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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- Chris Russell (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 in Malmö, Sweden will be on August 20, 2016.


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

U.S. Sports Editor

Leigh Roche

Leigh is a U.S. writer based in Pittsburgh. She is a sports columnist for
NewsPronto and Business Daily Media / Rogers Digital Media. She created and wrote the action sports vertical  for International News Magazine, and is an On the Blog contributor for Huffington Post, where she writes about mindful living.

She has written freelance and in-house non-fiction for print, online, and for educational purposes - news articles and editorial, website and blog content- and she has expertise in various social media platforms.

Leigh is a long-time student of yoga and mindfulness meditation, and she brings this to her writing as well as her work with kids and business clients. Her background includes experience as an educator/art educator and she provides therapeutic support to kids on the autism spectrum.

She began skateboarding in the 70s and still enjoys doing that occasionally, as well as riding her bike. An unabashed fan of skateboarding and BMX for many years, Leigh brings an historical perspective, knowledge, and love of action sports to her writing.  

“Action sports are where adrenaline, art, architecture, the outdoors, energy, visual media and music, as well as movement and meditation intersect;  they are global constantly evolving art forms.”

- Leigh Roche

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