On Saturday, October 24th, 2015 Red Bull Skateboarding teamed up with Creature & Santa Cruz Skateboards/Indy Trucks/OJ Wheels/Bronson Speed Co. to throw a 21-man invite-only backyard bowl bash at Pat Lowery’s legendary Richmond, Virginia Lost Bowl.
With a field of some of the top ams, pros and East Coast up and comers, the day consisted of seven 7-minute 3-man heats followed by a 29-minute everyone-in chaos session set to Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” (inspired by Jim’s Ramp Jam of 1996) and three best tricks. In a rarely seen contest decision, the inmates were put in charge of the asylum and the 21 skaters were asked to judge themselves and pick the top 3 winners. The results, as voted on by the skaters in the contest are as follows:
1st Cody Chapman
2nd Chris Russell
3rd Kevin Kowalski
4th John Gardner
John Gardner – Boneless into the pool
Chris Gregson – Frontside kickflip over the ladder
Jack Fardell – Nose manual
Alex Sorgente – Backside flip
Josh Borden – Nosegrind
Ben Hatchell – Half Cab Front blunt
This summer’s Van Doren Invitational blew up the shores of Huntington Beach, California as a part of this past weekend’s #VansUSOpen. As the clock ticked down to its last seconds and all in attendance were left screaming for more, Virginia’s own Ben Hatchell was the guy that ultimately earned the top of the podium of the Men’s Finals.
Roll the footage from the finals above and watch it all go down thanks to the the guys at Thrasher Magazine. Also, be sure to check out Burnout’s splendid photo gallery of Bowlmasters as well as the archived (indexed by jams, intro runs, slams, etc.) webcasts at vansusopenofsurfing.com from the weekend as well.
1. Ben Hatchell
2. Pedro Barros
3. Chris Russell
4. Raven Tershy
5. Willy Lara
6. Ronnie Sandoval
7. Alex Sorgente
8. Jack Fardell
9. Chris Gregson
10. Marlon Silva
11. Ben Raybourn
12. Curren Caples
Vans brings the world’s greatest skateboarders to Canada this week with skateboarding’s premier bowlriding competition, the celebrated Van Doren Invitational to be held at Vancouver’s legendary Hastings Bowl on July 11th & 12th. Top skaters from around the globe will battle it out before a live audience for top honors and their share of US $75,000 purse This event will be presented as a live webcast on Thrasher Magazine on Saturday, July 12th for everyone to view.
The invite-only organized jam format will showcase modern bowlriding’s greatest talents, such as current World Champion Pedro Barros, X-Games gold medalist Curren Caples and reigning Van Doren Invitational champion Ben Hatchell, plus top challengers like Grant Taylor, Ben Raybourn and many more.
“It seems like only yesterday that Vans helped to bring the Slam City Jam skate contests to Vancouver’s PNE and today Vans Canada is excited to present the Van Doren Invitational as we bring together some of the greatest bowl riders from around the world to the Hastings Bowl at the same location. Don’t miss this exciting day in Canadian skateboard history!” – Steve Van Doren, Vans Vice President, Events and Promotions