If there is one thing a Polish skater should do on the first weekend of June, it is to visit Lublin. This date has become an annual time for a huge gathering of skaters from all over the country, to celebrate one of the major national events: East Side Jam. Being one of the few real street competitions left, it is truly an unique experience, especially for all the younger skaters who don't remember the I.M.Y.T.A. days. The jam session format brings a wonderful atmosphere and unlike in skateparks all eyes are on the same obstacle, so that mizou you struggled to land and finally did will get the crowd cheering as much as harder tricks from more experienced skaters.
Write-up by Bartek Sadura
Photography by Piotrek Gackiewicz
Edit by Bartek Sadura & Dominik Rzedzicki
Once again the organizers, known as East Side Group, had to make some tough decisions regarding spots and other matters. The weather also did not look too promising. However, after the last trick was landed on Saturday evening, everyone felt accomplished and in relief. It didn't rain, we didn't get kicked out from any of the spots, and amazing tricks were landed in front of a huge crowd.
I should also mention the falls. The skaters truly pushed their limits, which resulted in a good bunch of injuries. Luckily none of them were too serious, and everyone was in shape to attend the after party. Which is also another tradition after all those years – the party didn't stop until the sun went up.
I would like to thank everyone who was involved in the idea of East Side Jam, whether as an organizer, skater or spectator. See you next year!
East Side Jam 2012 Results:
East Side Group (Polish language)
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