Friday, February 17, 2012


In the Best Rookie category, Sk8mafia’s Wes Kremer took the award. Wes dropped two video parts and landed on our cover in 2011. With talent for days, a spontaneous skate style reminiscent of Tom Penny, and the best attitude around, this couldn’t have gone to a better rookie pro.

Best Video Part went to Nyjah Huston for his mind-blowing Rise & Shine solo part that was released on iTunes on 11.11.11. Nyjah truly raised the bar this year with enormous handrails, technical rail skating, and cheating death with some heavy slams.

Nike SB’s SB Chronicles, Vol. 1 took Best Video. With Jason Hernandez’ high production value and an eclectic mix of skaters from Wieger Van Wageningen to Grant Taylor, it was the total package that couldn’t be beat.

Best Team went to Real. With such a huge team stacked with incredible talent, it was a no brainer. They put out a five-year-in-the-making video in 2011 and Dennis Busenitz won Tampa Pro.

Grant Taylor won Best Transition for the second time in his career (first time was in 2010.) As Jason Dill put it, “He’s the greatest skater on the face of the Earth right now.”

Nyjah Huston got up to accept his second award of the night for Best Street. With two TransWorld covers, multiple magazine interviews, and the amazing Rise & Shine part, his year was undeniable.

The New Era Readers’ Choice Award, the only award not chosen by the TWS staff, but rather by the readers of the magazine and, voted Nyjah as their fav. This brought Nyjah to three trophies on the night (only done before by Guy Mariano in 2008 who won the exact three categories).

This year’s TWS Legend Award went to Jason Jessee. Jason changed the direction of skateboarding in the 80s with not only his style on the board, but also his lifestyle off it. His timeless persona has influenced generation after generation—a true skateboarding icon.


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