Agenda's Snap the Gap Contest
While the exhibit halls were filled with climate controlled air and handshakes, TransWorld Skateboarding and Supra teamed up to present the Snap the Gap contest. Pitting the brave and spotlight hungry against ever widening curbs just outside the show, skateboarding is alive and well. Snap the Gap opened at 8'. Anyone courageous enough to get over the gap had the chance to catch cash from TransWorld Skateboarding, Supra and emcee, ever the host-with-the-most, SPoT's Brian Schaefer. Brad Cromer's skating is a sight to behold. He put down the first flip trick, kickflipping after the landing ramp was pushed out an extra foot. With each landing the second platform inched away from the rollup. Let's get this thing back in order and fully official. Matt Gottwig was on a mission, with heavy maneuvers and creative lines across the manmade street gap, throwing caution and the tape measure to the wind. Matt Gottwig's Ollie over to back tail was the most overlooked banger of the day. Skateline NBD's Gary Rogers was on the scene, along with the two-wheel balancing talents of Joey Brezinski and TransWorld's Blair Alley. Nick Merlino took it down switch while everyone was still stretching. Lizard King showed up to support Supra and boost a waist-high kickflip SPot's Brian Schaefer hands out some cash to TJ Rogers and Nick Merlino for putting down tricks where many flailed. The crowd took notice and flew to see the high velocity action. Somehow, no one was seriously hurt in a collision and everyone remained fully friendly. Lizard went for the "hug-it-out" approach after a high speed contact. This dude made straight no-comply happen with style. With countless tricks taken over the expanding 8' gap, the street was widened to 14' to begin a long ollie contest. After a casual switch tre at 8', Blake Carpenter took the expansion as an invitation to kickflip and was promptly met with the ejector seat. Check his foot in the fifth frame, poor guy. Dane Vaughn was a solid contender, rifling off tricks at each gap interval. Nollie 360 flip soared over the first stretch, and after some high-speed finesse, he took the sole 14' kickflip. That will definitely earn you some dollars. The gauntlet arrived at 16' with many suitors but only two takers. Corey Glick got close, Matt Gottwig stuck it, but ultimately Quel Haddox and Dashawn Jordan cleared the canyon and took home some dough. Check TransWorld for a video recap of the whole event and footage of the two who bridged the gap, airborne. Go skate a street gap over the weekend to get a piece of this action!