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
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TransWorld SKATEboarding has proudly announced that John Lucero is the recipient of this year’s Legend award. They will be honoring him tomorrow Tuesday, January 7th in Long Beach at the 16th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards. The Legend Award sets out to officially recognize, acknowledge, and honor those who have left their mark on skateboarding by inspiring others with their raw dedication and love of skateboarding and having their lives exemplify the definition of a true skateboarder that will be remember for years to come.
John Lucero came up during the early ’80s of professional skateboarding riding for companies such as Variflex, Madrid, and Schmitt Stix. Although known as a vert skater, John was also a street pioneer who invented the slappy grind when he got banned from the Skate City skatepark and had to watch everyone skating from the parking lot. John started mimicking the vert tricks on the curbs and history was made. Lucero always being creative and a really good artist who drew all of his graphics eventually launched his own brand, Lucero Ltd., in 1988 to do things his way. John didn’t like having his name being the center of attention of the company so in 1990 he changed it to Black Label Skates. That’s been his home ever since and the list of skaters that he’s sponsored over the years are some of the biggest names in skateboarding including John Cardiel, Gino Iannucci, Jason Dill, Jeff Grosso, Duane Peters and many, many more. But the list of skaters that John has influenced and turned on to skating is countless.
“John’s been doing things his way for over 25 years with the timeless punk rock D.I.Y. attitude that embodies true skateboarding and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon. That’s why we’re proud to give this year’s Legend award to Mr. John Lucero.” – TransWorld SKATEboarding Editor-In-Chief, Jaime Owens.