Cowtown's 13th Annual PHXAM Skateboarding Competition in Photos

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Skateboarding is not easy. Anyone who pursues the sport has the scars and broken bones to prove it. We were amazed to see that none of the competitors wore protective gear. Falls happened a lot more frequently than expected, and breaking a board was a regular occurrence. Fortunately, Cowtown had plenty of extra boards on hand, and spectators and competitors alike had no qualms about sharing gear.

What impressed us the most was seeing so many professional skateboarders work in unison in the skate park. Riders appeared to come dangerously close to each other, but impacts were minimal, and no hit looked too painful.

The competition wrapped up with a 30-minute best trick segment over a Red Bull feature. Unlike the general heats, which took place in waves, all competing skateboarders took to the blocked off course at the same time and were instructed that only west-facing tricks would count.

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Melissa Fossum
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