It was clearly an alcohol-induced climate.
This year’s TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards and Sight Unseen video premiere, presented by Ford Ranger, held at the John Anson Ford Theater in Hollywood on May 24, was blessed with great weather, a phenomenal turnout of people who didn’t even break anything, and a VIP-pleasing mammoth amount of alcohol at the open-bar pre-party.
And this year, for the first time ever, TransWorld SKATEboarding released and sold 300 tickets to the public over skateboarding.com. The 1,200-capacity theater was filled to capacity¿which didn’t stop a few kids from trying to sneak into the venue grounds by climbing over a fence.
Although the awards ceremony didn’t begin until 8:00 p.m., the crowds were swelling outside the locked gates by 5:30. Which makes sense considering the open bar commenced sharply at six. The gates opened and the herds of people entered the amphitheater.
The World Cup Skateboarding (WCS) awards were presented by Don Bostick, president of the leading contest organization. The Highest Points Overall-Female award was given to Cnaan Omer, who accepted the award clad in a sequin dress, whisky in hand, with an ecstatic “Cheers,” to the crowd.
The Highest Points Street award was won by an absent Carlos de Andrade, who is currently traveling in Europe. The award was accepted on his behalf by World Industries teammate Neil Mims.
The award for Highest Points Vert was won by none other than Bob Burnquist, who graciously accepted it by thanking all skateboarders. Fellow vert skater Andy Macdonald accepted the final WCS award, grinning, for Highest Points Overall.
The TransWorld Riders Poll awards, determined by surveying professional skateboarders, were presented, by Felix Arguelles, who TWS Editor In Chief and host of the event Dave Swift jokingly introduced as “the man with the best style,” and respected photographer Otis Bartholameu.
Rune Glifberg accepted the Best Team award for Flip. Other members of the Flip team are currently touring.
The Best Video award went to éS for last years Menikmati. The award was accepted by an undeniably shit-faced Don Brown, Sole Technology’s second-string former professional freestyler. Brown had somehow placed a large letter “Y” on his team logo t-shirt which read “YéS.”
The Best Style award was won by an absent Brian Anderson, who was on the East Coast attending to some personal matters. Brian’s award was accepted by Savier’s Paul Fidrych. Bartholomeu, who announced this award, half-seriously joked that Mark Gonzales deserves the award for Best Style.
Eric Koston, wearing a charming purple “Chomp On This” T-shirt, accepted the award for Best Video Part in Menikmati. At the end of his acceptance comments he reminded the crowd that his beloved basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers, rule. Koston, in now typical “threepeat” fashion, also accepted the Readers’ Choice and Best Street award. Koston said in his acceptance speech that Mark Gonzales deserved the Best Style award, asking Gonzales, if he was present, to come to the stage to share in the award with him. Gonzales was absent from the event.
The award for Best Vert went to Bob Burnquist, who brought his baby girl, Lotus, to the stage with him to accept the award. After saying his thanks, making a brief speech in his native language Portuguese. We have no idea what he actually said. It could have been something about how lame it was that venue security made Lotus and her mother Jen O’Brien wait outside at last year’s awards show while he accepted his trophy for Rider’s Choice Best Vert. But knowing Bob, it probably wasn’t.
After all the awards were awarded, and all the people refreshed their beverages, the latest TransWorld video by Jon Holland and Greg Hunt, Sight Unseen, made its premiere.
The crowd was rightfully overwhelmed; some tears were even shed.
Waatch that video.