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Slam City Jam 2004  


Slam City Jam 2004

Slam City Jam 2004 Photo:Sitka Surfboards

Rene Gauthier:

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.

Slam City Jam 2004 Photo:Sitka Surfboards

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 the exhibitors.

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.

Slam City Jam 2004 Photo:Sitka Surfboards

Rene and Andrew own Sitka Surfboards in Victoria. Check them out.


Pryce:

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.

Slam City Jam 2004 Photo:Sitka Surfboards

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.

Slam City Jam 2004 Photo:Sitka Surfboards

Props to Ladysmith's Jordan McInnis who placed 25th on his first year in Slam.

Slam City Jam 2004 Photo:Sitka Surfboards

Slam City Jam 2004 Photo:Sitka Surfboards

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