Tradition lived on in this year’s Slam Festival, bringing Calgary locals together with visitors from around the continent to celebrate surf culture in the mountains. The eight-day festival kicked off with a Bowl Jam and Rooftop party, bringing the worlds of surf and skate together to showcase the artistic expression rooted in board sports’ culture.
Calgary’s raddest venues were home to the week of free events, including Wave Wednesday at 10th St. bridge, an art gallery at The Compound, and a massive after party at The Palomino Smokehouse.
The week finished up with the first ever River Surf North American Championships. Canadians and Americans alike battled it out on a stationary wave built by the Alberta River Surfing Association. It was a unique celebration of surfing, miles away from the ocean.
Camping in the Rockies with a bunch of stoked surfers gave everyone a sense of community and support, and Slam lovers were stoked to see the 11-year tradition continue.
Photos by: Robert Bishop @rrobbybola