By Rob Meronek
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Curren Caples made the cut, but couldn't stick around for Sunday because he was off to Indonesia with the family for a surf trip. He can probably do these frontside flip lipslides on a surfboard, too.
We first met Matt Fisher while freezing to death during the DC King of Chicago Contest. Thanks for coming to Damn Am, Matt. That's a frontside feeble.
Years ago I remember Riley Hawk getting last place in a Damn Am. It's happened to all kinds of people who rip like
and Sammy Baca
. Sometimes you're just over it or not into skating a contest. Other times, you're on it. This weekend, Riley was on it and qualified 2nd on Friday. We got to see him skating all day Sunday because of that.
I like the nice surprise of a little kid turning out to skate almost like a grown man. Zach Saraceno here had a good looking hardflip down the stairs.
Every morning, anyone standing around was issued a broom to do sweepers like your dad in the bowl. The course was soaked and needed all the help it could get to dry as quickly as possible each morning. Jereme Knibbs, don't be doing any sweeper tricks until you're 45.
This was Piro Sierra's first time in California. Get to work, son.
Ryan Dillow said being out here and skating the Contest was "an eye opener." Maybe he didn't realize he'd be on the maintenance crew, too.
Devin Bagnoli aka Baby Bledsoe probably never swept a day in his life until his first time here in California.
Jacob from the SPoT Maintenance Department was here to get a taste of California and the Damn Am, too.
Porpe probably has a better chance at a sweeper than a back disaster.
Jorge Angel aka Porpe
Chase Webb is just anxious to skate and will do any and all sweeping needed.
As you can see by the amount of names he has, Joao Pedro de Souza came all the way from Brazil. That's a nollie frontside crooked grind.
Joao Pedro de Souza
Oscar Meza got really good since the last time we saw him. He's on the Girl flow program now and it shows. That's a 360 flip.
Anthony Amedori was in Macho Taildrop. This here is a macho blunt fakie.
A small part of the line-up.
Steve Stratton from Volcom and Mark Appleyard. Thanks for checking out the Contest.
Colin Clark is doing all the video footage. He's also moving to Tampa next month and will be pointing that lens at you here at our crusty spots soon.
We don't exactly skate like superheros.
Captain Sidepipe was a judge.
Brian Young was a judge, too.
Vern Laird, Porpe, Alex Moul, Jason Rothmeyer, Brian Howard, Mike Sinclair, Ryan Clements, Brian Young, DJ Wade, and Brian Schaefer.
While everyone else's costume was physically uncomfortable due to the heat, mine was socially uncomfortable due to dudes doing a double take at my "tits." Awkward, but sure got a lot of laughs.
If you wore a costume with us, thanks for being a part of our circus.
Volcom provided a damn good buffet each day as usual.
You didn't know penguins had tree truck calves like that.
Flash blowout on some skate girls that joined us in costume. Thanks!
Kechaud Johnson broke three boards this weekend. That's a 360 flip.
Anthony Estrada sure made an impression on everyone at his first Damn Am. That's a noseblunt slide.
I missed the sequence of Boo Johnson's amazing frontside nosegrind frontside shuv it out on the round rail. He has a good looking hardflip down the stairs, too.
If I had Kevin Romar's hair, my afro would be like a beachball.
Tommy's been skating Damn Am since 2005. He really made an impression this weekend, too. He rolled away from this backside noseblunt slide on the ledge every time, even when he wasn't fully locked in.
Kyle Walker has always been amazing to watch skate, whether it's a contest or not. He finally won one this weekend.
Kyle Walker - back lip to fakie with extra lean extension.
David Loy won Best Trick for coming in from this second story smith stall all the way down to the bank.
Superman, thank you for the super entertainment.
Geoff Rowley, thanks for hanging out all weekend.
Jay Adams and Christian Hosoi were here, too.
Tommy Fynn was the Zumiez Destroyer for this Damn Am stop.
The product toss was nuts. Thanks to your company if you sent promo to throw out. See you next year for the 11th.
Colin Clark Footage
Saturday at Damn Am:
Sketchy banana going on tour through the crowd, ripping skating in the Qualifiers, and sketchy banana getting the wrath of Clem's wrasslin' moves.
Sunday at Damn Am:
The Superfriends ran the show on Sunday as Kyle Walker, Louie Lopez, and Anthony Estrada ripped in the Finals to get top three. Thanks to Railroad to Alaska for playing during Best Trick. The 10th Annual Damn Am in a crusty parking lot is a wrap.