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Antoine Asselin Claims Second at Am Getting Paid!

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As the third annual Am Getting Paid contest in Montreal, Canada draws to a close, we are very proud to look back on such a special event with so many great skateboarders. Adding an extra day helped make the contest run more smoothly and welcomed more amateurs to battle it out for the $15,000 prize.

Friday was a very important night for the Underworld skate team, when they held a world premiere for Yesterday’s Future, a video that they have been working on for the last few years. The place was packed, the drinks were full and the skating was definitely next level. For more info and to view the teaser, check the link just above.

Day two of the contest on Saturday displayed some of the best skateboarding all weekend. Magnus Hanson and Nick Merlino had fun all day and destroyed all the obstacles at South Parc. Jordan Hoffart and Keegan Sauder were some of the smoothest and most powerful skateboarders at the contest. Lastly, Chazz Ortiz blew the crowd away with his impressive skills, consistency and courage. Did we mention he is only 12 years old!

On Saturday night, the Am Getting Laid party went down, headlined by Wu Tang’s legendary Raekwon. With over 300 people trying to get into this sold-out private party, the energy was at an all-time high. People chanted the choruses while chef Raekwon ripped the lyrics.

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Antoine Asselin, frontal nose blunt. Photo courtesy of Am Getting Paid.

Sunday was the final day of the event and it was time to separate the men from the boys. Micky Papa lead the way throughout the whole Semi-Finals with tricks such as kickflip backside Smiths and switch tré flips down the stairs. But when the Finals came around, Ryan Decenzo from Vancouver, Canada took home first place and a hefty check.

He produced flawless runs all weekend, mixing tech and smooth styles on a consistent basis run after run. Taking second and third place respectively were Emerica Canada team rider and local Antoine Asselin, and Detroit’s Dustin Blauvelt. It would be impossible to name all the other notables over the weekend since the skating was at such a high level.

Next up was the Best Trick event on four obstacles. Nick Merlino and Dustin Blauvelt were the only ones who hit the big rail. Amid a bunch of skateboarders all busting out and getting paid, Manny Santiago ended up taking home the most money with a huge bag of tricks.

We would like to thank all the skateboarders, sponsors and parents who made this event possible. For more info and to check out the teaser for this weekend's festivities please visit the Am Getting Paid site. The full-length DVD will be released in January.

Final Results
1. Ryan Decenzo $6000
2. Antoine Asselin $3000
3. Dustin Blauvelt $1500
4. Ben Hatchell
5. Magnus Hanson
6. Chazz Ortiz
7. Collin Hale
8. Jordan Hoffart
9. Will Cristofaro
10. Nick Merlino
11. Thomas Parent
12. Matt Berger
13. Keegan Sauder
14. Micky Papa
15. Manny Santiago

More Wild in the Streets 2006 Utrecht Photos!

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Check out some more photos of the Wild in the Streets event last weekend at the Yard in Utrecht, Holland. All photos were shot by Ruud van Bragt of Rack Imaging. Also, be sure to check out Worldwide Skateboarding, since they have been putting up new photos every day. More photos will be posted there in the next few days, and video is expected at the end of this week. Stay tuned.

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Save Holland's Best Skate Spot!

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One of the most notorious skate spots in Holland, the Yard in Utrecht, is about to be destroyed. The Yard has been home for a lot of Dutch skateboarders over the last few years. The water gaps and some ledges at the spot have been there forever, while some others have been installed more recently with the support of the local skate shop, E-Zone.
To prove to the city council of Utrecht that there are more than enough skateboarders who care about this great, simple and cheap skate spot, Emerica Holland is holdng a Wild in the Streets event, and Emerica pros Bryan Herman and Braydon Szafranski are even flying out to support the cause!

It all goes down at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 24, 2006. The event will start at the Griftpark bowl (which was poorly built by the city council and quite expensive), then proceed through the middle of downtown and end up at the Yard. At the Yard, there will be a Best Trick contest over the water gap. We even built a rail over it for some extra gnarlitude!

We are working on a Save the Yard web page with some info on the event, as well as some history of the spot. Be sure to check it out.

P.S. Here’s a list of tricks that have been done over the big water gap so far. I’m sure there are more.

Backside kickflip – Andrew Reynolds
360 flip – Bryan Herman
Hardflip – Sean Malto
Kickflip – Bas Janssen
Frontside flip – Bas Janssen
Backside heelflip – Bas Janssen
Heelflip – Lindsey Robinson
Switch heelflip – Dennis Durant
First Ollie – Jos Theissens
Ollie to hang-up – Jonny Ganseman (Utrecht local)

Team Report 09-19-06

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Andrew Reynolds has been shredding around Los Angeles lately. He will be flying out to New York later this week for an Altamont Apparel product launch party.

Heath Kirchart is roaming around the East Coast in a van with some of the Alien Workshop team. They are in search of epic skate spots to film for their upcoming video.

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You Interview Spanky Again!

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It's time for number 19 in our never-ending series of Blab Interviews conducted by you kids. This month, we're going to hit up Emerica pro Kevin "Spanky" Long for the second time.

Just ask a nice, short question right here in this post and one week from now, I'll choose a few of the best and give Spanky a call. Read his bio and first Blab interview, so you don't ask anything that has already been answered there.

Wild in the Streets 2006 Utrecht!

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Join Emerica pros Bryan Herman, Braydon Szafranski and the Dutch Emerica Team as they take over the streets of Utrecht, Holland! Show up for the Wild Ride of your life at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 24, 2006 at Griftpark Utrecht. Somehow, we'll make it to the Yard. Wanna know how? Show up and ride with us!

Various Best Trick Contests will go down along the way. The Best Best Trick of the Day will go down at the Yard Water Gap! We even built a rail over it for extra gnarlitude! The world-famous Falus Worst Trick Contest will also be happening. Questions? Call E-Zone at 030 236 9298 or visit their site.

Chris Senn TransWorld Cover!

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On the cover of TransWorld Skateboarding's November 2006 issue, get a load of globetrotting Emerica pro Chris Senn as he precision grinds over a super narrow, hairy ass, sharp-edged donut at that new gigantic skatepark over in Shanghai, China. It's so burls, there's even a sequence inside.

Seems Senn went on a lil' Oakley team filming mission over there, which also resulted in a 12-page article in this issue. Good job, Senn-Dog! Buy a copy at a skate shop or news stand near you.

Happy Birthday, Heath Kirchart!

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Heath's backside 360 was so fast, it didn't even show up in this photo.

In advance celebration of his 29th birthday (which is today, September 5), Emerica pro Heath Kirchart backside 360'd the Mini-Mega Ramp at the Downtown Showdown contest on Sunday, September 3, 2006 to enthusiastic applause, eighth place on that obstacle, and a whopping $50 in prize money.

After laboring so hard over the long Labor Day weekend for such a great big pot o' booty and the resultant mass exposure, Heath is taking time off today to relax and look forward to his assured increase in board and shoe sales. That's how it all works, right? Congratulations, Mr. Heath! Rake it in!