Vans Slam City Jam

More than 16,000 turned out this past weekend for the 9th annual Vans SlamCity Jam this weekend as several hundred of the world’s best pros descendedupon Vancouver, Canada hoping to claim a share of the $100,000 in prizemoney. The contest had a truly international flavor with entrants from allover North America, Europe and South America as well as from South Africaand Japan.

The Vans Slam City Jam, the first stop in the Vans Triple Crown ofSkateboarding is the largest skate competition in North America andconsidered one of the most important contests in the world. The three-daygathering included a Street and Vert competiton for both guys and girls andkiller bowl sessions at the Hastings Bowl.

While the top names in Street were all on hand — Koston, Senn, McCrank,Gonzalez among ‘em — the kids were definitely allright. Teens PaulRodgriguez and Vans rider Austin Seaholm, in his first pro contest, bothblew into the top ten, while 12-year old Ryan Sheckler captured the crowdand fourth place with some amazingly smooth runs. Brazilian Rodil Juniortook home first, while last year’s champ Koston and Rodriguez rounded outthe top three. Amy Caron, Vanessa Torres and 14-year old Lauren Perkinstook first through third on the ladies side.

In Vert, Bucky Lasek, Pierre-Luc Gagnon and Sandro Dias took the top threespots in a field that also included Max Dufour (4), Rune Glifberg (6),Renton Millar (7) and Omar Hassan (10). Jen O’Brien, Jessica Starkweatherand Heidi Fitzgerald took top three in the Women’s Vert Jam.

Great skating was just part of the fun. Saturday night’s prelims endedwith performances by Mike V (Vallely) and the Rats and Steve Caballero’sband, The Faction, while Sunday night, world-renowned beatboxer Killa Kelaopened the award ceremonies.

Results
Men’s Street
1. Rodil Junior (Brazil) $15,000
2. Eric Koston (Los Angeles) $8,000
3. Paul Rodriguez (Los Angeles) $5,000

Women’s Street
1. Amy Caron (San Francisco) $2,000
2. Vanessa Torres (Anaheim) $1,000
3. Lauren Perkins (Los Angeles) $600

Men’s Vert
1. Bucky Lasek (Baltimore) $15,000
2. Pierre-Luc Gagnon (Montreal) $8,000
3. Sandro Dias $5,000

The Vans Triple Crown of Skateboarding continues May 30-June 2 in Clevelandat the Mountain Dew National Skateboarding Championships and concludes inOctober 3-6 in Oceanside, California at the Xbox World Championships ofSkateboarding.