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Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Venice AM Series: 3rd installment on April 30

Venice AM Series 2011, Eddie Mighty Moreno, Charlie Blair, Shane Borland, Matt Lemond, Anthony Estrada, Lance Carrera Newton, Matt Boyster, National Skateboard Association, Venice Skatepark, Bennett Harada, Aaron Astorga, Jeff Stern
The National Skateboard Association's will host at Venice skatepark the third and final event of the Venice AM Series is April 30th. This first-in-series competition was spawned a few months ago when Fred Ealey, a Venice Recreation and Parks coordinator, approached Jeff Stern, the National High School Skateboard Association founder. The two wanted to create a tournament series that was unique to the area. "I really see park skating as the future," said Stern. "When I watch the major contests that are out there...I'm starting to see a lot more of that park-type of atmosphere."

These contests are open to AM / Sponsored level skaters, so you need to have your sponsor contact NSA, or send in a video, or be invited. The contest features street, transition (snake run/minibowl combined), and bowl. About 100 skaters will be competing for cash prizes. The contest will be hosted by Aaron Astorga and Vern Laird with the participation of Bennett Harada as the DJ.
Venice AM Series 2011, Eddie Mighty Moreno, Charlie Blair, Shane Borland, Matt Lemond, Anthony Estrada, Lance Carrera Newton, Matt Boyster, National Skateboard Association, Venice Skatepark, Bennett Harada, Aaron Astorga, Jeff Stern
Lance Carrera Newton,1st in Bowl in February 2011. Photo Ray Rae
Rules of the engagement:

1) Street: Judges will be scoring the skaters on who is throwing down the most consistent tricks and also giving bonus points for “bangers.” The top 10 skaters will battle in a “Best Trick Jam Session” final that will last 10 minutes. The street course is a section of the skatepark that includes hand rails, ledges and stairs — all the obstacles you see on any urban street: stair sets, rail, ledges, and quarter pipes at the back end of the street course

2) Transition (Snake Run/Mini-Bowl): Judges are looking for those skaters that are using the entire transition area. Use of the snake run and mini-bowl are important. Tricks transferring from one area to the other are important. Top overall performances will advance to the finals. The top 5 skaters that make the finals will each get (2) one minute runs. The transition zone consists of a snake run (meant to be skated similarly to a pool) and mini bowl (or pool).

3) Bowl “Old School Jam Session”: Judges are looking for those skaters who can not only use the coping, but also have variations in the air. Combination tricks, linking tricks, and consistency are all being scored. The top 5 skaters will make the finals. The finals will be a 10 minute “Old School Jam Session.”


Results from March 5 Contets:
TRANSITION
Eddie Mighty Moreno: 1ST
Charlie Blair: 2ND
Shane Borland: 3RD

STREET
Matt Lemond 1ST
Anthony Estrada: 2ND
Vincent Luevanos: 3RD

BOWL
Lance Carrera Newton: 1ST
Eddie Mighty Moreno: 2ND
Matt Boyster: 3RD


Hosted by the National Skateboard Association and the Venice Surf and Skateboard Association and funded by corporate sponsors, the "Venice Am" amateur skateboarder contest seriesawarded almost $3,000 Saturday to skaters in three different categories: street course, transition and bowl.
So head out to the contest at the Venice Skateboard Park in Venice, California (on the beach, next to the famous Venice "Muscle Beach"). The contest starts at noon, and there will be a ton happening - come watch and enjoy! For more information, contact: Jeff Stern – j4stern@hotmail.com, (805) 990-4209 or go to www.skatensa.com

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Tuesday, April 19, 2011 




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