2018 Damn Am Recap
It takes a rare and special type of skateboarder to be marketable while at the same time possessing the skills to put it all together in a contest. The norm was always the skater that ripped but couldn’t make more than one trick in a row, or that won everything but nobody cared about. But following the lead of let’s say Evan Smith, the skater that brings the hype while also being able to land a bunch of tricks for the judges is becoming the new normal. Think Tyson Peterson, Zion Wright, and Jamie Foy.
As skateboarding continues its relentless march forward, the Damn Am has become a breeding ground for the next generation of your favorites. With 18 years of history, which includes all of those skaters I just mentioned, it’s become pretty obvious that if you want to be a contest killer, you should get your licks at some Damn Ams.
The 2018 Damn Am series hit LA, Japan, Barcelona, Chicago, and NY. The winners of each stop [Maurio McCoy, Jorge Simões, Sora Shirai, Marcos Montoya, and Lucas Rabelo] prequalified themselves straight to the Tampa Am semi-finals. Maurio McCoy with the two best finishes won Damn Am of the Year and did himself the favor of not having to skate again until the Tampa Am finals. Yeah, Maurio!
But wins, prequalification, marketability and all else aside, the Damn Am is just a ripping good time for everyone that comes out, whether in the contest or not, and every stop is well worth the trip. Check DamnAm.com for the 2019 schedule and start making your plans. Bring your hype too.—PAUL