Tampa Pro 2004 Day 2: Thursday

Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2004 by Rob

Tampa Pro 2004 Day 2: Thursday, March 11, 2004
Words and Photos by Rob Meronek

Chris Cole is definitely going to be in the Finals if he keeps skating like he did yesterday. Perfect switch 360 flips and high speed kickflip backside tail slides are a few things he's consistently throwing down out there. Willy Santos came back from under a rock and seems to be skating pretty good, too.

Everyone who has won a prior Tampa Pro event is automatically in the Semi-Finals on Sunday. Mike V. won the first Tampa Pro Contest so he'll be in there after Mike V. and the Rats play on Saturday night at Masquerade. All ages are welcome at that so I'll see all you 12 year old girls that hang out on Ryan Sheckler's page. Actually I heard Sheckler's not coming because he has some social studies project or something. I think this will be the first year of Tampa he's missed since popping out of the womb. Last year's winner, Tony Trujillo, is here also.

It's going to be an amazing Sunday with Koston and Reynolds already in the Semi-Finals. I heard they are both coming, too. Speaking of hearing things, I wish I could talk about all this crazy industry gossip and rumor mill crap I'm hearing. Big time stuff is going on in skateboarding these days. I think it's going to change as much in the next five years as it has changed in the last 15. I just hope I can always work in skateboarding because the normal work world sucks for real. Been there a long time. Anyway, I'll keep adding photos to the list to your right as the day goes on.

The weather's looking good for the weekend also. Nice.

Rob







Paul Zitzer - indy
Paul Zitzer - cab tailgrab
Paul Zitzer - frontside nosegrind
Paul Zitzer - frontside tailgrab
Paul Zitzer - backside tailslide
Neal Hendrix - frontside heelflip
Nate Jones - front board
Neal Hendrix - backside 360
Gershon Mosley - backside tailslide
Darrell Stanton - nollie front board
Brian Howard - frontside tail grab
Guilherme Zollin - switch backside 5-0
Ricardo Oliveira Assis - 360 flip noseslide
Chris Cole - backside 5-0
Greg Lutzka - switch tailslide
Bastien Salabanzi - alley oop kickflip on the quarter (900k mpeg video)
Danny Vieira - kickflip over the 12 foot deck (700k mpeg video)
Bastien Salabanzi - kickflip front board (900k mpeg video)
Bastien Salabanzi - cab flip (1.1mb mpeg video)
Tony Trujillo - 360 flip
Tim O'Conner - backside 270
Dylan Rieder's not pro or skating in the contest. He's just hanging out this weekend - kickflip
Bastien Salabanzi - frontside nosegrind
Bastien Salabanzi - switch 270 front board
Bastien Salabanzi - backside flip
Peter Ramondetta - kickflip
Chris Dobstaff - kickflip
Nate Jones - ollie
Ryan Fabry - frontside air over the hip
Dennis Busenitz - 100mph kickflip
Danny Vieira- giant 360 flip over the 12 foot deck
Danny Morrin - frontside bluntslide



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