SoCalSkateparks.com/SoCalSkateShop News Archive 2003-2004 Part 6

07/16/2005

SkateboarderAuction.com – Launched

 


I am pleased to announce the launch of our new site SkateboarderAuction.com.

SkateboarderAuction.com was developed to give the skateboard community a central location to buy and sell skateboard gear, mulitmedia, and other skateboard related products. Sites like Ebay are chocked full of non-skaters selling products to skateboarders so I will monitor the auctions on the site closely to ensure the community of sellers is selling products that are not hurting the skateboarding industry. No 10 7.75 decks for $60 allowed!

Please stop by and check out the site. The graphical interface will be changing in the next week or so but for now the nuts and bolts of the site are ready to start processing your auctions.

Hope SkateboarderAuction.com helps you to sell and find the products you are or have been looking for. Enjoy!!

Posted on 16 Jul 2005 by Mike Hirsch
07/20/2005

Rancho Santa Margarita Skatepark Survey

 


ATTENTION: If you have skated the Rancho Santa Margarita skatepark, please JOIN OUR FORUM and participate in a survey we are taking regarding the park.

 

Posted on 20 Jul 2005 by Mike Hirsch

 

 

7/22/2005

Google Maps Integration

 


I have just integrated the Beta Version of the Google Map API into the skatepark directory. If we have an adddress for the skatepark the Google Map should display under the Mapquest section. The Google Maps are a very cool feature that I hope to integrate deeper into the site so that in the future you will be able to map out multiple skatepark road trips. Time will tell!!

Costa Mesa Skatepark Survey

 


ATTENTION: If you have skated the Costa Mesa Skatepark, please JOIN OUR FORUM and participate in a survey we are taking regarding the park.

 

Posted on 22 Jul 2005 by Mike Hirsch

 

 

Soul Bowl 2005

Soul Bowl 2005 was a new contest to me. It was the first year that I was able to go and with press passes no less!

Cara-Beth Burnside was able to grab 1st place in the women’s contest, while Jen O’Brien and Apryl Woodcock took second and third respectively.

The Grand Masters was a great contest with some names that I hadn’t seen in a long time. Steve Schneer, Ken Fillion and Troy Chasen all can still ride hard. It was the smooth style of Henry Gutierrez that brought home 1st along with Mike Smith in 2nd and good ol’ DP in 3rd.

The Masters killed the bowl. Malba, Grosso, Staab, Schroeder, Nash all charged the bowl, but it was Aaron Astorga’s clean runs and gnarly tricks that landed him in 3rd. Jake Piasecki pulled pretty much all of his tricks to take 2nd and top honors went to T Mag who can still throw 540s at 40+ years old.

The Young Guns were flying through the bowl while pulling some super tech tricks. Bruno Passos, Benji Galloway and Jesse Fritsch took the top spots respectively and Moffett, Salisian, Jenkins, Aligam and Dove all put in great efforts.

The team comp had some awesome skating and saw some teams throwing doubles routines. Team Dove already had enough points to take home 1st prize, but Moffett’s team came out with the first doubles and even triples runs.

Another great southern cali contest at the beach.

To see all images click here.
-naka
sk8session.com

Posted on 11 Aug 2005 by nakasession

 

 

08/13/2005

2005 Oregon Trifecta

Photo Hi-Jacked from here.


News Submitted By Don Bostick

Oregon invaded by concrete warriors! Trifecta is in full effect, day one (Friday, August 12) at Lincoln City goes down in the history books, as Omar Hassan takes the win, amongst a truly international field. Lance Mountain charges the Grandmasters with an unanimous vote from the judges and “long lost but now she’s been found”, Jodi “Grind” McDonnell take the talented girls division. The Chop and Double DD keeping it all real. WCS lap top dies by Jack and Coke – borrowed G4 and quick thinking get us through the comp.

The tribe heads for West Lynn today (Saturday, August 13) and on to Newburg on Sunday.

Omar continues to lead WCS World Bowl Rankings, having won 3 of 4 events this year.

Results:
Pros:
1. Omar Hassan
2. Benji Galloway
3. Chaz Pineda
4. RED
5. Tim Johnson
6. Alex Cochini
7. Will Powers
8. Matt Moffett
9. Alex Giraud
10. Daniel Cardone
11. David Graratte
12. Mason Huggins
13. Jake Piaskie
14. Tim McDougall

Grandmasters:
1. Lance Mountain
2. Pat Ngoho
3. Dave Ruel
4. Jon Jon Bryan
5. Chris Cook
6. Jim Gray
7. Ben Schroeder
8. Mark Conohan

Girls:
1. Jody McDonald
2. Nicole Zuck
3. Kim Peterson
4. Jessica Strakweather
5. Melissa Dafnos
6. Jennifer Stranko
7. Cressey Rice
8. Heidi Fitzgerald

Posted on 13 Aug 2005 by Mike Hirsch

 

 

08/15/2005

Lance Mountain Sweeps Trifecta

Lance Mountain - Grand Masters Oregeon Trifecta Sweep 2005

LANCE MOUNTAIN SWEEPS GRAND MASTERS AT OREGON TRIFECTA

The Firm Skateboards founder and team rider Lance Mountain decimated the world-class concrete of three Oregon skateparks to win every event in the Grand Master¹s of the 2005 Oregon Trifecta August 12-14.

Showing up at some of the parks for the first time with only a few minutes to ride before his heat, Lance proceeded to demonstrate his command of the concrete during the Golden Otter 2 at Lincoln City, the Crown Royale at West Linn and the Corn Cup at Newburg.

In addition to showcasing his indelible skateboarding skills, Lance brought out some of his artistic creations at the Love and Guts Art Show along with fellow bowl busters Pat Ngoho and Steve Olson at New American Casuals in Portland.

Always humble, Lance called his performance ³nothing special² and plans to skate some California concrete upon his return home.

Look for the new Firm line of skateboards to release in September with graphics by Lance on selected pro boards by Bob Burnquist, Rodrigo TX and Javier Sarmieno, as well as an updated version of the Team 17th/21s Lancers model and the Lance Mountain Knight¹s Cross signature board. The Firm offers a wide range of decks and wheels for everyone from the most committed street skater to larger boards for pool, pipe and park applications.

See the complete line of The Firm skateboards at http://www.blitzdistribution.com

For more information, contact Brian Brannon at (714) 899-7427 or via email
at brianb@blitzdistribution.com

Posted on 15 Aug 2005 by Mike Hirsch

 

 

Laguna Beach Skatepark Meeting 9/14
Hi everyone. I wanted to let you know that on Wednesday September 14th
the City has scheduled a concept review to obtain public input on the
plans for our park at the Dog Park location. The meeting will be in
the council chambers at 7:00 PM. Your attendance is critical.

My understanding is the Dog Park people have created an organization to
fight the skate park. The city of costa mesa just opened a skate park
next to their dog park. The Laguna dog park will still be bigger than
theirs after the skate park is built.

Laguna is a little place with little land so we all need to compromise
to get along, however, without your support at this meeting our town
will go to the Dogs.

A yahoo group has been set up at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sk8Laguna/ to better share information
about our cause. Please join this group at to stay in the loop. Also,
please forward this message to a friend(s) who may also be interested
and have them join the group as well. There is strength in numbers.

Remember – If your city doesn’t have a skate park, it is a skate park.

Dan Shapero
Chairman, YMCA Skate Park Task Force
info@sk8laguna.org

Poached from CD. I guess Waterfall forgot about posting it here – HMMM

Posted on 26 Aug 2005 by Mike Hirsch

 

 

X Games 11 brings more competition for Way
Danny wasn’t the only one doing the 70-foot gap this year. PLG and Andy MacDonald both stuck the landing on the big gap and nailed their tricks on the quarterpipe.


But with a fractured ankle from the Great Wall Jump, Danny still managed to pull off a frontside 360 over the big gap and a 18-20 foot Christ Air to take home the gold.


PLG gave him a run for his money though. Pierre was blasting airs in the 20-foot range.


Andy and PLG both didn’t try the gap until the day of the contest and both of them had it down as you can see with Andy’s judo 3.

You can see all of the photos I took on my site.

-garret.
sk8session.com

Posted on 01 Sep 2005 by nakasession

 

 

SoCalSkateShop.com Hurricane Relief Effort
Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund

Posted on 02 Sep 2005 by Mike Hirsch

 

 

09/12/2005
SoCalSkateShop.com Hurricane Relief Effort Update

We just sent $400 to the Red Cross, $200 from Rebirth Of Skateparks Sales and $200 from the Hirsch family. Thanks to everyone for contributing to the Hurricane Katrina Relief effort through SoCalSkateShop.com. The company I work for, Jack In The Box, will match the $400 contribution bringing the total contribution to $800. Every little bit helps and our hopes and prayers are with those suffering from this natural disaster.

Posted on 12 Sep 2005 by Mike Hirsch

 

 

Upland Contest Finals
It was a usual Southern California summer day in the Badlands. The contest got underway around 3pm and finally ended around 11:30pm. There were about 90+ skaters qualified from the preliminaries, so it was a long day.


I don’t have the full results from Serna yet, but I know that Brian Whitney won in his division for the 13-15 yr olds.


There was some ripping going on in the 16-18 yr old division. Michael Serna, of course was flying through every part of the pipe and bowl at mach speed and doing it with ease.


Nick D’Aiello took third in the 19-35yr old division with some crazy lines and some pretty gnarly tricks, tossing frontside airs over the hip at the end of the pipe, inverts and 2 and 10 o’clock thrusters in the pipe.


Jean Rusen of Arizona took third in the ladies division.

The battle raged into the wee hours when the 36+ division went on. Eric Lee and Glendale local James Rodriguez fought it out to be crowned pipe king.


Eric is a local and skates fast and clean. Here’s a big indy in the pool.


James has the butter smooth style and can take it up to the next level. He shows the young bucks how it’s done with a crailslide on the 13ft extension. James squeaked by Eric in the end and took the top prize.

Check out sk8session for more photos. Click here to go to sk8session.com

Posted on 01 Oct 2005 by nakasession

 

 

GVR 2005

GVR 2005


Last year, at the first-ever etnies Goofy Vs. Regular contest, the Regulars stomped the Goofies in a jam session that many hailed as the most incredible 10 minutes of collaborative skateboarding they had ever seen. Furthermore, Bastien Salabanzi blew minds and won the event overall with an astounding display of skateboarding prowess. Anyone who didn’t know much about him or believe the hype they had hear before the G v R contest, certainly learned and converted quickly.

On October 21-23, 2005 will Goofy have their revenge and level the playing field or will Regular just hammer another nail into the supreme stance coffin? Will Bastien hold onto his title? Read More at the official GVR Site.

Check out our gallery of last years bowl masters event and click here to check out the Etnies Skatepark page.

Posted on 13 Oct 2005 by Mike Hirsch
Mammoth Unveiled
Mammoth Lakes, CA
October 14-15, 2005

Twenty plus SoCal skaters invaded the yet to be finished Volcom Brothers Skatepark in Mammoth Lakes, CA last weekend. The park is big and very humbling. Wrapped in pool coping all around, natural obstacles worked into the terrain.

The pour is smooth and super fast. There are pump bumps every where to keep speed throughout the park.

The capsule is big and fun. There were a lot of first time capsule riders over the weekend and they were getting some high lines. Here’s one of Yamo, who I believe had never rode a capsule before.

There is a 12’+ wall with cinderblock vert. No problem for Roy Starin.

Loveseat with oververt pocket above. Here’s a shot my wife took of me.

The 4′ wide tombstone is probably about 7′ tall is pretty gnarly. Brant Austin makes it look easy.

There is a ditch with parking blocks and a vert tombstone with pool coping.

And the back bowl with oververt pocket, deathbox and all-around craziness.

I can’t thank the Grindline guys enough for being cool with all of us skating while they worked on the park. The city gave them ownership of the park until they finish, so that was good for us. I bought some PBR for them and they were stoked. If you won’t be able to make the trip up there before the snow comes, it’s a definite road trip to plan for next summer.

To see more of the skating click here

Posted on 18 Oct 2005 by nakasession

 

 

10/21/2005
Jerry throwing down on the extension

Just got back from the Etnies 2005 Skull Bowl Masters contest. Not as epic as last year but still a great contest. Pat Ngoho took 1st place with some stylish runs. You can check out some photos in the Forum. More coverage of the GVR event to follow in the coming days.
Posted on 21 Oct 2005 by Mike Hirsch

 

 

GVR 2005 Masters and Girls Division
Etnies GVR 2005 On Friday October 22nd, the Etnies GVR bowl contest went down with a nice showing of some of the best pool skaters around. I missed the girls contest and was there to witness most of the Masters Competition and Pat Ngoho showed once again his mastery of style and skill as he went on to take 1st place. Mike Smith, Dave Reul, and Jeff Grosso all skated well and everyone who skated in this division held their own. The entire results for the Masters Division and Girls Division were as follows:

Masters Results
1. Pat Ngoho
2. Mike Smith
3. Dave Reul
4. Jeff Grosso
5. Chris Cook
6. Nick Henderson
7. Brian Mank (tie)
7. Jim Gray (tie)
9. Mike Rogers (tie)
9. Marty Jimenez (tie)
11. Ricky Barnes (tie)
11. Jon-Jon Bryan (tie)
13. Jimmy Acosta
Girls Results
1. April Woolcock
2. Nicole Zuck
3. Annie Sullivan
4. Mandy Esch
5. Holly Lyons
6. Heidi Fitzgerald

Here are some photos from the masters contest and some of the mayhem that went down on a table extension.

Etnies GVR 2005
Maddog – Nick Henderson

Etnies GVR 2005
Jon-Jon Bryan

Etnies GVR 2005
Pat Ngoho

Etnies GVR 2005
The Judges

Etnies GVR 2005
Jim Gray

Etnies GVR 2005
Maddog – Nick Henderson

Etnies GVR 2005
Jeff Grosso

Etnies GVR 2005
Mike Smith

Etnies GVR 2005
Screech

Etnies GVR 2005
Jerry

Etnies GVR 2005
Will Powers

Etnies GVR 2005
Awards Ceremony
Posted on 22 Oct 2005 by Mike Hirsch

 

 

GVR 2005 Pro Division
Etnies GVR 2005 On Friday October 22nd, the Etnies GVR bowl contest went down with a nice showing of some of the best pool skaters around. Unfortunately I missed the pro contest because Gang of Four was in town I had purchased tickets for their show months in advance. Needless to say I was bummed to miss the 2nd GVR pro pool contest. Last years event was epic and I was sure this event would be equally as good. I did witness the practice sessions and Benji Galloway, Omar Hassan and the rest of the skaters were going off. The results for the Pro Division were as follows:

Pro Results
1. Benji Galloway
2. Jimmy “The Greek” Marcus
3. Omar Hassan
4. Josh Sandoval
5. Will Powers
6. Bruno Passos
7. Darin Jenkins
8. Steven Reeves
9. Lance Lieshet
10. Eric Britton

Here are some photos that Joe Runkle shot at and after the event- enjoy!!

Etnies GVR 2005
Benji Galloway

Etnies GVR 2005
Bruno Passos

Etnies GVR 2005
Jimmy The Greek

Etnies GVR 2005
Darren Jenkins

Etnies GVR 2005
Omar Hassan

Etnies GVR 2005
Screech

Rion Linderman - Etnies GVR 2005
Rion Linderman

Lance Leisher -Etnies GVR 2005
Lance Leisher

Steven Reeves - Etnies GVR 2005
Steven Reeves
Posted on 22 Oct 2005 by Mike Hirsch

 

 

12/5/2005
Posted on 05 Dec 2005 by Mike Hirsch
True Spirit of Skateboarding

Here we are two weeks into December and I am sure that many of you out there have been dreaming of your wish list for the holidays of skate gear you may need or just plain want. It is so easy to only think of ourselves when it comes to skateboarding, especially since skateboarding is a personal journey of accomplishments, challenges and creativity.

Recently someone gave me a deck that I desperately needed, and my first thought was “great now I really do not need the deck I asked for from someone else”. After some careful thought I realized that the situation could be a win win situation for not only myself but for someone else as well. I decided that I would actually pass on the deck I received to someone else who could really use it and maybe throw some of my other gear I had so I could inspire someone else to skateboard. To me this is the true spirit of what skateboarding is all about. Giving to others unconditionally and showing them that we are all here for the same purpose. Now if all of us were to help out one fellow skater or future skater we could cause a shift in the industry that could quite possibly open up a lot of opportunities for some people that would have never been there before. This year you can change someone’s life just by giving them an outlet that they never knew existed within them.

So when you are looking for you next deck…., think about someone’s life that could benefit from having a skateboard or gear this year and you just may very well change their life forever.

Posted on 05 Dec 2005 by chickndog
ETNIES SKATEPARK DEATH RACE 2005
ETNIES SKATEPARK DEATH RACE 2005

Presented by Black Leather Racing and Pocket Pistols

Words: Chris Stupp

Photos: MRZPHOTO – HexaneMedia

Dan Colburn BLR PPS Death Race 2005
Dan Colburn


On Saturday December 10th, more than 30 competitors showed up to take a shot at the Deathrace at the Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest. There was a great vibe in the park going into the first event which was the (retro) High Bar event. I say retro not only was it a popular competition held 25 or 30 years ago but because this event seem to intimidate the younger generation (except Socalskateparks team of Andrew MIller and Daniel Vargas) leaving the old schooler’s a chance at the High Bar Title. The bar was raised quickly as a growing crowd of onlookers watched to see which style was going to be the most effective. It really was great to see Socalskateparks own DAN C (who deserves a honorable mention) helped raise the bar by making it to the finals, clearing the bar at a height of 52 inches.

Dan Colburn BLR PPS Death Race 2005
Dan Colburn

Dan’s style was impressively precise while others like the socal team didn’t have the height advantage but still charged on. In the end it was Billy Green’s incredibly lofty jumping ability that won him the title at an ending height of 56 inches.

The next event was the Deathrace which spanned from one end of the park to the other end utilizing it’s unique features to challenge riders of all experience levels. In the beginning it looked like the course may have favored one stance over another, but in time it proved to be equally balanced testing everyone’s (both stances) ability to ride F/S and B/S. Each competitor had three chances to beat the fastest time set early in the competition set by “THe Skull Bowl Champion” Benji Galloway. Although skateboarding legend Pat Ngoho the “Skull Bowl Master’s Division Champion” gave him a good run along with many others for the title.

Deathrace 2005 - Benji Galloway
Benji Galloway

Overall the final times were incredibly close but nobody could quite match Benji’s fast and low aerodynamic surf style that won him the title.

Deathrace 2005 - Daniel Vargas
SoCalSkateParks Team Rider – Daniel Vargas

After the Deathrace there was an unscheduled flyout contest with custom board maker Chuck Hultz sponsoring a custom board to the person who can show that you don’t need wings to fly. Young Dylan (who actually started the contest just by setting the high bar up in the first place) was unmatched with his huge backside air reaching over 5 and half feet. “Great Job” goes out to Andrew and Daniel for jumping over a foot above their heads.

Deathrace 2005 - Dylan Witkin
Dylan Witkin – Flyout Winner

Dylan won the custom board from deckcrafters.tv, and that ended what seem to be a perfect day for skateboarding. A big “Thanks” goes out to Pocket Pistol Skateboards, Black Leather Racing, and Nick Gates and the Etnies crew for putting this event on and showing everyone who came how much fun skateboarding can be no matter what style you choose to ride.

The Winner - Beni Gallway
From L to R: Nick Gates, Dave Hackett, and Benji Galloway

The results for the Death Race are as follows.

Death Race Results
1. Benji Galloway (29.80)
2. Jeff Budro (29.96)
3. Andrew Mercado (30.08)
4. Billy Green (30.29)
5. Jesse Parker (30.62)
6. Nick Gates (30.76
7. Brad Edwards (30.79)
8. Jason Mitchell (30.94)
9. Chris Hamrock (31.39)
10. Pat Ngoho (31.40)

 Death Race 2005
Paco

Death Race 2005
Andrew Mercado

Death Race 2005
Billy Green

Death Race 2005
Jeff Budro
Posted on 11 Dec 2005 by chickndog

 

 

Pedlow Update
Pedlow SkatePark Update

As some of you know the Pedlow Skatepark is getting some additions. Originally Pedlow was another purkiss rose disaster In Encino built in 2001 with a bunch of quarter pipes with huge kinks and no coping. Our only vert in the park was a 5 foot quarter pipe with a funbox placed on top of it. It had two kinks and and square metal coping. This was the only coping in the skatepark. The locals made it more fun by bringing in parking blocks that we placed on top of the ramps and that was our coping. When the 5 foot quarter pipes seemed too small we stuck lockers on top of them as wallrides. The city quickly banned this. sad.

On to the new stuff. After 2 years of pab( park advisory board) and vnoc (volunteer neighborhood oversite comitee) meetings we finally got the funds, permits, contractor, and ok by the city to do an expanison. We got california skateparks.com to do the job; These are the same guys who did Fontana and Santa Monica. They are making good progress, and hopefully will be done about a year from starting(September). The expansion will include, A pool with pool coping and tile, a snake run, a kid bowl to keep the beginers out of the big bowl smile, another street course made of wood ramps(I’m not positive on the street course), and some good modifications to the current park, which include knocking out two brick walls that were constantly in our way, and replacing them with a half bowl, and quarter pipe. The locals of this place and all the valley skaters will be stoked on this one. Finally some good vert in the valley.



Warning please do not try to go into the park. We got specially permission to take these photos. If you try to sneak in the contractor will call the police. All we need is for someone to trip, fall, and sue the contractor,and we have a nightmare on our hands and an expansion that will never get done. Please do not ruin this for everyone. Scroll down for more pictures
Posted on 13 Dec 2005 by corypedlow
Join the SCSP Forum
Jason Celaya Encinitas Skateparks - Photo: Lester Kasai
Jason Celaya Encinitas Skateparks – Photo: Lester Kasai

The SCSP Forum has been taking off over the past few months with contributions from Naka over at sk8session.com and the legendary Lester Kasai turning in some great photos from some recent sessions at the Encinitas skatepark. Stop by the SCSP Forum and join today to take advantage of some cool features including private messaging. Once you join you will then have the ability to chime in and post some of your own photos. SCSP is all about the SoCal skateboarder community so get involved!!
Posted on 21 Dec 2005 by Mike Hirsch

 

 

3.25.06 SkateShooters.com

SkateShooters.com is a new and premier site featuring the photography of Los Angeles local Jay Smiledge. In high school during the half pipe days of the 80’s, Jay as the guy who had a Nikon F camera in his right hand, and a Lester Kasai skateboard Deck in his left hand.


Jay features pictures of both amateur and professional skaters. Jay can be seen shooting all over So-Cal, and he’s available for competition, product, and promotional shoots. His primary “haunts” are Glendale Skatepark, and The Cove in Santa Monica.

Skateshooters.com has received high praise from many in the skating industry and from the riders featured on the site.

SocalSkateParks.com has been lucky enough to have Jay publish some of his work in our forum over the past few months. We will be working on adding some of Jay’s photos into the skatepark pages soon.

So there you have it. Some more killer footage of the skateboarding scene in Southern California. While the ones that live here see the skateboarding that goes down in our region of the world on a daily basis, the rest of the world looks into our world through sites like SoCalSkateParks and SkateShooters! The impact we have is real and I am glad that Jay and I can help keep skateboarding in our own little way.

Posted on 25 Mar 2006 by Mike Hirsch
SoCalSkateShop & SoCalSkateParks SkateFest #1
SoCalSkateParks & SoCalSkateShop SkateFest 2006

Come out to Coronado for our first annual SkateFest!

Posted on 15 Apr 2006 by Mike Hirsch
SoCalSkateParks & SoCalSkateShop SkateFest 2006
SoCalSkateParks & SoCalSkateShop SkateFest 2006

SoCalSkateParks & SoCalSkateShop SkateFest 2006

That was an awesome day yesterday. Thanks to everyone who came out to the event and to all of those who helped out. What a great turnout – it was perfect. I realize that having the event in Coronado made it difficult for many to attend but I estimate we have through the course of the day 125 to 150 skaters and family in attendance.

The skate session was a killer and it was a pleasure for Linda and I to meet a lot of skaters and their families during the course of the day. Big props to all the photogs that were there to capture the event and to all of the skate companies that threw down to help out with some great raffle prizes including Black Label Skateboards, Gravity Skateboards, Z-Flex, and Powell Skateboards.

After the event my family, Dan C’s family, and the families of the SoCal team riders stayed at the Marriott that was located about 2 blocks from the park (thanks B-Ray). We all hung out went swimming and then over to IL Fornaio for dinner. It was a long day that took a lot of time to plan and execute but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Next time we will probably do this at Chino, Etnies, or Costa Mesa.

I can’t wait to do the next one.

Posted on 30 Apr 2006 by Mike Hirsch

 

 

Pro-Tec Pool Party 2006 – Imminent Madness

Bruno Passos Hurricane Through The Corner
Photo: Naka – Sk8Session.com

On May 13th, the Combi at the Vans Skatepark in Orange is going to be the epicenter for pool skating. The 2nd annual Protec Pool Party kicks off this year’s pro contest season and if it is anything like last year’s event it will once again be a contest that will go down in skateboarding history. We were at the skatepark filming the past couple of days and riders like Steve Alba, Chris Miller, Lance Mountain, Neil Hendrix, Pat Ngoho, Omar Hassan, and others are at the top of their skateboarding ripping the combi to shreds. Look for some great coverage on the site over the next week and be sure to check the Forums for on the spot photo coverage.

Event Information

When – Saturday, May 13 from 3 pm to 10 pm (practice Friday 10 am – 4 pm)

Prize Money – $90,000

Admission – Admission is FREE, but ONLY A VERY LIMITED number of tickets are available at select Southern California PRO-TEC Retailers which are holding a raffle for the tickets. For your chance to be a part of this year’s party thanks to your PRO-TEC retailer, please visit these five dealers before May 6: Nine Star (West LA), Val Surf (Valencia), Utility (La Verne), Active Ride (Irvine), Hanger 94 (La Mesa)

Note: Advice from SoCalSkateParks.com – this event is basically impossible to attend. We suggest going to the skatepark any day prior to the event and view the practice sessions taking place. You will witness some amazing skateboarding.

In addition, the following Vans Stores will raffle off tickets now through May 7:

Whittier, Westminster Mall, Westminster, Tustin Marketplace, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Brea, Orange, Laguna Hills, Buena Park, Mission Viejo Mall, Huntington Beach, Irvine Spectrum, Mainplace Mall, The Block at Orange.

Expected Riders Include:

Pros – Bucky Lasek, Bob Burnquist, Rune Glifberg, Omar Hassan, Brian Patch, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Tony Trujillo, Lincoln Ueda, Benji Galloway, Jimmy the Greek, Andy Macdonald, Max Dufour, Josh Borden, Bruno Passos, Ryan Johnson, Matt Moffett, Sergie Ventura, Jake Brown

Masters – Chris Miller, Jeff Grosso, Lance Mountain, Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Steve Alba, Duane Peters, Pat Ngoho, Chris Cook, Mike Sanders, Mike Rodgers, Reese Simpson, Dave Duncan, Jim Gray, Tony Mag, Lonnie Hiramoto, Mike McGill, Don Hamilton, Dave Ruel, Mike Smith, Ben Schroeder, Eddie Reategui, Dave Hackett

Girls – Cara-Beth Burnside, Jen O’Brien, Heidi Fitzgerald, Mimi Knoop, Kim Peterson, Nicole Zuck, Holly Lyons, Amanda Eschemann, Apryl Woodcock

Pro-tec Pool Party Schedule

Friday 10a – 12p Girls Practice

12p – 2p Masters Practice

2p – 4p Pro Practice

Saturday 10a-11:30a Girls Practice

11:30a-12:30p Masters Practice

12:30p-2:30p Pro Practice

3p – 10p CONTEST

Related Links for Vans Protec Pool Party Coverage:

Official Site

Sk8Session.com

SkateShooters.com

Video from Protec Pool Party 2005

Posted on 07 May 2006 by Mike Hirsch

 

 

Protec Pool Party 2006 Results

Protec Pool Party 2006 Results


This years Pro-Tec Pool party will go down in skateboarding history just like last year’s event. The skateboarding was off the charts and the spectators got treated to an amazing show by some of the top professional pool skaters in the world. Here are the results (Names with links link to videos. More to come we have over 5 hours of footage to go through):
Pro Woment Results:
1 Carabeth Burnside
2 Mimi Knoop
3 Holly Lyons
4 Nicole Zuck
5 Jen O’brien
6 Mandy Esch
7 Julie K.
8 Heidi Fitzgerald
9 Kim Peterson

Best Trick Girls:
Mimi Knoops Nose grind in the square

Masters Division Results:
1 Chris Miller
2 Jeff Grosso
3 Steve Caballero
4 Lance Mountain
5 Tony Mag
6 Mike Smith
7 Steve Alba
8 Duane Peters
9 Pat Ngoho
10 Lester Kasai
11 Eddie Reategui
12 Mike Barnes
13 Dave Reul
14 Dave Duncan
15 Chris Cooksie Cook
16 Ben Schroeder
17 Eric Nash
18 Lonny Hiramoto
19 Mike Rogers
20 Jim Gray
21 Steve Steadham
22 Dave Hackett
23 John Fudala

Pro Division Results:
1 Omar Hassan
2 Rune Glifberg
3 Brian Patch
4 Benji Galloway
5 Andy Macdonald
6 Bob Burnquist
7 Bucky Lasek
8 Joshua Borden
9 Bruno Passos
10.Jimmy The Greek
11 Tim Johnson
12 Lincoln Ueda
13 Ben Butler
14 Darin Jenkins
15 Bennett Harada
16 Sergie Ventura
17 Matt Moffett
18 Will Powers
19 Al Partanen
20 Steve Reeves
21 Cristiano Mateus
22 Rion Linderman
23 Johnny Turgeson
Media Contest Winner: Scott Taylor

Rockstar Energy Award: Josh “The Future” Borden – $500

Best Trick: Will Powers doing a Bomb Drop from the bleachers into the round of the combi. – $500

Clown Award: John Fudala – $100 right out of Steve Van Doren’s pocket!!

Posted on 15 May 2006 by 

 

 

Protec Pool Party Video #1 – Masters Prelim Heat 1
Protec Pool Party Video Masters Heat 1

Over the next several days I will be posting a series of videos from this years Pro-Tec Pool Party that went down last weekend and the Vans Skatepark at the Block of Orange. The first installment will be the Masters Prelims Heat #1. Skaters include: Lance Mountain, Mike Barnes, Duane Peters, Chris Cook, Ben Schroeder and Mike Smith. Hopefully this will give you a feel for how the contest went down (Note the blood in the pool – DP Paying the price – Full Commitment. Enjoy!!

Protec Pool Party Masters Heat One Prelims Video

Note: Video is 6 minutes and 42 seconds in length, file size is 75mb and it is encoded for broadband.

Posted on 18 May 2006 by Mike Hirsch
Pro-Tec Pool Party Video #2 – Masters Prelims Heat 2
Protec Pool Party Video Masters Heat 2

The second preliminary Masters Heat went off just like the first heat. Everyone was ripping and unfortunately this would be the only skating Pat Ngoho would get in this years contest. Nash, Rategui, Gray, and Reul skated good but Salba and Grosso took it to the finals. As mentioned, skaters include: Pat Ngoho, Steva Alba, Eddie Rategui, Eric Nash, Dave Reul and Jeff Grosso. Enjoy!!

Protec Pool Party Masters Heat Two Prelims Video

Note: Video is 7 minutes and 48 seconds in length, file size is 89mb and it is encoded for broadband.

Posted on 18 May 2006 by Mike Hirsch
Pro-Tec Pool Party Video #3 – Masters Prelims Heat 3
Protec Pool Party Video Masters Heat 3

The energy level at the 2006 Protec Pool Party was starting to gain momentum by the time the Masters 3rd preliminary heat was underway. After the initial runs and when the 20 minute jam session started, this was the turning point in the contest where the crowd was really starting to get into the spectacle which was taking place in front of them. Skaters included in this heat are: Chris Miller, Steve Caballero, Lonny Hiramoto, Lester Kasai, Tony Mag, Dave Duncan, Mike Rogers, and John Fudala (The Clown).

Protec Pool Party Masters Heat Three Prelims Video

Note: Video is 12 minutes and 41 seconds in length, file size is 135mb and it is encoded for broadband

Posted on 19 May 2006 by Mike Hirsch
Pro-Tec Pool Party Video #4 – Masters Finals Part 1 of 2
Protec Pool Party Video Masters Finals 2006

My head was buzzing all last year about the the first Protec Pool Party and in my mind I did not think that this years event could top or be equally as good as the first contest. Finally here we were again, the masters finals. It was great to see Stevie Caballero and Duane Peters throwing it down and they added some fuel to the fire that was burning inside the combi. In the end it did top last year and once again my head is buzzing. Everyone who skated in the Masters deserved to be there and hopefully next year we will see a few more come out of the woodworks.

Skaters who made it to the finals were: Chris Miller(1st), Jeff Grosso(2nd), Steve Caballero(3rd), Lance Mountain(4th), Tony Mag(5th), Mike Smith(6th), Steve Alba(7th),Duane Peters(8th). Enjoy the first part of the Masters Finals Video!!

Protec Pool Party Masters Finals Part 1 Video

Note: Video is 9 minutes and 33 seconds in length, file size is 123mb and it is encoded for broadband.

Posted on 19 May 2006 by Mike Hirsch
Pro-Tec Pool Party Video #5 – Masters Finals Part 2 of 2
Protec Pool Party Video Masters Finals 2006

My head was buzzing all last year about the the first Protec Pool Party and in my mind I did not think that this years event could top or be equally as good as the first contest. Finally here we were again, the masters finals. It was great to see Stevie Caballero and Duane Peters throwing it down and they added some fuel to the fire that was burning inside the combi. In the end it did top last year and once again my head is buzzing. Everyone who skated in the Masters deserved to be there and hopefully next year we will see a few more come out of the woodworks.

Skaters who made it to the finals were: Chris Miller(1st), Jeff Grosso(2nd), Steve Caballero(3rd), Lance Mountain(4th), Tony Mag(5th), Mike Smith(6th), Steve Alba(7th),Duane Peters(8th). Enjoy the second part of the Masters Finals Video!! Next will be the Pro Contest Videos.

Protec Pool Party Masters Finals Part 2 Video

Note: Video is 7 minutes and 44 seconds in length, file size is 87mb and it is encoded for broadband.

Posted on 19 May 2006 by Mike Hirsch
Vans Protec Pool Party 2006 Experience
The Protec Pool Party 2006 was an amazing contest to say the least. I am not going to go off on how insane the skateboarding was or bore you with a long article rehashing the event. Instead I present you with 14 photo galleries and about an hours worth of high quality video footage. Thanks to Jay from SkateShooters.com for helping us cover the event and providing the photo coverage. We hope you enjoy the ride!!

Protec Pool Party 2006 Photo Galleries
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Protec Pool Party 2006 Videos – Masters Division
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Masters Prelims Heat #1

Lance Mountain

Mike Smith

Duane Peters

Chris Cook

Mike Barnes

Steve Steadham

Ben Schroeder

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Masters Prelims Heat #2

Pat Ngoho

Steve Alba

Eric Nash

Eddie Rategui

Dave Reul

Jim Gray

Jeff Grosso

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Masters Prelims Heat #3

Chris Miller

Steve Caballero

Lonny Hiramoto

Lester Kasai

Tony Mag

Dave Duncan

Mike Rogers

John Fudala

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Masters Finals Part 1 of 2

1st – Chris Miller

2nd – Jeff Grosso

3rd – Steve Caballero

4th – Lance Mountain

5th – Tony Mag

6th – Mike Smith

7th – Steve Alba

8th – Duane Peters

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Masters Finals Part 2 of 2

1st – Chris Miller

2nd – Jeff Grosso

3rd – Steve Caballero

4th – Lance Mountain

5th – Tony Mag

6th – Mike Smith

7th – Steve Alba

8th – Duane Peters

Protec Pool Party 2006 Videos – Pro Division
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Pro Prelims Heat #1

Jimmy The Greek

Bon Burnquist

Darin Jenkins

Johnny Turgenson

Joshua Borden

Sergie Ventura

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Pro Prelims Heat #2

Omar Hassan

Bruno Passos

Bucky Lasek

Will Powers

Al Partanen

Tim Johnson

Bennett Harada

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Pro Prelims Heat #3

Rune Glifberg

Benji Galloway

Lincoln Ueda

Ben Butler

Cristiano Mateus

Andy MacDonald

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Pro Finals Part 1 of 2

1st – Omar Hassan

2nd – Rune Glifberg

3rd – Brian Patch

4th – Benji Galloway

5th – Andy MacDonald

6th – Bob Burnquist

7th – Bucky Lasek

8th – Joshua Borden

9th – Bruno Passos

10th- Jimmy The Greek

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Pro Finals Part 2 of 2

1st – Omar Hassan

2nd – Rune Glifberg

3rd – Brian Patch

4th – Benji Galloway

5th – Andy MacDonald

6th – Bob Burnquist

7th – Bucky Lasek

8th – Joshua Borden

9th – Bruno Passos

10th- Jimmy The Greek

Protec Pool Party 2006 Videos – Ladies Division
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Ladies Division

1st – Carabeth Burnside

2nd – Mimi Knoop

3rd – Holly Lyons

4th – Nicole Zuck

5th – Jen O’Brien

6th – Mandy Esch

7th – Julie K.

8th – Heidi Fitzgerald

9th – Kim Peterson

Posted on 21 May 2006 by Mike Hirsch
Vans Protec Pool Party 2006 Experience

Protec Pool Party 2006 Experience

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The Protec Pool Party 2006 was an amazing contest to say the least. I am not going to go off on how insane the skateboarding was or bore you with a long article rehashing the event. Instead I present you with 14 photo galleries and about an hours worth of high quality video footage. Thanks to Jay from SkateShooters.com for helping us cover the event and providing the photo coverage. We hope you enjoy the ride!!

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Posted on 21 May 2006 by Mike Hirsch
Encino Skatepark Phase II Now Open
Pedlow Skatepark Pool
Pedlow Skatepark Pool

Check out the new review and photos on the Pedlow Skatepark Page.
Posted on 28 May 2006 by Mike Hirsch
Encino Pedlow Skatepark Phase II Survey
Pedlow Skatepark Survey

Stylin’ Eddie Havina


If you skate or have skated Phase II of the Encino Pedlow Skatepark, please take some time to take a survey on the skatepark in the forum survey section. These surveys should help educate cities who are considering building a skatepark.
Posted on 07 Jun 2006 by Mike Hirsch
 Go Skateboarding Day – Go Ride Your Skateboard
Go Ride Your Skateboard

Go Ride Your Skateboard!!

Posted on 21 Jun 2006 by Mike Hirsch