Wrap Up: Ham-Jam 2011

UPDATE: Added the results and also added another steezy video. 

This past Saturday marked the second annual Ham-Jam in Hamden, CT while also putting an end to the summer skate season here in New England. All is well, though, because the Ham-Jam ended up being a huge success despite a few bumps along the way. As soon as I drove up to the spot on Perry Lane in Hamden I could tell the Ham Jam was going to be a ton of fun. Cars lined both sides of the street on the back side of the hill and hoards of people were moving towards the competition hill. The competition group was diverse, from some very young skaters to some older, more experienced guys the energy all around was high and everyone stoked to be out on such a nice day. The competition got off to a great start right at 11, as planned, but quickly saw the addition of an unexpected competitior: the Hamden Police Department. While at first they were cool with the competition once they saw that everyone was being both polite and safe repeated phone calls from an upset street resident forced them to put an end to the use of the Perry Road location, while it was a bummer their hands were tied; plan “B” was forced into effect.

With only a little confusion almost everyone made their way to the backup competition site (somewhere else in Hamden, a caravan lead us to the new site) and the jam was back on just a little after 12:00. After a few minutes to warm up on the hill the rules were announced: single elimination, only the top 20 moved on to the semi finals and the top 10 (I’m fuzzy on this. Feel free to comment and correct.) moved onto the final round. Josh Wright from NYC ended up with the big W but many others walked away with prizes in hand. There was no official results  list and I unfortunately missed the prizes being handed out, so much beyond that isn’t clear to me. Lots of skaters showed up and wowed both other riders and the crowd including Steve Kong, Norman Plante, Laura Nocka, and Bruce Clark.  Good news, I got the results (shout outs to GnarCakesNSteezeSauce)! They are as follows:

  1. Josh “Wild” Wright (wearing the red t-shirt in our video below)
  2. Norman Plante (wearing a white t-shirt, green wheels)
  3. Steve Kong (wearing a navy blue EarthWing t-shirt skating some dope tech slides)

Familiar names if you were paying attention to the 2nd Annual Central MA Event. Wright made the biggest jump, having placed 4th at the Central MA Event and 1st here, while Norman Plante nudged Kong out of the runner-up spot which they shared at the beginning of August. Other notable skaters included Laura Nocka (who took 2nd for women’s freeride at the Central MA Event), Bruce Clark (3rd at the Central MA Event), Ben DeSnyder, and many more.

Cory Medlar and Bill Steinbacher, both NSA Connecticut State Reps, were on hand shredding hard and reppin’ their beautiful new TR Custom Longboards, the Buffalo Soldier and the Panty Dropper. I’m in the process of talking to both of the guys so we can get some reviews up in the near future. In case you’re wondering, the Buffalo Soldier is the deck featured at the beginning of our video below.

Shout outs to all the excellent riders that came out and showed their stuff. The day was a blast and a great way to cap of an amazing summer of East Coast skating! Another big shout out to Surf-Rodz who constantly show us love and support. Check out the video below for some of the sweet riding we saw.

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