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WHAT DO YOU MEAN you can't "Go am?" I don't care what the dictionary says. What? Shut up, college boy! I know for a fact that you can go am! No? Well don't tell these guys, 'cause they're already doing it!

NEEN WILLIAMS / BACKSIDE SMITH / PHOTO: DEVILLE

Already sounds like the name of a pro. Consider this hit his first step

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RONSON LAMBERT / NOSESLIDE 270 / SEQUENCE: MECARO

North County SD's best kept secret, Ronson has toiled in obscurity long enough! Noseslide tornado at Scripps

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CHIMA FERGUSON / FRONT BOARD / PHOTO: HORF

The latest wonder from Down Under, Chima kickflipped 18 on his sponsor-me tape and caught a spot on Real. Monster frontal

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ZAROSH / ROOF DROP / SEQUENCE: RHINO

Zarosh joins stars like Cher, Sinbad, and Madonna in using a single name to make his mark. Being an all-terrain destroyer just seals the deal

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DAVID GONZALES / SALAD GRIND / PHOTO: BURNETT

Four-foot nine and rising, David Gonzales came all the way from Colombia to ride for Flip and sling salads to ollie out in the US of A

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DALLAS ROCKVAM / OLLIE / PHOTO: DEVILLE

With a name like Dallas, it's no wonder he ended up on the same team as a kid named Colt. Big snaps inland

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GRANT PATTERSON / NOLLIE HEELFLIP / PHOTO: GILS

His shirts are XXL and so are his nollie heels. Seen that new Blind vid? Get the fuck out!

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OMAR SALAZAR / GAP OWE TO HILL BOMB / SEQUENCE: MORF

Sacto's craziest soldier, Omar ripped for years before finding a solid home with Nike, Rasa Libre, and foolhardy ollies into killer steeps

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GARRETT HILL / SHOVE-IT 5-0 / SEQUENCE: BURNETT

Zero's quiet storm, Garrett Hill, lets his boardin' do the talking. Shove-it 5-0

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NICK DOMPIERRE / CROOKED GRIND / PHOTO: MORF

Owner of one of the best three-flips in the biz, Nick tangos with the bars too. Big crooks

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WINDSOR JAMES / NOLLE FRONT BOARD / SEQUENCE: ALLAN

Loose jeans and tight tricks, Windsor gots it all. Nollie flash 'n' roll in OZ

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TONY CERVANTES / TUCK KNEE / PHOTO: SHIGEO

Some of that Zero new blood, Tony mixes old with new to lead the way to the future of stoke

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DENNIS DURRANT / SWITCH FLIP 50-50 / PHOTO: ALLAN

From the Aussie underground, Durrant pulled a handrail sneak attack on the US, earning high-end slots on Circa and Pop-War. Switchflip 50-50 back home

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ANGEL RAMIREZ / FRONTSIDE 180 / PHOTO: DAWES

Taking the drops for his bros in the 303, Lil' Angel is but one of the mile-high manglers to make the jump to the big leagues, 180 style

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CHAZ PINEDA / GRIND REVERT / SEQUENCE: BOURQUI

You don't gotta ride the rails to be the next big thing (though it sure don't hurt). Chaz does it ATV-style with over-vert grinds to revert and a slot on the Label

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JEREME ROGERS / SWITCH BACK SMITH / PHOTO: BURNETT

Put some pants on him and watch him really rip! Switch backside Smith

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AARON ARTIS / KICKFLIP WALLRIDE / SEQUENCE: MAPSTONE

He takes the drops and keeps up with the gnarlers at Channel Street--Artis ain't afraid of the reaper. Kickflip to ditch death

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ERNIE TORRES / BACKSIDE 360 / SEQUENCE: HAMMEKE

Big Ern is the best thing to come out of Oklahoma since, well, since Ramondetta. 360 ollie. Skulls!!!

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MATT ALLEN / FRONTSIDE FLIP / PHOTO: DEVILLE

His first ad was a barf sequence, but Birdhouse must be feeling sick to their stomachs after losing this hot-shot to the F-troop. Frontside flip

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PETER WATKINS / POP SHOVE 50-50 / SEQUENCE: KROLICK

He came correct in the 88 video and made the move to Label with Mumford. Watkins got the ins. Shove-it grind in Whittier

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SIERRA FELLERS / NOLLIE FLIP BOARDSLIDE / SEQUENCE: SHIGEO

He may have gotten dropped by Mystery, but that don't stop him from droppin' hammers. Nollie flip board at P-Rod Elementary

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JORDAN HOFFART / FEEBLE / PHOTO: DEVILLE

After working the contest circuit, Hoffart takes it to the raw streets with monster feebles and a spot on Powell

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SLASH / BACKSIDE SMITH / PHOTO: FOTOMATT

Going by the name of a member of G'n'R is almost as ballsy as trying to lock a backside Smith on a beveled edge. Brian Hansen's down for both

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DAN MURPHY / SWITCH HEELFLIP / PHOTO: BURNETT

Cacka's finest, Dan Murphy is as talented as he is out of his mind. Switch heelflip

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ANTHONY SHETLER / NOLLE HEELFLIP / SEQUENCE: RHINO

An OG East Coast powerhouse, Shetler rides for the Bird and nollie heels for the fuck of it

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ANDREW POTT / FRONTSIDE BOARD BIG SPIN / SEQUENCE: DEVILLE

While the Muska works the red carpets, Pott keeps the Shorty's name on the streets with front boards to biggie

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JOHNNY LAYTON / FRONTSIDE FLIP / PHOTO: BURNETT

An am heavyweight, J-Lay lays down the frontside flips as a warm-up and keeps the Toy legacy in check

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NATE BROUSSARD / 180 TO SWITCH 360 / SEQUENCE: HOWELL

Lanky grace and a Reynolds flick make this Texas titan one to watch in 2005

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RODRIGO LIMA / NOLLIE NOSESLIDE / PHOTO: SCURICH

If this monster nollie nose isn't on the list of How to Go Pro, Rodrigo Lima should just stay am

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WIEGER / BACKSIDE HEELFLIP FAKIE NOSEGRIND / SEQUENCE: BURNETT

Ginger genius and heelflippin' hellion, Wieger's the most dangerous Dutchman on the circuit with moves like this back heel fakie nosegrind

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ANDRE GENOVESI / SWITCH KICKFLIP / SEQUENCE: KROLICK

A Brazilian bruiser with Pier 7 finesse, Andre wins every Best Trick contest he enters. Lengthy switch kickflip

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RYAN BOBIER / OWE OVER RAIL TO GUTTER / SEQUENCE: SHIGEO

We've watched him grow from a Lil' Timmy into a full-blown Mystery superstar. Bobier takes the road less traveled, over the rail and down the chute

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SHELDON MELESHINSKI / OLLIE TO STEEP BANK / PHOTO: SHIGEO

A Canadian land pirate, Sheldon made it on Zero with guts and an eye for the obscure. Gap blast to bank bounce

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TOMMY SANDOVAL / BACK SMITH / PHOTO: SHIGEO

Two covers in one year and tattoos to make Team Pierre jealous put this KOTR anchorman at the top of our short list. Keep killin' it Tommy!

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DEREK FUKUARA / POP-SHOVE CROOKS / SEQUENCE: DEVILLE

We don't even know if he's sponsored, but he sure does have some wild moves. Don't nobody want a piece of Fukuara?

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MATT BENNETT / FAKE 50-50 / SEOUENCE: BRADFORD

Rail ridin' straight from Weirdsville, Matt B's already got his own grind and the skills to take on the more bizarre maneuvers--like fakie ollies to 50-50

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Title Annotation:THRASHER MAGAZINE'S 2005 AM HOTLIST
Publication:Thrasher
Date:Jun 1, 2005
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