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Sheckler Foundation’s Skate for a Cause.

The third annual Sheckler Foundation Skate for a Cause was held this past Saturday at Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest. This event raised over $57,000 for The A.skate Foundation. A.Skate is a nonprofit organization that helps autistic children through skateboarding. Russ took a break from the festivities and shot a couple photos.

Jim Gray

Sergie Ventura

Aaron Astorga

Mike Rogers

Some footage from the event.

For more information on The A.skate Foundation and their mission to help children with Autism through skateboarding visit

Great Desert Pool Duel.

A small selection of the top pool skaters gathered in a backyard in Palmdale, Ca yesterday for the first annual Great Desert Pool Duel Invitational. This was not your conventional skateboard contest by any means. Organized by Billy Runaway and the Palmdale Pool Project crew, it was unlike any other I have seen; in an actual backyard pool that was not built to skate. Like most real pools, this one has it quirks. Kinky and quick in spots and some areas that seem to have perfect skatepark transitions. One difference is that this is quite a large one. I overheard someone say it was somewhere in the 11 foot range.

When we arrived, I didn’t know what to expect. There was a food truck parked on the front lawn with a few people milling about. We walked through the gate and the vibe was pretty mellow. A few guys warming up, sponsor logos well placed around the pool, music trickling out of the corner, and the contest was just about to get started. I took a look at the rider list hanging on the gate and got really excited about what I was about to witness.

Riley Stevens, Front D

Kevin Burke, high speed FSG

The contest started off as 3 man heats, winner goes to the finals and second place went into a losers heat. This all funneled down into some 3 minute, one on one, heats. While battling Tristan Rennie for a spot in the finals, Al Brunelle hung up on a sweeper disaster that took him straight to the drain. It was a scary sight, but everyone took care of him and made sure he got the proper care. He made it safely home, very sore and bummed he couldn’t finish, but doing fine.

Al Brunelle, Sweeper Disaster, the same trick that took him out just moments later.

Jack Given, Indy Nosepick

As the day went on, you can tell the high desert heat and free Black Star Beer was starting to take a toll on everyone, but the contest charged forward and at the end of the day it was a final that consisted of Tristan Rennie, Kevin Kowalski and Ben Raybourn. When the dust settled, it was 13 year old Rennie in the top spot with Kowalski in second, Raybourn in third, and Jake Reuter taking home 4th place.

Jake Reuter, smith on the hip

Ben Raybourne, Inverted

Tristan Rennie, into first place

Video from the contest here:

Palmdale Pool Duel final results:
1. Tristan Rennie – $400
2. Kevin Kowalski – $300
3. Ben Raybourn – $200
4. Jake Reuter – $100

DEFECT MAG best trick over shallow stairs:
Ryan Johnson backside ollie – $200

Black Star Beer best trick over stairs/death:
Kevin Kowalski backside smith – $200

Black Leather Racing best line of the day:
Kevin Kowalski – $200

Thanks to the Palmdale Pool Project, all the sponsors, and skaters for a rad event.

Light Death Art Show at Hurley.

The Light Death Art Show was held at Hurley headquarters this past Friday featuring art from Lance Mountain, Salba, Steve Olson, Duane Peters and C.R. Stecyk III. Powerflex 5 played some live music thoughout the night and the skatepark was open to the public. Only a few pieces from each artist were displayed, but all were epic in their own right. Some of the stand outs for me were Lance’s Nude Bowl replica and DP’s guitar.

The crowd

Lance Mountain


Steve Olson

Salba and Corey Miller, Powerflex 5

C.R. Stecyk III

Duane Peters

Taco Dudes were there serving up the grub and PBR was there to help wash it down. Hurley was printing t-shirts right on the spot, but we got there late and missed out on them. Luckily, I did get my hands on the Light Death zine was being handed out showcasing random shots from pool adventures.

PK put together a video from the sesh at Ridiculous prior to the show.

Thanks to Hurley and everyone involved for a great event.

Skatepril Fools Day in Fontana.

Went to Fontana Skatepark yesterday to check out the Skatepril Fools Day Contest. Groms, ladies and crusty old men were there ripping it up in the clover bowl. Live music and a free BBQ kept everyone going throughout the day.

Michael Serna Jr. high speedin’

Danny Sandoval goes frontside on the widowmaker

Nick Jojola backs him up

Joseph Campos, tailslide in between heats.

Not only are the girls coming out in numbers to these events, they are ripping harder than ever.
Sarah Thompson, frontside blaster

Cara Lawson, full throttle

Brittney Conrad

Mikayla Sheppard

Cory Juneau, Caballerial

Alan Lapointe, inverted

Johnny Abernathy

Kevin Burke, sunset smith

Justin Gordon, big gangstaaaaa pivot fakie

Francisco Penunuri won the Widowmaker best trick

Tristan Rennie, Invert revert on the Widowmaker

Thanks to Fontana Skatepark and everyone that made this event happen. I didn’t the get results, but that’s not important. I saw everyone smiling and having a good time and that’s good enough for me.

More photos here:

Camtest 2012 Recap.

The 4th Annual Camtest was held at the infamous Pink Motel this past Saturday. Hundreds of people showed up from all over the country to give back to our skateboard brother, Dave Tuck, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in September. Over $8,000 was raised and all of it went to Dave to help pay for his treatment to beat cancer.

1. Brad McClain
2. Greyson Fletcher
3. Cory Juneau / Skreech (Tie)

1. Mason Merlino
2. Al Brunelle
3. Otto Flanz

1. Aaron Ebel
2. MadDog (Nick Henderson)
3. Chris (Bumbles) McCallum

Best Beer Run: Charlie Blair
Best Trick: Jeff Wright
Skinny Little Shit: Cory Juneau
Best Heckler: Chet Childress
Fat Bastard: Justin Gordin
Tucks Choice: Charlie Blair
Best Shallow End: Tyler Mumma

For more info on Camtest, visit

Special thanks to SoCal Skateshop for use of the camera.