Revolution Street Contest Video
Many many many thanks to everyone who participated in this event. It is a completely new concept for skateboarding and I think
it went quite well. We had 22 teams (44 people) competing in 2 divisions, sponsored and unsponsored. Not too bad for so many requirements to get into this contest.
The reason for this contest was quite simple. It’s anti-extreme! No spectators, no simulated bull crap street course, no boundaries! After getting back from Slam City Jam I started working
on the concept Arris had thought of last year. Using the real streets for
the environment allowed everyone to try exactly what they wanted. It would
also lend itself to the realities of skating downtown. Cops, pedestrians,
freaks, Rent-a-cops, cars, trains, horses, etc. were all in attendance.
Most didn’t even know what was taking place around them. It wasn’t like
any of the contests of the past. Skaters were taking over popular spots
with videoers running screens and filming everything. No one who competed
could even grasp what other competitors were up to since they had to get
there own footage together.
An hour and ten minutes after the teams were released
with their video markers they were back. Sweaty, smiling, hurtin’, and
just plain curios about what went on wherever they weren’t. We collected
all the tapes from everyone and excused everyone with promises about the
video premiere A.S.A.P. As soon as Scott cut them down to size by editing
out the bails and useless film. Yes, the results weren’t immediate. It
was quite wierd throwing a skate contest you didn’t get to see. ( I didn’t
even get to see it until just before the premiere when we got it all judged)
Oh Well, the resulting footage was pretty much making everyone drool with
The following Saturday we showed the video, ghetto
style of course. There was no money budgeted to rent out a club for the
festivities, so Snowboard Connection
said, “Hey, let’s just do it here!”.
So we did. Along came Chris from the Dusty’s /
Maland Communications outfit with the projection device at just
the last minute. We then scrambled for sound, and got the show underway
only 15-20 minutes late. Scott Yamamura
had done a great job getting all those video’s cut down to size and sorted
out. Props go out to him BIGTIME!! Prizes were awarded by the pile. All
our sponsors kicked down some major prizes for this event so I want to
them here and have you remember which companies give back to skateboarders…(Remember
them when you buy that next board or set of wheels!)
Axion – Powell – World Industries – Kastel
& Ezkiel – Blade Killer – Skateboard Hanger – NC Clothing –
Manna Skateboards – Lib Tech – Santa Cruz – Illenium Skateboards – Bullet
Wheels – A-Team – Es Footwear
So any ways the final video came out sick! Lots of great footage was supplied by the skaters. It was so fun and everyone was so stoked on it that I’m planning on doing 3 more starting next spring. Vancouver B.C., Seattle WA., and Portland OR. You should check it out if you can and try it out or get a hold of the video to see what to expect. These can be done in almost any big town anywhere. Feel free to give it a try and let us know if you get one going. Hopefully it’ll wake up the establishment cuz SHIT AIN’T RIGHT!