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Thrasher's Skater of the Year - SOTY

Thrasher Magazine's "Skaters of the Year" From 1990 to present...

"I'm into people that are really focused and driven to what it takes to showcase the world what fucking skateboarding is all about."
- Jake Phelps

Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 2008 Silas Baxter-Neal
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 2007 Marc Johnson
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 2006 Daewon Song
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 2005 Chris Cole
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 2004 Danny Way
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 2003 Mark Appleyard
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 2002 Tony Trujillo
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 2001 Arto Saari
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 2000 Geoff Rowley
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 1999 Brian Anderson
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 1998 Andrew Reynolds
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 1997 Bob Burnquist
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 1996 Eric Koston
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 1995 Chris Senn
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 1994 Mike Carroll
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 1993 Salmon Agah
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 1992 John Cardiel
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 1991 Danny Way
Thrasher Magazine - Skater of the Year Cover Skater of the Year 1990 Tony Hawk

"The best thing about Skater of the Year is it could be YOU!"
- Jake Phelps


I admire that statement. I want to believe in that statement - "I could be Skater Of The Year". Can you imagine? Nah, me either. As I glance over the covers announcing Thrasher's SOTY, I find each winner to have only one thing in common with me... A love for skateboarding.

Once you get past that similarity, the whole concept goes to Hell. Drat, I can't be skater of the year. I'm too old, can't skate worth a damn and no one in the sk8 industry has ever heard of me let alone put me on the cover of their mag. I guess that sums up my resignation decision from the potential SOTY line-up.

Although, if Jake ever wants to widen the spectrum of candidates I'll gladly video tape myself face-planting on a sidewalk crack and see if my bailing prowess will over shadow the 50-stair rails all the ten-year-olds are ripping up these days. Who knows...

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