Clyde Singleton - Backside Lipslide
Held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Slam City
Jam is one of the largest professional
skateboard contests in the world, and I was there to experience
it. Thanks to Clarkie, me and Tim Fielder were able to get floor
passes to this year's event.
Friday May 5, Qualifying DayWhen
I got there I had to wait about 20 minutes to get my press pass,
bummer!!! As I waited, numerous world top skaters were passing by.
I was almost drooling. When it came time to get in, I had a sense
of pride that I had arrived in the skateboard industry.
The course was big and more street-like
than ever. There were tons of rails, ledges, and pyramids spread
all over. All the obstacles were being destroyed but I had not seen
anything yettoday was just a preview of what was going tocome.
Most noticeable on the course was Brad Staba.
Vanek Hakobian - Kickflip Backside
He ended up qualifying first place.
Brad was given a thousand bucks for his first place spot. Brian
Anderson, Brads roommate, was also throwing down impressive tricks
on anything and everything. I would like to name all who deserve
to be named but the list would be too long.
Saturday May 6, Semi FinalsCHAOS
is the word of the day. Today was chaotic. The course was totally
packed with talent. Mr. McCrank took first place today, but unlike
Brad Staba he didn't win any money. Rick's run was consistent and
clean. Kirstian Svitak was skating solid all day long. Jesse Paez
was destroying the course with big airs. Jesse fell hard in his
run and dislocated his shoulder. But not to worry he made it to
the finals and skated the next as if nothin ever happened.
|Elissa Steamer - Frontside Lipslide
I only saw two girls practicing on
Friday and today; they were Elissa Steamer and Jamie Reyes (watch
out for her she makes your eyes pop out). The day was done so I
went back to my room and went to sleep.
Sunday May 7, Street Finals, Girls
Competition, and Best TrickToday is the big day, the day when
the winner of Slam City Jam 2000 will be chosen. People were going
all out or nothing today. I was pretty disappointed that Brian Anderson
did not take his final run. Ryan Johnson threw down a bag of tricks
in his run and guess what, those tricks got him the #1 spot.
|Dan Pageau - Switch Hardflip
The girls of today are amazing. I
wouldn't be surprised if they stopped having a girls comp and just
threw them in with the men. Faye Jamie was attacking the handrails
with 50-50's and feeble grinds. Jamie Reyes backside tailslid the
small handrail, and landed many other assorted maneuvers. As usual,
Elissa Steamer was skating well, but her winning streak ended this
The best trick contest was hype.
For half an hour many pros went all out. Alex Chalmers busted a
backside 360 kickflip over the big box with smooth style. Clyde
Singleton fakie tailslid the curved kink rail but for some odd reason
did not place in the best trick. Ed Templeton won this year's best
trick with a 50-50 across the box to a boardslide down the handrail.
The crowd went ballistic.
The only thing left was the awards ceremony, but I'm sure you don't
wanna hear about that.
Real Skate would like to give
major props to Kriddy Earl and all the
SCJ staff and volunteers for accommodating us to come shoot shit
up. There's a "pitcher" with your name on it waiting for
you in Santa Cruz!
all the final results of the SCJ check out their site: