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From Parking Lot Posse to Tampa Legends: The Birth of the Tampa Rejects (Almost a Decade Ago!)

Believe it or not, Tampa Rejects, the ragtag crew you know and love today, wasn’t always the force we are on Tampa’s skateboarding scene. It all started nearly ten years ago, not in a fancy indoor skatepark, but in the humble (and sometimes slightly cracked) asphalt expanse – the Skatepark of Tampa (SPoT) parking lot.

Back then, we were a motley crew of individual shredders. 

Shredding History: The Legendary Skatepark of Tampa (SPoT)

The Tampa Rejects call Tampa, Florida home, and a huge part of that identity is intertwined with the iconic Skatepark of Tampa (SPoT). Founded in 1993, SPoT has grown into a world-renowned destination for skateboarders of all levels. This legendary park boasts a diverse concrete landscape featuring bowls, vert ramps, street courses, and a snake run, providing endless opportunities to push your skills and express your creativity.

Hometown Heroes: Tampa Rejects After Hours Sessions

The Tampa Rejects have a deep connection to SPoT, and it’s not just because some of the crew’s founding members honed their skills in the SPoT parking lot (read our blog post about that here!). We are firm believers in giving back to the local skate community, and that’s why we host a weekly private session at SPoT every Tuesday evening from 8 pm to 11 pm.

This session is open to all local Tampa Bay skateboarders, regardless of skill level. It’s a chance to shred the legendary SPoT facilities in a relaxed and supportive environment. Come hang out with the Tampa Rejects crew, learn some new tricks from experienced members, and make connections with other passionate skaters in the area. See you at SPoT on Tuesdays!

Our Skateboard Club Is On A Mission To Help Local Skaters

The Tampa Rejects aren’t just about shredding concrete and collecting epic tales from their sessions. This crew operates with a strong mission at its core: to empower and support the next generation of Tampa Bay’s skateboarding talent. They understand the challenges faced by aspiring skaters – the cost of equipment, competition entry fees, and travel expenses can all create barriers to reaching their full potential.

The Tampa Rejects 

That’s why the Tampa Rejects actively work to bridge this gap. Through fundraising initiatives like their merchandise sales, they raise money to sponsor local skaters. This financial support helps offset costs associated with competitions, travel, and essential gear, allowing young rippers to focus on what they do best – shredding. Beyond financial aid, the Tampa Rejects foster a supportive environment where mentorship flourishes. Experienced members share their knowledge and tricks with newcomers, creating a space for growth and development. By combining financial support with mentorship, the Tampa Rejects are actively shaping the future of Tampa Bay’s skateboarding scene, ensuring a vibrant and talented generation of shredders continues to push the boundaries of the sport.

From those humble beginnings in the SPoT parking lot, the Tampa Rejects have evolved into a force to be reckoned with. We’ve got our own crew, our own style, and a deep love for the Tampa skate scene. We still shred the SPoT parking lot occasionally, a nostalgic reminder of where it all began.

What are your Tampa Rejects origin stories? Share your memories in the comments below!

Rep the Crew, Support the Shredders: Shop Tampa Rejects Merch Now!

The Tampa Rejects are more than just a skate crew – we're a family dedicated to fostering the next generation of local skate legends. But we can't do it without your help! By rocking awesome Tampa Rejects merch, you're not just representing our crew in style – you're directly contributing to our mission of empowering local skaters. Every t-shirt, hoodie, or sticker you buy goes towards helping sponsored athletes compete, travel to events, and get the gear they need to shred their best. So head over to our online store now and snag some epic Tampa Rejects merch! Look fresh, support a worthy cause, and rep the Tampa Rejects with pride. Together, let's shred the concrete jungle and empower the future of Tampa Bay skateboarding! pen_spark
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Jimmy is the founder of The Tampa Rejects and the creator of this website.

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