ES-NY- / staff
All photos shot on film by Kale Olivia.
Words by Spencer Fujimoto
On Saturday February 15th, Valentine's Day/Presidents Day weekend we hosted the first annual 'Pandemonium at Pearlridge' Game of Skate Tournament at Neon Mainstage underneath the canopies between the food trucks in Pearlridge Center,
Pearlridge Center is Hawaii's largest enclosed shopping center located in Aiea, Oahu, overlooking historic Pearl Harbor.
We had 32 open spots for the head to head match up, tournament style elimination. It was somewhat of an invitational although we did have random walk ins and instagram entries, we played with Berrics rules.
Beginning with 16 skaters on each side of the bracket, winners advance to the next round and win a bag of products from all of our generous sponsors. Each round the bags get bigger and better. So by the end of it all, the podium finishers got cash and needed help carrying out all the product they had won advancing threw the rounds. The premise was simple win and receive, as if we were betting on the street. I am a firm believer in the merit system.
The Hawaii skate community came out to support, thank you. Triple og pro skater Rob Carlyon was one our guest judges along side G Smoke and Bryson Napaepae who all did an amazing job, judging any contest is not the easiest thing to do. They have to concentrate on everything the skaters are doing, making the tough decisions. Thank you guys for giving the skaters your undivided attention and donating us your valuable time. DJ Kavet from Lightsleepers came through on the 1s and 2s with the good vibes, played a lot of my personal favorites by random. Rhydem lent helping hands by jumping on the mic and assisting El Señor Spencer Fujimoto with formulating the matchups in the brackets. He kept a really nice flow for the day (he does get paid to play music) and we actually finished ahead of schedule somehow, a feat not achieved too often in skateboarding or event production.
Pt.2 Pandemonium blog coming soon, with play by plays, placings, and more.