Z-FLEX 2015 JAY BOY CLASSIC
Z-FLEX 2015 JAY BOY CLASSIC
Last Saturday the 23rd saw Z-Flex host the 2nd Annual Jay Boy Classic in the birth place of the brand: Venice Beach, California. The beach front skate park was the perfect location to celebrate Jay’s life and all he did for modern day skateboarding.
The event kicked off with a bowl jam that hosted 3 divisions; 0-13 / 14-17 / 18+ and was an open invitational event for anyone to sign up and compete for bragging rights and over $2000 in prizes from our participating sponsors. We had more competitors in this portion of the day than last years event total. Judging the event were Gen 3 Z-Boyz Butch Sterbins, Jeff Ramos and Joe Contreras. Check out the division winners below.
Following the bowl jam the pool was opened up for Jay’s peers to come down and participate in the events celebrations. The Masters Jam consisted of past Z-Boyz: Pat Ngoho, Marty Grimes and Eric ‘Tuma’ Britton. Also diving in were Steve Olsen, Salba, Dave Hackett, Tony Magnusson, Bennet Harrada, Tonan and Adam Paul. Talk about crowd favorites, these guys stole the show, they created an electric atmosphere around the skate park as it filled up and set the stage for the main event to come next.
By about 3:30 the skate park was absolutely crammed, as upwards of 1000 people packed the outside of the park and in some areas the crowds were 5 people deep. The Invitational Cash Grab attracted some of So Cal’s most iconic amateur skateboarders; Willy Lara, Chris Gregson, Shaun Ross and Alex Sorgente to name a few and of course the whole Z-Flex team and their possies from all over the west coast represented .
An 8ft x 8ft free standing trick board displayed 25 tricks that had a cash value associated to each. Starting with 5 tricks form the 70’s the cash grab was on. 3-4 skaters in the bowl at one time going all out for the loot. Progressing through from the 70’s through to the 80’s and then into the longest/highest category.
By this time nobody was leaving the bleachers, and the crowd continued to pile in. Pat Ngoho managed to roll away from an 11 1/2 block rock and slide, earning him a cheeky $120 bones. After the longest/highest we finished the event with a best trick in three sections of the bowl. Mason Merlino’s backside nose blunt – backside revert was the trick that won it in the shallow. Charlie Blair stuck a blunt kick flip to fakie to take the money from the hip and he managed to swoop the best trick in the deep with a Salflip to fakie to end the invitational cash grab for the first year.
That left us with one final portion of the event and a very important one at that; The Osiris ‘Spirit of Jay Award’. Tracy Adams was on deck to present this award to the skater who embodied the aggression, style and attitude that Jay lived his life by. Will Lara, Malibu local and Venice skate park regular walked away on cloud 9 with the hand crafted recycled guitar from Prisma Guitars.
Will Lara rewarded with a custom axe by Prisma Guitars for his Rock and Roll approach to skateboarding and taking out the with the Osiris Shoes ‘Spirit of Jay Award’.
Alongside the swarms of competitors and rowdy spectators were a lucky few who had won an all expenses paid trip to take in the JBC action. Mark Tarango got his start by submitting the winning Instagram clip to @zflexskateboards and hash tagging #JBCgoldenticket (Check out our Instagram to view his epic entry that won him the experience.) Joining Mark at Venice Beach were a few of our beloved skate retailers who were rewarded for their commitment to the brand.
Everyone in attendance had an amazing day from the groms, masters, am’s, accounts, promo winners and spectators. Those who didn’t take home prizes certainly took home a smile, and we thank you all for playing your part.
A massive thanks and special mention goes out to our event sponsors, who made the event the huge success that it was, our 2015 sponsorship partners were:
Osiris shoes www.osirisshoes.com
ACE Trucks www.diamondsupplyco.com/ace-trucks
Diamond Supply Company www.diamondsupplyco.com
Maui and Sons www.mauiandsons.com/us/
Prisma Guitars www.prismaguitars.com
Grizzly Grip www.grizzlygriptape.com
Black Flys www.blackflysusa.com
Venice Originals www.veniceoriginals.com
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES JAYBOY! AND SEE YOU ALL AT NEXT YEARS JAY BOY CLASSIC!
Keep scrolling for all the images of the day, also check out #jayboyclassic2015 to see some more action from the event
If 10 am seemed an early to start, DJ Cesar was there with a stack of vinyl to wake you up and get you shakin.
Desmond Shephard dominated the 13 and under division with huge backside airs and even a 540 at the buzzer, spin it to win it.
Andrew Miller was one of our top 3 to finalists last year. He returned with another impressive showing. Making it to 2nd place in 18 and over.
Venice local Hezekiah was a crowd favorite in 2014 with his crazy style and bag of unique tricks, and he was in fine form again this year. One footed grinds for days!
Thanks to all of our sponsors listed above, there were stacks of prizes to dish out for the amateur divisions. Z-Flex Core Cruisers were a sought after commodity.
Riley Stevens truly embodies the Jay Adams vibe, does his own thing, overly hyperactive, skate rat and charges on the board at all times.
Product tosses were going on throughout the day.
Nick Riviera with an in your face front feeble.
Eric ‘Tuma’ Britton was your host and announcer for the day. He kept the crowd hyped and informed of Venice/Z boy skate history.
Jordan “Red” Toledo boosts a madonna in the 18 and over division.
The bowl was surrounded by the time 18 and over was midway through.
Hezekiah back again with a “Psycho Grind” a trick Jay Adams invented.
Last years “sponsorship for a year” winner Andrew Wallace aka Sleevesburger was back again. No need to defend his title, we are gonna keep him anyway. He rips!
Desmond Shephard’s homie came up on a sweet Venice Originals Tee.
Dave Duncan and Eric ‘Tuma’ Britton your announcers for the Masters Jam and Cash Grab invitational.
Steve Olson arrived in style
The legends came from all corners of the globe including Ramon Santiago from Puerto Rico.
Olson carving and grinding full speed ahead four wheels down.
Pat Ngoho (Generation 3 Z-Boy) at 53 is the definition of style, an accomplished artist who travels on Hurley’s “Love and Guts” series plus has more energy than most kids half his age. I think we will be seeing him a bit later on.
Bennett Harada puts his Ace Trucks to the coping and slides this front side grind to fakie.
Dave Hackett in the early stages of the…
Hackett Slash! www.hackettslash.com Hackett was the honorary judge for best slash grind. Shaun Ross took the cash on that one.
Hackett and Olson
Play follow the leader
By the time masters was midway through the crowd was quite substantial.
Osiris company owner, sponsor of Jay Adams and professional skateboarder Tony Magnusson lays down a smith grind.
Venice local Sasquatch with a barefoot layback air.
Tuma not only announced the entire contest but he also got some grinds in during the legend jam
Pedal to the Metal Dave Duncan knows how to get the party started.
Dave Hackett, double trucking on a backside grind.
Tony Magnusson back again with a front side ollie
Salba has grinded more pool coping than anyone alive.
The casualties of war.
He’s gonna be alright
You gotta pay to play
If you want blood, you got it.
The Cash Grab division showed tribute to the tricks Jay originated in the 70′s along with some OG tricks from the 80′s. The ‘Longest and Highest’ category paid on number of coping blocks covered. In the Spirit of Jay, the skaters were forced to give it their all and push their tricks to the limit in order to take the cash.
The cash grab started off with a series of Jay’s most known tricks. Here is Sky Siljig with a flyaway invert.
Willy Lara spins a full cab for $100
Chris Gregson with a nose grind over the hip
A fierce battle for longest 5-0 Oscar Navarro going for it
Riley Stevens was in there too
Willy Lara with a Jay Boy salute
Alex Sorgente going the distance.
Chris Gregson powering through.
In the end it was Gregson, Sorgente and Lara with a 3 way tie each getting $70 for grinding 7 blocks.
Adrian Hernandez with a long fs 5-0 for fun.
Then it was time for the Board slide battle. Willy Lara charging.
But in the end it was the Master Pat Ngoho with an 11.5 block long slide.
Willy Lara going for biggest backside ollie while Riley Stevens rolls beneath.
Z-Flexer Haden McKenna trying his luck with the longest backside Ollie. Puttin his new Heiroglyph Deck on display for the crowd.
Willy Lara going for biggest front side Ollie
The crowd was hyped
Robbie Russo casual one footed fs 5-0
Oscar Navarro revealed the nollie nose block in the best trick in the deep end section. Oscars sled of choice is the ‘Code Deck’ form the new Z-Flex ‘Dead Language’ series.
Sky Siljig was ready for battle when the longest front board was called out
But in the end it was Shaun Ross who slid front side the furthest
Robbie Russo heating up the shallow pocket best trick with a no comply tail slide
Gary Bolos going for best trick in the shallow with a one footed egg plant on the newly released Jay Adams Master Crafted V2 Deck
Mason Merlino took it with the backside nose blunt backside revert.
Chris Gregson kickflip front D in the shallow pocket best trick session.
Oscar Navarro Keep on Truckin
Riley Stevens keeping the stoke alive.
Mason Merlino battled this front blunt for a while but in the end emerged victorious and took the cash.
Charlie Blair best trick on the hip with a blunt kickflip fakie.
Chris Gregson boosts a huge kickflip tail grab in the deep.
Piracy Piracymusic.net guitarist Sky Stern got this poster signed by everyone in attendance. He’s gonna send it to Seven Adams who is on the North Shore and was unable to make it this year.
1. Desmond Shepard
2. Mile Dalnso
3. Bolton Bailey
1. Julian Torres
2. Andley Lerma
3. Jarred Albright
4. Jesse Papik