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Record Breaking Dunk at Venice Hoops

 

by Warren “Wojissimo” Szewczyk & Lio “ROI”

Yo! Venice Editor Melanie Camp contributed to this article.

The world’s highest fliers descended on Venice Beach Saturday, July 15, for the Venice Basketball League’s DunkFest 2.0 at the Basketball courts at 1800 Ocean Front Walk in Venice.

Hosted by Los Angeles Laker Larry Nance, Jr and his father Larry Nance, the first ever NBA slam dunk champion, the contest featured an all-star panel of judges. Memphis Grizzly Ben McLemore, Bleacher Report sports journalist Josh Martin, fitness model Qimmah Russo, legendary photographer Mike Miller and former NBA Laker Samaki Walker all joined Nance Jr. on the panel.

An all star line up of judges. Photo by: Melanie Camp.

“It’s been good. Got a lot of high powered athletes, nice dunks out here, so I’m enjoying myself,” Nance Jr. told Yo! Venice. The L.A. Laker said he had no pointers to share. “I’m the one taking the tips. These guys can fly better than I can,” he said.

Highlighting the event were several marquee dunkers, including dunk pioneer Taurian “Air Up There” Fontenette, Michael Purdie, Myree Bowden aka Reemix, Jonathan Clark, Australian sensation Brodie Stevens, Adom Jacko, and Jared Roth aka Desert Flight.

Jonathan Clark took home the trophy by making history, dunking on an 11’8” inch rim, a new world record for an outdoor competition.

So, how does it feel to jump that high? Clark told Yo! Venice, “It’s an amazing feeling. Honestly, it’s the closest thing to flying.”

To celebrate his win, Clark threw down a reverse dunk over a wall of four beautiful lady volunteers and second place finisher Myree Bowden aka Reemix.

 Photo by: Melanie Camp.
Jonathan Clark shows just how tall an 11’8” rim stands. Photo by: Melanie Camp.
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