Contest Results and Coverage
Two big national contests took place in September, starting with the JFSA’s All Japan Freestyle Skateboarding Contest 2013 that took place on 8th September, followed up by the US Championships in Philadelphia on the 14th. October also saw an online-only video contest for the Romanian freestyle scene.
JFSA All Japan Freestyle Skateboarding Contest 2013
Taking a unique new approach to the freestyle contest format, the latest JFSA freestyle contest introduced a one-on-one tournament format, enhancing the importance of consistency and adaptability in each individual run. Add to this a top line up of riders, such as Masahiro Fujii, Moichi Suzuki, Seya Nakano and even Stefan “Lillis” Akesson, an incredible setting and an excitable crowd and you’ve got the makings of one of the year’s biggest contests!
Surely enough, the contest did not fail to deliver. There was some incredible skating throughout, with a wide array of tricks you don’t normally see in contests. There were shocks and surprise results too, as legendary freestylers Masahiro Fujii and Lillis crashed out in the second round; although with such a high standard of skating, each result could easily have gone either way. In the end, it came down to just Moichi Suzuki and Toshiaki Fujii going head to head in the finals. Both riders skated hard and put down an amazing run, but in the end, Toshiaki Fujii walked away with the big win.
The US Championships also took place this month, again returning to Philadelphia, the unofficial home of the contest. At the time of writing, a great deal of footage, photos and articles are still not available, but one thing we can say for certain is that Mode Skateboard’s Terry Synott is the new US Professional Freestyle Champion with Freestyler’s United’s Pete Betti taking the top Amateur spot, Bill “DR Skateboard” Robertson taking the masters title and Tyler Thomas tasting freestyle victory for the first time as Novice Champion.
Online Romanian Freestyle Contest
Supporting the development of freestyle within Romania, Marius Constantin launched an online event for up and coming Romanian freestylers, offering them the opportunity to share their skills with the world and win a free deck in the process. In a close contest, first place ultimately went to Boris Staver, an amateur freestyler who is really starting to develop into a fine freestyler. Check out the full contest highlights below