The winner of the 23rd annual Tampa AM Dashawn Jordan, at Skatepark of Tampa, Florida, USA.
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Jordan’s first run
got him a 72.33 because it included a few falls. He found himself in 5th place
trailing Frankie Villani, Vincent Milou, Angelo Caro and Jereme Knibbs. In 11th
place when his second turn came around, he stepped it up and this run was
closer to the one that helped him win the Demis. He was scored an 87.33.
Jordan was bumped out of second place and overtaken by Zion Wright
who earned an 88 for his third and final run. So in third place now, Jordan
waited his turn watching Midler remain in first, and everyone after him (Caro,
Knibbs, Villani, Olson, Eaton, Monteiro, and Milou) fail to beat him as well as
Wright and Midler.
At this point, Dashawn took matters into his own hands and tightened
up the run he’d been working on
all day. He delivered it with the touch of the smoothest technician. His run
included textbook demonstrations of the following tricks: 270 lipslide, blunt
kick flip to fakie, 360 flip 50-50, 360 flip lipslide and laser flip over the
hip. The contest shut down temporarily for everyone to celebrate what they had
just seen. And the judges awarded him a score of 92.
The subsequent hype and buzz in the air affected everyone including
Yuto Horigome—who had been
solid all weekend, but fell several times during his last run. Then came Damn
Am of the Year Zach Saraceno, who Jordan had been battling and losing to all
year long in the Damn Am contest series. With the camera focused on his face,
Dashawn’s lack of emotion made
it seem like he believed Saraceno could beat him at this moment. But soon that
changed. Saraceno’s run started
off shaky and then improved. But he ended up falling, so there was no way he
could come close to or catch Dashawn. And that’s when Dashawn Jordan knew he won the 2016 Tampa Am contest.
Congratulations Dashawn Jordan on winning this Year’s Tampa Am and the Monster Energy Golden
Ticket to the 2017 SLS Nike SB Pro Open. Check out Dashawn’s winning run above. And you can view the
full results below.
1. Dashawn Jordan
2. Alex Midler
3. Zion Wright
4. Yuto Horigome
5. Jagger Eaton
6. Jereme Knibbs
7. Jack Olson
7. Ivan Monteiro
9. Angelo Caro
9. Zach Saraceno
11. Vincent Milou
12. Frankie Villani
Words by Reggie Altema / SLS
For more details visit SLS website here or SPoT website here.