Damn Am Select Series NYC: Are You Ready?

Last year's Damn Am stop at LES Coleman Oval Skatepark was insane (as you can see after the jump), and in less than a week we'll be there again, sweating it out on the road to Damn Am of the Year. If you haven't read Paul Zitzer's breakdown of the standings so far, it's over at Streetleague.com. This will be only a two-day event, with Qualifiers leading straight into the Finals (no Semis), which means more pressure on these dudes to perform. There will also be a $1,500 prize Best Trick contest Friday night at Kent 50 to up the stakes even more. If you haven't registered, get there by emailing eric@skateparkoftampa.com and see the full weekend schedule here.

Zaturdays: Rodney Mullen Is Our Yoda

If Luke Skywalker, C3Po, Han Solo and Chewbacca decided to start a skateboard company, would you buy what they were selling? The Rebel Alliance Skate Co. with its random crew of misfit rippers would be pretty legendary. OR, would you prefer a vibe more along the lines of what the Galactic Empire puts out, with Darth Vader leading a team of Storm Trooper super pros, destroying spots like they did Alderaan. Read more.

Damn Am of the Year Contenders...So Far

With only two stops remaining in the 2015 Damn Am Select Series, we’re starting to get to a pretty good idea of who might have a chance at wrestling away Micky Papa’s claim to the Damn Am of the Year title. Read the whole article over at Streetleague.com here.

#TBT Mike Frazier Powell 8

If Mike Frazier had come onto the scene in the mid 1980s, he would have been as big a name as Steve Caballero or Lance Mountain. Instead, he showed up in the Powell 8 video in 1990 when vert was on its way over the cliff and it seemed like just about everybody had quit skateboarding in general. Mike was like Jason Jessee, a powerhouse, still is actually, but in addition to his smash and grab style he also learned just about every single trick imaginable, and made up a million others, like noseslide shove it to fakie and the fakie 540 blunt. His part in 8 was the first of probably 20 over the course of his career, this one filmed by Stacy Peralta in the way they used to do it, in one day (It might have been two days with the same outfit but either way, there was no three year window to get it done). All of Mike’s stuff was light years ahead of what was happening, and he kept it going in part after part, from Birdhouse, to Stereo, to Toy Machine, to Element, to Santa Cruz. After watching it you’re going to want to go ahead and put Mike on the list of your favorite tranny chompers in history.

SPoT On With Matt Berger

We sat down with Matt Berger during the etnies Back to School Bash and talked favorite shoe, skating Street League, hunting rattlesnakes and more on this episode of SPoT On.

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