The Los Angeles Ace Hotel Theater hosted the 18th Annual Transworld Skateboarding Award last Friday. Check out the recap of the winners here. "I want to thank the squad and all my sponsors. You know who you are." Skateboarding is not "The Academy" and the 18th annual Transworld Skateboarding Awards are not the Oscars, although I'd bet a few stars would swap out their little gold nudist for black globe. At this point, the latter is way more exclusive. The winners of the evening were not unexpected, except perhaps Chris Joslin being snubbed of all victories after one of the heaviest years ever put down on four wheels. But stair counts don't earn style points and smooth operator Miles Silvas took home the Rookie of the Year with the nonchalant intro quote. Ishod Wair shredded and charmed all year, acceptance speech included. He kept his SOTY reign rolling for a different mag by winning Reader's Choice Male. The word "Male" signals a seismic shake to the boys club. Reader's Choice this year opened a Best Female category and crowned Leticia Bufoni as the first honoree; hopefully the first of many. Best Team went to the burgeoning Fucking Awesome crew, which was truly a sign of the times. Seeing small brands featuring relative unknowns take the industry on their shoulders makes 2016 an exciting year for skateboarding. Year's Best Video came without question. After 50 years laying the groundwork and leading the industry in skateboarding shoes, Vans' epic Propeller took the title with Anthony Van Engelen sealing the Best Video Part within, also uncontested. The Best Video Part nod earned AVE
Ed Templeton took home the Legend Award for his near lifetime of contributions to skateboarding. Technical progression, opening the ears of skaters to bands from Sonic Youth to Dinosaur Jr., helping to launch the talent of Jamie Thomas, Bam Margera, Chad Muska, Brian Anderson, Leo Romero and countless others through Toy Machine and expanding what is definable as "skater art" are all within Ed's achievements.
After the honors and awards were distributed, Transworld screened the 27th title to their video catalogue: Substance. Without a single frame of HD footage, the feature was a brilliantly grainy breath of rare air in the age of gone-tomorrow web clips and RED Epic 4K Ultra 3D Blackmagic 120 FPS "Realer-than-real" that has become the goal of too many. Featuring Davis Torgerson, Jon Nguyen, Tom Karangelov, Dolan Stearns, and Tristan Funkhouser, Substance will be available via Vimeo On Demand this friday and iTunes March 14th. The video is raw and definitely a standout to the long canon of
Read more at the Transworld Substance microsite.
Thanks to Transworld Skateboarding for throwing another awesome awards show and having us all to the amazing Ace Hotel Theater in Los Angeles!