Friends, awards, booze, remembrance, celebration, poppin pixels, and of course everything skateboarding were all encompassed in last nights 12th Annual Transworld Awards at the Avalon Theatre in Hollywood.
With Pat Duffy and Skate Park of Tampa’s Brian Schaefer acting as the night’s hosts, their spotlight was borrowed at the beginning of the night when Eric Stricker’s widow, Arnette Stricker, introduced the awards ceremony. Although it has been less than a year since the late Transworld editor’s passing, the hosts did a wonderful job reminding everyone of his contributions & kept the night going on positive thoughts and reminders of why we were all there.
The awards commenced with the following results:
BEST VIDEO PART
Grant Taylor – Debacle
TWS READERS’ CHOICE
Matt Hensley was granted the prestigious ‘Legends’ award, commenced by a great speech by friend, and fellow skateboarder, Danny Way. Danny shared memories of him & Matt growing up skating together, and as if we all didn’t already know, reminded us of the great impact Matt had on street tech in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Matt shares this honor with greats such as Lance Mountain, Christian Hosoi, and Tony Hawk.
After Matt finished his speech filled with memories and thank you ‘s, the crowd was antsy for the premiere of the Transworld video Hallelujah.
As predicted, Torey Pudwill clinched the last part in the video. While his part was on, jaws were hitting the floor left & right. Be sure to check out the video when it’s available, everyone else also threw down good parts, and I think everyone left more than satisfied with what they saw as a whole. The awards ceremony then came to a close, and all the shenanigans began.
Here’s a taste on how the rest of the night played out: