DStv and SABC News Craig Marias profiles Jean-marc Johannes about competing in Tampa AM and the growth of skateboarding in South Africa.
Apparently this year’s Tampa Am was the biggest one yet, with close to 300 skaters from all over the world competing.
My aim going into any contest is to ultimately win but also do better than before. This year I was very great full to do better than that and get top 50 out of Tampa AM contest! My run was different, I wanted to learn new tricks going in to the contest. I stayed in L.A for about 2 weeks prior to the contest, practicing every day and learning all new tricks with help of two international pro skateboarders and good friends Sewa Kroetkov and Micky Papa at the Berrics. – Jean-Marc
Big ups Jean-Marc! We’re proud of you. Keep an eye on this guy; he’s going places.
Here’s a short interview with Jean-Marc at Tampa from their Thursday Practice video:
Almost Skateboards and Revolution team rider, Jean-Marc Johannes just got back from the Damn Am competition in Amsterdam; the Amsterdamn Am. We just want to say a huge well done to him. You made us proud. Check out some videos of the comp and of Jean-Marc above and below.
The Amsterdamn Am is Europe’s premiere amateur street skateboarding competition, held at Skatepark Amsterdam, this year from July 12 – 14. The top 12 qualifiers won entry to skate Tampa Am, and there was a prize purse of 10,000 Euros this year. Nassim Guammaz from The Netherlands won the contest and the golden ticket to the 2013 Tampa Am semi-finals. Congrats!
1. Nassim Guammaz – NLD (Straight to Semi-Finals at Tampa Am 2013)
2. Jorge Simões – PRT (Straight to Semi-Finals at Tampa Am 2013)
3. Trevor Colden – USA
4. Youness Amrani – BEL
5. Adrien Bulard – FRA
6. Gaard Hvaara – NOR
7. Alec Majerus – USA
8. Axel Crysberghs – BEL
9. Hermann Stene – NOR
10. Lehi Leite – BRA
11. Robbin De Wit – NLD
12. Diego Cano – ESP
Independent Best Trick
1. Youness Amran – Feeble grind 360 flip out on the rail
2. Riso Tury – Heelflip noseslide nollie flip out on the rail
3. Rob Maatman – Nollie bigspin front board to fakie on the rail
Zumiez Destroyer Award