With the TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards presented by New Era just around the corner, we compiled a closer look at the nominees’ 2011 year to give you some insight on why they got the nod from the TransWorld staff (and you, for the New Era Readers’ Choice Award). Read on.

Words by Mackenzie Eisenhour

Best Video Nominee: The Sk8mafia Video

Larelle Gray, switch ollie. Photo: SHIGEO

The homey vibe and crew originally born and nurtured in SD by Peter Smolik, Dan Connelly, and Brandon Turner has blossomed into a full-fledged worldwide movement within skateboarding. And 2011’s culmination of that vibe in The Sk8mafia Video—and all its talents—will not be quickly forgotten.