Tampa Am 2009 Thursday Night Article at Skatepark of Tampa

Tampa Am 2009 Thursday Night

Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2009 by Rob

By Rob Meronek

This is Joellen who took the silly survey on the site last month that entered you in the contest to win an all expense paid trip to Tampa Am. They arrived today to the VIP treatment along with $500 spending money. Thanks to Gatorade for hooking that up.

I was in the Shop from 9am to 8pm being entertained by everyone checking in for the Contest. Nick Merlino is in there running up his Foundation tab.

After 11 hours trapped in the Shop losing my voice talking to 200 people, I finally get to go out and see the madness on the street course. This is Derek Elmendorf on a frontside 270 to switch front board.

Jeff DeChesare is here working his pressure cooker madness. You may remember him from the footage I posted last month.

Theotis Beasley is here being nice to everybody. That's a switch 360 flip.

Right before this switch back heel, Felipe Gustavo did harflip backside tailslide to fakie on the bump to flat bar. He's killing things out there.

Brodie Penrod impressed us all at Damn Am a couple months ago and he's skating just as good so far this weekend. That's a frontside hurricane to fakie.

Despite the jacked foot arrangement here, Matt Berger still rode away from this backside 180 fakie 5-0 coming out forward.

A small sample of what you're up against on the decks.

I remember when I used to have to tell Fletcher Renegar it was still a little too early for him to be in Damn Am and Tampa Am. He's growing up and doing man tricks now like this nollie big spin backside tailslide to fakie. Damn, Fletcher.

Here's the scene on the kiddie course at about 8pm before the 99 Bottles show starts tonight.

Sierra and her new parts with Catherine are behind the bar tonight. Come join us for free Berentzen and PBR, a ripping bowl session, and a high five with Del the Funky Homosapien.

This is Jared, the Bones Team Manager. He gave me the fist bump and I spotted this gem on his knuckle. He had a blackout night in Vegas and woke up with this. Watch out this weekend, Jared. It's free tats as usual from Atomic tattoos.

Chima Ferguson, Tyler Surrey, Marius Syvanen, and Rodney Johnson are holding it down into the night tonight. Thanks for the 1am drunk dial last night, Rodney.


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