Slam City Jam in Vancouver is skateboarding's equivalent of Mardi Gras
or Octoberfest. It's more of a festival and celebration of skateboarding
than it is a competition. This year's event was better than ever as tens
of thousands of board sport fans filed through the doors at BC Place
stadium for the weekend of excitment.
The pros wowed the crowds day after day with Greg Lutzka rightfully coming
out on top for the street event and Bucky Lasek easily blowing everybody
away on his way to another vert title. The top Canadians on the street
course were Chris Haslam of Richmond in 6th place with Vancouver native,
Rick McCrank taking 7th. Haslam was a crowd favourite winning 2 of the 3
Street Best Trick contests. For the vert Quebec's Pierre-Luc Gagnon
finished 10th. In addition, a new Guiness World Record may have been set
when 15 year old David Novotny landed 75 consecutive kick flips in row.
Aside from the competition action, the masses of fans were entertained by
over 30 local bands and dancers. Many skater kids kept busy between heats
by emulating their heroes on the public skate park. Connecting the entire
floor was the massive market place, where over sixty exhibitors showed
their latest prducts and services. Vancouver boardshops, clothing and
skateboard companies, Tylenol and of course Sitka Surfboards were amongst
Slam City Jam is not only known for the day-time activities. It's perhaps
what happens at night that makes Slam world famous and this year's parties
lived up to their reputation. Riders, Exhibitors, Industry gurus, event
organizers and fans got together every night to show how savage they could
be. Let's just say that the Tylenol booth was by far the busiest.
Year after year Slam City Jam seems to out do itslef and never seems to
disappoint. The whole world is looking forward to next year's festival.
Rene and Andrew own Sitka Surfboards in Victoria. Check them out.
This year Slam City Jam moved from the Pacific Coliseum to the much larger BC place Stadium. In spite of the much larger venue, it seemed like there was a lot less seating in close proximity to the competition course and it seemed like that course was smaller than last year's set up in the Coliseum. On the upside, security seemed to be far more relaxed in BC Place this year and we did not see the thorough searching of people coming in the door like has happened at the Coliseum in past years.
In the area around the Coliseum there are very few places to skate beside Hastings bowl but BC Place has way more places to skate in the immediate vicinity. This year as you walked around downtown, there were skaters everywhere skating all the spots and it was just pretty cool. The event was just an awesome weekend.
Props to Ladysmith's Jordan McInnis who placed 25th on his first year in Slam.