The 3rd Annual Ghetto Bowl Bash at The Ghetto Skate Facility in Zephyrhills is in the books, and it was a killer time! Thank you to Todd Morrow for all of his hard work and dedication that goes in to making these events possible. Also, big shout-outs to Andre at The Ghetto Skate Facility/ Ghetto Skateboards for making the contest a reality, to all of the sponsors, and to everybody that came out to skate, hang-out, and support real skateboarding! So much high-octane ripping was going down all day long…here are the results:
14 & Under: 1. Stone Denning, 2. Asher Builin, 3. Chris Kotma, 4. Taylor Nguyen
15-24: 1. Sean Gibson, 2. Darren Avalos, 3. Greg Nobles
Veterans: 1. John Whiteman, 2. Jason Conner, 3. Cory Miller, 4. Justin Gibson, 5. Geza Darrah & Jay Turner (Tie)
Legends: 1. Todd Webb, 2. Manny Amarelli, 3. Todd Morrow, 4. Shawn Bell, 5. Shawn Mitchell, 6. John Ferguson
Youth Sponsored: 1. Nick Wallace, 2. Brennan Campbell, 3. Miles McKinney, 4. Cameron Miller
18 & Up Sponsored: 1. Alex Peavey, 2. Josh Nobles, 3. Marlee Miller, 4. Chris Van Dam
Pro Am Open: 1. Keith Baldassare, 2. Levi Combs, 3. Jake “Poptart” Welch, 4. Jimmy “The Greek” Marcus, 5. Tillman Hazelton, 6. Drew Hoffman
Click on photo to view large.
Here is a nice April Pools Day montage courtesy of Jean Aguilar.
The King of the Groms is a “12 and Under Skateboard Contest Series” put on by the folks at 3rd Lair Skate Park in Minneapolis, MN every year. The contest series includes 5 “Qualifiers” at different skate parks all over the country throughout the year, with the championships at 3rd Lair in Minneapolis in the early part of the following year. This years championship was held the weekend of February 17-19, 2011. The contest is broken into Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert divisions and Bowl, Mini-Ramp, and Street zones.
Well, apparently we have some real talented rippers right here in the Tampa Bay area, because they were heavily represented all over the final result sheets! Alejandro Burnell (Murder Ride Skateboards, Alchemy Griptape) finished 1st in Intermediate Mini-Rampa and 7th in Intermediate Street! Tyler Hunger (Mad Pimp Skates, The Compound Boardshop, Force Trucks, Trog Army) took 1st in Expert Mini-Ramp, 7th in Expert Bowl, and 8th in Expert Street! Brennan Campbell (Ghetto Skateboards, Westside Skateshop, Murder Ride Bearings) 1st place in Expert Bowl! Connor Hunger (Mad Pimp Skates, The Compound Boardshop, Trog Army) came in 5th in Beginner Bowl, and Nick Wallace (Murder Ride Skateboards, Gulf Coast Skateshop, Ghetto Skatepark) took 8th in Expert Bowl! Congratulations to all of you guys and all of the people that support you!
Just a few random photos from a fun little session at The Ghetto Skate Facility in Zephyrhills, Florida. Photography by Nick Nicks.
Check out this video of Ghetto Skateboards‘ Jake Ilardi sticking a frontside air over the love-seat in the pool at P(a)yne Skatepark in Sarasota! If you have skated this pool, you know how gnarly this is…
I just recently met Tillman and I caught up with him yesterday @ the Ghetto Skate Facility to shoot photos and do this interview. Tillman just turned 15 recently, but rips with the speed, style, and finesse of a professional that has been doing it for years! Not to mention, he is also a really cool kid. He is wise beyond his years and has already sworn off people that have bad attitudes and trash-talk. He knows that there is no time for that crap, Tillman just wants to skate and have fun…attitude-free. Keep an eye out for Tillman, because his skating will blow your mind!
Backside Smith Grind. Photo_Nicks
Where do you live?
I live in Zephyrhills, FL it’s about a 30 minute drive from Tampa.
How old are you?
I just turned 15 on October 14th.
How long have you been skateboarding?
I have been skating for about 3 and a half years.
Beanplant to Tail. Photo_Nicks
Who are your current sponsors?
I’m on Ghetto Skateboards, Ion clothing, and I’m (flow) for Bones wheels!
What is your current board set-up?
I ride a 7.75 Ghetto deck with Mob Grip, 139 Independent trucks of course, they’re the best, and 56 mm Jimmy The Greek Bones wheels with Bones Reds bearings!!
So, you are a really talented transition skater, do you skate street as well?
Well, I never really skated anything until I moved here and was sitting in Sonny’s BBQ eating ribs and saw an ad for The Ghetto Skate Facility and begged my mom to take me. Once I was there I loved it and I was there every time I got the chance. So, yes, I’m very talented at transition, but lately I have been skating more and more street but my true passion still is with transition!
Do you ever skate the vert ramp @ SPoT?
I do go to SPoT almost every Tuesday and play on the vert a little, but not much. I will be starting to skate it more though as soon as I make it out to one of the vert jams that have been going down there.
Have you skated in a lot of contests? Do like contests?
No, I don’t tend to skate too many contest. So far a total of like 6 and I do well in them, but i definitely don’t like them. I feel that there are always too many people who come to them their bad attitudes, which really bums me out and makes me want to not even skate.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Well that depends on if I’m skating or not. If I am skating I like to listen to fast heavy music like Slayer or Iron Maiden. If I’m not skating I’ll tend to listen to Lil Wayne.
Backside Boneless. Photo_Nicks
Who are your skateboarding influences?
Oooohh man one person and one person only Chris Lehman. He kills it when he is skating any ramp of any size he is great!! I tend to get told i skate like him which really makes me feel good about my skating!
Do you have any plans for the future?
Well not really, I do plan on going to college no matter what happens, but I do want to take my skating as far as possible.
500 mph Frontside Smith Grind up and through the Chunky corner! Photo_Nicks