Z-Flex Jay Boy Classic 2014 Winners
April 14, 2014
Venice Beach, CA
Words by Dan Levy. Captions by Joe Hammeke. Photos by Joe Hammeke and Dan Levy
One of the longest running brands in skateboarding, born and raised on the sacred grounds of Venice Beach, Z-Flex continues to support the neighborhood and pulled out all of the stops for the first annual Jay Boy Classic. Jay and some of the most legendary Venice skaters like George Wilson, Marty Grimes, Pat Ngoho, Aaron Scott and Jesse Martinez were on hand to push the new generation kids to their best, and it worked. The contest felt more like a heated session than a contest and, in my opinion, that’s the way it should be. Props to Brad and everyone at Z-Flex for hosting such a great event and we look forward to the next one.
Jay Adams took to the bowl during the Legends of Venice Jam session. Photo: Joe Hammeke
3rd generation Z boy Aaron Scott takes a frontside air over the hip during practice. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Jay Adams was signing boards for eager fans. Photo: Joe Hammeke
The contestants waiting to take their runs during Saturday afternoon’s practice sessions. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Z-Flex ams Oscar Navarro and Malakai Montes put on an amazing doubles routine just before the contest started. . Photo: Joe Hammeke
Jay was handing out boards to the crowd all day long. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Z-Flex am, Rayce Davis, ollies the channel in the small bowl while the contestants practiced in the contest bowl. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Z-Flex am, Liam Mccabe, front hurricanes a rail on the street course. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Z-Flex am Oscar Navarro front feebles a rail on the street course. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Venice Legend, Eric “Tuma” Britton, grinds and announces the contest. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Around 3 o’clock the stands were full and the people of Venice Beach were anxious for the finals to start. Photo: Joe Hammeke
3rd generation Z Boy Pat Ngoho, 2nd gen George Wilson and 3rd gen Aaron Scott, keep a watchful eye as judges and DJ Cesar spins the tunes to keep the crowd hyped. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Spacoli came all the way from Albuquerque, NM, and went home with a second place prize package. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Venice local, Hezekiah Seales, had his own unique bag of tricks including this ski stance double truck grind. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Andrew Miller has many back blunt variations on lock. Here he is about to pop this one to noseblunt and back into the deep and into a 3rd place finish. Photo: Joe Hammeke
The top 8 finalists got hefty prize packages. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Christian Hosoi took to the skies during the legends of Venice Jam Session. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Here are the top 8 finalists and Jay Adams. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Aaron Scott, Jay Adams, Pat Ngoho, George Wilson and Brad Hooker take time out for a crew photo. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Congratulations to Houston TXs Andrew Wallace who won a year long supply of boards on the Z-Flex flow team. Photo: Joe Hammeke
Z-FLEX PRESS RELEASE:
April 12th, 2014, Venice Beach Skatepark was home to the Z-Flex Jay Boy Classic. Created for unsponsored bowl skaters to show their skills, Z-Flex put on the competition to give each entrant the shot at a grand prize of one year flow sponsorship on Z-Flex.
Warm-ups and registration started at 10 am and by 12:30 the 40 slots in the competition were full with hungry bowl skaters from as far away as the United Kingdom. The Z-Flex team, along with numerous legends from the Venice skate scene from past generations, were on hand to set up, skate and judge the event. The 40 riders were cut to eight finalists and during an intense finals heat, Andrew Miller (Scottsdale, AZ), Spacoli (Albuquerque, NM), and Andrew Wallace (Houston, TX) emerged as the top three.
The bleachers were packed and crowds flooded around the bowl to cheer on each finalist. Coming out in front, and taking home the Z-Flex flow sponsorship (along with loads of other prizes from our sponsors), was the winner, Andrew Wallace. Jay Adams was on hand to be the first to congratulate Andrew.
Thanks to everyone that came out to support the event and thanks to the event sponsors: Hurley, Osiris, Tracker, Olloclip, Venice Originals, Vita Coco, Juice Magazine and the Venice Skate Association. See you next year!
- Andrew Wallace
- Andrew Miller
- Royalle Bernstine
- Hezekiah Seales
- Alex Vasques
- Andley Lerma
- Robert Baltazar
PHOTOS BY DAN LEVY
For more information on the Jay Boy Classic and Z-Flex, visit www.zflex.com