By Paula Osorio
P. Osorio is a skate culture lover and a full-time writer for SHIT®️ Magazine.
On December the 11th, the SOTY's final contenders were announced on Thrasher's website. The fans would have to vote for their favorite skater among Miles Silvas, Louie Lopez, Alexis Sablone, Pedro Delfino, Elijah Berle, Mason Silva, Tom Knox, Taylor Kirby, Alexis Ramirez, and Jamie Foy. The finalists were chosen by looking at each of their performances throughout the year. The decision was tough as all of them had worked really hard in spite of the situation the world is in. Many of them participated in the filming of video clips, some launched products, they all stayed active on social media and didn’t abandon their fans or their love of skateboarding. Hence, Thrasher Magazine awarded the public's favorite with a trophy and a great opportunity to share the stage with big stars like Brian Anderson, Tony Hawk, Eric Koston, Andrew Reynolds, Geoff Rowley, Mike Carroll, and many more.
After 6 days of voting, the winner was chosen on Wednesday. 24-year-old Mason Silva was surprised by a visit from SOTY reps during skate practice, where he received his award. The humility and tenacity that comes from knowing that you have worked really hard to receive an award like this is amazing. Silva was seen celebrating happily with his friends and family members. Lets take a look at Mason’s career to find out what made him worthy of this huge prize.
Who is Mason Silva?
This Californian skater was born in 1996 and got onto his first board at only 3 years old. Having a pro surfer brother like Dayton as a role model definitely influenced this guy and empowered him to get better and better every day at his own discipline: skateboarding. The effort that he puts into his tricks have given him a special place in the ‘hall of fame’ of modern skating. His long-lasting friendship with Louie Lopez has helped them both to carry the banner for their generation. Since the beginning of his career, Mason has had such a sick style, and that’s something that you can easily see by watching “Disorganized Fun”, a full-length film made during his teenage years where he is kick-flipping and grinding every single bar that crossed his way, doing stunts with such ease that it seems that the board is glued to his feet.
A Special Triumph
A great part of his SOTY award is owed to the fact that he worked incessantly on the filming of various videos during the beginning of COVID and he continues to do so regardless of the situation. We saw his impeccable performance on Spitfire’s part, his great frontside big spin on REAL’s short clip, his nosegrinds on Nike SB’s film, and that lipslide on Element’s “WAR and PEACE” video, along with his multiple showups at The Berrics. This dude is unstoppable as unstoppable can be, and we’re sure that there will be a lot of new things from him in the new year.
He’s currently being sponsored by Real Skateboards, Nike SB, Spitfire Wheels, Independent Trucks, Mob Grip, HUF Worldwide, Bronson Bearings and we’re still waiting to see who’s going to jump on him after SOTY. Even though the global rank still has him in the 222nd position, Thrasher’s new designation proves that numbers don’t define how talented you are, because grit and endurance is what you need.
Congrats to Mason and shout-out to his fans. Peace out!
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