| Photo:@jasonbellofficial

Photos: Jason Belsky
Words: Matt Kruz

NYSEA‘s second annual Long Beach Skate Jam for Street & Bowl was a blast! With 80+ registered contestants, it was competitive and exciting. On a hot Sunday by the bay, the kids’ street contest kicked off with 9 heats. Everyone was impressively talented, and the winners were awarded trophies and prizes from several sponsors. Congrats to Tim Drake for first place, Oscar Johnson in close second and Jake Pellicane taking third.

Kids division winners | Photo: @jasonbellofficial

After another warm-up session, the adult street contest started soon after with some heavy heats! Everyone was crushing it and getting hyped off each other. After a tough judges meeting the winners were announced- awarding Tyler Collins in first, Nico Ramos for second and TJ Higgins wrapping up the podium. Special shout out to NYC local Brandon Johnson winning Best Trick!

The contest was held at the new skatepark in Long Beach, completed in 2015 by Spohn Ranch Skateparks. Located only a few blocks from the LIRR station, the park was flooded with skaters and spectators. There were complimentary snacks and swag from Essential Water, Clif Bars, La Colombe Coffee, Honest Tea and YETI coolers. TETON Gravity Research rolled up with their epic party trailer and media patio, which included a dope rooftop for judges to see all the action from above!

Noseslide on the flatbar | Photo:@jasonbellofficial

During golden hour the anticipated bowl contest begun. With a race against the setting sun the heats were rapid and intense. The bowl is an amoeba shape, with pockets and walls ranging from 3-7 feet- Contestants were blasting huge airs and getting pretty tech. Judging the contest wasn’t easy, everyone was on fire! Tyler Collins took first place, Nick McDonough in second and Charlie Weiss in third. Special shoutout to Tom Mullens for crushing it all damn day.

Madonna to tail | Photo:@jasonbellofficial

The contest was part of NYSEA Surf’s 8th annual SURF WEEK, which included events everyday- Pro and AM Surf Contest, free surf lessons from Skuddin Surf and afterparties at local venues all week. NYSEA is a collective of New York surfers, artists, skaters and locals who are brought together by their common bond to surfing and action sports. Founded in 2010, they organize local events, non-profit fundraisers, photo/video contests and much more. Stay tuned for upcoming events all year long!

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Huge thanks to head honcho and master of ceremonies- Brian Adamkiewicz, and everyone else involved in making this happen! Thanks to our head judges Tyler Kufs and Noah Wilson for being involved despite being injured.. safe recovery boys! Shoutout to all the generous sponsors: YETI, Clif Bar, Essentia, Honest Tea, Outside TV, Teton Gravity Research, La Colombe Coffee, Hurley Surf Club, Skudin Surf, Revv Lifestyle and Bonus Brooklyn.

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