Over the weekend, Island Water Sports took part in Clash of The Crews, a Shop vs Shop contest hosted by Skate Park of Tampa and Vans.
Despite a couple mishaps, it couldn’t have gone any better. Out of 18 skate shops, top three were Westside Skate shop (3rd place), Skate Park of Tampa (2nd place), and Island Water Sports (1st place) .
Among the shops were Asylum from Chicago and Vu from Baltimore. Both travelling the farthest to compete against a majority from the South East region.
The Final Jam
The finals were intense as we skated in a total of 4 exhaustive jams. After watching the SPoT Team completely annihilate their home park (specifically Sam Bellipanni’s 5050 pop out 5050 over the pyramid), we knew we had to step it up. Just watch how Jamie Foy sticks a six trick line full of hammers right before the end of the video.
Unfortunately, I missed half of the final jam due to a skateboard malfunction from the jam prior. The rest of the team carried on. Josh Douglas with the Fakie back lips, Fabiana Delfino with the fly out nose manuals to Feebles, and Dan Lundy showed the crowd that even the Team Manager rips better than the rest of the team. They didn’t even need me… See for yourself in SPoT’s Recap filmed by Frank Branca.
Big Thanks to Skate Park of Tampa and Vans for putting on one of the best events to exist. We’ll see you next year!
Clash of the Crews is an annual contest, proudly presented by Vans. It is a shop vs. shop contest where each shop skates in a jam with four of their riders, plus the shop’s owner or team manager if they’re down to shred. In each jam, the top three skater’s scores count for your shop’s final score. The top six shops advance to the Finals where they skate head to head in a bracket format to determine the final winning crew.
Shops from as far as Baltimore and Chicago made their way out to compete. Check out highlights from the event above.