Tampa Pro is the longest running professional contest in skateboarding with this year marking its 23rd anniversary. Given its history and legacy, it is the perfect kick-off event for the SLS season. Taking home a Tampa win is considered a milestone in any Pro’s career. This contest is going to set the tone for 2017—SLS pros will be receiving Super Crown World Championship qualifier points. The highest scoring non-SLS Pro will win his way into SLS, and the second highest scoring non-SLS Pro will advance straight to the SLS Nike SB Pro Open Semi-Final where he will have a chance to make it into SLS. The winner of Tampa Pro will take home $20,000 & earn a Golden Ticket straight to the 2017 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. The stakes are high for everyone involved.
As always, this year’s Tampa Pro is going to feature some heavy hitters. Former winners including Nyjah Huston and Torey Pudwill will be making appearances—these guys have proven in the past that they have what it takes to pull through with a win.
Newcomers like Blake Johnson, Jordan Maxham, and Carlos Iqui will be making their Tampa Pro debut this year. They are all going to be hungry to prove themselves on the Tampa Pro stage. Tiago Lemos—who turned Pro at the beginning of 2016 and qualified into SLS via the 2016 Pro Open in Barcelona—will be skating his first ever Tampa Pro as well. He gave an impressive performance in his rookie year in SLS in 2016. Tiago is definitely someone to keep an eye on in Tampa this year.
Don’t count the veterans out either! Guys like Ryan Decenzo, Ryan Sheckler, and 2013 SLS Champion Chris Cole are going to be in the building and know what it takes to score big with the judges. SLS veteran Tom Asta will also be skating Tampa Pro this year. Tom took home 3rd last year and is definitely a top contender in this year’s contest.
The street course at SPoT isn’t the only thing that’s going to see action at Tampa Pro. The annual Converse Concrete Jam will be in full effect with tranny rippers like Tom Remillard, Eric Winkowski, Jake Wooten, and Daniel Vargas confirmed to be in attendance. Eric, Jake, and Daniel all skated the Am Concrete Jam in November. Now that they have been elevated to the Pro ranks, it will be interesting to see how they match up against the veterans.
Don’t sleep! Tune into the live stream on March 4 and 5 to see it all go down for yourself. You can view some of this year’s confirmed skaters below. Stay tuned for more additions.