LUAN OLIVEIRA WINS THE 2009 DAMN AM! CLICK FOR FINAL RESULTS! 10/26/2009
This past weekend, we wrapped up our 8th Annual Damn Am here in the Volcom parking lot with the help of SPoTlight Productions, Cons and The Skateboard Mag. Skateboarders traveled from all over the U.S., Canada, Europe, Brazil, and Australia to skate the contest, which made for an amazing show and competition. The skateboarders in the contest raised the bar on the level of skating as they do every year. Everyone brought their Halloween spirit, good skateboarding was witnessed by all and the contest ended with a big product toss.
Thanks to everyone involved in making this one of our favorite contests of the year and to everyone who showed up to support their favorite shredders. See ya next year!
Luan Oliveira - 1st Place - Nollie FS Heel. Luan got the Gold Ticket into the finals on Saturday with his smooth and effortless style and crazy tech tricks.
Notable tricks: Hardflip, Switch Bigspin and Switch Bigspin Heel the Double set, Kickflip 50-50 the bump to box and I saw him land a Back Smith 360 Flip out on the box during practice.
Clint Walker - 2nd Place - Ollie Over to Backlip. Coming out of nowhere, Clint stole the crowd this year winning 2nd Place Street, 1st Place Best Trick and Zumiez Destroyer Award.
Notable tricks: Ollie 12 foot pyramid to 5-0 down the hubba, Ollie body varial on the 12 foot pyramid and Ollie over Backlip the double set rail.
Tommy Werner - 3rd place - Noseblunt. From Santa Cruz, Tommy’s first two runs were almost flawless; he missed one trick at the end of his second run.
Notable tricks: Frontside Noseblunt the double set rail every try, Gap to Lip the pyramid rail and Bigspin Flip Frontboard the double set rail.
Felipe Gustavo - 4th place - Switch backlip. Smooth operator, Felipe reminds of a young Brazilian P Rod. Every trick he lands is flawless.
Notable tricks: Nollie Front Nose the pyramid hubba, Frontside 180 to Switch Crooks the pyramid down rail and Switchflip Backtail Shuv on the small hubba.
Brodie Penrod - 5th place - Back tail. First Damn Am experience. Brodie got entered as a result of his win at the WITP Champs in Peoria, AZ last month.
Notable tricks: Switch Feeble the pyramid down rail every try, Smith Grind Kickflip out the bump to flat bar, Kickflip Back Tail the Double Set rail.
Timy Knuth - 6th place - Switch Front Blunt. Timmy has done well in all the contests he has entered this year.
Notable Tricks: Nollie Nosegrind the double set rail, Switch Front Blunt the bump to flat bar and Backsmith the 12 foot pyramid flatbar.
Louie Lopez - 7th place - Back Smith. Louie got the Gold Ticket on Friday with consistent runs and big tricks.
Notable tricks: Noseslide 270 the Pretzel way on the small hubba, Frontside Bigspin Boardslide the A frame rail and Back lip the Bank to Wall from the quarter.
Chase Webb - 8th place - Gap to Lip. Chase hasn't grown much since last year but his skating definitely has.
Notable tricks: 360 Flip the double set, Gap to Frontside Lipslide the pyramid rail and Kickflip Frontboard Fakie the A frame rail.
Filipe Ortiz - 9th place - BS Flip. Dang, 3 rippers from Brazil in the finals. They sure know how to breed em down there!
Notable tricks: Kickflip Nosegrind on the pyramid down rail, Kickflip Crooked Grind on the double set rail and Wallie Back Tail on the pyramid hubba.
CJ Dixon - 10th place - Nollie Crooks. New to contest circuit, CJ powered through the course with full speed and clean tricks.
Notable tricks: Frontside Bigspin Frontlip the bump to flatbar, Nollie Crooks the double set rail and Nollie the 12 foot pyramid.
Derek Elmendorf - 11th place - Fakie Switch Front Feeble. Derek did well in every part of the contest including the Ollie Pop High Ollie Challenge and the Best Trick Contest.
Notable tricks: Frontside 270 Back lip to Switch the A frame rail, Fakie Ollie Switch Front Feeble the pyramid down rail and Backside 360 Kickflip the pyramid after the buzzer in the Best Trick contest.
Rob Maatman - 12th place - Nollie Bigspin. Making the journey out from Holland, Rob impressed everyone in Semi's but hurt his ankle in the Finals practice.
Notable tricks: 360 Flip the 12 foot pyramid, Frontside Bigspin Boardslide the double set rail and Nollie Bigspin the pyramid.
Finals Footage from Colin Clark: Felipe Ortiz, Felipe Gustavo, Brodie Penrod, Tommy Werner (big flip front board on the rail), Derek Elmendorf, CJ Dixon, Luan Olivera, Louie Lopez, Rob Maatman (gap back smith, hell yeah), Felipe Gustavo, and Clint Walker (giant gap to 5-0 on the hubba and body varial ollie - wow).
Damn Am 2009 Winners
1. Luan Oliveira
2. Clint Walker
3. Tommy Kerner
4. Felipe Gustavo
5. Brodie Penrod
6. Timmy Knuth
7. Louie Lopez
8. Chase Webb
9. Filipe Ortiz
10. CJ Dixon
11. Derek Elmendorf
12. Rob Maatman
Best Trick Contest
1. Clint Walker: (Gap to front board shuv it and 5-0 across and down
to kickflip out on the pyramid rail)
2. Aaron Collier
3. Dylan Witkin
4. Chris Mendes
5. Kechaud Johnson
Zumiez Destroyer Award
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