*It was a cool rainy day in March, and it was a Saturday that Los Angeles can remember.
There was sported exhilaration, speeding jumps and boyish, athletic saunter. There was movement, and the invincibleness of youth. Plus, there was hip-hop and Rock swagger in the house sheltered from the rain, under one roof at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
As Skate Wars Productions LLC marked its move toward dominance in the skateboarding industry and towards popularity of skateboarding in mainstream athletic entertainment, they did it with support from hip-hop and rock stars, including Soulja Boy along with Rick Thorne and The Good Guys in Black, among others. They also did it with support of organizations city wide, who sponsored youth to attend SK8 Wars, the skateboarding Urban battles AM Tour.
The musical performances at SK8 Wars Urban Battles AM Tour, 2012 were a diverse Hip-Hop and Rock mix. SK8 Wars Urban Battles AM Tour, 2012 was an example of the changing face of urban culture and skateboard enthusiast; evolved past the former renegade punk image, however still wild and fun. Different too, is the organization’s mission.
“It’s all about the kids,” SK8 Wars Productions LLC, event coordinator, Kimberly Lamar said. “We’ve been paying attention to the youth and we’ve watched as extreme sports have grown in interest. We thought it was time to showcase what we’ve seen,” she said.
SK8 Wars productions and its affiliates sponsored over 100 hundred kids to attend SK8 Wars Urban Battles AM Tour, 2012.
When a host of popular stars showed to the L.A. Sports Arena, they helped to mark the beginning of a new excitement in urban Los Angeles. SK8 Wars Urban Battles AM tour’s producers said “SK8 Wars is more than just a competition. It’s a movement.”
Although, the sport of skateboarding hasn’t always had the best reputation for its participants, the staff at SK8 Wars Productions have set out to highlight what’s positive about this sport; it’s athleticism. They set out to shine a light on unrecognized athletes in the community who demonstrate physical discipline and artistry using their skateboards, while providing a platform for them to develop and share their talents with each other and their communities.
“There is already true inner city skating talent in Los Angeles, and the annual SK8 Wars competition will spotlight them,” Founder of SK8 Wars, William Lamar said.
What Inspired SK8 Wars Urban Battles AM Tour
Despite the stereotype that blacks aren’t good at extreme sports like swimming, skiing and skateboarding; SK8 Wars’ founders, were impressed with the popularity of these activities and the skill level of blacks participating in extreme activities abroad. An initiative of Skate Wars Productions LLC is to encourage variety in athletic expression in urban youths, while encouraging health and physical activity.
Among the benefits the founders of SK8 Wars Urban Battles AM Tour move to support:
- A thrilling sport that fosters camaraderie and outdoors physical activity.
- Organized sportsmanship for skateboarding athletes.
- Athletic Scholarships
- Interest in extreme sports
- Training and support
- A variety of fun alternatives to urban delinquency
- Lifetime healthy friendships
- Sportive prestige
About SK8 Wars Urban Battles AM Tour, 2012
SK8 Wars Urban Battles AM Tour is the largest skateboarding competition and hip-hop and rock concert of 2012. SK8 Wars, 2012 judges included, professional skateboard legends ~ Anthony Mosley, Gold winner X Games, 2006, Jake Brown; Pep Williams, Sal Barbier and Fabian Alomar. Among the festivities were hot performances by musical artists; headliner, Soulja Boy, The New Boyz, Rick Thorne & Good Guys in Black, The Ranger$, Stredford End, Da Wonder Broz, DJ Reflex and Brian James.
SK8 Wars Urban Battles Am Tour, 2012 Hosts: Actor, Darris Love and co-host R&B singer, Asia Shabazz. First Place winner: Carlos Lastia, of Longbeach; Second Place winner, Justin Smolenski, of Springfield, Illinois; Third Place winner, Jordan Maxham, of Los Angeles.
SK8 Wars Urban Battles AM Tour, 2012 was a mix of hip-hop with rock performances in one arena. Professional skateboarders judged contestants who competed for $5,000 in cash and prizes. SK8 Wars Urban Battles AM Tour, 2012 marked the beginning of a new excitement in L.A. as urban Los Angeles proved interest in extreme sports, and came to the L.A Sports Arena; some to compete and others as thrilled spectators. The competitions took place on a large skateboarding ramp built inside the L.A. Sports Arena. A host of child stars came to enjoy the activities including. Actor, Carlon Jeffery of A.N.T farm, Actors, Casey Jon Deidrick & Freddie Smith of ‘Days of Our Lives’, Actress, Bryce Hitchcock and many more. Los Angeles’ very own, KJLH Radio morning host, Adai Lamar showed and gave away prizes and skateboards to the audience.