This is the first year Tampa Am is in December instead of January.
Tampa Am VERT is during Tampa Pro in March.
The Am has been going strong since 1994, making '07 its 13th Anniversary. It runs every January and attracts ams from around the world. In addition, the entire industry seems to be in attendance to witness the amazing skating and partake in the debauchery known as Ybor City. Although not billed as such, it has unintentionally turned into the Am World Championships. The registration process is long and grueling with the 200+ contestants, but more even get turned away because there could easily be 500 competing since a spot in the Contest is in such demand. Most of today's top pros have skated Tampa Am and for many it was very influential in their "discovery" by the industry. The continued success of Tampa Am led into the need to bring other Tampa-style am events to other parts of the country, and eventually the world.
Tampa Pro has been known as the last “real” pro skateboarding event in the United States for several years as it falls annually in March since 1994. The Florida weather makes it the perfect time of the year for pros to visit Tampa. Tampa Pro has been a staple event for so many years that nearly every single professional skateboarder has competed at Tampa Pro at some point in their careers. It's a great event where the fans are right there with the pros...no security, no hype. Just real pros skating in a real atmosphere.
To add a little more spice to the event, four years ago the Team Manager/Industry VIP Street Contest was introduced into the weekend schedule. This event allows the industry to participate in the skating as opposed to sidelining all weekend.
9am – Doors Open
* Tickets are $5 and available at Skatepark of Tampa day of Event
9am – 10pm – Open Practice
5pm – Riders’ Meeting
8pm – “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” – Welcome to Tampa Art Show/Party in the Bowl Warehouse
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
December 4, 2008 - December 7, 2008