1. Slam Factory Wednesday Night


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    Featuring in order of appearance: Hayden Stuckey, Michael Herbert, Robert Pace and Anthony Bull.

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      2013 Nike SbA Am Series The Finals – Skatepark of Melbourne Saturday 30th of March Video: Shane Fowler + Louie Dodd Song: 'Love' Performed by HAMJAM (hamjam.bandcamp.com) After a summer of seven incredible qualifiers in six states and one territory we were all excited to see the level at The Finals and it surpassed all expectations. March 30th saw over forty talented skateboard units hone in on Melbourne and spend a couple of days interpreting the obstacles at the Skatepark of Melbourne. There were a few course tweaks since The Finals last year. The micro-wheelchair ramp from last year was replaced with a more realistic version, which was designed and built for the Shocklands contest. The snowplough was also added which is a steep wallie hip. The spined area was simplified to just be a pump bump. This allowed more space, faster speed and greater flow throughout the whole joint. In order to get a good view of the entire course the SbA judging and MC area was assembled on a scaffold high above the course. The judges for the day were new SbA head judge Jim Dandy, OG Melbourne street guru Ben Harriss, the heavy-hitting Kurt Winter and last year's Open Am Champ Mr. Sam Tran aka ‘Gunti’ aka ‘Thug Angel’. Is Thug Angel not one of the best nicknames of all time? Cuzza and Fludey took to the mics as the psyched up MC duo. Considering the talent up in that scaff we sure were in good hands. Of course none of this would have happened without the dedication of the rest of the SbA team and the Logistics Manager Steve Murphy. Steve has spent the whole of the series without a home in the name of the next gen. He has literally been working towards this final for months and except for one moment where I saw him crumble and take a relaxation flight whilst strapped to a giant foam amoeba, he was going one hundred miles per hour all weekend, sometimes dealing with ten trouble shooting missions at one time. Also a big thanks to sponsors: Nike, the Australian Sports Commission and the Victorian Government. Without their financial backing of the Series it wouldn’t have happened. Just minutes into the practice session and a cab heelflip was seen getting spun out of the lip of the small quarter pipe by Open competitor Steve Adam. Was this a sign of what luda-stunts were to come? From the moment the first couple of people started skating to well after the comp had wound up, there were wild moves going down all over the shop. Some of the guys had grown a foot since last year and all of their trick bags had grown exponentially. I heard that one of the guys in the Junior final (Zack Lycos) had only been skating for two years! Who knows how good he will be next year? The overall progression of Australia’s next gen points in one direction: to even more world–class international names coming from our shores in the years to come. (continued here: http://sba.org.au/Blog/the-2013-nike-sba-am-series-finals)

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        Last Saturday was the best and worst day ever. We spent the daylit hours enjoying an epic Sydney skateboarding day during the NSW Nike SbA Am Series Qualifier, and as dusk struck we heard the devastating news of the passing of grand-master Lewis Marnell. We send all the healing vibes humanly possible to all of Lewis' close friends and family. Make sure everyone of you reading this has a shred for Lewis soon. Waterloo is one of the most-fluid, funnest parks in the country. It is a staple for local and overseas tours when visiting our largest city and it is probably one of our most-documented parks too, popping up in clips all the time. Every time it gets session, it seems someone comes up with a new take on an old obstacle or a new line. It guess it is the infinite possibilities that have ensured the longevity of the park and it is a culmination of all these traits that ensures we select it as the location for our New South Wales Am Series Qualifier every year. article continued here: http://sba.org.au/Blog/2013-nike-sba-am-series-nsw-qualifier-results video: Shane Fowler, Morgan Campbell and Leo Townsend

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