DAMN AM AT VOLCOM 2006

DAMN AM AT VOLCOM 2006

Words by Rory Parker.  Photos By Edwin

DAMN AM AT VOLCOM 2006 Words by Rory Parker. Photos By Edwin

The Damn Am was nuts this year.  I know it’s getting a bit clichéd to say this, but the ability of little kids is getting out of hand.  Ten year old phenoms were once a rarity in skating, now it seems like they’re a dime a dozen.  I really wish I could back this up with some names, but little kids all look the same to me.  There was one little fucker that stood out though, Chaz Ortizz.  I’d seen him skate once before, when he skated in the Hometown Heroes portion of the GvR contest in Lake Forest.  Before he took his run, the dude next to me told me to watch, and I was blown away.  He kept the performance level high at the Damn Am as well, absolutely killing the handrail with some of the smoothest back smiths I’ve ever seen.  Normally little rippers kind of piss me off, especially when I’ve been skating longer than they’ve been alive.  But seeing the huge smile on his face and watching him run around like a retard after his run warmed my heart.  Good on ya’ Chaz.

David Loy. Ollie up to frontside 5-0.

David Loy. Ollie up to frontside 5-0.

The other stand out was the black kid in the Easy E costume.  No belt and pants hanging below his ass meant his shit kept falling down during his run, something the SPoT guys didn’t hesitate to comment on.  Schaefer and Clemens always do a sick job MCing, and they’re definitely a pleasant change from the Fuel TV actor wannabes that seem to get those types of jobs.

Michelle has just informed me that she doesn’t think the kid was wearing an Easy E costume at all.  Apparently I think that all black people look the same.  Shit, that may be true.  I apologize, I guess. But he really did look just like a NWA era Easy E.  And he really needs to get himself a belt sponsor, at least for when he’s skating his heats.

I’m definitely predisposed towards hating on skate contests, but even I have to admit that the SPoT dudes know how to put on a sick ass event.  One thing that sucked though, it was too goddamned hot.  You’d think that, with Volcom as the primary sponsor, they’d be able to do something about that like rent some of those goddamned things that spray cool mist on you.   I mean, sitting in a hot parking lot for hours on end can really take the wind out of your sails, especially when you’re sucking down beers like it’s going out of style.  I suggest they see about renting the secret Illuminati weather machine that’s up in orbit.  I’ve heard that all giant corporations have access to it, after all, it what they used to get the poor people out of New Orleans.  Anyway, a perfect 72 degrees would suit me nicely.

For more info check out the Skate Park of Tampa website.  They cover this type of shit way better than I ever could. In the meantime look at these pretty pictures.

Shuriken Shannon, David Loy, & Cody McEntire

Shuriken Shannon, David Loy, & Cody McEntire

 

Shaun Stulz

Shaun Stulz

 

David Loy

David Loy

 

 

 

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