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UPDATE: Thrasher Names Milton Martinez 2019’s Skater of the Year

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You know the year is coming to a close when Thrasher opens the Skater of the Year poll. We’re refraining from making a final prediction until we’re able to watch Baker 4; but Mark Suciu, Tiago Lemos, Carlos Ribeiro, and Miles Silvas are on our short list of most deserving. View all of the contenders here.

UPDATE 12.06.19: Not our top choice of who put it down the hardest in 2019; but there’s no denying that the kickflip into the Sunset Car Wash Bank will go down in history as one of the gnarliest things done this decade. And for that alone, Milton Martinez deserves this year’s Skater of the Year trophy. Check Thasher’s official announcement below.

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UPDATE 12.05.19: Milton Martinez is definitely a frontrunner for this year’s SOTY for obvious reasons. Listen to his take on 2019 below.

UPDATE 12.04.19: Thrasher announced the 2019 SOTY finalists this evening. It came down to Tiago Lemos, Ronnie Sandoval, Sammy Baca, Nora Vasconcellos, Milton Martinez, Mark Suciu, and Justin Figueroa. We’ll see how this all plays out. But we can’t help but notice that there’s one person on the list that clearly doesn’t belong, and is holding down a spot that should have been Carlo Ribeiro’s. Hopefully Tiago, Suciu, or Silvas don’t get robbed when the winner is announced. Check out he finalists edit and Figgy’s Hell of a Year episode below.

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UPDDATE 12.03.19: As mentioned previously, we would not be mad if Mile Silvas won SOTY this year. His switch backside heel down Wallenberg, and switch flip into the fountain at Embarcadero, are two of the most memorable tricks of 2019. Check out his highlights, and hear his thoughts on who should take home this year’s trophy below.

UPDATE 11.28.19: The below recap along with this edit of his 2019 iPhone footage is a reminder of why Mark Suciu will likely be this year’s SOTY. But it ain’t over until the bronze trophy is in someone’s hand. And there’s still at least another week for parts to drop to sway the decision. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 11.27.19: This year, Thrasher is talking to some of the people in the running to get recaps of their year, and thoughts on who should take home the 2019 SOTY trophy. We’ll continue to update as these “Hell of a Year” videos are released leading up to the finalists announcement. Watch Ronnie Sandoval, Carlos Ribeiro, and Ishod Wair below. 

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Sixth Avenue Skatepark to Host Punk Rock and Paintbrushes Exhibit

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Sixth Avenue Skatepark will be hosting Punk Rock and Paintbrushes art and photography exhibit on September 5 from 3:00-8:00 pm.

The event will feature the works of Blair Alley, Ray Barbee, Paul Kobriger, Jason Adams, Mark de Salvo, Christian Hosoi, Sean Cliver, and Brandon Novak.

Trevor Keith of Face to Face will be performing during the event.

This event is free and open to the public although the organizers request attendees to RSVP to not exceed capacity.

Punk Rock and Paintbrushes will also have a VIP event on September 4 with Brandon Novak and Christian Hosoi. This will be held in Gladwell Guitars on Woodland Street. Ticket prices range from $40-$100 and can be purchased here.

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Watch Unlock the Spot Albuquerque Highlights

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Mariah Duran returns to her hometown in Albuquerque, NM to “unlock” the Civic Plaza for an open skate jam for local skaters. Watch the highlights below.

Mariah was stoked about opening the Civic Plaza to skating for the event as she narrated how they would get kicked out of the place when they were skating there before. She also talked about how the community shaped her into the skateboarder that she is.

The Unlock the Spot in Albuquerque featured cash-for tricks and an open skate jam for the local skaters.

This is the third stop of Unlock the Spot organized by Mtn Dew as part of their “Skateboarding is Unstoppable” campaign. The series of events takes place in Mtn Dew Athlete’s hometowns. Each event would give local skaters a chance to shred spots that are otherwise off-limits to skating.

The fourth Unlock the Spot will be this Sunday at Gilham Park in Kansas City, MO with Sean Malto.

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The first of the series kicked off last July 3 at Hula Lakeside, Burlington, Vermont with Chris Colbourn. The second one was at the Recreation Park in El Segundo, California with Theotis Beasly.

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Mtn Dew’s “Unlock the Spot” Next Stop is in Albuquerque, NM

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Join Mariah Duran and Mtn Dew as they “unlock” the Civic Plaza for an open skate jam with local skaters on July 17 from 11 am to 3 pm. This is the third “Unlock the Spot” event organized by Mtn Dew.

Skate content creator Lamon Holt will also attend the event.

The Unlock the Spot events feature Mtn Dew’s skate team members returning to their hometowns. Together with the locals, they skate in spots in their town that are otherwise off-limits to skating. The series will culminate with the Summer Dew Tour in Des Moines, Iowa on July 29-30.

Watch the highlights of the recent Unlock the Spot in El Segundo, California with Theotis Beasley.

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