Before things got started in the main event the girls skated in the Gallaz Skate Jam 6. You wouldn’t have believed it even if you had seen it yourself. There were two girls throwing themselves down the long rail and seriously getting broke off. Violet Kimble boardslid to faceplant busting open her mouth—not too much blood, but she did get stitches. Georgina Matthews was persistent trying to boardslide the rail was well, but it was Elissa Steamer who held off the hammer attack and took first place of the 2004 Gallaz Skate Jam.

This contest format was grueling. If you weren’t one of the invitees, you had to spend the first part of Valentine’s Day qualifying for the main event—one one-minute solo run for each skater followed by a two-minute jam session in three different parts of the course. The winner of each heat went on to the main event with the invitees, while second and third had to skate in a last-chance qualifier. Creager and Machnau both advanced by the last-chance qualifier. The list of the skaters who were invited included Danny Way, Mike Vallely, Rick McCrank, Andrew Reynolds, Carlos de Andrade, Bob Burnquist, Bastien Salabanzi, Tony Trujillo, and Ryan Sheckler.

Section one featured a bump to box by the judges stand, a hip to blast from, Hubbas, and rails. The bump to flat bar saw the most action in this area—Chad Bartie heelflip front board, Reynolds kickflip front lip, Sheckler kickflip front board, Colt Cannon kickflip front board, and on and on.

Section two had some of the same stuff but with a couple Euro gaps, gap to Hubbas, a half of a square bowl complete with a deathbox and a long pyramid—most had trouble finding the speed just to clear the top with an ollie. Bastien kickflip backside 180ed it, Andrew Reynolds frontside 180 kickflipped it, Tosh Townend kickflipped it, and Ronnie Creager floated massive switch ollies over the top.

Section three could easily be called the “Crowd Pleaser” section because of the snowboard kicker that flowed to a massive quaterpipe reaching about eighteen feet high. This thing must of had like three to four feet of vert. But this part of the course also had a long Hubba, an extra-long round rail, and a gigantic big-four Euro gap. Chris Senn, Bob Burnquist, Josh Evin, Tony Trujillo, Danny Way, Rick McCrank, and Mike Peterson were feeling at home on the massive quarterpipe. The thing was so big, at any moment I thought the roof was going to retract and a helicopter was going to descend into the arena with Danny Way on the skid to bomb drop in. But that didn’t happen. He pulled a kickflip Indy, though, which was pretty gnarly, considering that the Indy wall only gave up a few tricks—Mike Petereson got a rock n roll, Bob Burnquist handled a frontside invert, McCrank threw a disaster, Josh Evin got a madonna to tail and Chris Senn had lien to tail. Then there’s Trujillo. He ripped the course like no other—ollie off the massive quaterpipe into the adjacent bank, boneless and fastplant transfers off the quaterpipe to the bank, and a five-0ed off the quaterpipe into bank.

Chris Senn and Mike Peterson each had a gap named after them. Senn found a transfer line from the half bowl into the wall ride on the street course. Super sketchy, but he managed to pull his board enough to clear the testy gap. He even fast planted it a couple of times. Peterson was ollieing from the top deck by the half bowl into a bank in section two—long drop off. He managed to frontside 180 it in a later heat, but fell short of qualifying for the main event.

As the heats progressed through the day, you could feel the temperature rising in the building. The competition was on. And even in the concluding seconds of the final, you had no idea who was going to take first place. Paul Machnau handled business on the long rail with a Smith grind, a crooked grind, and lipslides and nollie nosesliding the long Hubba. Tony Trujillo did a massive boneless off the quaterpipe into tthe bank and carried his speed toward the half bowl where he aired over the Senn gap the opposite direction (wall ride to half bowl) and floated to flat. Easily a twelve-foot drop. Tony is an instinctual skater—flowing from one element to the next not really knowing what’s going to happen, but knows it’s going to be okay. During the final seconds Sheckler threw it all on the line and kickflipped the Peterson gap, hoping that was enough to take first place. Ronnie Creager had other plans. His consistency and switch 360 flip up the massive big three Euro gap boosted him to first place and walk away with his first-ever contest win and a 20,000 dollar prize.

Results

Globe World Cup

1. Ronnie Creager

2. Rick McCrank

3. Tony Trujillo

4. Ryan Sheckler

5. Carlos de Andrade

6. Paul Machnau

7. Colt Cannon

8. Danny Way

9. Greg Lutzka

10. Chad Bartie

Gallaz Skate Jam 6

1. Elissa Steamer

2. Allison Matsi

3. Vanessa Torres

4. Georgina Matthews

5. Hillary Pierce

6. Jen Obrien

7. Amanda France

8. Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins

9. Violet Kimble

10. Esther Godoy