Recipients the 2013 TWS Awards were announced at their annual gathering last night in Long Beach, California. Skateboarding’s heavyweights packed out the Terrace Theater as emcees Brian Schaefer and Lizard King presided to honor the many of these stellar skaters of the past year.
Kicking off the night was legendary Santa Cruz skateboards graphic artist Jimbo Phillips accepting the Eric Stricker Memorial Award on behalf of his father, Jim Phillips, for his decades of contributions to the world of art and skateboarding. Over the last forty years Jim Phillips has produced some of the most iconic and recognizable board graphics and logos of all time – forever cementing his signature style as a hallmark of the skate art aesthetic.
Next up was the Readers’ Choice Award presented to Habitat pro Mark Suciu. As an underground favorite, Suciu’s refreshing style showcased in several landmark video parts alongside substantial editorial coverage last year earned him the popular vote among fans nationwide.
Mark Suciu again took the stage in receipt of the Best Rookie Award. With a year marked with accomplishments including a welcome video from adidas and a pro board from Habitat, Mark Suciu was definitely an exciting up-and-comer to watch in 2013.
Accepting the award for Best Team was Element. Element has consistently assembled some of the greatest lineups of pros and ams since its inception, but its 2013 squad which included bar-raising contributions from Nyjah, Appleyard, Tim Tim, Davidson, and Fletcher rounded out an incredible year for the brand and its team.
The award for Best Video went to Nike SB for its showstopping release, The SB Chronicles, Vol. 2. As the sequel to the previous year’s Chronicles, Nike SB brought cinematic prowess to the screen matched with above the line skateboarding from the best of its team earning it fanfare and critical acclaim across the board.
The award for Best Video Part was accepted by New England powerhouse, Brandon Westgate for his dramatic last part in the Emerica video, MADE Vol. 1. Westgate has been consistently redefining East Coast skateboarding with his speed, power above average snaps, but his jaw dropping performance in MADE was truly his time to shine.
Wrapping up the evening accepting the coveted Legend Award was veteran pro and industry mainstay, John Lucero. Pro since the early 80s, Lucero helped pave the way for modern skateboarding during its formative years. He’s also credited with inventing the slappy and starting the iconic brand, Black Label, which has sponsored some of skateboarding’s most legendary pros over its 25-year history.
Following the Awards show, TransWorld SKATEboarding debuted the first trailer for their 26th feature film, Outliers, coming this summer.
Eric Stricker Memorial Award
Readers’ Choice Award
Nike SB – The SB Chronicles, Vol. 2
Best Video Part
Brandon Westgate – Emerica’s MADE Vol. 1