Cowtown’s 11th annual PHX AM contest went off without a hitch. With temperatures in the 90s for Friday and Saturday, the course was getting hot, but Sunday came with relief when temperatures fell back into the 70s. Despite strong winds, a weekend of amazing skating came to a close with last year’s champ Ben Hatchell securing the victory once again. Thanks to Trent, Laura, Ed, and the rest of the Cowtown staff for more than a decade of dedication to skateboarding.
Words & photos: Joe Hammeke
Early-morning view from the judges' area
The course was soon crowded
Auby Taylor, fakie ollie fakie Smith
Ben Hatchell, front blunt
Cowtown skateshop raffled gear between the heats
Clint Walker stays hydrated
Looks like someone lost their wallet
Daniel Lutheran gets the kinks worked out
Dolan Stearns, gap to 50-50
Fifth place Trevor Colden, front feeble 180 out
Ninth place Robbie Brockel, ollie over to 50-50
Ryan Spencer backside flips the Skullcandy box
Louie Lopez, gap to 50-50
First place Ben Hatchell, blunt kickflip
Reigning champion Ben Hatchell
John Cardiel, aka DJ Juan Love
Kevin "Spanky" Long has this fan's back
Spanky, shredding during The Goat's set
The Goat, "Arizona's got you fucked up"
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