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A Tampa Am Primer

In 1995 there were no nationally recognized amateur skate contests. Then Tampa Am happened. After year one as a mostly local event, the second Tampa Am quickly became a phenomenon. Today if a skater refers to “the Am,” everyone knows what they’re talking about. In its 25-year history Tampa Am has become the international proving ground for premier amateurs from around the world. So many winners of the early Ams went on to turn pro that landing on top of the podium there eventually came to guarantee a career in skateboarding. The list of Am winners, which includes Donny Barley [’96], Caswell Berry [’02], Nyjah Huston [’05], and Luan Oliveira [’08 AND ’09], is a who’s who of some of the greatest legends of our time. Today Tampa Am is an institution that’s accepted as the Amateur National Championship. As the level of skating continues to rise, so does Tampa Am’s reputation as the most important contest in skateboarding.

Who Can Skate It

Skatepark of Tampa is dedicated to making Tampa Am accessible to the most diverse collection of skaters possible from throughout the world, both male and female. In order to provide that opportunity for the unknown or up and coming ams, while also ensuring that the most well known and established ams are recognized, we established a two-tiered qualification system in 2016, with an Open Qualifier on Friday, and the official Tampa Am Qualifier on Saturday. Different criteria (with some overlap) determine who skates each day.

Friday's Open Qualifier
Open to 150 skaters that meet at least ONE of the following requirements:
  • Can provide one minute of footage demonstrating a level of skill that can potentially make the Open Qualifier top 10 cut and qualify through to the Tampa Am Qualifier
  • Has a respected / well-known industry sponsor willing to register the skater and pay their entry fee
  • Has prior experience with favorable results in Damn Am or Tampa Am
  • Is recognized as a top International Amateur

Saturday's Tampa Am Qualifier
Open to 100 skaters that meet at least ONE of the following requirements:
  • A top 10 finish in Friday’s Open Qualifier
  • A top 12 finish in a 2018 Damn Am
  • Is recognized as a top International Amateur

Format

Friday
Event
Open Qualifier
Number of Skaters
150
Who Skates
• Top international ams
• Sponsored Skaters
• Kids That Rip
Format
• 3 Skater Jams / 3 minutes each
Who advances
• 1st place goes to Sunday Semis
• 2nd - 10th place go to Tampa Am Qualifier
Saturday
Event
Tampa Am Qualifier
Number of Skaters
100
Who Skates
• 2nd - 12th place from each 2018 Damn Am stop
• 2nd - 10th place from Open Qualifer
• Top international ams
Format
• 2 skater jams / 3 minutes each
Who advances
• 1st Place goes to Sunday Finals
• 2nd - 30th place go to Sunday Semis
Sunday
Event
Semi-Finals
Number of Skaters
35 approximately
Who Skates
• All 2018 Damn Am Winners [Minus Damn Am of the Year]
• 1st Place finisher from Friday OQ
• 2nd - 30th place from Saturday Tampa Am Qualifer
Format
• 2 heats / 2 one-minute runs
Who advances
Top 10 go to Finals
Sunday
Event
Finals
Number of Skaters
12
Who Skates
• 1st Place finisher from Tampa Am Qualifier
• Damn Am of the Year
• Top 10 from Semis
Format
• 1 heat of 12 skaters / 3 one-minute runs
Tampa Am 2018 Winner

Judging

Judging has elements of the objective and the subjective. Tampa Am uses a five-judge panel of skaters that have deep roots and the respect of the skateboarding industry. Many of our judges are former pros. Judges assign scores based on the following factors: difficulty of tricks, style, technique, variety of tricks, use of course, flow, consistency, originality, and whatever else a skater can bring to their run. The high and low scores are dropped with the remaining three judges’ scores are averaged to determine a final score on a 100-point scale. 

Stakes

In addition to the winner being known by every skater, TM, and brand manager in the world, they will also get the distinction of being included alongside Nyjah Huston, Felipe Gustavo, Trevor Colden and other legends on the list of all time winners.

How To Watch

Tune in live on the ETN App and watch every run in the Semi-Finals and Finals on Sunday. Buy tickets and watch live inside the Skatepark of Tampa. Check out our SPoT Life edits each day of the event on the Skatepark of Tampa YouTube channel. Look for photos and video clips dropping each day on the @SPoTTampa IG along with Facebook, and right here on our site.

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