2013 FTC winner Jack Fardell—note the tree in the middle of the ramp! Photo: Chami/TW Skate

2013 FTC winner Jack Fardell—note the tree in the middle of the ramp! Photo by Chami/TW Skate

One of the most core and well respected events in skateboarding is gearing up for its annual occurrence in San Francisco on September 29. Won last year by Jack Fardell, FTC is a staple of the San Francisco skateboard scene. (FTC the skate shop differentiates its acronym—"FTC” for “For the City”—with the “FTC” for “For the Cash.”)

2013 Levi's FTC winner Jack Fardell with his winnings; photo by Chami/TW Skate

2013 Levi’s FTC winner Jack Fardell with his winnings; photo by Chami/TW Skate

The location and course of the contest is the backyard of the FTC skate shop, just like last year, thanks in large part to a sponsorship from Levi's Skateboarding, which has also helped increase the contest’s prize money.

"It’s one of the more unique events out there with the contest having been held inside the shop as well as in the backyard," says Transworld Skate editor Luke Callahan. "The courses have been super fast for the limited amount of space, so you don’t have as many of your conventional contest skaters showing up for this one. This also gives you a little more spontaneity and a few more surprises, which make it super fun to watch. A lot of people from the skate community show up to skate, judge, and watch each year. The contest is definitely becoming a community staple in San Francisco.”

With a grip of prize money and the event being organized and presented by longtime Haight-Ashbury-based skate shop FTC, the 2014 FTC figures to once again be an event for the ages!

For more information on the Levi's “For the Cash” skateboard contest head over to Transworld Skate.