TAMPA, FL – How high can a street skater get in a second? If you ask the question to Niko Howard he could truthfully say about 18 feet. And he has proof to back him up because in the finals of Tampa’s Valentine’s Day Massacre contest, he did just that. He went from flat to 18′ feet on a few of the skate park’s walls in only a single second.
It wasn’t the only thing he did to stand out in his crowded field of the furious 5Â in the finals. He intelligently used every part of the course as his personal playground and won over the crowd many times. His powerful exertion of heart-pumping energy captivated the audience and his ovation was not less than “standing”.
He wasn’t the only famed-skater to earning accolades though. James Cobb was absolutely on fire in the best performance ever seen on his hometown course. He ridiculously ripped the stairs over and over. He trailed Niko’s neck-n-neck as we was nailing almost every flat ground trick he attempted.
These two had their day at the Massacre and left dust in the air of the other, also extremely talented, field of skaters. (Sorry guys it was not your day IN THE FINALS). If the judges had their way of choosing their respective jams for scoring, I am confident they would of. Because Chris, Tyler and Alejandro are certainly more talented at landing the tricks they attempted, but sometimes the icing just wasn’t put on the cake. It didn’t matter so much though for scoring skateboarding skills, Niko and James are in a league of their own as of today.
The results tallied as follows:
- Niko Howard
- James Cobb
- Chris Noel
- Alejandro Burnell
- Tyler Hunger
Here is the finals of the 18 Jams from the Sponsored Divisions.