TEXT: STUART GOMEZ
PHOTOGRAPHY: ATIBA JEFFERSON
Getting recognition has been especially hard this year. Making an impression at a time when many “amateurs” seem to have an unattainable prowess? It’s gotta be overwhelming. But there’s a sort of unspoken formula that goes beyond simply skating well, and it has a lot to do with what you accomplished before you got sponsored. Way back to when you first started.
Nollie flip crook. Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Photo: Rodent
Dashawn Jordan figured out the equation—a combination of timing, skill, and maintaining relationships—at a very young age. His enthusiasm and natural athleticism led to recognition and a support system that continues to grow. The way he gives back is by gorging on video projects and contests; he always seems to bite off just the right amount, allowing him to keep up the pace and never seem burnt out on skating. Feeding on fun, Dashawn reroutes the seriousness of being productive and effortlessly brings skating back to the essence. The pressure melts away and the fog of sponsor obligations dissipates, revealing the reason why he’s even doing this in first place.
It’s an honor for us to call Dashawn Year’s Best Am, and we look forward to more from him in 2017. He’s just getting started.
Nollie 360 flip. Los Angeles, California. Photo: Atiba
"When I first got into skateboarding, I instantly fell in love with it."
Kickflip wallride. Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo: Messex
"When you’re classified as an official Am, it means a lot. It keeps me hungry, keeps me motivated to take it to the next level."
"Dude, I have to skate… I wanna learn new stuff every day!"
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