Words: Liam Dargie.
Photos: Scott Stirrat + Michalene Mazur. (View the full gallery here.)
Video: Jonny Mcdermid.
Aaron Wilmot Backside Disasters.
This past Sunday (25th August) saw the return of the annual Perth jam in Scotland. Returning for its 17th year the sun was out in full force somehow (late August is always a gamble) people had travelled from all over Scotland, we even had people from Spain and Denmark in attendance so I guess we're an international event now! We had a good stack of prizes to give out and the skaters were hungry for it.
We started off with the young guns 13 and under jam. The youth are getting better and better each year with wee Angus from Peterhead coming in first with some killer tranny moves all over the park. The future’s looking real good.
This year we had our first ever girl jam, with them being as young as 6 years old, they all killed it and each got a nice prize pack for coming, hopefully more girls come next year as Perth is the place to be!
With a stacked day of skating to get through next up was the 17 and under comp. Again the youth are getting crazy good at such a young age. With local and traveling rippers killing all spots of the park with an out of town ripper Alex Eldridge taking the top honours and going home with the sweet trophy made by local skate re-cyclists NoComply.
Beanie Alex, Madonna.
Following that we had a new event this year curtesy of Redbull who were most generous with us this year, the Mind The Gap jam. Simple format, two kickers starting with a five foot gap and we push the gap bigger and bigger until the last man standing. Hoping for some good slams but apparently gaps don’t scare people these days with people pinging over it with ease, as the gap got bigger the number of skaters dwindled till we got down to two left at 13ft. Both Gary Winton and Laing Hodson clearing it. Laing then stepped up and cleared 13.5ft. Crazy!
Finally we had the main event, the 18+ category, this year was a bit of a wildcard year due to a few of the usual rippers either being injured or away at less great events (sorry, Perth jam is the best) but with the sun fully beating down the skating turned into a frenzy with tricks going off here, there and everywhere, notable madness from local ripper Gary Winton combining tech flips into mannys and doing pretty much every gap in the park but when the dust settled the coveted Horn trophy was going home with everyone’s favourite shredder Mark Burrows. He was pulling off many of the wild mini ramp-esque combos he's known for, a screaming Bluntslide transfer from the backwall into the mini and last but not least throwing a mega 360 over the bigspin like it was nothing!
Mark Burrows, Layback Air.
So it was another great year for the Jam, a huge thank you to all the sponsors that helped out with prizes (Shiner, Keen, Redbull, 91 Skateboards, FilthyFew, Nocomply, Inkredible Kreations, Horizon Watches and Blazed Shop.) A bigger thank you to everyone for coming and having a great time, it makes the stress of pulling it all together totally worth it, we'll see you next year for the same good times and epic skating!