One of the most authentic and respected events in skateboarding happened this weekend in Tampa, Florida at the Skatepark of Tampa. In it's 18th year, the Tampa Pro finished with first time winner, Torey Pudwill taking home the top honors and $20,000 prize purse.
Seventeen-year-old Chaz Ortiz took second place and $15,000 for a nearly flawless run in the finals. Following up in third place and earning $10,000 was Sean Malto, the newest edition to the Nike Skateboarding team.
Known for bringing together the world’s best skateboarders, at one of the world's most famous skateparks, the Tampa Pro and Tampa Am are widely regarded as skateboarding’s most pinnacle contests.
Nike Skateboarding professional and two-time winner of the Tampa Pro, Eric Koston said, “When a skater comes to compete in the Tampa Pro it’s because they want to. The Tampa Pro is the only contest around that is still skater-owned and skater-run and that's why it's so real.”
Koston was in town to skate the contest and launch a new video challenge, in tandem with the release of his newest Nike signature colorway, the Red/White Nike Eric Koston 1.
Over the next several weeks Koston and Nike Skateboarding will issue missions for skateboarders to complete and upload to social channels. Koston and Nike Skateboarding will then pick their favorites to highlight, with one winner per mission receiving a special Nike Skateboarding prize pack.