The fifth annual TransWorld Skateboarding Awards were held on Thursday, May 22 at the John Anson Ford theatre in Hollywood--a nice outdoor venue with lame security guards (what else is new?). These awards things are generally the same thing year after year with different people, but they're always good for seeing old friends, adding some photos to the collection and checking out a good video. This year was no exception on all counts. The nominations and awards went like this:
Street Skater Of The Year
nominations were Mark Appleyard, Eric Koston and Geoff Rowley. Appleyard took the cake.
Vert Skater Of The Year
nominations were Bob Burnquist, Rune Glifberg and Danny Way. In the words of emcee Dave Swift, "It's about time...Danny Way."
Reader's Choice Favorite Skater
nominations were Mark Appleyard, Andrew Reynolds and Jamie Thomas. Jamie took the award home with him.
Video Of The Year
nominations were Coliseum Skate Shop--P.J. Ladds Wonderful Horrible Life; Flip--Sorry and Zero--Dying To Live. Flip took home the top honors for their much-anticipated video (one of few videos that actually lived up to the hype).
Best Video Part Of The Year
nominations went out to P.J. Ladd for his part in Wonderful Horrible Life; Geoff Rowley for his part in Sorry and Arto Saari, also for his part in Sorry. As expected, P.J. won.
Nominations for Team Of The Year
were Flip, Girl and Zero. Flip won the battle of the four letter words.
Rookie Of The Year
choices were Chris Cole, P.J. Ladd and Paul Rodriguez. Paul claimed it and took it on home.
The Year-End Awards
for last year's World Cup contest series went to Rodil Jr. for street, Andy MacDonald for vert and overall, Amy Caron for girl's street and Jen O'Brien for girl's vert.
One of the highlights of the evening was watching Duane Peters & The Hunns play an intense set of seven songs in the midst of all the niceties. As one observer put it, "That band has everythingҗt#%s, fire and chaos." The band played because Duane won the Legend Award and he didn't want to just get up there and accept an award--he's more about having a real reason to be there, so they gave him one.
The last part of the night was the premiere of Free Your Mind, the new TWS video. Featuring parts from Darrel Stanton, Dan Drehobl and Rob Welsh, the video is as good as expected--even though the hokey taxi-driver parts from Tony Trujillo, Henry Sanchez and Frank Gerwer slowed it down a little. Bummer that there was no Gonz part, but it was still a good flick to top off a fun evening.