Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 by Jorge

Words and Photos by Porpe

This past weekend Dylan Perry, Jereme Knibbs, and I headed up to Raleigh, NC for the 3rd Annual Best Damn Shop Contest held at Vertical Urge Skatepark.

Shops from up and down the east coast chose two riders to compete for bragging rights and having their shop’s name engraved on the “Stanley Cup” of skateboarding. The trophy is elaborate and made by the man behind Dominion Skateshop, Maury Blankship. A little important fact for you to know is that Vertical Urge has won the Contest for the past two years, with Dominion coming in 2nd place. So it’s only fair to say that there is a bit of a rivalry between the two shops.

The format was simple. Each shop invited was put into one of the three, 15-minute jam sessions. The top two teams from each jam would all compete against each other in a 15-minute final jam. Immediately after the finals was a 30-minute Best Trick Contest on the China bank/flatbar obstacle. Here are the results:

Best Trick
  • Gilbert Crockett – $200 – Dominion Skateshop – It was a one man demo all day long. His switch flip from bank-to-bank was insane. Since I am full on amateur status in taking photos I missed it, but rest assured that it was properly done
Best Damn Shop
At the end of the day, Gilbert and Jordan made Maury proud, finally getting his shop’s name engraved on the trophy. Jereme, Dylan, and I headed out to dinner at Hi5, where everything on the menu is $5 and there was beer from all around the world to choose from. After that we headed over to the Ugly Monkey for the After-Party. The stars must have aligned that night because there were girls galore. Thanks to DC and Red Bull for getting together to throw the Contest and to Deluxe for coming in and giving the crowd and riders some free swag.

Ride on...

Porpe

Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
The “Stanley Cup” of skateboarding
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Jereme Knibbs – frontside blunt
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Gilbert Crockett – bs smith fs 180 out
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Gilbert Crockett – kickflip fs tail slide
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
TJ Sparks, I am not taking a photo of you, but I am taking a photo of the noseblunt being done by Gilbert Crockett right behind you
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Connor Champion – switch fs boardslide
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Connor Champion – frontside nosegrind
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Dylan Perry – lofty backside ollie
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
TJ Sparks – backside flip
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Chicks at skate contests are kewl
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Jereme Knibbs – kickflip
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Dylan Perry – backside noseblunt
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Dylan Perry – frontside boardslide all the way across
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Jereme Knibbs – kickflip into bank
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Jereme Knibbs – backside 360
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Gilbert Crockett – backside nosegrind
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Gilbert Crockett absolutely destroyed the bank to box obstacle as you can see. This nollie heelflip tailslide was the ender to the Contest
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Gilbert Crockett won $200 courtesy of Spitfire for his switch flip from one bank to the other
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
Maury Blankship rightfully handing over the “Stanley Cup” of skateboarding trophy that he personally built over to his riders, Gilbert Crockett and Jordan Bradshaw
Best Damn Shop Contest at Vertical Urge Skatepark
I couldn’t believe how many chicks were at the After-Party. Dylan took full advantage of the situation. Can you guess who was the lucky lady?

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