5 Contest DON’Ts

After having entered and judged a countless number of contests, I have compiled a small list of some of the most looked down upon tricks that could cost you that spot on the podium.

1.  Pressure Flips

They died out in the 90s for a reason.  Unless you are Nate Sherwood, you need to give these things a rest.  Actually, even he needs to forget how to do them.


2.  “Fatty to Flattys”

Fatty to Flatty

Fatty to Flatty

See that ramp that everyone else is landing in?  It was put there for a reason.  We get it, you are just too cool for that other ramp.


3.  Pop Shuv-It Tailgrabs

Real flip tricks aren’t your thing?  That’s totally cool, but don’t go flinging your board around, grabbing it and putting it back under your feet thinking you can get away with it.  Learn real tricks.


4.  Benihanas



“They look so cool,” said the longboarders and scooter kids standing around.  Contrary to their belief, they don’t look that cool.  The benihana falls under the “circus trick” umbrella.   There is even an Instagram account dedicated to showcasing the atrocity that is the benihana.


5.  Fly-Outs

Fly Out


While the rest of this list can be argued over, no one likes fly-outs.  These are the red-headed stepchildren of the “Fatty to Flatty.”  We’ve all been snaked by that one person who just wants to see how many decks he can air over coming out of the bowl onto flat.  Give it up kids, land back in that tranny!


These words may sound harsh, but we are just trying to help!  Remove these tricks form your contest run arsenal, and you will thank us later.

Roll Like Chris Cole Contest

With the way he skates these days who wouldn’t want to roll like Chris Cole? Tech skills, contest success, and solid video parts are all synonymous with Chris’s name. With this in mind we teamed up with DC to bring you our “Roll Like Chris Cole” contest giveaway. Anyone who buys DC product will be automatically entered to win one of three Chris Cole prize packages.

Here’s a quick video review of the DC Chris Cole S by Ambush Board Co. team rider Jay Jay Patterson.

Follow on Twitter: @BuySkateShoes @DCshoes @JPIvey (Jay Jay Patterson)

Johnny Romano Skate Jam: Skateboarding’s Largest Non-Profit Fundraising Event

This past Saturday concluded the 15th annual Johnny Romano Skate Jam at Southside Skatepark in Houston. This event is skateboarding’s largest non-profit fundraising event and has raised over $650,000 over the years for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The event is the brainchild of Houston native and skateboarder Damien Hebert. “In 14 years we have raised over $650,000 for Make-A-Wish thus directly effecting about 130 kids in making their wishes come true!” Herbert explains. “The great thing about Make-A-Wish is year after year this chapter puts over 93% to 95% of the money raised directly into the wishes for these wonderful children.”

Pros and ams came out on Sunday to participate in best trick contests, skate with the kids, and hang out. All winnings were donated to charity. It’s always great to see skateboarding give back.

Highlights from the day can be seen here.

Ben Hatchell

Bank To Wall
Evan Smith

Felipe Gustavo


Just In: Pudwill on Nixon

Nixon is proud to announce the newest addition of pro skater Torey Pudwill to the Nixon team. The current Nixon skate team unanimously voted Torey on and he now joins the likes of Tony Hawk, Paul Rodriguez, Andrew Reynolds, Bob Burnquist, Colin McKay, Danny Way, Ryan Sheckler and Rick McCrank.

Nixon skater, Colin McKay expresses, “I’m stoked to have Torey on Nixon because he is simply one of the raddest individuals in all of skateboarding.”

Torey started his skating career in Simi Valley at Old Shorty’s skatepark, gaining more and more recognition as the years passed. A video clip surfaced online, and Torey became an instant success with his innovative style and technique prowess. Paul Rodriguez and Colin McKay urged the addition of Torey to the Nixon skate lineup and brought him up and onto the team.

With his own solo video, Big Bang, Torey has set himself on the map as one of the most high-powered skaters out there. Focused now on filming, Torey is currently training and pushing the limits as a strong and successful skater. ” – via



For the month of November we at are giving away one Nixon watch a week. Buy any Nixon watch to automatically be entered to win!


Get Weird With SLAP Mag and SPITFIRE

Filming this weekend? Get creative. SLAP Skateboard Magazine and Spitfire wants you to get “spooky, weird, gnarly, and tech”. Go out and film your crew decked in Halloween costumes for a chance to win a bunch of Spitfire swag. For more info and rules check out the SLAP site. We at can’t wait to see the submissions for this…

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