On May 57th in Vancouver B.C. was the now world
famous Slam City Jam." It was neither a "Slam City"
or a "City Jam," yet this year it was somehow special.
It was Slam City Jam
2000. I was personally hoping for Ford Skateathon, or maybe Mountain
Dew Madness 2000, but I guess nothing beats tradition, and Slam
City Jam was here again.
Friday was the first day and there
was plenty of good skating going on. It was just qualifying, but
even those prequalified were eager to skate the course. If you have
ever seen a pro contest like this, practice is quite a sight, over
100 skaters "jam" the course, and some even "slam"
into the photographers as well. (Psst...I've heard insurance companies
pay out big for skate related injuries!)
I guess that is why this is Slam City Jam right?
It is pretty hectic with all the skaters preparing their runs, and
the photographers getting their shots. Despite the madness, there
is an energy that everyone is there to do their best.
This day belonged to Brad Staba. Mike
McCourt, told me early in the day, "Brad is going to win today's
qualifying." He did just that, placing first out of 80 skaters
that day in the qualifying round. Impressive blunt transfers can
only help oneself. Saturday was the street and vert semi's.
Over on the vert ramp,
it was Bob's turn to show us why he is Bob Burnquist, by skating
better than everyone else. Also, impressive were Vancouver local
Colin McKay who was going the highest on this day by my opinion.
The street semi's were
entertaining, with skaters like Mike Vallely, Eric Koston, Ed Templeton,
and Jamie Thomas, it was rather pleasing to watch Jamie 50-50 the
biggest rail in the place, and see Ed Templeton set new standards
Brad Staba finished second
in this days run, and was for sure favored to win it on the third
day. Local boy Rick McCrank cranked it up and pleased everyone with
360 grabs off the quarter and over the box. While others were doing
this, Rick was going about two feet higher than everyone else!
The day of the finals was also the girls
competition, and a few years ago, SCJ was one of the first major
contests to have a section just for girls. Seems like time, doesn't
it? It reminded me of those WNBA ads, "you watch cause they
are better than you." Yeah, they are better than you. Taking
first on today was
Cnaan Omer of Trust Skateboards, Second was Faye Jamie
of Consolidated, and third was everyone's favorite, Elissa Steamer
of Toy Machine.
The men's vert should us once again
Bob's talented, switch filled run, amazing is a good word to describe
this guy. Amazing. Pushed by the crowd, Colin McKay finished third
and Brazilian Sandro Dias who put together a nice solid run to earn
The street finals showed us some
new blood, among them were Gailea Momolu, representing World with
his blue Etnies, lit up everyone's flash with his nollie heelflip
backside boardslides. Yeah, impressive. Watch out for this guy in
The always "going
bigger" Chris Senn ollied huge to frontside boardslide, damn
fast and burly.
But this day belonged
to Ryan Johnson of New Deal. He started out by pumping on the vert
ramp to ollie out of vert to transfer to a steep bank nearby, and
continued to rip up the rest of the course with by hitting handrails,
and skating hella fast. Afterwards, I congratulated him on his run,
and he replied he wanted "to flow like water;" he was
flowing like expensive water then, cause it earned him $7000.
The weekend was over, except for the am's, which I
didn't get to stay for. Back to my everyday lifethings resumed.
I still wonder why, "Slam City Jam?" Any ideas?
Real Skate would like to give major
props to Kriddy Earl and all the SCJ staff
and volunteers for accommodating us to come shoot shit up. There's
a "pitcher" with your name on it waiting for you in Santa
For all the final
results of the SCJ check out their site: