#TBT Tom Penny SPoT Footage

If you believe the moon landing was faked, or that Lee Harvey Oswald was a CIA patsy, then you’ve probably seen this footage of Tom Penny. It comes courtesy of Theories of Atlantis, aka Josh Stewart, who had the good fortune of being in the right place [SPoT], at the right time [1996 Tampa Pro-ish?], with the right equipment [Sony VX-3] to capture some candidly casual shredding by one of the most notable figures in the history of what we do. In addition to Tom’s switch backside lipslides and the ridiculous ease of his signature frontside flips (which are cited by Andrew Reynolds as the inspiration for his frontside flips) you should know he was skating with a broken hand which had swelled up like a balloon and turned a nasty shade of purplish green. It was known as his Elephant Paw stage, and in typical Penny fashion I’m pretty sure he never went to the doctor for it. There was no other skateboarder in the world that skated like Tom Penny, or did anything like Tom Penny for that matter.

Street League Announces Women's World Championship

Another milestone in skateboarding history: Street League announced yesterday that it will be welcoming a Women's Division into the 2015 SLS Super Crown World Championship on October 4th. You'll be seeing names like Leticia Bufoni, Vanessa Torres, Lacey Baker and more ripping it up for a shot at the crown and a $30,000 purse. If you can't make it out to this, we will be showing the live webcast at The Bricks that day at around 2pm ET. The whole contest is going to be insane, so don't miss out either way. Go read the full article over at Streetleague.com and get ready to watch history being made.

$3,000 Best Trick Contests at Damn Am NYC

With Damn Am NYC going on this weekend, we had to raise the stakes even higher with two (yes, two) Best Trick contests to fatten your wallet with. We've got $3,000 cash to hand out for bangers: that's $1,500 on Friday at 50 Kent and another $1,500 on Saturday down the double set at LES. So start brushing up on your laser flips and switch heels because they do pay off. Full contest details and schedule are here and don't forget to follow us @SPoTTampa for coverage all weekend.

6th Annual SPoT Skate Cruise Photos & Video

Time for another year of cruising around Tampa, hitting local skate spots (or making our own), and stopping at some favorite chill places along the way. This is SPoT Skate Cruise 2015. Thanks to PBR for hooking it up this year and to everyone who came out. Check out a sample of the madness we got into... See photos.

SPoT Product Watch: Format Skateboards

Format is the newest offering from Permanent Distribution. If you're not familiar with Permanent, they're the domestic distributor for such great International brands as Pass-Port & ButterGoods. Format is the in-house brand from Permanent and is currently their only domestic deck offering. Started in 2014, Format has steadily been adding to their team and now have 4 riders, including Tampa locals, Chris Jata & Nick Zizzo. The team will be featured in an upcoming promo video called "Monolith [for Meandering Minds]", but in the mean time you can check out the 8 minute teaser for it over at Format's Vimeo page.

The first drop of decks just hit the shop and available online here. Stay tuned for more from Format! More photos.