Some aspire to be doctors and engineers, or teachers and lawyers. The more daring bunch, however, apire to become a legend in skateboarding. Over at the Volcom Sari-Sari Skate Stop 3 held last August 28 and 29 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, hundreds of skaters tried to do just that.
No, this wasn’t the X-Games, but these guys—especially the winners (listed according to ranking) Jeff Gonzales, Chocks Mangaspar, BamBam Francisco Marvin Basinal in the open division, and Christan Caccam, John Natividad, and Jonathan Ramiro in the 16 & under division— brought their game, and entertained skateboarding peers and casual mall-goers alike.
On the stop’s second day, August 29, a Free for All Skate Clinic took place where over 100 participants joined to get tips and training from some of the country’s best skaters. Among those who shared their skills and experience were Aloha Boardsports’ team riders Jeff Gonzales, Jonathan Tipan, and Rasheed Al Rasheed.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to register for the clinic ourselves, so up to now, we’d most likely end up a bloody mess (or worse, get our balls crushed) should we try to pull off a spinning 900 kickflip to heelflip to boardslide combination. We’ll stick to videogames, leave the real skating to the emerging talents of the Philippine skateboarding scene.
Who knows, maybe someday one of the 300 participants of the contest will be a champ in ESPN’s annual X-Games, and become the Pacquiao of extreme sports. It’s crazy, but hey, we’re talking about skaters here.
WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES