Today was the first day of the Phoenix AM and after reading this, you’ll want to be there for day two. Let’s start with the interest level, first. This year, we saw skaters from all over the world attending. No, literally. Tommy Fynn, with Stereo Skateboards came all the way from Australia to grace our shores and Gustavo Servin came all the way from Chihuaha in Mexico. Then there was JP Souza from Brazil, and well, a larg portion of South and Central America realized that Phoenix was the place to skate this year. There was a huge Canadian descent into our eternally summer-like land as well with skaters like Matt Berger hailing from Kamloops and others from Ontario. Heck, we even had skaters from Hawii and Iceland. If people are crossing oceans and continents to be at the same place at the same time, something good must be happening there, and there was.
This years turnout was pretty good with hundreds of local and not so local skaters making their way to the event to watch. Unlike in previous years, finding sitting room wasn’t very problematic. Also, the crowds were large but nothing like what a veteran to the event might have expected. It was always easy to navigate through the tent city of vendors and the lines were shorter than anyone would have expected. I went through the same line twice and on the second attempt managed to win a nice Royal shirt.
There were, of course, fun things to do like several games to make the rather reasonably short lines worth the wait like Vitamin Water pong, ring toss, a bolla tossing game and at least one that involved rolling up some dice and getting lucky. We’ll see what they have for tomorrow as they might change it up or keep it the same. Also, activities (aside from the skating) are likely to change throughout the day as various vendors don’t even open their stalls or arrive in tent city until later on, anyway. So be sure to stick around.
As far as the actual skating went, several local and semi-local favorites showed up from last year such as Rayce Davis, Alex Midler and Zack Abrams with Rayce and Alex really making their marks this time around. And while Jagger Eaton signed up, we haven’t seen Jett hit the course yet (although he was at the AM). Maybe next year we’ll get to see both of the Eatons doing their thing. There were several awesome skaters on the concrete today but one, from Puerto Rico caught my attention with the consistency of his run and the skate-video quality of his street tricks: Alexis Rivera, sponsored by Volcom, Sector 9 and The Room, did a good job for a qualifier and here’s hoping to seeing his full skillset come tomorrow.
With the Saturday qualifiers out of the way, Sunday promises to be hot even if it’s forecast to only be 75 degrees. So be sure to stop by the Phoenix AM, eat some food, play some games and enjoy a day full of skating and free, yes free, Vitamin Water. And of course, thank you Cowtown for helping sponsor such a fun and important event for skaters from all over the Pheonix area and the world.