The legendary Combi Pool at the Vans Skatepark once again hosted the annual Vans Pool Party event and capped off another dramatic skateboarding showdown Saturday night. Following a contentious stalemate final in the Legends event, head chief in charge Steve Van Doren settled the score, honoring both impressive performances and granting Steve Caballero and Lance Mountain a shared victory as this year’s Legends champions for their equal 85.33 result.
The Masters division saw a few of the regulars out of the line up with Andy Macdonald moving up from the Pro Division this year and putting together the highest scoring runs to crown him as the 2017 champion. Chad Shetler joined him on the podium in 2nd with Lincoln Ueda in 3rd.
In the Pro division, 2015’s Vans Pool Party champion Tom Schaar showed new lines with refined power and technical skill in the Combi Pool earning him his second VPP championship title and a much deserved win this year. Cory Juneau wasn’t far behind him place 2nd, while 3rd place winner and Vans Pool party rookie, Clay Kreiner wowed the crowd with his amplified runs and his fearless attempts at landing a massive heelflip frontside air over the round bowl’s channel.
1. Tom Schaar
2. Corey Juneau
3. Clay Kreiner
1. Andy Macdonald
2. Chad Shetler
3. Lincoln Ueda
1. Lance Mountain and Steve Caballero (tie)
3. Tony Magnusson
For more information on this year’s Vans Pool Party including highlights, complete results, photos and videos, visit vans.com/poolparty.
The 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.
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
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.
Bones Wheels riders, Chris Russell, Cody Lockwood, Kevin Kowalski, Ben Raybourn, Alan Young, and Jimmy Wilkins pay tribute to 30 Years of Animal Chin on the Chin Ramp in this video piece. Original Bones Brigaders, Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Mike McGill, with special guest Lance Mountain also team up in this acknowledgment of skate history.
This lengthy, but important “Skate Rock” episode of Loveletters is a mini documentary about the origins and the relationship between skateboarders and the music they listen to and create. Key instigators, originators and skaters interviewed in this piece include” Mofo, Brian Brannon, Glen E. Friedman, Jeff Ament, Tommy Guerrero, Chuck Treece, Steve Caballero, Henry Rollins and others. This is the stuff that matters.
It’s been 30 years since the members of the Bones Brigade gathered to skate together on the Chin Ramp. This insightful and video piece includes interviews with the guys that original Chin Ramp builder Tim Payne, photographer Grant Brittain, and several very well known pro skaters whom were hugely impacted by the video and its subliminal messages decades ago. Watch your favorite skaters rip the Chin Ramp again right here and now. The search for Animal Chin continues.