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SPoT Announces New Schedule for Damn Am Japan



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Damn Am Japan is rescheduled for September 23-25 at the Murakami City Skatepark. It was initially set for August 5-7 but had to be moved because of COVID restrictions in the country.

Unlike the other legs of the series, Damn Am Japan will have men’s and women’s disciplines.

The top 12 men automatically qualify for Tampa Am Saturday Qualifier and the winner will receive $500 and a straight shot to the Tampa Am Semi-Finals.

The top 6 women automatically qualify for the 2023 SPoT Women’s Open and the winner will receive $500.

Meanwhile, the New York leg of the series will push through as scheduled on September 9-10 at the LES Coleman Oval Skatepark.

Daiki Ikeda won in the first two Damn Am events held in LA and the Netherlands.

The Damn Am is a global amateur skateboarding contest series that serves as the pathway to Tampa Am. Over 10,000 skaters have participated in Damn Am events since its inception in 2001 including most of today’s top pros. 

To qualify for Damn Am, a skater must meet any ONE of the following criteria:

  • Prior participation in Damn Am / Tampa Am events
  • Support and backing of established industry brands
  • Footage showing ability and skill that we think could be potentially enough to place in the top 12

Registration is now open for both the New York and Japan legs of the series.

The Tampa Am will be held on November 10-13 at the Skatepark of Tampa. Those who did not qualify for this event via the Damn Am can still try their luck via the “Last Chance Open” on November 11. Interested participants must register here. They must meet certain criteria set by the organizers to be accepted.

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The Berrics is Moving to a New Location



The Berrics officially announced that they are moving into a new location.

What becomes of the home of The Berrics for 12 years? The skatepark was set for demolition as seen in the video above. However the skate company will be saving and signing pieces of concrete from the site to give a chance to the fans to own a piece of skateboarding history.

The Berrics has partnered with ABD Collectibles for this project. You can pre-order the memorabilia here.

Each piece will be housed in an epoxy cube and will come with a QR code that will identify exactly where in the park the piece is from, and with what went down at the spot.

The Berrics has yet to announce where the new location will be.

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Independent Trucks Launch New Collab Helmet and Pads Collection



Triple Eight / 187 Killer Pads and Independent Trucks have teamed up to create the new Independent Trucks helmet and pads collection. 

This collaboration features Triple Eight’s Certified Sweatsaver Helmet and 187 Killer Pads Combo & Six Packs, now available at your nearest skate shop.

Independent Trucks also dropped a new 3-minute skate edit featuring the collection. Watch the next-level vertical skateboarding at Tony Hawk’s ramp with Tom Schaar, Bryce Wettstein, Liam Pace, Reese Nelson and a follow-cam from Chris Gregson.


187 Killer Pads has been designing and constructing pads for top professionals for the past decade. Started by a long-time skater in a family-owned upholstery shop, 187 Killer Pads has become the preferred choice of skaters worldwide. With its visionary designs and revolutionary systems, 187 Killer Pads continues to raise industry standards and improve protective gear.


Triple Eight was born on the streets of New York City.  Its first helmet hit the pavement in 1995. The brand has been developing rugged, stylish protective gear for action sports ever since.

Independent Trucks. 2023 November 7.  Independent Trucks Launch New Helmet and Pads Collection with Triple Eight & 187 Killer Pads [Press Release]

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Voting Now Open for ‘Let’s Move Street Challenge’ Fan Favorite Awards



Fans around the world are invited to watch the Let’s Move Street Challenge and have their say by voting for their favorite video entries in the ‘fan favorite’ awards.

The Let’s Move Street Challenge invited people everywhere to showcase their best moves and creative skills across a host of award categories in BMX, breaking and skateboarding by sharing a video of up to 30 seconds. Thousands entered from all corners of the world.

Tens of thousands have already cast their vote on, with voting closing on 12 November.

Aside from the fan favorite award, 21 winners will be awarded an all-access trip to the Olympic Qualifier Series in Shanghai.

Judges include BMX rider Nina Buitrago (USA), Skateboarder Jean-Baptiste Gillet (France) and B-Girl Narumi (Japan).

All the winners will be announced during a one-off show on 12 November that will bring together athletes and fans from BMX, breaking and skateboarding in a celebration of these sports and the incredible stories and communities that surrounds them.

Fans can join a live chat to share their thoughts and reactions to the winners and have the chance to win exclusive Let’s Move Street Challenge merchandise.

The Olympic Let’s Move Street Challenge Awards show will be streaming on on Sunday, 12 November, at 7 p.m. CET.

The Let’s MoveStreet Challenge aims to inspire and enable young people to embrace the joy of movement and a more active lifestyle by practising urban sports.

It builds on the successes of the IOC’s Let’s Move initiative, launched on Olympic Day 2023 following the World Health Organization’s finding that one in four adults and over 80 per cent of young people do not meet the recommended minimum activity levels needed for optimum health.

Two of the barriers to physical activity most often cited by young people are ability and access. Sports, including BMX, breaking and skateboarding, are often accessible, inclusive and community-driven.

Through this competition, the IOC wants to inspire and enable more young people to move using urban sport.

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