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The 2012 Pro-tec Pool Party is Almost Here
Establishing Legends and Cementing Icons Each Year
Watch it Live via the HD webcast
May 12, 2012


Join us for the 8th Annual Pro-tec Pool Party hydrated by vitaminwater on May 12th and see 45 top pros and masters vie for their piece of $113,000 in one of the most unforgiving bowls ever built. Held in the historic replica Combi Bowl at Vans Skatepark at the Block at Orange, the 2012 Pool Party is stacked with talent, exhibiting the best competition ever in both divisions.

Watch the live webcast!
Saturday, May 12th from 2:00 pm to 9:30 pm
A live HD webcast of the entire Pro-tec Pool Party will premiere at

Expected Riders Include:
Pros: Pedro Barros (Defending Champ), Rune Glifberg, Andy Macdonald, Nolan Munroe, Alex Perelson, Omar Hassan, Tony Trujillo, Bucky Lasek, Steve Pineiro, Mike Owen, and more.

Masters: Chris Miller (Defending Champ and ’05-’09 Winner), Lance Mountain, Tony Hawk, Eric Nash, Duane Peters, Sergie Ventura, Jeff Grosso, Pat Ngoho, Rob "Sluggo" Boyce, Steve Alba, Tony Magnusson, Brian Pennington, and more.

Judges – includes John Cardiel and Bryce Kanights.

The Pro-tec Pool Party is made possible by the support of Vans and vitaminwater.

For more information on the Pro-tec Pool Party plus daily pre-event coverage including photos, videos and blog updates from practice, please visit:

Press Inquiries : Kathy Miranda at

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Pedro goes bowling on the beach.

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Pedro Barros-winner

 Pedro Barros had the fire in his eyes as he destroyed the bowl contest at the Pantech Open in Ocean City, Maryland. Maryland native Bucky Lasek took second and Ben Hatchell rounded out the podium, both with strong showings. History was made as this was was the first contest thrown in a temporary, portable cement bowl, the first of it’s kind ever built. Portable bowl on the beach kind of sounds like– outhouse –but this bowl was absolutely not a piece of crap. Everyone of the skaters that I talked to,  said it was fun to ride. Steve Caballero was raving about the bowl and talking about how great this event is for the new generation of skaters. Even the event itself was fun. Often, ‘Made for TV’ skateboard events feel more like being in a prison than going skateboarding, with someone always yelling at you, telling you were can’t be and so on.

Bucky Lasek- 2nd place

Ben Hatchell-3rd place

The vibe on the deck in Ocean City was much more– dare we say– fun? Maybe the good bowl vibes spread through the security and all the camera people or there were conscious decisions made to make it more like a really fun skateboard event. While the skateboarders and hot skate action were definitely the stars of the show, the bowl itself, the vibe on the deck and the fact that it was a little cooler definitely contributed to a good time overall. 

Andy Macdonald- 4th place

Nolan Munroe-5th place

The ten skaters were broken down into two groups of 5 and given four 35 second runs with their top two run scores determining the results. This was different than the 15 minute jam sessions they did in qualifying. The top 5 of the 10 were taken and put in a second super jam to determine the final results. Four of the guys, Pedro, Bucky, Andy and Rune also skated in the vert ramp. A few of the guys were talking about the challenges of skating the different transition sizes.

At the beginning of practice it did seem the timing was off for some of the guys skating vert too but these guys are the best in the world and seemed to find their bowl legs. Nolan Munroe made it into the final, his crazy transfer line from shallow to deep, over the hip and into big 540 on the face wall of the deep end definitely did not hurt. Andy MacDonald has a very deep bag of tricks so it’s no surprise that he cracked the top 5. Ben Hatchell went to work on the lip, maybe more so than anyone else in the final, deep end, shallow end, flat wall, corners, he worked the lip with speed and style. The fact that he threw in airs, including padless 540’s in the deep means it’s no surprise he got on the podium.

If you know Bucky Lasek you know he can throw down in a bowl like this. Bucky is so good at these things you pretty much expect him to win. A few bails kept him in second but Bucky is always rad to watch. Pedro went huge, went fast, had the sick transfer lines and threw down multiple 540’s. Pedro won the Pool Party in epic style and had a similar performance in Ocean City. – George Crosland

Thank you to George Crosland for the text & Allisports for the images. Skate- Ozzie

Finals Results

1 Pedro Barros

2 Bucky Lasek

3 Ben Hatchell

4 Andy Macdonald

5 Nolan Munroe

6 Omar Hassan

7 Rune Glifberg

8 Ben Raybourn

9 Benji Galloway

10 Kevin Kowalski


Disclaimer : This article is not intended to offend or personally attack any one person. It merely is an observation of an event and a reporting of facts. Read at your own risk.

Skateboarding is a strange creature. Some consider it a lifestyle, some consider it a sport, some do not consider it at all. Skateboarding is not meant to be judged at any level, you either skate or you don’t. But for some reason, people want to know who is the best. So we hold contests to see who is supposed to be the best skateboarder on that day. This is based on the opinion of (usually) three judges. These three judges are supposed to be experts in judging the criteria of a good skate run, whether it be on a ramp, street, or pool. At the end of the contest we hear the results announced, usually a top ten, and then try and decide if the judges made the right call. Ninety percent of the time we probably agree with what the judges have set forth as the results. Even if these results were obviously flawed, you would expect that results would not be changed after being announced. A call by the umpire in baseball is not reversed, even if he blew that call. In the NFL there is instant replay to change a blown call. Maybe we can video the contest, so the results can be changed if a wrong placing is awarded. I just know that skateboarding is one of the only “sports” that sometimes lets personal relationships and politics influence who is in the top ten. That sucks. This is the story of one of the most fucked up contests I have ever been a part of.

Mike McGill Masters winner

MRZ called me a few days after the Protec pool party to let me know about a pro pool contest coming up at the Encinitas park. When he told me it was on june 7th, I thought it was a little weird being so soon after the Protec and also the weekend before the Quicksilver at Malmo contest. I saw the flyer for it and it looked legit, a big sponsors list, and some big name pros listed as well. One would think if you really wanted a good turnout, you’d want more time to promote it? Anyway, I called the number on the flyer, got info, and registered online. The contest was scheduled for Saturday. I had never ridden Encinitas, MRZ and I headed down on Thursday so I could get some practice in. This contest was being put on by Steve Steadham. When he showed up on Thursday, I had some questions for him. What time was pro practice? What time the pro contest would start? Basically what time did I need to be there at. All I got was a real vague answer with no real times. I did find out the am street contest was being held in the morning. So let me get this straight, in one day, they were going to try and accomplish an am street contest, multi division am bowl contest, woman’s bowl contest, pro and master bowl contest, possibly a best trick contest on the vert ramp and be done and out of the park by 6:30 pm. WHAT? Total recipe for disaster.

Andy Macdonald Pro winner.

Saturday came around, and MRZ and I figured if we got there by 1pm, we would be safe. After a quick stop at Jokers skate shop in Huntington Beach to say hi to Corey and pick up some products, we got on the road to Encinitas. We rolled up around 1:30 pm, the am street contest was in full swing and the bowl was open for practice. I went to the registration desk to pay my entry of $50. I was informed that my name was not on the list of confirmed riders, even though I had received a confirmation number(#0342) via e-mail. Oh well, I could still enter by just paying my $50, which I did. I asked for a receipt, so I could show it to my sponsors and get reimburse. No dice, to quote the chick taking the money,” I don’t have a receipt”. WTF? ” You could maybe ask Steve for one.” Then MRZ, who was the only major media there to document this contest was asked to pay $15 dollars for a spectator fee. Double WTF! So now, I started thinking. Why did I have a confirmation number of 0342 when there was not even 100 riders total in this event? What did this number have to do with anything? Obviously it didn’t mean shit. Why doesn’t this chick have a printer on her laptop or a pad of paper to write me a receipt? Are you fucking kidding me? And what’s up with the “spectator fee” ? Does a parent have to pay $15 to see there kid ride in a contest after paying the entrance fee? Or was it a spectators fee? It really wasn’t very clear and I had to wonder ; Is all this money going into Steadham’s bus for gas? Anyway, the chick asks me my name 4 times. Apparently she can’t quite spell KNOX, but signs me up. Or so I thought.

Julie Kindstrand Womans winner

So at around 2:30 they started doing the grom division. 20 minutes practice, heats, age divisions, you get the picture. Put this together with your standard wasted time and bullshit, and is time slipping away. They had kids 12 and under, 13 and over, women’s, etc. Now it is getting late, almost 5pm. The Masters Pro division is just getting its practice going. I had seriously considered just leaving, but MRZ convinced me to stay and skate. We had already invested too much time and money to turn back now. They call the names of the masters, and what do you know? My name isn’t on the list. Great. So now I go to Dave Duncan who is in charge of the heats and say ,” hey man, I’m in the masters.” Duncan says,” Alright, It’s $50 bucks.” I say, “Dude, I payed the chick at the gate.” Duncan tells me ” Oh, then your in”. What exactly was the point of this confirmation number?

Dillon Taylor AM winner.

Just when I had thought all the drama had been put to rest, Steadham ask me if I was in the right division. like I am not supposed to be in masters or something. At the Protec, masters is 37 and older. Already in the heats for masters were Aaron Astorga, and Josh Nelson, two fucking rippers who happen to be my age. All I could reason from Steadham asking me this was A) he wanted me out of the division. B) he did not think i was 37. C) He wanted to hand pick who was in each division. Whatever. I’m skating in the masters.

Zane Timpson Grom winner

The contest starts with two heats, 1 intro run for each rider followed by a 15 minute jam for each heat. Everyone had a good intro run except for myself and Josh Nelson, we each bailed like second wall, oh well that’s why they have a jam. In the jam Josh clearly killed it, he had the best lines and a big bag of tricks. long feebles and smiths, and huge backside airs and frontside ollies. I actually had him in first. Then you had Adrian Demain, Lester Kasai, Eric Nash, Mike McGill, and myself. We all had a steady bag of tricks on the lip and in the air. I thought, you could have arranged any of us in the spots 2nd thru 5th and it would have been legit. The judges responsibility is to watch the contest , and determine who placed where. But what was the criteria they were looking for, lines? tricks? style? height? consistency? or were they even watching? Do they even skate? When all the dust had settled, they announced the top ten in this order 1) Mike McGill 2) Adrian Demain 3) Josh Nelson and Buddy Carr tied for third 5) Tom Knox 6) Eddie Retagui 7) Steve Steadham 8) Eric Nash 9) Lester Kasai 10) Aaron Astorga

Josh Nelson 2nd masters.

Okay, I don’t really give a fuck what place you put me in. I’m just stoked to skate with some of the pros I grew up watching skate, but C’mon Josh clearly had the best shit of the day and I’m sorry but Buddy Carr should not have been in front of Lester, Nash, or myself. When the results were announced a lot people were thoroughly confused and upset. At this point the contest is seriously behind schedule. Duncan takes the judges sheets and quickly starts the pro division. It’s fully rushed.

Jake Piasecki 2nd Pros

It is now 6 pm, the park closes at 6:30 pm, no exceptions everyone out. So it is announced to the displeasure of the pro’s, that they will only get two runs. Thats it. This is supposed to be the premier division. The PRO DIVISION. Hell even the 12 and under got more time. Well it didn’t really matter, because nobody was going to touch Andy Macdonald. he just killed it, he did an insanely hard trick on every wall. No controversy there. He was 1st place. The chaos came when they awarded 2nd place. The judges, must have been watching the little league game next door because they awarded second place to Chris Reeves. Chris did pull off some really sketchy switch grinds, but he fell a lot and his airs although respectable were not as big as the other guys. Cookiehead and Jake Piasecki were going huge, airs, grinds, inverts,etc. you could of put either one of them in 2nd. or third. Clearly Chris should not have been in the top five. They announced the placings 1) Andy Macdonald 2) Chris Reeves 3) Darren Jenkins 4) Jake Piasecki 5) Mike Brookman 6) Josh Rodriquez 7) Blake Cuthbert 8) Bennett Harada 9) Tuma 10) Danny D. Once again people were confused and flat out pissed off at the results.

Now it’s 6:45 and the YMCA people want everyone out, but the master and pros want the prize money that was promised. Duncan announces the placings again and the prize money amount for each placing. My name is called out and for my hard fought “supposed” 5th place I won $75. Wow. Where do I get my check? Wait. What? The check will be in the mail? All I have to do is fill out a W-9. Really? You mean all I have to do is give a complete stranger my social security number and I can get $75 bucks? Anyone who placed and was getting a check had to fill out this form. Chaos. Everybody was looking for a pen and some guys didn’t even know what there number was. I filled out the form with a fake social and my brothers address. I didn’t give a shit at this point. I am sure the check will be in the mail. Really, they said they would send it. Needless to say, there were a lot of pissed off pros, not only because of no checks, but because of some of the absurd placements.

Steve Steadham 3rd Masters

Cookie Head 3rd Pros

MRZ and myself hit the road back to Long Beach, and on the way back stopped for a bite to eat. We sat all fucking day without eating, so this was a good chance to sit and talk about what had just happened. Around 8pm MRZ’s phone rings. It’s Duncan, informing him that the results that were announced were not the official results. The judges sheets were being re-tallied, and the official results would be announced later. Are you fucking kidding? Is this American Idol and we drag out the results for another show? Did they have some hanging chads on the ballots the judges were using? Was Al Gore one of the judges? WTF!

Lynz Hawkins 2nd womens

Now it is sunday june 8th, the day after the contest. MRZ emails me the “OFFICIAL RESULTS”. masters 1) Mike mcgill 2) Josh Nelson 3) Steve Steadham 4) Lester Kasai 5) Buddy Carr 6) Adrian Demain 7) Tom Knox 8) Eric Nash 9) Eddie reatagui 10) Aaron Astorga

pros 1) Andy Macdonald 2) Jake Piasecki 3) Darren Jenkins 4) Chris Reeves 5) Mike Brockman 6) Josh Rodriquez 7) Blake Cuthbert 8) Bennet Harada 9) Eric Britton 10) Danny D

Buddy Carr 5th masters

let me first address the masters. Josh Nelson still was not the winner? What were they thinking? Steve Steadham put himself in 3rd! Are you kidding me? Dude only made some rail slides and two foot airs.I guess when you throw the contest you can bump yourself from 7th to 3rd with a recount. At least Lester got some justice moving form 9th to 4th. Some how Buddy Carr managed to still beat out Eric Nash and myself. He did some solid grinds and a couple of sketchy lien to tails, but i think Eric and I definitely went higher and had more tricks. Honestly, I dont really care, you can give me last, but be fucking fair. Fuck, I just got placed out of my $75 bucks. They told me the check was in the mail.

Tom Knox 7th masters

Eric Nash 8th masters

Now how about the pros? Andy Mac without a doubt won. They put Jake 2nd, Cookie head 3rd. That was a close call so it’s all good. I still don’t think Chris Reeves was top five and they had him in 4th. Mike Brockman had a huge bag of tricks and got 5th. I sense some hostility from the judges toward the Inland empire.

Mike Brookman 5th pros

Look. I know it is hard work throwing a contest, and you cant please everyone. More than anything I feel bad for the parents who had to fork out $$$$ to watch their kid skate, and for anyone who drove more than 30 minutes to get to this contest. I also feel for any pro that planned on using the winnings to pay bills, buy food, or prostitutes. Because ” The check is in the mail.”


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Now that I have been to a few of these ESPN events over the last few years I can say I know what to expect. It’s there formula to bring you skateboarding on television by the best pros out there. They do this (competition format) and it works out well for them to give what the general public wants to get interested in the sports involved. Show some footage of the best (Usually only the top 3 finishers) and get all excited about them for the on-air broadcast.

But what I’m seeing and the fans in attendance are seeing is so much more than what you get to see on the tube that it comes down to 2 different versions of what’s going on: The Real Version and the T.V. version. Here are a couple examples,

In the Real Version (being there) you get to see a pretty chaotic snake session in progress. You may have Chris Senn wanting to hit the same ledge Pat Channita does. Both skate at different speeds and are coming at the ledge from 2 different angles. Sometimes both will pull away if they see each other resulting in no attempts at dialing their tricks. Sometimes maybe Chris Senn will be moving mach 10 and only to see Channita double heel flipping to 5-0 on the ledge. He can pull out in time again losing a shot at the ledge. Maybe Channita will see Senn barreling down on him and decide to pull back and make room for Chris to fly by. Only when he pulls out Chet Thomas is in mid flight and going to land right where Channita suddenly changed direction to. Slam! (This didn’t really happen but it’s a similar version to reality each event). On T.V. you don’t get to see what happens in between runs. You’ll see Chris Senn (who got 1st place) ripping unobstructed throughout the course like it was easily orchestrated to be able to practice his lines.

In the Real Version you might see some new guy bust out a 900 on the vert ramp and it’ll blow you and everyone there away.

On T.V. you’ll never even see the 900 because he placed 25th and the cameras weren’t rolling on the practice session.

Because of this we seldom bring you the ESPN version of the events and bring you the down home version. In the photo gallery and video clip we’ve got scenes from the practice sessions and some from the finals. We weren’t there to bring you up to the minute play by play. We went to watch the top skateboarders perform and bring back some photos and video of guys you may or may not get to see much of. ENJOY!

Andy Macdonald - Indy Air

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Bucky Lasek – Frontside Invert

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It was another completely EPIC battle in the combi at Vans yesterday. Before we put up our complete coverage, here are the results.

Media division:

1: Garret
2: Brian Fic k-Every magazine under the sun?
3 Scott Taylor -Skateboarder Magazine
4 Jim Murphy-Juice Magazine
5 Buddy Carr-ConcreteWave
6 Dave Swift-TheSkateboardMag
7 Mike
8 John Fudala-Fork Burns

Womens’ division:
1.Carabeth Burnside
2. Lyn-Z Adams hawkins
3. Mimi Knoop
4. Julie Kindstrand
5. Jodi McDonald
6. Apryl Woodcock
7. Nicole Zuck
8. Holly Lyons
9. Mandy Esch
10. Cressey Rice
11. Kim Petersen

Masters’ Division:
1.Chris Miller
2. Lance Mountain
3. Steve Caballero
4. Duane Peters
5. Steve Alba
6. Lester Kasai
7. Ben Schroeder
8. Buck Smith
9. Micke Alba
10. Glen Charnoski
11. Mike Barnes
12. Mike McGill
13.(tie) Pat Ngoho
13.(tie) Steve Steadham
15. Mark Partain
16. Dave Reul
17. Tony Magnusson
18. Jesse Martinez
19. Lonny Hiramoto
20.(tie) Dave Duncan
20.(tie) Jon Harsma
22. Don Fisher
23. Pat Black
24. Jon-Jon Bryan

Pro Division:
1. Rune Glifberg
2. Bucky Lasek
3. Omar Hassan
4. Bob Burnquist
5. Benji Galloway
6. Andy Macdonald
7. Bruno Passos
8. Joshua Borden
9. Lincoln Ueda
10. Sergie Ventura
11. Nolan Johnson
12. Remy Stratton
13. Brian Patch
14. Darren Navarette
15. Darin Jenkins
16. Dave Maxwelll
17. Jimmy The Greek
18. Chris Cudlipp
19.(tie)Matt Moffett
19.(tie) Daniel Cardone
21. Tim Johnson
22.(tie) Josh Sandoval
22.(tie) Morgan Burgess
24. Tyler Mumma