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RIP Christopher “Big Black” Boykin

Our thoughts are with friends and family of Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, who passed away this week at 45.

Big Black first emerged as Rob Dyrdek’s security guard who dealt with other security guards in DC’s 2003 “The DC video”, and went on to star in “Rob And Big”, a spin-off television show on MTV.

Big will be missed!

Skate Nerd: Mikey Taylor vs. Paul Rodriguez

YouTube Preview ImageThe boys at TWS put old friends Mikey Taylor and Paul Rodriguez head to head to see who has a more abundant wealth of skate knowledge. Watch to find out who is the bigger skate nerd!

The Nine Clube Episode 47: Mikey Taylor

YouTube Preview ImageMikey Taylor discusses his recent hip surgery and recovery, the City Stars days, leaving Es for DVS, his first shoe royalty check that might have never been, skating for Alien Workshop, starting then selling Saint Archer, Villager Coconut Water, Sovrn, gluten and much more on the latest episode of The Nine Club with Chris Roberts.

Mano A Mano 2017 – Final: Erick Winkowski vs. Sebo Walker

YouTube Preview ImageIt came down to the brute retro 80s inversion power of Eric Winkowski versus the tech gnar of Sebo Walker in this Final round of Mano A Mano this year. Have a look and see who wins it in this showdown for 2017.

12th Annual Vans Pool Party Nears

YouTube Preview ImageThe 12th annual Vans Pool Party celebrates its legacy in modern vertical skateboarding at the world-famous Vans Combi Pool this Saturday, May 13th in Orange, CA. This heavy skate event will be broadcast worldwide once again at vans.com/poolparty featuring spirited commentary from Vans’ announcers and special guests.

Renowned bowl Legends and Masters will join a stacked roster of over 30 leading Pros in a mind-blowing showcase of creativity and skill that pushes and progresses classic Combi bowl skating. Veterans Chris Miller, Lance Mountain (Defending 2016 Legend Champion), Steve Caballero, and crowd favorite Jeff Grosso are slated to mix it up, while today’s top vert professionals like Pedro Barros (Defending 2016 Pro Champion), Tom Schaar, Cory Juneau, Bucky Lasek, and many more, will battle it out with today’s arsenal of mind-bending stunts.

Event Schedule
3:00pm Webcast Begins
3:15pm Masters Final
4:00pm Pro Semi Final
5:30pm Legends Semi Final
6:30pm Legends Final
7:00pm Pro Final
8:00pm Awards

For more information on the Vans Pool Party, confirmed competitior lists, and daily coverage including photos, videos and blog updates from practice, visit vans.com/poolparty.

The Skater Who Became a Shaman

Greg Carroll ShamanAnthony Pappalardo and Huck Magazine dig into the life experience of Greg Carroll, the lessons learned and the path that he’s taken forward. Read on.