The 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
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 www.vans.com/poolparty
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: www.vans.com/poolparty.
Press Inquiries : Kathy Miranda at email@example.com
16-YEAR-OLD BRAZILIAN TAKES OUT 3RD
CONSECUTIVE SKATEBOARDING TITLE AT BONDI
February 25, 2012.
Bondi Beach (AUSTRALIA)
Thousands of people today crowded beachfront grandstands to watch the world’s best skateboarders compete in the eighth annual Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi 2012.
Sixteen-year-old professional skateboarder Pedro Barros (BRAZIL) took out his third consecutive Pro Title after a heated final that saw him using every inch of the bowl at full-throttle speed, busting everything from head-high stalefish 540s, to technical lip trickery like alley-oop frontside 50-50s around the tight corner, just beating an impressive Bucky Lasek (USA) and Rune Glifberg (DEN). Competition was equally fierce in the Masters Division with an epic display of skateboarding genius. Legendary skateboarder Steve Caballero (USA) wowed the crowd with his effortless style, experienced consistency and signature frontside inverts, fingerflip Indys and of course his original Caballerial spins that saw him take home his fifth consecutive Masters Title at the event.
Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi is one of skateboarding’s biggest concrete bowl events and this year’s event included an unprecedented prize purse of $80,000 AUD ($85,000 USD).
Today’s action was watched by tens of thousands of people around the world via a global webcast from www.bowlarama.com.au, live Fuel TV broadcast and Vans Live 2.0 App. While the event grows every year it prides itself on being an event for skateboarders, by skateboarders.
"The prize purse has increased dramatically this year and we feel we have set a precedent for other competitions. Professional skateboarders put their lives on the line at these events so we feel they should be justly rewarded. When the riders are stoked they skate better and when that happens the crowd gets the show of their lives. That was well and truly the case today." Chad Ford, Frontside Events director.
For amateur skateboarders the Dew AM Jam saw Australia’s top Under 18 bowl riders invited to skate alongside the Pro’s. In the 12 months since the inaugural Dew AM Jam at Vans BOWL-A-RAMAâ„¢ Bondi 2011, Australia’s top Under 18 bowl riders showed the world it will soon see more Australians represented at the top international levels in bowl skateboarding with the likes of 13-year-old Lachie Aboott and 14-year-old Jakob Robinson ripping up the bowl. Aussie World Vert Champ Renton Millar was stoked to see his group of handpicked groms rip it up at the event.
In the year since we started searching for Dew AM Jam skaters, I have been blown away by how many more skaters there are and the bag of tricks they all are claiming under their belts. No doubt the young Aussies are inspired by the new, young wave of international bowl riders and they are showing they want to stand up alongside them in the next couple of years with a view to taking out the Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi title, says Millar.
After eight years Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi continues to wow a growing audience; We are proud to have been involved with this event from its inception eight years ago. Each year we make a real effort to increase the prize money and elevate the event for the benefit of both skateboarders and spectators. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Steve Caballero’s Half Cab shoe, so to have him win the Masters is particularly memorable. It’s an incredible result to have Pedro win the Pro’s too“ Deena Colman, Vans Australia Marketing Manager.
(Bucky Lasek, Pedro Barros, Rune Glifberg)
1st Place- Pedro Barros ($16,000)
2nd Place – Bucky Lasek ($9,000)
3rd Place – Rune Glifberg ($5,000)
4th Place – Nathen "Jimmy" Beck ($3,000)
5th Place – Nolan Munroe ($2,300)
6th Place – Joshua Rodriguez ($2,000)
7th Place – Steven Pineiro ($1,700)
8th Place – Jack Fardell ($1,600)
9th Place – Kalani David ($1,500)
10th Place – Juergen Horrwarth ($1,400)
(Mik Mulhall, Nicky Guerrero, Steve Caballero)
1st Place – Steve Caballero ($5,800)
2nd Place – Nicky Guerrero ($3,000)
3rd Place – Mik Mulhall ($2,000)
4th Place – Rob "Sluggo" Boyce ($1,800)
5th Place – Sergie Ventura ($1,500)
6th Place – Eddie Elguera El Gato ($1,400)
7th Place – Adam Luxford ($1,300)
8th Place – Pat Ngoho ($1,200)
9th Place – Sean Goff ($1,100)
10th Place – Lester Kasai ($1,100)
The riders were skating like there is no tomorrow. Piles of money on the table. Rune and Patch doing full doubles runs un-planned nearly made me def from the crowd eruption. It really felt like a great moment in skate history was taking place.
big props to dennis lamb, the owner of the basic bowl, as this event is a testimony of fearless dedication to the art of pool skating and party throwing. imagine a couple hundred, heavily loaded and amply wrecked skateboard enthusiasts crammed into your backyard, house, front yard (why is backyard one word and front yard is two??) and street. your shit and your house, all exposed to a load of people who have a ‘fuck all’ attitude. if you’ve ever done it then you know. truth be told, the whole time we were there everyone seemed very respectful to the premises.
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
Bucky Lasek – Frontside Invert
jesse fritch -kickflip indy
Tony Hawk – Tuck Knee Invert
Thunderous plundering down under and a bit of blunder as well. A tale of the American carpet bombing campaign that invaded Oz and NZ, a heavy art attack, and the fallout that still scorches the ground well below the equatorial line…