One Movement Skate Invitational: Kwami Jones Lives
Some of the most talented skaters from Trinidad flew over to Barbados and descended onto the Dover Basketball Court to take part in this year’s One Movement Regional Skateboard Invitational: “The Legend of Kwami Jones” and to finally answer the question, “Who in the heck is Kwami Jones?”
What’s normally a spot to go and see dunks and crossovers was transformed into a street skate paradise with ledges, rails and banks.
Although, intermittent rains were slightly more than a bother, it was mostly good weather for all day skating action. Both fans and competitors cheered for every big trick landed in what seemed to be more like a family reunion than a competitive skate event.
The events began with “The Kwami Jones Distance Challenge”, where competitors skated at top speeds to try to out-ollie one another. It was a test of heart and determination; with each competitor knowing that one wrong move could result in a competition ending injury. The final was a showdown between Trini skater Matthew Stollymeyer and Barbadian slasher Martin Clarke, and in the end it was Stollmeyer who proved that he could probably ollie back to Port-of-Spain if he felt like.
Neither the Street Jam nor Best Trick competitions were as straight forward for the judges, as they spent considerable time deliberating after competitors put down their excellent runs. Hakeem Scott won the Best Trick Rookie with a Kick Flip to Fakie and Simon “Juicy J” Joosten won Best Trick Group A with a Mega Kickflip off the A Frame.
The Street Jam Rookie champion was Matthew Cho with an excellent combination of grinds and flips, second place went to Bob Norville from SSK and Devon Greaves who also rides for SSK came in third. Cho got a lot of attention from the members of the Movement Skaters who said that he could be an asset to their team.
Mr. Irie himself, Paul Wilson was first on the podium for the Group A Street Jam. His “Irie One” teammate Simon Joosten took a hard fought second place and Matthew Stollmeyer grabbed third.
The Street Jam MVP Award was given to the Martin Clarke who was on the brink of elimination but using the Wild Card Redemption round to the fullest, he fought his way back and made it to the finals.
Entertainment came from the Ice Crew DJs who kept an irie party vibe flowing for the entire afternoon, spinning big tune after big tune. Coming through to wreck the mics were local freestyle rappers SunRokk and the Rhyme Minister, who both gave their own hip-hop renditions and commentaries of the events at the competition. With references that ranged from Tony Hawk, to Dave Mirra and Matt Hoffman, extreme sports fans could not get enough. The musician/skater Alexander Mills then followed bringing a chilled feeling to the atmosphere right before he grabbed his board and joined the skaters on the court.
“This year’s contest was bigger and better and I am thoroughly pleased with the results. I’m happy to see the level of skating and proud to share it with the Trinidadian skaters.”
It also was finally discovered that Kwami Jones is not actually a physical person but he represents Caribbean skaters’ belief that they can do anything, including ollie over a car, truck or bus. So, the competition might be over, but as long as there’s skating in the Caribbean, the spirit of Kwami Jones will live on.
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