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UPDATE: Jesse Vieira Released From Prison in Wake of Mistrial

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Yesterday, NBC Bay Area released footage of an altercation that occurred on November 25 between Dan Jensen, a 57-year-old security guard at San Francisco’s Black Rock, and a group of eight skaters.

Jesse Vieira, age 24 and from Stockton Calif., has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly striking Jensen in the head with his skateboard during the skirmish. Jensen sustained serious injuries that resulted in part of his brain and skull being removed.



Vieira’s defense is claiming that Jensen started the fight, and Vieira was acting in self-defense. The Pizza skateboards pro got the cover of Thrasher in August with his kickflip 50-50 down the Powell Street Bart rail, which was the ender in GX1000’s Roll Up.

We’ll continue to update as this story unfolds.

UPDATE 06.11.19: In what will be the final update of a story that we’ve been following for six months, we’re happy to report that Jesse Vieira has been released from prison in the wake of last month’s mistrial verdict as evidenced by the below photo posted on Instagram this afternoon.

While the entire situation is very unfortunate; it appears that justice has prevailed.

UPDATE 05.07.19: San Francisco ABC 7 is reporting that the jury in the Jesse Vieira case was deadlocked, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial.

It is now up to the district attorney’s office must now decide if they will refile or dismiss the charges. “We are currently evaluating how best to proceed,” said Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the office, in this article published by SF Gate after the verdict.

For now, Vieira will walk away a free man.

UPDATE 04.26.19: Here’s a news report from earlier this week with additional details about 911 calls made by a security guard the day before.

UPDATE 02.16.19: Based on its updated team page and online store, Pizza appears to have severed ties with Vieira.

*Editor’s Note:  Pizza has updated its website, and the team section now includes Vieira again.

UPDATE 01.30.19: A GoFundMe was set up last night by Vieira’s girlfriend in support of his legal defense. You can read more about the current status of his situation below.

*Editor’s Note: Since our last update, the GoFundMe has been taken down. But a new fundraiser was set up on a different platform. We’ve updated the links accordingly.

Hi, I’m Allison, Jesse’s girlfriend, Jesse’s family and I are creating this gofundme in an effort to further support Jesse with his legal expenses. All the donations will go directly to Jesse’s legal fees. 

Jesse has been involved in an unfortunate incident and while the situation is horrible for more than just himself, those of us who love and care about Jesse is here to do what we can to provide that Jesse is cared for.

We ask for assistance with the cost of legal fees. We feel it is important that Jesse has proper legal representation as he proceeds through the trial phase of his case. Jesse is currently being represented by Douglas Rappaport, a top criminal defense lawyer, and we hope to ensure that Jesse continues to be represented by him, but we need your help.

Jesse is a kind, humble, gentle, passionate man. He has a huge heart and cares so much about his friends and family.

This is a horrible time for so many but we ask that everyone come together and show support for Jesse as he moves through this difficult time. Anything and everything is appreciated. We hope that truth and justice will prevail.

You can view a news report about the incident below.

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Watch the Tampa Am Highlights Here

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Here is what went down during the semis and finals of Tampa Am.

Daiki Ikeda from Tokyo, Japan won the 2022 Tampa Am. He is the younger brother of Daisuke who also won Tampa Am back in 2018.

Now in its 28th year, Tampa Am is considered a gateway into professional skateboarding. Many previous Tampa Am winners like Nyjah Huston, Felipe Gustavo, Ryan Decenzo, and Luan Oliveira are now professional skateboarders.

Aside from the main street skating contest, there were also side events such as the Concrete Jam bowl contest and the Independent Best Trick session. Tampa Am also featured concerts and art exhibits to celebrate the full diversity of skateboarding culture.

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Watch Battle 1 of the Queen of MACBA 2

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It’s Rooz Zwetsloot vs. Giovana Dias in the first Queen of MACBA 2 Battle.

Queen of Macba is a game of SKATE where anything in the plaza count (ledge, stairs etc…). It’s one attempt each until the word MACBA is spelled out. Spots must be alternated when in command, so you can’t pick the same spot two times in a row. The defence has 2 tries and 3 tries on the last letter. The picnic table must be used one time in the game.

Roos Zwetsloot won this battle. Watch out for more Queen of MACBA battles here.

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Daiki Ikeda Wins Tampa Am 2022

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Japanese Skateboarder Daiki Ikeda was hailed as the winner in the 2022 Tampa Am at the Skatepark of Tampa, Tampa, Florida on November 13.

The 16-year-old skateboarder from Tokyo previously won two of the four stops of the Damn Am Series, the qualifying contest for Tampa Am.

Ginwoo Onodera from Yokohoma, Japan and Lazer Crawford of Glendale, Arizona joined him at the podium for second and third place respectively.

Here is Daiki’s winning run for the 28th Annual Tampa Am.

The winners for the minor events are as follows.

  • Mob G for Effort – Wesley Box
  • Skater XL Trick of the Weekend – Raimu Sasaki
  • Zumiez Destroyer – Cordano Russel
  • Independent Best Trick – JhanCarlos Gonzalez
  • Madness Concrete Jam – Nick Papa
  • Welcome to Town Bowl Jam – Logan Mozey

Watch the Tampa Am 2022 Finals below.

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