Skate Jam MTV Skate Blowout At A’ala Park

With three of the legendary Z-Boyz judging, Honolulu skaters competed for a chance to appear on MTV


Pumped up by a mix of reggae, rap and rock n’ roll tunes spun by a live DJ, the island’s best skateboarders worked it out at A‘ala Park last Saturday while competing to win the “Lords of Dogtown” Skateboard Jam. Supported by friends and family who encircled the park, the 50 skaters braved the hot afternoon sun and pulled out their best ollie kickouts, back-side nose grinds and front-side flips hoping to impress the celebrity judges.

The famous judges on hand were Jim Muir, Jay Adams and Shogo Kubo, the infamous “ZBoyz,” stars in the skating world. In fact, it was because of these skating legends that this competition was held in the first place. In the 1970s, Muir, Adams and Kubo “pioneered a revolutionary new style of skateboarding.” The Z-Boyz went from being teenage surfers from California to becoming groundbreakers for a more hard-core kind of skateboarding and contributing to something that has now become a form of self expression for many.

A 2002 documentary detailed the story of the “Z-Boyz” and on June 3 Sony Pictures is releasing the Hollywood version as a major motion picture. In honor of the movie, the Lords of Dogtown Skateboard Jam was held in a total of 34 locales around the country, including Honolulu. Video footage of the 34 winners will be reviewed by Sony personnel, who will then pick three finalists to compete live on MTV’s show TRL for a chance to win a 50- inch Sony Wega Plasma HDTV.


Nate Nahina earned big
cheers for this move off
the fence

Winning the Honolulu competition was a nice early birthday present for Dyson Ramones, who turned 20 two days later. Ramones showed off his moves for the judges, impressing them with a 360- degree flip and riding his board over the rails with the ease of a professional. Originally from Mililani, Ramones is a competition veteran and made the trip from his current home in California to “rip it up” at A‘ala park. Having skated at the park as a young boy, Ramones said it was nice to come back there and see so many skaters come out. While he is excited to be among the other 33 semi-finalists, Ramones said the best part of the contest for him was to see everyone come out and support skateboarding.

“It was really fun,” he said.

Nate Nahina, 18, of Wahiawa, has also been in his share of skating contests. While he didn’t for place in the top three last weekend, he did sprout cheers from the crowd when he successfully completed a dive move with his board off of the park’s fence. Nahina said he hasn’t had much time to skate lately and was glad to dust off his board.


Mililani native Dyson Ramones came home from California to win the competition

Daniel Glassman-Vinci: skating into the future
“As long as he wants it, I support it,” David said. Though he didn’t start skating as young as David, 12-yearold Daniel Glassman-Vinci of Manoa showed he was just as talented by doing a hand-stand on his board in front of Judge Adams. Glassman-Vinci said he felt at ease because he knew most of the other skaters and felt the positive vibe of the event. He remembered skating for the first time at age 5 and loves so many things about it. “I like how you can express yourself and show who you really are,” he said.

Donovan Yonamine balances on the tail
Both Kubo and Muir, who are still active skaters, also believe the sport is a positive activity for both young and old. Kubo and Muir were happy to see the skating community come together and feel the enthusiasm towards the event. Both are hopeful that through the awareness of the competitions and the anticipated success of the movie that in the future more skate parks will pop-up around the island. “Skateboarding isn’t a crime. People thought it was a bad idea 20 years ago,” Kubo says. Andrea Galvin, a local representative for Sony Pictures, agreed that the sport is growing on Oahu. At the park, Galvin was enthusiastic that the city had allowed for a temporary graffiti wall to be put up, on which several graffiti artists could get creative. “The city really came out and gave its support,” said Galvin. All the skaters went home with prizes, including tickets to the premiere of the Lords of Dogtown movie.

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