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

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Early-morning view from the judges' area

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Trophies

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The course was soon crowded


Auby Taylor, fakie ollie fakie Smith


Ben Hatchell, front blunt

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Cowtown skateshop raffled gear between the heats

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Clint Walker stays hydrated

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Curren Caples

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Looks like someone lost their wallet

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Daniel Lutheran gets the kinks worked out

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Dolan Stearns, gap to 50-50

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Fifth place Trevor Colden, front feeble 180 out

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Ninth place Robbie Brockel, ollie over to 50-50

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Ryan Spencer backside flips the Skullcandy box


Louie Lopez, gap to 50-50

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First place Ben Hatchell, blunt kickflip

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Reigning champion Ben Hatchell

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John Cardiel, aka DJ Juan Love

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Kevin "Spanky" Long has this fan's back

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Spanky, shredding during The Goat's set

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The Goat, "Arizona's got you fucked up"

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