When you consider everything it takes for a contest to be successful a lot of things have to come together. The weather has to cooperate, the format has to be right, and most importantly, people have to show up to it. While last year’s Skim Dance Revolution was a step in the direction of a non-traditional skim event, it left Jason Wilson, Steve Taylor and myself all thinking one thing “next year we’ve got to blow this thing up and make it better!” With a year to think about it and prepare ourselves this years Skim Dance Revolution was just that, Bigger and Better!
The 25th of February was a glorious morning! Temperatures were in the mid 70’s, there was glossy shin-to-knee high bumps on the water, and hardly a breath of wind. It was truly a morning that only a place like Lauderdale-By-The-Sea can provide. Which made the morning set-up a little more enjoyable and left us as organizers optimistic that the day would go well. It was definitely an upgrade from last year considering it was 52 degrees and drizzling rain (not exactly a Florida kind of day). It also helped with attendance because the registration sheet showed close to 40 more competitors than last year. So far so good.
After morning registration and Jason and I explaining how the day would go to all the competitors, it was time to start. Last years format of all amateur riders and progressively harder tricks until there was one competitor left standing, was abandoned. The amateur divisions would go back to a regular timed heat format. The professionals however would be a best trick format with a little twist from last year. It would be a double elimination, head on head heats and judges are looking for the best “trick” of the heat. This attracted some Florida Professionals such as Brad Domke, Alex Hood, Rob Morris, LBS local Danny Rodriguez and last year’s expression session winner Josh Hill. Not to mention the newest Alley Oop Pro rider Blair Conklin made the trip with Steve Taylor to test his technical skill. And with a first prize of $500.00 you know your gonna see something crazy!