CORONA, California – November 14, 2020 – Monster Energy congratulates Filipe Mota on earning first place in the inaugural Global AMdemic amateur street skateboarding contest presented by Skatepark of Tampa (SPoT). In the digital skateboarding contest judged on the best runs filmed at locations across the world, the 14-year-old Monster Army recruit from Patos de Minas, Brazil, took the win among more than 500 video entries. Winning the first Global AMdemic earns Mota a $1000 cash prize as well as pre-qualification into the Semi-Finals at the Tampa Am 2021 street skateboarding contest.
Joining Mota on the podium, 14-year-old Monster Army recruit Daiki Ikeda from Tokyo, Japan, claimed second place with a technical run to win pre-qualification into Tampa Am 2021’s Saturday Qualifier session.
Contested for the first time this year, Global AMdemic is an all-video skateboarding competition presented by Skatepark of Tampa (SPoT) with support from Monster Energy. After this year’s Tampa Am contest was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, SPoT moved to a digital format to host an event with global participation. Global AMdemic 2020 was open and free to enter for amateur skateboarders from all over the world. Participants were asked to film their best 60-second runs at the street spot or skatepark of their choice between September 1 and 30. All entries posted on Instagram with hashtag #GlobalAMdemic were judged by a panel of skateboard experts.
On November 12, the winning skateboarders were announced in a special Skatepark of Tampa (SPoT) live webcast. The 90-minute show was hosted by Paul Zitzer and Andrew Cannon and featured commentary from official judges Kelly Hart, Mike Sinclair, and Monster Energy athlete Kelvin Hoefler from Brazil. Viewers can watch the Global AMdemic 2020 finals show here and the Semi-Finals broadcast here.