X Games Wraps Up in Los Angeles

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The final events of X Games’ 2014 Global Tour entertained thousands in attendance over the weekend and wrapped up its ten-year run in Los Angeles. In Big Air, New York native Elliot Sloan battled through the competition and sharp winds to take home his first-ever X Games gold medal. Little man Tom Schaar spun a 900 in one of his runs and landed in second and “Mr Dreamland” Bob Burnquist put on the heat but, unfortunately fractured his nose upon landing a massive Indy 720. He garnered the bronze for his valiant efforts.

Notably, the allure and excitement of the Skate Park event was missing in Los Angeles and those looking to witness some pro level gravity defying skateboarding at the Staples Center would have to defer to the straight walls of the halfpipe for the Vert Finals.

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Noentheless, in the Vert Finals and going for a 2013 X Games Grand Slam, Bucky Lasek came out swinging and nailed his first run to earn a score of 91.00 and seize a four-peat in X Games gold medals this year. Congrats Bucky!

Final Results

Big Air
1. Elliot Sloan
2. Tom Schaar
3. Bob Burnquist
4. Jagger Eaton
5. Edgard Pereira
6. Nolan Munroe
7. Jake Brown
8. Mitchie Brusco

Vert Finals
1. Bucky Lasek
2. Pierre Luc Gagnon
3. Andy Macdonald
4. Marcello Bastos
5. Rony Gomez
6. Sandro Dias
7. Paul-Luc Ronchetti
8. Sam Beckett
9. Alex Perelson
10. Tom Schaar

Street League at X Games Los Angeles

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The sixth stop of the Street League Nike SB World Tour wrapped at X Games Los Angeles with Nyjah Huston returning to the top of the podium where he feels most comfortable and familiar. Chris Cole earned enough points to land in second with Luan Oliveira bumping out LA’s SLS Select Series winner, Ryan Decenzo for the third place spot. Through this year’s Select Series, both Ryan and Manny Santiago have earned spots on Street League’s upcoming 2014 tour. Greg Lutzka missed it by just one point. The SLS $200,000 Super Crown World Championship takes place on August 25th in Newark, New Jersey. Chris Cole and Paul Rodriguez will look to carry momentum from their recent wins, while Nyjah tries to get back to the top after his earliest exit ever last month in Portland.

Final Results
1. Nyjah Huston
2. Chris Cole
3. Luan Oiveira
4. Ryan Decenzo
5. Shane O’Neill
6. Paul Rodriguez
7. Torey Pudwill
8. Bastien Salabanzi

Volcom Bowl-A-Rama Getxo, Spain Set for 2014

Volcom  Bowl-A-Rama It has just been announced that the inaugural Volcom Bowl-A-Rama Getxo (Basque Country) will be added to the global concrete bowl series on Saturday, September 6th, 2014. The Volcom BOWL-A-RAMA Getxo will be a week dedicated to celebrating art, music and true skateboard culture.

The contest showcases the world’s best Pro and Masters bowl skateboarders as they compete at the first skatepark in the Basque Country – La Kantera. The park, along with its world renowned kidney pool, is located among the castle ruins at Arrigunaga beach in the Abra Bay of Getxo, Spain.

“We are stoked on having Bowl-A-Rama at one of the best pools in Europe and home to Alain Goikoetxea, our longtime Basque team rider and local tranny ripper. We’ll be there to watch the action go down!” Phil Lalemant, Marketing Director – Volcom Europe

“Everyone at Bowl-A-Rama is so stoked to be finally bringing our festival and comp to Getxo in Europe. The support Getxo city, Kako’s skate shop and Volcom have extended to make this possible is awesome. We want to ensure we do the best by the skaters and their fans at each stop of the series. Holding the first Bowl-A-Rama Getxo in 2014 is our way of ensuring longevity with the competition and supporting the scene properly. See you all at Volcom Bowl-A-Rama Getxo 2014!” Chad Ford, Director of Frontside Events

Vans’ Get Out and Do Something Tour Continues August 8th

Vans’ yearly Get Out and Do Something tour continues this summer August 8th through August 11th touring Vans stores from Atlanta to Philadelphia. Join legendary Vans pro skaters Ray Barbee and John Cardiel for live music, art and good times. Ray and the Mattson 2 will be performing live, followed by John Cardiel spinning his favorite music. Greg “Pnut” Galinsky will also be on the scene sharing his artistic flavor. At each stop Vans will be giving away a Fender guitar and tons of other prizes from their sponsors.

Tour Dates and Info

Thursday, August 8th
Perimeter Mall at 4pm
Atlanta, GA

Friday, August 9th
The Streets @ Southpoint at 4pm
Durham, NC

Saturday, August 10th
MacArthur Center at 1pm
Norfolk, VA

Sunday, August 11th
Willow Grove Plaza at 1pm
Willow Grove, PA

Anti-Art McNett Show in SF This Saturday

Dennis McNett Art Show
Dennis McNett is having an Anti-Art Show this Saturday, August 3rd, at the Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco from 6-9pm. The show features all 26 Antihero boards done by Dennis McNett and the process by which he created the artwork for each, featuring carved wood blocks and limited edition prints. This will be a great show. Don’t miss out if you’re in the area!

New Beginnings and Change Ups

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If you haven’t already heard, after an 8-year run, Paul Rodriguez has left Plan B in search of a new beginning and maintaining control his own new skateboard brand. Tune into the interview above to hear the details from him in his own words.

On the skate shoe front, Peter Ramondetta’s clean signature shoes on HUF have just dropped. Be sure to check ‘em out and support Pete! Speaking of HUF, Dylan Rieder and Austyn Gillette have both joined the team with signature shoes in development right now. Elsewhere, Matt Bennett’s pro shoe on Dekline has just rolled out onto the skate shop shelves. Check his intro video right here. More shoe news reveals that I Path is going through a bit of a restructure with its team and focus and Manny Santiago has signed on as their newest pro going forward. Stay tuned.

Resuscitated from the mid 90s, Dan Drehobl has relaunched Freedumb Airlines and his cynical and thought provoking graphics are great to see back in the mix of skateboarding. So far, he’s released several of his classic art tees and they’re available on his new site. Don’t goon it and go for the corpo crap, support a dedicated skater and buy a Piscat tee or two for you and your gal.