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Amsterdamn Am 2012

Volcom Stone Presents 7th Annual AmsterDamn Am Supported by Monster Energy, in Association with SPoT Productions Europe’s premiere amateur street skateboarding competition is at Skatepark Amsterdam on July 6, 7, and 8, 2012.

On top of the amazing location and one of Europe’s best skate parks, an overall purse of 10,000 Euros is the icing on the cake for this super-fun contest. Top 12 finalists also receive a spot in Tampa Am. Watch pre-contest street and competition videos, photos, skater profiles and interviews at http://www.volcomeurope.com/amsterdamnam. Site launching June 25, 2012. Feel like doing a nice gesture for the local skateboarding community? Sign the petition on the link below to help save Skatepark Amsterdam!
http://www.change.org/petitions/stichting-kinetisch-noord-ndsm-werf-save-the-
skatepark-amsterdam?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition

Contest registration: rob@skateparkoftampa.com (100 skaters max)
Friday, July 6th
11:00 – Registration and Practice
20:00– BBQ, beers, and session at the Marnix Bowl (weather permitting). If bad
weather, BBQ at Skatepark Amsterdam

Saturday, July 7th
10:30 – Open Practice for Damn Am skaters only
13:00 – Qualifiers
- 100 skaters, five heats
- Two, one-minute runs, best run counts
- Top 30 skaters advance to Semi-Finals
- Top two qualifiers go directly to Finals
22:00 – AmsterDamn Am Party Presented by Monster Energy– Venue TBD

Sunday, July 8th
10:30 – Open Practice for Damn Am Semi-Finals skaters only
13:00– Semi-Finals
- 28 skaters, two heats
- Two one-minute runs, best run counts
- Top 10 advances to Finals to meet up with top two qualifiers
Finals
- Start directly after the Semi-Finals
- 12 skaters
- Three, one-minute runs, best run counts

All 12 skaters qualify for Tampa Am 2011. Top two skaters go directly to the Tampa Am Semi-Finals and get free plane tickets to Tampa courtesy of Volcom. Winner also receives a plane ticket back to AmsterDamn Am 2012
Best Trick
- Available only for Damn Am skaters
- Obstacle TBD
Skatepark is open 15:00 to 22:00 during the week prior of the event
Locations Contest: Skatepark Amsterdam – TT Neveritaweg 15a, 1033WB Amsterdam, NDSM
Terrein Marnix Bowl: 111 Marnixstraat, Amsterdam
Directions:
Fly to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam (AMS). Take the train from the station inside to the airport to Centraal Station (about 15 minutes and 4 Euros). Once at the station, exit the reardoors of the station and headtowards the water. Once you arrive at the onlystreet, go left and walk down to the blue ferryboats. The boats are free and youwillwant to take the last boat on the left, next to the benches. Once arriving on the otherside, the skateparkis straight ahead and to the right, in the oldindustrial area (shipyard, NDSM building).

Hotels in Amsterdam tend to beexpensive and hard to findat the last minute. If you are planning on coming, take a look at booking.com and get a leg up on reserving a room! Generally you will want to be in or around the Centraal Station. If not, beaware when you make the reservation and verify the location of the hotel. Otherwise itcould be a big surprise! There is a Botel (Boat+Hotel=Botel) right next to the Park if you want to stay right there. KLM and Transavia are both Dutch airlines that have many flights in and out per day to most countries.

Brian Schaefer and Rob Meronek created the Damn Am series as they noticed that there was a need to bring the Tampa-style Am contests to skateboarders outside of Tampa (Florida). If you can’t get into Tampa Am directly through your sponsor, entering a
Damn Am is the only official way to qualify for the prestigious Tampa Am. Basically the “flavor” of the Tampa contests is taken to locations around the world. The first Damn Am started in 2001 at the Volcom Warehouse in Costa Mesa, California and has been going strong ever since. The success of that event led the inception of the Minnesota Damn Am, taking place every June in Minneapolis, which ran for nearly 10 years and moved to Atlanta in 2011. In 2006, Volcom decided to help take the Damn Am series over the pond and the AmsterDamn Am was born and has been etched into the schedule as a yearly event. The next move was to take one to Canada and finally in 2011 the first Damn Am China took place, rounding out four international stops. In addition to a damn fun time, the Damn Ams have assisted many amateurs with getting noticed on their way to professional careers. To say that most of today’s top pros have skated in a Damn Am Contest is not a stretch of the truth at all. In fact, with most of the industry watching at these events, it’s not difficult at all for a standout skater to pick up a new sponsor and gain some notoriety. Volcom Stone’s AmsterDamn Am today is one of the major European skateboard competitions with its level of skateboarding. It gathers the top European and US up-and-coming skaters into a three-day event of skating, friendship, and good times.

Skatepark Amsterdam
Michael Groenewegen – michael@skateparkamsterdam.com

Volcom SAS
Jebrane Desigaud (Events) tel +33 685 378 443 – jebrane@volcomeurope.com
Christian Vankelst (Team) – cvankelst@volcomeurope.com

SPoTlight
Brian Schaefer – brian@skateparkoftampa.com
Ryan Clements – ryan@skateparkoftampa.com
Rob Meronek – rob@skateparkoftampa.com

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