Full speed ahead

(Kickflip) The 16th annual Tampa Pro went off with all the traditional excitement and fanfare that make the event a hit year after year. What makes this skatepark contest in Tampa, Fla., enough of a draw to bring the top pros in the world year after year? In two words: It's real. Run by skaters for skaters with no hassles and no agenda other than fun and the promotion of skateboarding, this is the only comp where you'll see contest staples like Greg Lutzka mixing it up in the finals with raw street pros like Peter Ramondetta (below). Ramondetta's raw style and agro approach earned him fourth place and $5,000 over the weekend. (Tadashi)