Tampa Pro 2018, it’s a wrap!
Tampa Pro went down this past weekend and we were here for it’s 24th year! 2018 is the year the event sold out at record times with over 3,200 spectators in attendance throughout the weekend! Along with those impressive stats came some impressive skating. Not to worry if you didn’t get the chance to snag some tickets or tune into ETN live, we’ve got the weekend recap for you.
Welcome to Tampa everyone!
The event officially kicked off Thursday with the annual “Welcome to Town” party at the Bricks. After everyone got their eight-ish hours of sleep the park opened up to pros and industry only for practice. By Friday evening Dan Rogers won the Industry street contest for a second time and the Industry Bowl jam was in full force. The night closed with the a video screening of CPH Open: The Final Chapter and the death race.
No surprises here, congrats to @EmericanSoldier on housing 1st place in the VIP/Industry Contest. 👴🏽When you use to hold the title for numero uno Boardslider and pro for War Effort Skateboards, you can expect this kinda triumph. 📸 @bartjones 👁🗨 Download the ETN app to watch the FREE live stream Saturday and Sunday (no subscription necessary) 🔌 @monsterenergy @independenttrucks @beatsbydre @santacruzskateboards @mobgrip @etn @trueskateofficial @bronsonspeedco @transworldskate @ojwheels @hexbrand @sls @SPoTTampa @aschoultz @pabstblueribbon @boardsforbros
Qualifiers, Tricks, and Jams
Saturday morning was buzzing with spectators from all over the world ready to see the pros (and some qualifying AMs) put it down. Over the course of 5 hours, the judges narrowed the top 30 skaters advancing to semi finals. By evening our team rider, Jamie Foy, won best trick with a big spin, front blunt, big spin. Big ups to Big Boy Foy for taking another coveted award this year! The evening was shut down at the concrete jam by Trey Wood with a backside boneless off the roof. What other way would SPoT celebrate this kind of skating? Punk rock karaoke hosted by Thrasher’s Jake Phelps and lots of fireworks. It was mental.
Here’s a crappy angle from my phone of one of the many things @jamie_foy landed during the Indy Best Trick contest just now. Needless to say, he won. The @converse_cons Concrete Jam is going down and 💩is already hitting the fan. Watch it live on our insta story 🤳 @crissspyyy 🔌 @monsterenergy @independenttrucks @beatsbydre @santacruzskateboards @mobgrip @etn @trueskateofficial @bronsonspeedco @transworldskate @ojwheels @hexbrand @sls @SPoTTampa @aschoultz @pabstblueribbon @boardsforbros
Last night’s @converse_cons Concrete Jam was absolute mayhem. It was the perfect representation of what 25 years of SPoT is all about. Huge congrats to the top 3: @treywood @codylockwood and @zionwright_ , not to mention the Door Gap Best Trick winner, Marlon Silva with a kickflip backside tailslide. Damn…🤯 📹 @thephivefooter @frankbranca @timmkoster 👁🗨Download the ETN app to watch the FREE live stream today (no subscription necessary – link in bio)🔌 @monsterenergy @independenttrucks @beatsbydre @santacruzskateboards @mobgrip @etn @trueskateofficial @bronsonspeedco @transworldskate @ojwheels @hexbrand @sls @SPoTTampa @aschoultz @pabstblueribbon @boardsforbros
Tampa Pro Finals
By Sunday morning, the place was maxed out and the crowd was eager to see who was going to take the gold. After two runs between 34 talented skaters, only 12 made the cut. The 12 finalists consisted of Zion Wright, Manny Santiago, Kelvin Hoefler, Axel Cruysberghs, Yuto Horigome, Luan Olivera, TJ Rogers, Felipe Gustavo, Jagger Eaton, Alex Midler, Ryan Decenzo, and last year’s champ Louie Lopez. While everyone listed gave 110%, it was 17 year old Jagger who’s run made him this year’s Tampa Pro winner.
Here’s his winning run.