Sunday, 13 May 2001
The Slam City Jam once again proved itself to be the international skateboard celebration. Welcoming over 1000 guests from the international skate community, and over 20,000 fans, this annual event has turned into the Woodstock of skateboarding. From the record setting crowds, record setting contest runs and huge media turnout, to the action in the new Hastings Skatepark and an incredible music line-up, Slam City Jam 2001 was a huge success.
SCJ crowned 10 different champions over the weekend in vert, street, girls' vert & street, the am jam and 5 best trick events. Bob Burnquist from Brazil took his third Vert Championship at Slam City Jam with the highest score ever in World Cup competition - a 99.0! Rune Glifberg from Denmark powered into 2nd and Bucky Lasek was the top american in 3rd place. Bucky also took best vert lip trick and Pierre Luc Gagnon hit the best vert air.
In the Street Finals, Eric Koston narrowly edged out Colt Cannon and Rick McCrank (1,1,2, Chad Bartie on the Shorty's Rail and Alex Chalmers on the Natural Koncept Booter.
Canada's own New Line Skateparks created a skaters' heaven inside the Coliseum with a two-level street course and the 13' vert ramp that was the base for all the incredible skating and festivities that went down during the big weekend.
The awesome Hastings Skatepark by Spectrum Creations got lots of attention from the old school pool skaters and the new school park rippers. Friday's rain didn't put a damper on Brewce Martin or his crew from Skatopia as some of the sickest bowl skating was thrown down- in the rain! The following day brought sun and more great skating from the likes of Matt Moffat, Renton Miller, Andy Macdonald, Lance Mountain, Tony Alva and Alex Chalmers.
SCJ also provided plenty of fun. Rene Rene epitomized the fun in skating as the host of the gnarly bowl sessions. Dave Carnie was back again spreading his irreverence by dedicating his runs to a game of skate hockey - which his american team lost to the canadian crew lead by Alex Chalmers. Plus, the parties that traditionally mark the SCJ weekend were bigger and harder to get into than ever.
1. Bob Burnquist, The Firm, Brazil
2. Run Glifberg, Flip, Denmark
3. Bucky Lasek, Birdhouse, USA
1. Eric Koston, Girl Skateboards
2. Colt Cannon, Circa, first pro contest
3. Rick McCrank, Girl, Canada
1. Vanessa Torres, Grind King
2. Stefanie Thomas, Rookie
3. Jaime Reyes, alphanumeric
1. Jen O'Brien, Volcom
2. Candy Hiler, Crown
3. Jodie MacDonald, Reef