First off – we’d better approach the most obvious elephant in the room.
2018’s Tampa Pro winner (and 2014 Tampa Am winner) is 17-year-old Jagger Eaton.
Now I’m not about to question this kid’s ability as it is indisputably insane, and anyone who is as at home on a mega ramp as they are on a street course is clearly destined for great things. But, and it’s a big ‘but’: how is it that Jagger has just placed first at Tampa Pro despite not being pro?
The answer might be as simple as with him being a previous Tampa Am winner he’s allowed to enter the Pro comp, but I’ve searched around to see if that is the case to no avail.
Does anyone know how this makes sense?
Yes, it’s been clear that the distinction between Pro and Am level skateboarding has become almost imperceptible over the last decade but still, why call it ‘Tampa Pro’ if anyone can enter and win? We’re confused…
We’ll address some of the other questions thrown up by this year’s contest in a minute but for now – have a look at Jagger’s winning Tampa Pro run first and see what you think…