The Sessions Second Annual Tim Brauch Memorial Contest was a 100% success. Recognizable faces on hand included Joe Hutchison, Ryan Wilburn, Chet Childress, Steve Caballero, Jeff Grosso, Ed Devera, Colt Cannon, Ron Whaley, Doug Shoemaker, Chris Senn, The Tilt Mode Army, Israel Forbes, Justin Strubing, Jonny Manak, Chad Vogt, Aaron Astorga, Greg Carroll, Max Schaaf, and many more.
The Vans Skateboard Park in Milpitas CA agreed to let us destroy their park. It all started off with the street contest. It was a fun mix, no age groups, no skill levels, just everyone skating. A refreshing change for a contest was Ray Stevens, formerly of The Faction, who drug his crates of old punk vinyl to the top of the vert ramp and set the tempo for the contest. Following last years' tradition, the judging panel was made up of friends of Tim including Jai Tanju, Jason Strubing, Scotty Greathouse, Chet Childress, and Aaron Astorga.
Following the excitement of the street contest was the much anticipated bowl contest. This is where things got crazy. It was obvious from watching a poor park employee try to sweep out the bowl that all our plans for an organized jam style contest were out the window. Basically we just started the clock and said go! The contest immediately turned into what resembled a backyard pool party. Against all requests from the park, pads were removed and it turned into a last-man-standing contest. I don't think any one person had their own run. At one point I counted six people skating at once. Every few seconds you could hear the crowd gasp as one skater narrowly missed another. Standing out were The Greek, Chad Vogt, Aaron Astorga, Pete The Ox, Sparking Tony, Matthew Dyck, Tony Manfre, and some heated doubles runs from Jonny Manak and Chris Senn.
Our thanks goes out to all the sponsors: Etnies Shoes, Santa Cruz Skateboards, Vans Shoes and Parks, Consolidated Skateboards, Halos Bearings, Systems Skateboards, Independent Trucks, Dragon Optical, Skateworks, Silo, Tum-Yeto, Transworld, Big Brother, Think; to everyone who showed up and entered; and friends and family of Tim.