Saturday, January 2, 2010
2009 in Review: A Gallery. Enjoy.2009 brought a lot of new dilemmas to skateboarding. But, a lot of good came out of sticky situations. The word "recession" circled around and made pros re-analyize what it meant to be pro. People that hadn't been doing much suddenly appeared, proving why they were pro. Skaters showed up to contests in droves, eager to win. Companies found creative ways to push cool stuff, while holding the thinning industry together. But, most importantly, there was visual proof of a kind of transfer of power from this mythical skate axis we call California to smaller local scenes worldwide. Legends lived, companies cared more, Chris Cole annihilated, new pros arose, Flip dominated, everyone had a Deathwish, Leo Romero went in reverse, some contests got cushy, some got core, girls stepped up, skaters swapped, the world Tilted, we became radioSlaves and "Mindfield" blew minds. Take a look at a photo review of 2009 in
Elemental Awareness, the non-profit organization that puts on contests, teaches wilderness skills, and helps send kids to skate camp, will start its annual contest series on January 9th in Peoria, Arizona. The overall winner of each contest stop receives a free trip to Element's YMCA Skate Camp and the chance to compete for sponsorship by Element. Team riders will be guest judging several of the contest stops. I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that Levi Brown will be judging the Arizona stop; he's got a lot of AZ pride.