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    2023 Spring Fling Skim Jam Recap

    Words: Jason Wilson / Video: Devin Demenezes

    The 2023 Spring Fling presented by Zap Skimboards and Skim USA took place this past weekend at North Jetty Beach in Venice, FL. This annual event is a Skim USA sanctioned amateur skimboarding competition with a professional best trick exhibition that brought out 70 skimboarders, including top professionals from Florida, Delaware, and Mexico!

    With a beautiful 1 foot Gulf Coast summer pulse in the water, the small waves provided nice ramps for airs, varials, and slashes! Local legend Benny Ray and longtime Zap Ambassador Jason Wilson turned it up on the mic and music all day keeping the vibes at an all time high as the amateur skimmers progressed through heats until a mid-day lunch break, raffle, and a very exciting pro best trick battle. The Valencia brothers (Gerardo & Yahir), John Akerman, Zack Carter, Zeke Williams, and Sydney Pizza traded slides for 15 minutes, hucking shuv-its, combinations, and unique airs that made heads spin! In the end, it was returning champion John Akerman who took top honors and a $1000 bonus from Zap Skimboards with a mind blowing 720 Gazelle Spin! We’re talking a clean 720 board spin with a 360 body varial that puts an exclamation point on the innovation that John continues to bring to the game!

    In the amateur rounds, we saw new and veteran locals battle riders from the East Coast all the way to the Panhandle of Florida. Mini champion Gio Tomasi and men’s rider Dylan Duncan continued their win streaks with some of the most progressive and consistent skimboarding of the competition! The female divisions impressed the beach with stylish spins, bashes, and a most notable, skate style no-comply by women’s champion Kate Warrington! The Grandmasters hyped the crowd with energy and classic riding as punk rock music maxed out the PA speakers! Veteran skimmer Wyatt Krapf stomped a clean 540 to edge out team Zap’s newest rider CJ Lugo from Boynton Beach to take first, leaving Drew Fusco and Manasota Beach legend John Chapa scrapping it out for third and fourth. Last but surely not least, we had two awesome competitors in the Legends division, Stig Lindow and Luke O’brien, who put the ultimate stoke in the air with a few epic slides, showing that you can have just as much fun skimboarding at 70 as you can at 7!

    Thank you to everyone who came out to participate, our team, and volunteers that came out and made an extra special day along the shore.

    Sponsors: Sarasota County Parks & Recreation,  Ride Nature, Spice Skate,  Compound Board Shop, Sun Bum, Black Summer Brand, Wind Flight Surf Shop, RDS Surf Hardware, Buffalo Wild Wings, & Composites One


    Jr Women-
    Atleigh Cole
    Madeline Naubert
    Emma Morris
    Giorgio Tomasi
    Deacon Smith
    Ty Risley
    Sumner Smith
    Oliver Kelly
    Curren Clinchard
    Yuan Bonhayag
    Dylan Runge
    Trent Moranda
    Zaniel Cole
    Kate Warrington
    Nicole Phillips
    Emma Gleeson
    Jr Men-
    Will Grady
    Zachary Smith
    Vaughn Miller
    Jacob Riley Smith
    Dylan Duncan
    Graham Shelton
    Diego Heredia
    Walker Hayes
    Sr Men-
    Clay Crozier
    Alex Farrell
    Ryan Stroughton
    Jared Lanteigne
    Zack Victor
    Christopher Trapasso
    Kaleb Perkins
    Coleman Mayfield
    Grand Masters-
    Wyatt Krapf
    Cj Lugo
    Drew Fusco
    John Chapa
    Senior Grandmasters-
    Chip Sanders
    Toby West
    Stig Lindow
    Luke O’brien
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