PRO JAM Skateboarding Challenge is a semi-professional skateboarding competition organized by Shanghai PRO JAM Committee, Joy City and The Place. The event is designed to popularize skateboarding, train professional skateboarders and promote extreme sports. It is endorsed by the Shanghai Extreme Sports Association.
The competition will open to the public for free, giving local residents an opportunity to watch and learn about skateboarding.
The six-day competition will have two days of preliminary matches, two days of amateur group final and two days of mixed group final. It will be the longest-running skateboarding competition in China, using a new ranking system for the first time. Competitors will vie for top spots based on total scores in the races.
Unlike previous skateboarding circuits that were built on level ground, PRO JAM will feature a scenic race course on the 9th floor of Shanghai Joy City Mall underneath China’s biggest ferris wheel “Sky Ring.” They form a beautiful urban landscape.
Renowned skateboard commentator and CCTV guest commentator Yuan Fei will be the show host during the competition. Veteran skateboarder and referee Jiang Xiaobin, international referee Danny and founder of China’s first skateboarding website Guan Mu will be the referees at the PRO JAM.
The event organizers are inviting skateboarders all over the country to join the competition through skateboard shops, clubs and social networks. Anyone who has a passion for skateboarding can sign up. The total prize money of PRO JAM exceeds 25,000 yuan.
Spectators can also try skateboarding or join an outdoor photography workshop. They have a chance to win prizes. A DJ studio will demonstrate their remixing and mash-up skills at the site.
PRO JAM has received support from Casio, which wants to give its customers a whole new experience at the competition. Casio is the official partner and sponsor of digital cameras for trial use at the site.
Vans, an American manufacturer of shoes, has been promoting the skateboarding sport in China for years. In addition to offering generous prizes, it will also send a strong team of professional skateboarders to the game. Vans athletes will try to impress the audience with their superb performance.
PRO JAM also received support from Skullcandy, an earphone brand popular among young people, and from LandKing, a Chinese skateboard brand. G-SHOCK， Jameson Whisky， Fly Juice，HAOLEDI KTV，DOPE SHIFU, BRAOS and MK Skateboard also give support to the competition.
March 12, 2016 to March 13, 2016, 1pm-4pm
Two days of preliminary matches for the 50-person amateur group.
Top 20 players will be promoted.
March 19, 2016 to March 20, 2016, 1pm-4pm
Two days of amateur group final.
The top three will be unveiled.
March 26, 2016 to March 27, 2016, 1pm-4pm
Two days of mixed group final for 10 professionals and 10 amateurs.
The top three will be unveiled.
9/F, Joy City, No.166 North Xizang Rd
How to sign up:
Please search and follow the official Wechat Accounts “PROJAM”, then click the “sign up” at the left bottom menu;
You could also head to the following skate shops or skate parks: