You’ve seen all of the awards and the winner announcement rolled out over the past month. Now take a look at a recap of all of the 2016 Trick of the Year Awards as well as the winning trick all in one place. It was a great competition. We’re looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with in 2017.
Trick of the Year
Pros have been eyeballing this quadruple set kinked handrail for years. Nobody thought it was possible until Kyle Walker came along and stepped up to the challenge. What started as a joke between Kyle and his friends quickly became serious when he truly started to go for it. From being reposted by just about everyone in skateboarding to the consistent comments calling for it to be Trick of the Year, Kyle’s 50-50 will go down as a historic moment in skateboarding for decades to come. This truly raises the bar—which is why we are more than happy to award Kyle the $10,000 prize for 2016’s Trick of the Year.
Trick of the Year Awards
Carlos Lastra submitted his 360 flip hippy jump nose manual nollie flip out back in October. He quickly rose to the top of our leaderboard and held down the number one spot for the remainder of the year. This sealed the deal on Carlos taking home 2016’s Voter Choice Award. Congratulations Carlos on winning a year’s sponsorship from Active Ride Shop and an ad in your favorite magazine! Check back tomorrow for the official announcement on 2016’s Trick of the Year winner.
Execution is a huge part of skateboarding. How you do something is just as important as what you are doing. Tiago Lemos has amazing form on every trick he does. His switch pop shove it fakie tre on a picnic table and switch bigspin switch backside tailslide over the gap to ledge at Radio Korea are on a level of their own. Tiago’s flawless precision is more than worthy of this year’s Don’t Sweat the Technique Award. Have a look at perfection personified below.
The kickflip is a staple of skateboarding. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book. But it’s continually pushed to the limits by being applied to various spots and situations. Many kickflips were done in 2016. But none matched Jackson Pilz’s over a head-high fence. For that, Jackson gets 2016’s Kickflip of the Year Award. Have a look at what might be the biggest kickflip over something done to date below.
Sometimes in life it’s better to be late. Nobody wants to be the first person to show up at a party. Leaving the house a little bit late could allow you to miss getting stuck in traffic or riding in a severely overcrowded train. And, when it comes to skateboarding, throwing in a late shove it or flip can turn a basic trick into something special. Kevin Viernes illustrates one of those instances when being late is perfectly acceptable with this backside flip to late shove it down a big three. He took home 2016’s SLS Trick of the Year Late to the Party Award in the process.
Progression has always been the driving force behind skateboarding. Learning one trick has the potential to open the door to hundreds of others. And stringing together what you’ve learned along the way can result in something entirely new that leaves people in shock and awe of what you’ve just created. In skateboarding, this is frequently referred to as a game changer. Tiago Lopes comes through a couple of bangers to take home this year’s SLS Trick of the Year Game Changer Award.
Sometimes it’s not about how long you stay at the party—it’s about how you make your entrance and exit. Jordan Maxham embraces this philosophy and takes home this year’s SLS Trick of the Year Early Exit Award. These two rail tricks illustrate that sometimes it pays to get in and get out as quick as possible. Jordan makes the difficult look all too easy in these clips. Have a look for yourself below.
If you’ve ever seen a Richie Jackson video part, then you know that he’s on another level when it comes to creative skateboarding. Creativity is one of the main factors that’s considered for SLS Trick of the Year. So it was only right to give out an award based on that named after Richie Jackson. Joe Moore came through with unique submissions all year long. This one takes the cake and this year’s Richie Jackson Award. Make sure you stay tuned on Friday when 2016’s Trick of the Year is officially announced.
A masterful bartender on a skateboard can pull off mesmerizing tricks on a flatbar on any given day. Aaron Scollier is a prime example of an accomplished skateboarding mixologist. Have a look at what he served up on the bump to flatbar at his local park. It certainly looks tasty.
2016’s Trick of the Year will be announced this Friday. In the meantime, we are rolling out all of the TOTY Awards. The Gonz Award is all about having fun and staying creative. This year, Mark Gonzales takes his own award with this incredible suitcase slide. Gonz has been pushing the limits of skateboarding since the ‘80s. And at 48, he’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Check out the video below to see one of the most creative stunts to involve a skateboard this past year.
2016’s Trick of the Year will be announced this Friday. In the meantime, we are rolling out all of the Awards. First up is Relationship Goals. The couple that skates together stays together. This tag-team tre flip sex change is definitely proper! Check the video below to see how Andrea Benítez and Alfonso Rojas take care of business at the skatepark.