Damn Am Volcom 2005: Saturday – Prelims
Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2005 by Rob Meronek
Damn Am at Volcom 2005 Saturday – PrelimsWords by Ryan Clements
Photos and Captions by Rob Meronek
The early part of my afternoon was spent playing blackjack in the Adio RV with Trace Saylor, Jon Goemann, Shaun Stulz, and Mario from Adio. Trace was just learning, but Goemann is quite the gambler and walked away with some of my money. From there I spent some time doing my specialty...socializing. I got to talk to some industry cool guys and punk-ass skateboarders, as well. Lizard told me that he read some stuff that I wrote about him at Phoenix Am, how he is the most marketable am in skateboarding. I’m still holding onto that claim. That kid rules.
One of the more fun things that goes down at Damn Am are the nametags that get placed on people. You know, they’re the “Hello My Name Is” ones. I think we have Rob Meronek to thank for that entertainment. Listen! Skateboards team manager, Vern Laird, was Bryant Gumble. That was a good one. I ended up as “Guilfoose.” Don’t know how that happened, but there were a couple of girls that should have had ones that read “Pro Ho.”
As for the skateboarding, it’s official: Matt Giles had the worst run out of all of the Skatepark of Tampa crew. He clocked in at a non-impressive 84th place, barely nipping by Yoshi. But then again, Tony Tave ended up in 82nd by not landing a single trick in his run. Even though he didn’t land crap, Tony has the ability to look good on a skateboard no matter what he’s doing.
I watched Terell Robinson’s run and he was on point with his gap to back lip and lipslide down the big rail. He was a kickflip backlip away from the Golden Ticket. Considering he only landed three tricks and ended up in 13th place, a couple more quality moves would have probably put him on top. I’m a big Terell fan – read his interview in the new Automatic to find out why.
I didn’t see his run, but top qualifier Vince Del Valle must have done something pretty damn good. I don’t know who the hell he is anyway, but Vince rides for the likes of Pig Wheels, Hurley, and Dekline, so someone must know the 18-year-old out of Washington.
Click here to see the rest your boys that probably didn’t make the cut.
I always get stoked when I see some pros hanging out at am events. Ed Templeton was around and even took a few runs on the course. Omar Hassan was also in attendance, along with Salman Agah, who’s one of the classiest professionals of all time. Graham Bickerstaff may not be pro, but he sure parties like a pro. And John Newport is right behind him as far as partying goes. And the partying went on properly. As the Contest ended and the placings were announced, the true partiers stayed and closed down the joint as the trash was being picked up and Volcom called it a night.
Full-on hardcore skateboarding coverage coming tomorrow.