If you would of told me as a kid watching the Tampa Pro contest in 411VM issue #16 that I would one day be judging it…I would of probably said, “yeah, I can see that.” Just kidding. In all honesty I probably would of slapped you in disbelief. Sure enough that’s what happened this past weekend, and it was an amazing experience. It’s hard to get that feeling you had skating when you were a kid now that everything is all watered down. The fact that skate videos don’t exist anymore doesn’t help either. The Tampa Pro is the closest thing we have to the old anything goes type of attitude that skateboarding needs. Tampa Pro is the last real event we have left from back in the day that people still show up for. You’re never gonna see Mike V, Lil Wayne, and Sean Sheffey in the same building anywhere else. Period. So thanks to Ryan, Rob, and Brian for allowing me to sit up there and judge the likes of Eric Koston and Kenny Anderson. It was a pleasure. Photo by: Rob Meronek
**Update Found it** By the way does 411VM issue 16 exist on the internet anywhere? I couldn’t find anything, I’m pretty sure the Tampa contest was edited in all black and white to a Butthole Surfers song. I just want to watch it now really bad.