News Archive 2003-2004 Part 7

Soul Bowl 2006


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The Soul Bowl Competition is going off this weekend at the Huntington Beach Pier. Look for full photo and video coverage starting today in the forums. Jay and Eddie from are going to be representing for I wish I could make it to help with the coverage but I am out with a broken foot. Thanks to the bros from SkateShooters for stepping up and doing what they do for

Here is the Bank of The West Games Schedule:

Thursday, July 277:30am USOS Surf Stadium Men (Rnd 96: Heats 6-24)
9am Festival Festival Village Open
9am Soul Bowl Open Practice
11am IMG Skybox Bank of the West Media Day/Press Day
11am Soul Bowl Skate Practice
1pm Soul Bowl Bike Practice
2pm FMX Arena Open Practice
3pm Poker School Big Throwdown – BMX
3pm Soul Bowl Open Practice
3pm Concert Stage Teen Vogue Fashion Live!
3:30pm USOS Surf Stadium Boost Mobile Pro Surf Trials (Rd 8: Heat 1)

Friday, July 28
7:30am USOS Surf Stadium Men (Rnd 48: Heats 1-12)
9am Festival Festival Village Open
9am Soul Bowl Open Practice
10am Soul Bowl Masters & Grandmasters Skate Open Practice
11am FMX Arena FMX Practice Session
12pm Poker School Big Throwdown – Skate
12:30pm USOS Surf Stadium Women (Rnd 24: Heats 1-6)
12:30pm FMX Arena MX Mayhem
1pm Soul Bowl Girls Skate Jam
2pm Concert Stage Sound Check – Band
2pm FMX Arena Whip It presented by Arrowhead
2:30pm Soul Bowl Bike Practice
3pm USOS Surf Stadium Women (Rnd 12: Heat 1)
3pm Concert Stage Sound Check – Band
3:30pm FMX Arena FMX Best Trick
3:30 USOS Surf Stadium Boost Mobile Pro Shoot-Out (Rnd 8: Heat 2)
4pm Concert Stage Jet Fuel
4:20pm USOS Surf Stadium Boost Mobile Pro Shoot Out Finals
4:30pm Soul Bowl Open Practice
5pm Concert Stage Joe Wood and the Killing Floor
5:30pm Poker School Big Throwdown – FMX

Saturday, July 29
7:30am USOS Surf Stadium Women (Rnd 12: Heats 2-4)
8:45am USOS Surf Stadium Men (Rnd 24: Heats 1-6)
8:30am Soul Bowl Open Practice
9am Festival Festival Village Open
10am Volleyball Karch Kiraly Invitational (Round Robin)
10:30am Soul Bowl Bike Practice
11:15am USOS Surf Stadium Women (Qtr: Heats 1-4)**
12pm FMX Arena MX Mayhem
12:30pm Poker School Big Throwdown – Surf
12:55pm USOS Surf Stadium Women (Semi: Heats 1-2)**
1pm Soul Bowl Bike Qualifier
1:45pm USOS Surf Stadium Target Women’s Jr Pro (Finals)
2pm FMX Arena Whip It presented by Arrowhead
2pm Concert Stage Sound Check – Band
2:15pm USOS Surf Stadium Honda Women’s US Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill (Finals)**
2:30pm Soul Bowl Masters Skate Jam
2:45pm USOS Surf Stadium O’Neill Tow at Demo
3pm Concert Stage Sound Check – Band
3:30pm Soul Bowl Grandmasters Skate Jam
4pm Concert Stage Concert #1: Mickey Avalon
5pm Soul Bowl Arrowhead Best Trick (Skate) Contest
5pm Concert Stage Concert #2: Ozomatli
5:30pm FMX Arena FMX Best Trick
** Man on man format

Sunday, July 30
8am USOS Surf Stadium Men (Rnd 12: Heats 1-4)
8:30am Soul Bowl Open Practice
9am Festival Festival Village Open
9:40am USOS Surf Stadium Men (Qtr: Heats 1-4)**
10:00am Soul Bowl BMX Practice
11am Soul Bowl Bike Final
11:20am USOS Surf Stadium They Will Surf Again Expression Session presented by Life Rolls On (Charity)
12pm FMX Arena MX Mayhem
12:05pm USOS Surf Stadium Men (Semi: Heats 1-2)**
12:30pm Soul Bowl Arrowhead (bike) High Air Contest
12:30pm Volleyball Karch Kiraly Invitational (Semi 1)
12:55pm USOS Surf Stadium Lost Pro Junior (Finals)**
1pm Soul Bowl Bike Awards
1:15pm Soul Bowl LRO Demo with Darwin Holmes
1:25pm USOS Surf Stadium O’Neill US Open of Longboarding (Finals)
1:30pm FMX Arena Whip It presented by Arrowhead
1:45pm Soul Bowl Skate Practice
1:45pm Volleyball Karch Kiraly Invitational (Semi 2)
2:15pm Soul Bowl Pro Skate Jam
3pm Volleyball Karch Kiraly Invitational (Final)
2:15pm USOS Surf Stadium Honda Men’s US Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill (Finals)**
3:45pm Soul Bowl Skate Awards
4pm FMX Arena FMX Best Trick
** Man on man format

Posted on 27 Jul 2006 by Mike Hirsch


Soul Bowl 2006 Experience
Soul Bowl 2006

Soul Bowl 2006 Photo Galleries
Soul Bowl 2006

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Soul Bowl 2006 Videos – Masters Division

Soul Bowl 2006

Click to View Masters Heat #1 Video

Ben Schroeder

Henry Gutierrez

Dave Reul

Mike Barnes

John Harsma

Sasha Steinhorst

Soul Bowl 2006

Click to View Masters Heat #2 Video

Tony Mag

Eric Nash

Lester Kasai

Monty Gilbo

Brian Mank

Eddie Reatagui

Paul Henderson

Soul Bowl 2006 Videos – Grand Masters Division

Soul Bowl 2006

Click to View Grand Masters Heat #1 Video

Steve Alba

Troy “T-Bone” Chason

Steve Steadham

Chris Cook

Eric Grisham

Dave Duncan

Jim Gray

Jon Jon Bryant

Soul Bowl 2006

Click to View Grand Masters Heat #2 Video

Duane Peters

Mike Smith

Ken Fillion

Micke Alba

Lonny Hiramoto

Mike Rogers

Jesse Martinez

Posted on 02 Aug 2006 by Mike Hirsch



Skate With Bucky Lasek – Vans The Block of Orange
Come skate with renowned vert rider Bucky Lasek and fellow pro vert
skaters including Rob Lorifice, Buster Halterman and Mike Frazier. Vans
Skatepark at the Block at Orange will be hosting an exclusive two-day vert
camp on August 10 and 11 from 8AM – 12PM. Instruction will be given by
Bucky and his cohorts for intermediate to advanced skaters. The program
will include vert and pool riding skills. The cost for the program will be
$150 for members and $175 for nonmembers.

Availability is very limited so contact the park today!
ph: 714.769.3800

Official Site
SCSP Skatepark Page

Posted on 05 Aug 2006 by Mike Hirsch
X Games 12 – 2006 Skateboarding Results

For Immediate Release


Big Air

August 6, 2006



Los Angeles – It takes a special frame of mind to be a Big Air skateboarder. On Sunday at X Games 12 Danny Way showed again why he has pioneered the event, landing the first-ever — and the second-ever — backflip off the monster ramp and walking away with an unprecedented third-straight gold medal.

The legendary San Diego skateboader held off Australian Jake Brown (silver medal) and fellow skateboarding pioneer Bob Burnquist (bronze medal) in front of crowd of more than 12,000 fans at The Home Depot Center.

On his winning run Way dropped from the 80-foot roll-in to soar over the 70-foot gap and land a rocket air backflip followed by an extended backside air off the quarterpipe. He had already landed the first-ever back flip in competition in an earlier run.

“It was kind of a joke when I did it in Mexico City, but I tried it in practice and was like ‘Whoa, I could probably do this,” said Way of the trick he dubbed an El Camino. “With the little time we had with this ramp this week, it’s amazing what we were able to do out there.”

Jake Brown held the lead early in the competition, landing the first complete run. It was, however, his fourth jump that put him on the medal podium — landing a mute grab backside three over the 70-foot gap, and finishing it with a McTwist off the pipe.

“It’s been a few years getting into this spot and breaking into the top three, so I’m pretty stoked,” said Brown. Asked about how the skaters keep their bearings while soaring and spinning, Brown added, “There’s just something in your head that tells you where you are. I don’t know what that is called – maybe intuition.”

Burnquist, who has also been a driving force in the progression of Big Air, won the bronze with a switch backside 180 no-handed ollie, followed up with a double board flip off the pipe. After landing the double board flip, Burnquist came within inches of rolling off the side of the quarterpipe roll-in ramp.

“I’m happy that it happened the way it did; I was pretty scared I’d go off the side, but it made for some good drama,” said Burnquist.

The trick Burnquist did not land may have been just as significant in the growth of Big Air — trying three times unsuccessfully to land a front flip.

“I just wanted to land one good run and then go for the front flip. Today was good conditions for trying the front flip.”

Skateboard Big Air features athletes skating down a 60- or 80-foot roll-in, choosing to launch over a 50- or 70-foot gap, landing and continuing into a 27 foot quarterpipe. Speeds on the roll-in ramp can reach close to 40 miles per hour. Way developed the sport, which is exclusive to X Games competition. Six skaters qualify for the finals, with each getting five jumps. The highest single score wins. Later today, BMX Freestyle Big Air will make its debut at X Games 12.

Way’s three-peat is the third three-peat completed at X Games 12. On Saturday, Elissa Steamer won her third-straight gold in the Women’s Skateboard Street competition. On Thursday, Corey Bohan completed a gold-medal three-peat in the BMX Freestyle Dirt competition.


August 5, 2006


Baker Becomes Youngest Medalist

LOS ANGELES – Elissa Steamer made more X Games history on Saturday, skating to an unprecedented third-straight X Games Women’s Skateboard Street gold medal. As crowds packed The Home Depot Center, Steamer, silver-medalist Lauren Perkins and bronze medalist Lacey Baker wowed the crowds on their way to the podium.

“I didn’t think I would pull it off,” said Steamer of her historic win. “I kinda blew it on my first run, but I was able to work my way up in the jam session, where I just got real loose. The stairs got me the gold.”

Needing to rally from the slow start, Steamer did just that and put together a strong overall ride that featured a kick flip backside heel slide, a frontside 50/50 and a nolli kick flip. Steamer’s three-peat makes her the only woman to hang the Women’s Skateboard Street gold medal around her neck. The event debuted at the X Games in 2004.

In her silver-medal performance, Perkins flowed through the competition, sticking a number of tricks including the frontside heel slide, frontside 180, frontside 50/50.

The 14-year-old Baker impressed the crowd and her competitors throughout the afternoon’s event, becoming the youngest Women’s Skateboard Street medalist in X games history (a record previously held by Perkins). The Covina, Calif. native stuck tricks including an ollie frontside board-slide over the rail, a hard flip over the stairs and a varial kick flip off the hip.



Los Angeles – Bucky Lasek is no stranger to the top spot on the X Games podium, but on Friday night he won his first X Games gold medal for Skateboard Vert Best Trick. Max Dufour took home the silver medal and skating legend Bob Burnquist added another medal to his collection with the bronze.

“I had a gameplan tonight,” said Lasek. “I knew I could land those tricks, and it feels really good to do it. I’m stoked to win gold.”

Lasek (Encinitas, Calif.) won the competition by sticking a front side cab varial heel flip.

The 33-year-old Dufour (Montreal, Can.) won silver on a backside kickflip 360 tail grab to fakey – a trick he first landed just days ago.

“I first stuck it a week and a half ago,” said Dufour. “So I came in to practice it on Wednesday and ended up getting whiplash.”

Burnquist cemented his spot on the medal podium with a front side tail slide 360 out.

Skateboard Vert Best Trick was the final event of the second day of X Games 12. Attendance on Friday was 27,700, bringing total attendance so far to 54,300.

Men’s Skateboard Vert Best Trick Final Standings

Final standings from X Games 12 Men’s Skateboard Vert Best Trick competition at STAPLES Center on August 4, 2005

Name Hometown

1. Bucky Lasek Encinitas, Calif.

2. Max Dufour Montreal, Can.

3. Bob Burnquist Carlsbad, Calif.

4. Jake Brown Sydney, Aus.

5. Danny Mayer Omaha, Neb.

6. Colin McKay Vancouver, Can.

7. Jean Postec Annemasse, Fra.

8. Shaun White Carlsbad, Calif.

August 4, 2006


LOS ANGELES – Chris Cole, after bursting on the skateboarding scene last year at X Games 11, returned to Los Angeles and dominated the Men’s Skateboard Street competition Friday at X Games 12. Ryan Sheckler skated away with the silver medal, and Andrew Reynolds took home the bronze.

Cole (Statesville, N.C.) enjoyed virtual anonymity outside of East Coast skating circles until he took home bronze last year in the X Games Skateboard Street competition. Since then he has risen to the top of the skateboarding world, and came into Friday’s finals ranked second after Thursday’s Selection Session. On Friday, he dazzled the crowd of thousands, skating strong throughout the competition and landing a long list of tricks that included a backside three kick-flip over the stair gap and a 360 onto the rail followed by a heel flip off.

“I like being here and watching all the other guys skate,” said Cole. “I have a lot of things happening right now, but winning today feels awesome.”

Sheckler (San Clemente, Calif.), who in 2003 was the youngest athlete to ever win X Games Gold (Skate Park), scored his first Skateboard Street medal after finishing fourth last year. The 16-year-old veteran of three X Games was complimentary of both the course and his fellow skaters after the competition.

“The stairs were brutal, but so much fun. That was my favorite part of the course,” said Sheckler following his run. “And if I was going to follow anybody, I’m glad it was Chris — he’s one of my favorite skaters.”

Reynolds (Winter Haven, Fla.), a skate legend who won silver in the Street competition at X Games 2004, rarely competes but has a knack for performing on the biggest stages. On Friday he showed little rust while taking the bronze, finishing just a quarter-point behind Sheckler.

August 3, 2006


LOS ANGELES – On Thursday at The STAPLES Center, Sandro Dias’ first run was good enough for Gold, as the Brazilian took home the X Games title in the men’s skateboard vert showdown. Bob Burnquist nabbed silver and Bucky Lasek took home the bronze. Andy Macdonald missed the podium, just 0.25 points behind Lasek.

The victory was the first X Games Skateboard Vert Gold for Dias, who won the bronze at X Games 11 and has won Vert titles multiple times at Latin X Games and Asian X Games competitions.

“I thought my score was too high,” quipped Dias, when asked if he was surprised his first run was enough for the victory. “But I love the judges.”

That winning run included a Backside 540 McTwist to Tail, a Nar Jar 540, Heel flip to front side slider and Oli To Fakie.

Burnquist and Lasek both had strong runs with opportunities to take the gold, but in the end came up short. Burnquist on his final two runs fell on a switch kick flip after a frontside air to backside air.

“I feel very good about that run, because I connected every single obstacle on the ramp and it flowed all the way through,” said Burnquist. “The switch kick-flip that I couldn’t land – I’ll definitely loose sleep over that because I usually can land it. I think that if I had landed that, I might have got the gold.”

Lasek put together a run that included a Frontside Air 540, Oli Flip Fakie and Stalefish.

“My body felt good for as battered as it was,” Lasek said. “I was feeling it on my third run but I was seeing about eight walls ahead of myself and fell on something easy.”

August 3, 2006


LOS ANGELES –Cara-Beth Burnside put on another signature show Thursday afternoon at X Games 12, on her way to a second straight gold medal in the Women’s Skateboard Vert competition at X Games 12.

Fresh off her ESPY nomination for Best Female Action Sports Athlete, Burnside (Encinitas, Calif.) showed the crowd why she deserved that honor. Feeling a good vibe with the big crowd and loving the ramp, Burnside punctuated her medal-winning run with several Judo Airs, a Pop Tart Disaster and a Feeble To Fakie.

Mimi Knoops (Encinitas, Calif.), a multiple X Games medal-winner herself, took home the silver medal after three straight X Games Skateboard Vert Bronze medals (2003 – 2005). Knoops has a chance to take home another medal on Saturday in the Women’s Skateboard Street final.

Karen Jones (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the bronze medalist said, “It was a great vibe to skate with today’s group of women. This is the biggest competition for women’s skateboard, and I am proud to take home bronze to Brazil.”

Rally Car – Day One

On Wednesday, in Gorman, Calif. (approx. 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles) X Games ushered in its first-ever Rally Car Racing competition. A field of 15 teams competed in stages one through eight, with the ninth and final stage – the “Super Special” – held Saturday at The Home Depot Center.

After eight stages, Colin McRae (Lanark, Scotland) and co-driver Nicky Grist lead Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, Md.) and co-driver Christian Edstrom by just 0.5 seconds overall.

Taped coverage of stages one through eight will be televised Saturday leading into coverage of the final “Super Special” stage. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. on ABC.

About X Games 12

The X Games is the definitive annual action sports competition featuring more than 150 of the world’s best athletes competing in: BMX Freestyle, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and new to this year’s lineup, Rally Car Racing. ESPN and ABC will provide 14 hours of original LIVE X Games 12 programming from August 3-6. ESPN will also present four late-night highlight programs starting August 4, resulting in a total of 18 hours of original programming for X Games 12. SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship news program, will report LIVE from X Games 12, with the 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter featuring daily event coverage.

X games 12 venues include STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), Puerto Escondido, Mexico for Surfing and Gorman, Calif. for parts of the Rally Car competition. X Games will remain in Los Angeles through 2009.

Posted on 07 Aug 2006 by Mike Hirsch



Don’t Be A Puss Photo Contest
Don’t Be A Puss Photo Contest



Want a free set of RocknRon Ceramics.

Post up a current or classic photo in this thread in the forum and the one that DARDEN likes the best will win. That is right, the world famous Dale Arden will be the judge. I have not even asked him to be the judge but I just have a feeling he will be honored to be the master of this event.

The Rules

  1. You do not have to be the photographer and can post up one of your favorites by any of the photogs that post in the forum.
  2. You can pick any current or classic photo you have or can find on the public internet (as long as you give credit to the photog and skater).
  3. You can post as many photos as you would like within reason.
  4. With each photo post if at all possible, name the photog, skater, location and timeframe for when the picture was taken.
  5. Dale Arden cannot win this contest. (Sorry Dale)
Contest Ends 09/22/06
Posted on 05 Sep 2006 by Mike Hirsch SkateFest #2
SoCal SkateFest #2 Palm Springs Skatepark

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Posted on 18 Sep 2006 by Mike Hirsch SkateFest #2
SoCal SkateFest #2 Palm Springs Skatepark

For directions to the skatepark please visit our Palm Springs Skatepark Page

Posted on 18 Sep 2006 by Mike Hirsch SkateFest #2
SoCal SkateFest #2 Palm Springs Skatepark

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Posted on 18 Sep 2006 by Mike Hirsch
etnies Goofy vs. Regular 2006 Contest Details

Event Details

etnies Goofy vs. Regular Contest Details!


Contest Schedule & Format

Thursday October 19: Hometown Heroes Qualifier

  • Park open to public, pads required 11:00–9:00
  • HH Registration 5:00pm
  • Hometown Heroes Practice 5:00pm–6:30
  • Hometown Heroes Qualifier 6:30–9:30

Friday October 20: GvR Practice & Bowl Contest

  • Open Street Practice 12:pm–7:00
  • Women’s Bowl Practice 11:00–12:00
  • Bowl Open Practice 12:pm–2:00
  • Women’s Bowl Contest 2:00–3:00
  • Grand Masters Bowl Qualifying 3:00–4:30
  • Pro Bowl Qualifying 6:00–7:30
  • Grand Masters Bowl Finals 7:45–Jam
  • Pro Bowl Finals 8:30–Jam
  • The Clay Wheels in park 7:45–9:00
  • Awards Immediately Following

Saturday, October 21: etnies Girl PUSH Jam, GvR Qualifying

  • Registration 10am–4:00
  • Women’s / HH Practice 10am–11:30
  • etnies Girl PUSH JAM Contest 11:30–1:00
  • GvR Open Practice 1:00–3:00
  • Opening Ceremonies 2:45–3:00
  • GvR Qualifiers Heat 1 Goofy 3:00–3:45
  • GvR Qualifiers Heat 1 Regular 3:45–4:30
  • GvR Qualifiers Heat 2 Goofy 4:30–5:15
  • GvR Qualifiers Heat 2 Regular 5:15–6:00
  • “Doors” open for etnies Parking Lot 7:00
  • Beastie Boys in etnies Parking Lot 8:00–9:10
  • etnies Parking Lot closes to Public 10:00

Sunday, October 22: Hometown Heroes Finals and GvR Finals

  • Hometown Heroes Practice 9:00–11:00
  • Hometown Heroes Finals 11:00–12:30
  • GvR Open Practice 12:30–2:00
  • GvR Finals: First Half 2:00–3:45
  • Halftime 3:45–4:15
  • GvR Finals: Second Half 4:15–6:00
  • Awards in park 6:30

SLAP Magazine’s Mark Whiteley and Joe Brook are the Team Captains for the Regular team while The Skateboard Mag’s Dave Swift is Team Captain for the Goofy team. Each Team Captain picks five skaters to pre-qualify for their Team. These five pre-qualified skaters—the Starting Five—will go straight into the GvR Finals on Sunday.

On Saturday, qualifiers for the rest of the Goofy and Regular Team skaters take place. The Goofy and Regular skaters will compete to make the cut of ten for each Team. The ten from each Team then join the five pre-chosen skaters and these fifteen skaters then comprise each Team for the Finals on Sunday.

During Sunday’s Finals, skaters on both Teams will compete in two distinct sessions. In the first half, a coin toss will determine which Team skates first. Each of the three heats will feature five different skaters from both Teams who will skate one introductory run followed by a five-minute jam. In the second half, each team, goofy and regular, will skate in two 10-minute jams.

Each team may substitute freely after five minutes of the heat, however, the starting five for each jam must be different. Injury substitutions are allowed at any time. There will be two Heats for each team, Regular and Goofy. Finally, if less than 25 points separates the two teams, the Team that is behind in overall score will challenge the other Team to a game of SKATE in any area or on any obstacle in the skatepark they choose. Each Team will pick two skaters to go head-to-head and the winning team will receive an extra 25 bonus points towards their overall score.

Prize Purse Breakdowns
etnies Bowl Jam Purse: $7,500 Total

Pro total: $4700

  1. $2,000
  2. $1,000
  3. $600
  4. $400
  5. $300
  6. $200
  7. $100
  8. $100

Grand Master Total: $2,800

  1. $1000
  2. $750
  3. $400
  4. $200
  5. $150
  6. $100
  7. $100
  8. $100

etnies Girl PUSH Jam
Women’s Bowl Purse Total: $1,500

  1. $500
  2. $400
  3. $250
  4. $150
  5. $100
  6. $100

Women’s Street Purse Total: $10,000

  1. $3,500
  2. $2,500
  3. $1,500
  4. $1,000
  5. $600
  6. $400
  7. $300
  8. $200

etnies GvR of Skateboarding Purse: $51,500 Total

SLAP Magazine and The Skateboard Mag each pick 5 pre-qualified skaters for their team that advance directly to the GvR Finals. Each skater automatically receives $1,000. Total: $10,000.

Each skater on the losing team receives $500. Total: $7,500.

The winning team receives $31,000 as follows:

  1. $10,000
  2. $5,000
  3. $2,500
  4. $2,000
  5. $1,500

6th through 15th–$1,000 each

The MVP of each team (as voted on by members of the team) receives $1,500. Total: $3,000

Chill Time at GvR: Band Schedule

Friday, October 21

  • Skatepark: DJ RS2 2:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Skatepark: Clay Wheels 7:45 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 22

  • Skatepark: DJ RS2 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • etnies VIP Area: DJ TBD 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • etnies VIP Area: Beastie Boys 8:00 p.m.–9:10 p.m.

The Beastie Boys show is open to the public, but you must have a ticket to get in. No exceptions!

Sunday, October 23

  • Skatepark: DJ RS2 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Band Bios

San Jose, California’s Clay Wheels are a three-piece skate-rock combo whose motivation and inspiration have always been seeking, finding and having fun (preferably with a skateboard.) The band, Ray Stevens II on lead bass and vocals, Jonny Manak on lead guitar and vocals, and Eric Powers on Fibes Drums, has a solid base in surf, punk and heavy blues.

Directions To GvR! Parking Map!

In case you need to know how to get here, because we don’t want you to miss a second of the action!

Directions and Parking:

From San Diego and all points south, via Interstate 5:

Take the Lake Forest Dr. exit and go right, east (towards the mountains) for approximately 5.5 miles. Turn right on Rancho Parkway. Street parking is available on Rancho Parkway, Lake Forest Drive, Vista Terrace, Windrow and Hermana Streets. There will also be parking signs directing traffic to GvR parking lots. Please do not park in the Home Depot Shopping Center, as your car will be towed!

From Long Beach, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and all points north, via Interstates 5 or 405:

Take Bake Parkway exit from either the 5 or 405, and turn left, east (towards the mountains), approximately 5 miles. Turn right on Rancho Parkway and drive a quarter mile to Lake Forest Drive. Parking is available on Rancho Parkway, Lake Forest Drive, Vista Terrace, Windrow and Hermana Streets. There will also be parking signs directing traffic to GvR parking lots. Please do not park in the Home Depot Shopping Center, as your car will be towed!

From the 241 Toll Road:

Going south, exit Lake Forest Dr. Go left at the light and look for parking signs. Turn right on Town Center Drive, there will be parking on your left. Going north, exit Portola and go right at the light. Drive approximately one mile, then turn left at Town Centre Drive. Follow the road and watch for signs for the parking lot on your right.

GvR Hotel Info!

Are you coming into town and staying for the weekend? You should be! There’s a few hotels withing skating (or walking) distance from the etnies skatepark.
And they are offering special rates for those of you coming in for the contest! Here’s the info:

Hampton Inn- Orange County

27102 Towne Center
Foothill Ranch , CA 92610
Phone : (949) 597-87-00

Hilton Garden Inn East- Lake Forest

27082 Towne Centre Drive
Foothill Ranch CA, 92610
Phone: (949) 859-4000

Posted on 07 Oct 2006 by Mike Hirsch



GVR 2006 Results

Goofy Wins Again!!!!

For the second year in a row, Goofy trounced the Regulars at the etnies GvR! That would make this year the first year a team won back to back! Here are the final results. Big congrats to Jereme Rogers for winning first place for a second year in a row!
Also, congrats to Ryan Sheckler and Nyjah Huston for taking MVP! Stay tuned for tons of coverage, photos, video and more in the coming week!


Jereme Rogers 1st – $10,000
Nyjah Huston 2nd – $5,000
Rodolfo Ramos 3rd – $2,500
Greg Lutzka 4th – $2,000
Ronnie Creager 5th – $1,500
Collin Provost 6th – $1,000
Darrell Stanton 7th – $1,000
Danny Cerenzini 8th – $1,000
Dylan Rieder 9th – $1,000
Pat Channita 10th – $1,000
Colt Cannon 11th – $1,000
Michael Simonetto 12th – $1,000
Tyler Hendley 13th – $1,000
Javier Sarmiento 14th – $1,000
Collin Hale 15th – $1,000
MVP: Nyjah Houston $1,500


Ryan Sheckler 16th – $500
Chris Cole 17th – $500
Andrew Reynolds 18th – $500
Alex Mizurov 19th – $500
Danny Fuenzalida 20th – $500
Sierra Fellers 21st – $500
Bryan Herman 22nd – $500
Emmanuel Guzman 23rd – $500
Peter Ramondetta 24th – $500
Dayne Brummett 25th – $500
Vince del Valle 26th – $500
Dominik Dietrich 27th – $500
Tony Cervantes 28th – $500
Chris Troy 29th – $500
Robert Lopez 30th – $500
MVP: Ryan Sheckler $1,500

etnies Girl Push Jam Final Results

1. Marisa Del Santos – $3,500
2. Evelien Bouilliart – $2,500
3. Lacey Baker – $1,500
4. Vanessa Torres – $1,000
5. Amy Caron – $600
6. Lauren Perkins – $400
7. Elizabeth Nitu – $400
8. Elissa Steamer – $200

Pro Bowl Contest

1. Omar Hassan
2 Rune Glifberg
3. Brian Patch
4. Bruno Passos
5. Taylor Bingaman

Grand Masters

1. Steve Caballero
2. Lance Mountain
3. Lester Kasai
4. Jeff Grosso
5. Micke Alba

Ladies Bowl Jam Final Results

1. Holly Lyons
2. Cressey Rice
3. Heidi Fitzgerald
4. Kristi Sanders
5. Julie Kindstrand

Posted on 22 Oct 2006 by Mike Hirsch
Kronik Energy Desert Dog Bowl Bash Photo Coverage

Amish Ed has posted a huge selection of epic shots from the Kronik Energy Desert Dog Bowl Bash Contest that took place the weekend of October 27th 2006. Check them all out here

Posted on 09 Nov 2006 by Mike Hirsch



GVR 2006 Videos and Photo Galleries
Check out the GVR 2006 Videos and Photo Galleries

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Posted on 09 Nov 2006 by Mike Hirsch
Norcal Trip or Variflex Reunion Mini Tour 2007
Norcal Trip or Variflex Reunion Mini Tour 2007



By Flyontha Wahll
Photos: Tim Metz / Mike Hirsch
Video: Tim Metz / Mike Hirsch


After escaping the all-encompassing black hole that is the Mike Hirsch time warp, Dan C and M.H. head out toward Los Angeles to pick up skate legend Lance Mountain and unsung soul rebel Freddie Desota. The trip went smooth with lots of great stories from Lance and a alphabetical skate name game that killed a few hours. We arrived at Steve Hirsch’s home around the midnight hour, so after catching up a little, we all finally crashed. We arrived at Sacramento’s Granite skatepark fairly early, and it’s quite a sight to behold as you come around that corner and look down at it for the first time. The park is massive and everything is good. There are a lot of different areas/features to skate and someone remarked that it reminded them of some of the old parks where you might not even realize your friend is there sessioning the other side of the park.


Dan C – Granite Skatepark

We were met by our norcal friend Tim Metz who showed us the lines and stoked us once again with his smooth and ripping style. Lance started working the pool and also hit some high lines in the 3/4 pipe, nearly grinding the top.

We then headed south to the little town of Ione. In the middle of nowhere sits a really killer little skatepark with a really fun street flow area and a killer pool. We now had our new friend Curtis in tow, who has his own backyard custom created pit. Great session with Steve’s vintage tunes blasting, super chill vibe and some ripping skating. Steve had the lines and his shallow end boardslides and both direction deathbox attack inspired us. Curtis blew us away with his mid 40’s no pads/helmet backyard style smith grinds. Lance is always down for a pool session and showed us what 30+ years of constant skating is like. Mike found some lines and some ripping grinds and rocks when not documenting the action.

Ione Skatepark

Dan C felt right at home with his f/s and b/s 50-50s and a frontside grind revert over the deathbox. Freddie doesn’t skate too often, but he still pulled one of his signature frontside rock and rolls and some tasty grinds. Tim ripped with his perfect tail blocks and really blew our minds when he dropped in with his board backwards straight into a 240 shove-it to axle stall with no pause whatsoever. When asked “where did that come from” he replied in usual low key fashion “I used to do those”. We skated as long as we could with a few other bros, then headed out for Mexican food to plan the next day.

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Curtis was good enough to invite us to his home to try his custom swimmer. It rode like a real backyarder with steps, stairs. lights and deathbox to maneuver.

Steve Hirsch Busting Out on his OG Variflex Model
We sessioned that thing for hours with some of Curtis’ local ripper friends. Lance especially likes a challenging spot and drew some amazing lines with incredible speed in that tight hole. Super fun session with some super cool people.
There is a string of parks on the way home. We briefly checked out Ripon. It was pretty cool. Then we hit the tiny town of Selma. They have a killer bowl there. We sessioned that briefly but didn’t have much left and knew we needed to keep going.
Selma Skatepark – Getting Ready for Impromptu Demo LOL
Northern California has some killer spots and some cool and ripping skaters. Thanks to everyone. We had a great time. Hope to go back soon.



Posted on 03 Feb 2007 by Mike Hirsch



Norcal Trip or Variflex Reunion Mini Tour 2007
Norcal Trip or Variflex Reunion Mini Tour 2007



By Flyontha Wahll
Photos: Tim Metz / Mike Hirsch
Video: Tim Metz / Mike Hirsch


After escaping the all-encompassing black hole that is the Mike Hirsch time warp, Dan C and M.H. head out toward Los Angeles to pick up skate legend Lance Mountain and unsung soul rebel Freddie Desota. The trip went smooth with lots of great stories from Lance and a alphabetical skate name game that killed a few hours. We arrived at Steve Hirsch’s home around the midnight hour, so after catching up a little, we all finally –Go To Article
Posted on 03 Feb 2007 by Mike Hirsch



Bondi Bowl-O Rama 2007
Bondi Bowl - Sergie Ventura - Photo: Lester Kasai

Sergie Ventura – Australia Bondi-Bowl Comp Practice – Photo: Lester Kasai

Lester Kasai, Lance Mountain, Sergie Ventura, Omar Hassan, Pat Ngoho, Benji Galloway and others are currently in Australia for the Bondi Bowl-O Rama. Here is some info provided by the official Bondi-Bowl Site:

The major skate event of the year in Australia for the last two years has been BOWL-A-RAMA. Thousands of screaming fans saw 32 of the worlds best local and international skaters battle it out for top honours in Australasia’s finest skatepark.

IT’S ON AGAIN – Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th February 2007. The best riders from around the world will compete at this prestigous event.

Bondi Beach Skatepark is Australia’s iconic skatespot. The park is the perfect terrain for skaters of all styles to come together with it’s street course, modern park area and an 11 foot deep pool. It is the perfect setting for skaters to provide an awe-inspiring experience for all spectators.

Bondi Bowl - Lester Kasai

Lester Kasai – Australia Bondi-Bowl Comp Practice Sessions

Be sure to check out our forum for photo updates from the event, the official Bondi-Bowl site and the Vans site for complete coverage.
Posted on 22 Feb 2007 by Mike Hirsch