It was great to see so many people come out to the Surrey Slamma contest that I hosted the other day. All the kids and dudes of all ages had a blast. There were so many tricks that went down all over that were so sick, like Weston Ganger nosegrind revert on the top of a bench, Weston Hutchinson with a kickflip 5-0 on the fridge first try in his run, and Barrett Lediard with a 10 foot drop nosepick into a little tiny quarterpipe. It truly felt like an ’80’s contest which was exactly what I was aiming for. Skateboarding has gotten so big and it’s funny how that makes for more negative attitudes about what is skateable and what is even worth skating, and blah blah blah. What these people are missing out on is how skateboarding is about freedom of speech and freedom of action. You see something you could skate, you go and skate it. That’s what it’s about. So having all these guys show up of all ages that are used to regular old competitions where all the obstacles are perfect sparked some creative inspirations inside them, it was a great reminder to a lot of these skaters of what made them become skaters in the first place. And that’s what stoked me up the most.
Thanks to everyone that came out to enjoy the day, without asking I know everyone had fun. And thanks to all who partnered together to make the event a success – Authentic Board Supply, Coastal Riders, Protest Skateboards, Chance Skateboards, Red Star Skateboards, Vulcan Bolts and the Cloverdale Rodeo.
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