Hanlon. Adam Dyet.

    Tons of beautiful skating, great spots, and amazing filming.

    Skateboarding keeps your mind open and the creative juices flowing because of its endless combinations.
    The deciding factor is always your own creativity. It’s about being creative enough to take your
    opportunities and make the best of them.

    - Christian Roth, co-founder, Hessenmob Skateboards

    Teen BMX Rider Petitions New York to Re-Open the Brooklyn Banks

    NEW YORK CITY  — A 17-year-old New York high school student and BMX competitor has started a Care2 petition urging the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to reopen the Brooklyn Banks, one of the world’s most popular skate spots.


    The Brooklyn Banks has been closed since 2010, when the DOT began using the area to store equipment during a four-year Brooklyn Bridge restoration project. The area was supposed to reopen when construction wrapped in 2014. It’s now 2015, and the Banks remains closed and filled with construction equipment.

    Care2 petition author Sid Alam is a student at Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology, and has lived in New York City all his life. He says he is too young to have ever experienced the Banks, but started his Care2 petition after reading about the area and watching videos filmed there. Alam says he’s worried that if the Banks are reopened, they’ll be “made skater-proof,” or unrideable.

    In 2004, Steve Rodriguez, a well-known rider and founder of New York skateboard company 5Boro, fought to save the Banks from a 2004 Parks Department plan that would have had the area filled with planters and playground equipment.  According to the New York Times, the city consulted Rodriguez before closing the area off for the 2010 restoration project, but largely ignored his recommendations as to what part of the Banks to keep open during construction. 

    Visit Care2 and sign the petition.


    Skaters, by their very very nature, are urban guerrillas: they make everyday use of the
    useless artifacts of the technology burden and employ the handiwork of the government/corporate
    structure in a thousand ways that the original architects could never dream of.

    -Craig Stecyk, entrepreneur,skater, surfer, photographer, artist, journalist, legend, 1976

    Enjoy the ride. Enjoy your life.
  • Dropping In- July 2016

    Photo credit: NASS Festival & Alex Rawson

    Take what other people do, make it better, give it back,so we all rise further
    - Rodney Mullen

    July brings hot weather in the Northern Hemi, and lots of action in action sports!

    NASS 2016

    NASS Festival, the UK’s biggest action sports and music festival, was held July 8-10, 2016 at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet near Bristol, UK. This year was the first time NASS was the site for the International BMX Freestyle Federation World Championships. In the BMX competition Australians Vince Byron and Logan Martin took the Pro Vert World Champion title and Pro Park World Champion title respectively. American Nick Bruce was named Dirt World Champion and France’s Matthias Dandois was crowned Pro Flatland World Champion. In skate Spain’s Danny Leon came out on top for the fourth year in a row, taking the title of Skate Pro Park Champion while Brit Jesse Thomas, claimed the Skate Vert Champion title.

    NASS 2016 Results

    NASS iBMXff BMX Vert Results

    1. Vince Byron
    2. Simon Tabron  
    3. Douglas Oliveira

    NASS iBMXff BMX Flatland Result

    1. Matthias Dandois  
    2. Takahiro ikeda  
    3. Matt Wilhelm

    NASS iBMXff BMX Dirt Results

    1. Nick Bruce  
    2. Leandro Moreira  
    3. Daniel Sandoval

    NASS iBMXff  BMX Park Results

    1. Logan Martin
    2. Mark Webb
    3. Alex Coleborn

    NASS Skateboard Park Results

    1. Danny Leon
    2. Clay Kreiner
    3. Alex Decuhna

    NASS Skateboard Vert Results

    1. Jesse Thomas  
    2. Alessandro Mazzara
    3. Clay Kreiner

    Viceland series: Thrasher Magazine King of the Road


    If you’re a fan of skateboarding or simply a curious voyeur, then you must watch Viceland’s King of the Road. Thrasher Magazine hatched the idea for KOTR back in 2003, a contest and travelogue of skateboard teams completing- or attempting- skate tricks and other antics for points, culminating in one team being crowned King of the Road. The first series of ten episodes chronicles the 2015 KOTR contest between Birdhouse, Chocolate and Toy Machine skate teams. If you missed the first run of the inaugural season, Viceland  TV is re-running the episodes and they’re also available on Viceland’s site.

    Street League Select Series Damn Am - So Far

    The SkatePark of Tampa created the Damn Am series to showcase amateur skateboarders and provide a path to the Tampa Am, one of the biggest amateur skateboarding contests. Winners qualify for Tampa Am and a chance at Damn Am of the Year and a spot in Street League Series Pro Open.

    Hazard County Skatepark hosted the first Damn Am event of 2016, April 9-10 with Jereme Knibbs taking top honors. Damn Am Santos, Brazil had Lucas Alves winning and the Volcom Damn Am in Costa Mesa, USA had Alex Midler winning, so Damn Am of the Year is still up for grabs. The balance of the Damn Am Street League Select Series is: Chicago August 11-13, Woodward West September 3-4, and New York September 16-17.

    Vans Park Series

    Vans, who have been seriously invested in skateboarding practically since the beginning of time, created the Vans Park Series to “grow participation and promote the culture of skateboarding and the discipline of park terrain skateboarding worldwide.” This first year for the Series, there are Global Qualifier contests in Melbourne, Australia; Florianopolis, Brazil; Vancouver, Canada; Huntington Beach, USA; and the championships in Malmö, Sweden.

    Vans Park Series Results

    Melbourne- ChrisRussell (USA) Pedro Barros  (BRA) Kevin Kowalski (USA)

    Florianopolis- Pedro Barros (BRA) Ivan Federico (ITA), Kevin Kowalski (USA)

    Vancouver- Ivan Federico (ITA) Robin Bolian (FRA) Cory Juneau (USA)

    Huntington Beach will be held as part of the US Open of Surfing July 26, 2016 and the championship inMalmö,Sweden will be on August 20, 2016.


    I’d risk the fall just to know how it feels to fly- Dave Mirra 1974-2016

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