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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tampa AM-

Words: Luca Sumberac
Photos: Eric Guizzetti

Aubey Taylor
Fakie Flip 
   This years Tampa-Am marked the 18th anniversary of the event and the 19th anniversary of The Skate Park of Tampa. The best ams from all over the world came to Tampa to shred the park, chill with homies, and party is up. Thursday marked the first day of Tampa Am with over 200 skateboarders checking in from all over the world. Some coming from places as far as Israel and China.

Curren Caples
Blunt Fakie
Red Bell Vert Ramp
On Thursday after everyone was checked in and set there was an awesome party at the skatepark. The party consisted of free drinks and an epic bowl jam that made it one of the craziest parties ever!

Also, don't forget to see the battle for entry fee's here. Luca Sumberac of NJ Skateshop versus Ryan Clements for all access passes!

    Friday was the official start of the contest. 117 skaters skated with the top 16 moving on and the first place skater automatically advancing to the finals. Fridays Golden ticket went to Shawn Hale and Saturday's went to Evan Smith. After a long day of shredding the guys at the SPOT had a 19th anniversary party  at the Orpheum, down in Ybor City, with Dr. Octagon performing for the crowd. The party was going off and hit another level when Kool Keith took the stage, Kool Keith, even made a last second state dive that left the crowd in awe. Sunday saw the top 37 guys go into the semi-finals with the top 10 guys advancing to the finals, and what is final it was. Everyone was going off, but ultimately it was Trevor Colden edging out Luke Hamton for the win. Trevor, with his perfect run and awesome trick selection become the 2011 Tampa Am! Congrats to Luke Hampton with his second place win and Evan Smith for taking third. After the contest and awards everyone headed over to The Bricks of Ybor for the Damn Am awards. 
Eathon Loy
EThe Party marked a great ending to an even greater weekend. The Tampa-Am has proven once again that the best contest's are the skater-run contests. Big thanks to everyone who competed, all the sponsors and the guys at SPOT for putting on such a great event. Can't wait to go back next year.  

More Photos to come!!! Next Blog Post!   

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