Vans Pool Party Legend Chris Miller Celebrates Victory; Pro Tom Schaar Wins Third Championship Title

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Vans Pool Party 2013

Roy YerkesThe Vans Pool Party of 2013 was another installment of the most electrifying skateboarding ever witnessed. The intensity and mayhem may not have been believable in the days of yor, but in the modern world where it can be broadcast to your living room via the world wide web, many thousands around the globe would agree with the skaters, media, and frothing fans in attendance that this event is better then all the rest. Read more

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Dew Tour – Open Qualifier update – Chris Miller

Dew Tour Bowl Update

The open qualifiers went down today and there was some amazing skating that happened. I have to say that I was impressed with the diversity of skating styles and the range of approaches to this bowl. In many ways the judges had a tough job just sorting through this variety. How do you compare the smooth flowing riffs of Tyler Mumma to the youthful back and forth of Steve Pineiro? There’s a lot to admire about both, so hats off to the judges for trying to rank all the skaters who shredded the bowl today at the Dew Tour.

Sandro Dias- utilized every corner – lien transfer

Stevie Caballero- frontside invert through the corner…  GULP!

Dalton Dern-qualified 2nd – 540

Josh Mattson- pop shuv it tail grab

Tom Schaar-  this 11 year old powerhouse pulled a 720

 Having nothing to do with the results, the standouts in my mind were Sandro Dias — who adopted his high – powered big air style to the hips and curves of the bowl very well, Steve Caballero with his classic smooth flow and patented bag of tricks, Josh Mattson with alley – oop front blunts, mini -grom Tom Schaar who did a 720, and Tyler Mumma who did some of the most stylish lines and grinds of all. In the end the results of the open qualifier looked like this:

1       Dias    Sandro
2       Dern    Dalton
3       Mattson Josh
4       Schaar  Tom
5       O’friel Michael
6       Sorgente        Alex
7       Caballero       Steve
8       Kimbel  Willis
9       Blair   Charlie
10      Pineiro Steven
11      Mocquin Guillaume
12      Beckett  Sam
13      Taylor  Adam
14      Horrwarth       Juergen
15      Lorifice        Rob
16      Mumma   Tyler
17      Benoliel        Julien
18      Stafford        Josh
19      Boulanger       Joey
20      Jones   Rodney
21      Wisniewski      Paul
22      Fancher Packy
23      Merlino Mason
24      Harris  Corbin
25      Furlong Anthony

Looking forward to more Dew Tour ripping this weekend– Chris Miller

George Crosland-viewpoint


The question of whether we could successfully build a temporary, moveable cement bowl on the beach was answered today. The Dew Tour Pantech Open bowl in Ocean City, Maryland was completed in time for practice and qualifiers to not only go down but go off. The first of it’s kind, since the bowl can be used again, the overall conclusion is that the bowl is rad; designed and built well, smooth flowing and fun. The bowl, designed by Chris Miller, consists of a shallow end that allows for a huge variety of options with pockets, flat wall, corners, and hips. The shallow flows into the deep  which is essentially a square bowl that can be attacked by way of high speed corner carves, halfpipe style back and forth lines or any combination you want. It is not too tight and not too mellow. If you like 15 foot deep Oregon bowls,  it might be too mellow but you get the idea, it’s fun.

Adam Taylor- good to see him back … ripping!

Willis Kimbel- son of legend Curt Kimbel

Despite the hot temperatures, a varied group of skateboarders came out to practice. You had veterans like Bucky Lasek, Omar Hassan and Rune Glifberg ripping along side younger guys like Tom Remillard, Ben Raybourn and Ben Hatchell. Being freshly built, the cement was a bit grippy but everyone got used to it and proceeded to find their lines. Watching the variety of styles out there today was a blast. From the flowing lines of Tyler Mumma to Alex Perelson blasting airs to Ben Raybourn’s trickery, hell everyone was ripping. Those that showed up early got some alone time in the bowl. But with such a big group of guys throwing down, the practice sessions eventually got hectic with the usual two to four guys in the bowl at a time. A few collisions happened at the height of the session but no serious injuries.

Michael O’ Friel- madonna over the hip

As practice ended and qualifiers started, things got way more mellow. There were 6 heats with 4-5 skaters in each heat. Each heat had their own practice session limited to the guys in the heat so they could dial in their runs without the criss – cross crash factor. There were fifteen minute jams &  the guys skated in order. This was the format and it seemed to work out. Of the 28 guys that competed today, 13 got to move on to meet 22 pre -qualified skaters tomorrow. Some of the pre- qualified skaters include Bucky Lasek, Rune Glifberg, Pedro Barros , Alex Perelson and more. Today was great and tomorrow will be better as everyone finds more lines and the pre -qualified guys go to work on the bowl, stay tuned. – George Crosland

Thank you to Chris Miller & George Crosland for the updates. Thank you to Chris Ortiz for the images. Skate- Ozzie

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Dew Tour- update II from Chris Miller

Dew Tour bowl- completed. Take a look at those grind marks…  Oh Yeah!


Breaking In The Bowl

Ok, so the consensus is the new Dew Tour bowl is great. But great can still be challenging to figure out and get used to. For me personally that meant taking a tumble on the grippy new concrete and  having to sit out the rest of the session nursing some bruised ribs. Oh well.. I guess you gotta pay to play!

As the day went on more and more lines were found for all. Standouts for the day were Pedro, Omar, Sky, Nolan Monroe and Rune. In the evening, for the final session of day I sat next to Pedro talking about lines while watching Zach Miller and Daniel Cardone skate. As they both started to make it click with very distinct but great styles, I realized the beauty of bowl skating is that every bowl is a unique puzzle with a unique solution for each person who rides it.

I have a feeling tomorrow we will see some guys really open things up. I can’t wait…
Chris Miller

Dew Tour – Update from Chris Miller

Dew Tour Bowl- Ocean City, MD

I just arrived in Ocean City and after nervously anticipating the reality of the Dew Tour Bowl, the nerves are gone and replaced with excitement. It’s amazing looking! Wally Holiday and the crew from Spohn Ranch were just resuming work after a few hours of rain had caused an interruption. There’s no more rain expected, so hopefully by tomorrow morning we will skating this beautiful thing and not just looking! I don’t want to claim too hard, but if it skates as good as it looks, the Dew Tour Bowl might be one of the best ever! I will send an update tomorrow… Chris Miller

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List your 5 current personal favorite skateparks and why.

1) Vans Skatepark, Orange CA. – The new combi is the best pool of all time.

1) Bucky Lasek’s House– bigger and more open than combi but not quite as many lines. Much better atmosphere though.

Chris Miller corner air @ Pier Park – Portland Oregon

2) Pier Park – Portland OR. – The pipe and big bowl are pretty awesome. The line over the door is always exciting.

Chris Miller – Indy Air @ Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, Encinitas CA.

3) Louisville Extreme Park, Louisville KY. – Another pipe and bowl combo that is amazing. I can’t even remember the rest of the park and I never even made it back to their vert ramp, but the pipe and big bowl are great.

4) Burnside, Portland OR. – In terms of creativity and history, maybe the best park ever. It is legendary and fun to skate.

5) Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, Encinitas CA. – For anyone who likes vert, the history alone makes it great. The kidney pool is a gem and always fun. I kind of have a thing for the hip.

(Bonus Park) What is your all time favorite skatepark? Why?
Pipeline Skatepark, Upland CA. (R.I.P.) – It would take a long time to explain in detail but see all of the above and know that none of those would have happened without the influence of Upland.

Thanks to Earth Patrol Media for the Miller pic at Pier Park



Top 10 finishers:

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

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

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

Media division:
1: Garret
2: Brian Fick-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