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Vans Off The Wall Skatepark Grand Opening Photos.

After years in the making, the Vans Off The Wall Skatepark opened this past Saturday and did not disappoint. Little girls, old men, street shredders and vert dogs all came out to get a sample of the 40,000 sq ft, California Skateparks built, wonderland located in Surf City USA. There has been a ton of coverage already, so I’m not going to go into design details, but here are a few photos from the day.

Christian Hosoi Huntington beach skatepark
Hosoi – Laid Back
Josh Mattson hb skatepark
Josh Mattson – Sign Jumper. Photo: MRZ
kiko fransisco huntington beach skate park
Kiko Fransisco – Backside Tweaker
Omar Hassan Huntington Beach skatepark
Omar Hassan – Kickin’ to Fakie
Huntington Beach skatepark
Nick D – Upside Down
Charlie Blair vans off the wall skate park
Charlie Blair – Blasted and Boned
pam hb skatepark
Patrick RyanVans off the wall skatepark
Patrick Ryan – Cliff Jump
Salamander Vans Off the wall skatepark
Salamander – Hip to Lip
Jinx HB Skatepark
Sarah Thompson - Buckle Up for Safety
Sarah Thompson – Buckle Up for Safety
jay adams huntington beach skatepark
Jay Adams – No Caption Necessary. Photo:MRZ
Nora Vasconcellos huntington beach skatepark
Nora Vasconcellos – Blaster
daniel vargas vans off the wall skatepark
Daniel Vargas – Real Smith
Crazy Kyle vans off the wall skatepark
Crazy Kyle – Rock Jam to Disaster
Brian Brannon Huntington Beach Skatepark
Brian Brannon – Off the Lip
Dave Kindstrand vans off the wall skatepark
Dave Kindstrand – Double Truckin’
Cam Dowse skatepark in huntington beach
Cam Knows.
allysha bergado hb skate park
Allysha Bergado – Boneless
jarren duke vans huntington beach skatepark
Jarren Duke – Plants Fast
Adrian Hernandez vans skatepark hunting beach
Adrian Hernandez – AZ to HB Smith
steve caballero vans off the wall skatepark
Cab – Full Frontal
Kayula Caballero vans skatepark huntington beach
Kayla Cab – Comin’ in Hot!
rowan vans huntington beach skatepark
Rowan – 5-0 Burner
Dave Duncan HB skatepark
Duncan – Off the Mic, On the 5-0
chrome dome hb skatepark
Garry Shtucks it and Hucks it.
shane allen huntington beach skatepark
Shane Allen – Tail Slider
Josh Borden Pedro Barros
Borden / Barros – Doubles Routine

Check out the California Skateparks website for more info.

Huge thanks to Steve Van Doren and the Vans Crew, Jacks, CA Skateparks and everyone else involved in bringing another great park to the area. The Vans Off The Wall Skatepark is located at 7471 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA, next to Old World. Hours are 10-7 right now with rumors of lights going in soon. After your sesh, head over to Grinderz in Old World for some burgers and good beers on tap.

Photos by Brandon Wong, Russ Sakurai, and MRZ

Hanging Around Fresno.

fresno pool skating ben raybourn david gravette

Cam, Kyle and I took a trip up north last month to Peacock Land for an epic weekend of pool shred. You can always count on Peacock to bring the goods and he did not disappoint. Hit some brand new ones and some old favorites. All in all good times with good friends… a perfect weekend hanging around Fresno.

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Kyle Kaitanjian gets first grinds on a new tight little capsule.
cam dowse deathbox
Cam Dowse takes it over the box.

Next up was a epic Blue Haven Rossmore Kidney. Could have skated this thing for days.

cam dowse pool skating
ben raybourn pool skating
Ben Raybourn on tap.
josh peacock filming
Peacock doin’ work – Film at 10:00
kyle kaitanjian fresno pool skating

Swung by Ted’s to lurk out in the shallow end.

crew at teds pool in fresno

The next day, The Illusion showed up and kicked it into high gear.

The Illusion and Kyle Kaitanjian
cam dowse and josh peacock pool cleaning
Early morning buckets of ass water.
cam dowse lipside
Cam – slip ‘n’ slidin’
josh peacock fresno pools
Peacock shallow grinder

Stopped by Ray’s for a game of skate and some House Beer that The Illusion was kind enough to bring to the party.

House Beer at Rays pool fresno

On the way home took a slight detour to check out this roadside gem. A little water never stopped an Aussie from shredding.

cam dowse delano

Oh wait, yes it did.

cam dowse board in water
Cam’s ride in the drink

Huge thanks to Peacock for the hospitality and heavy shred… until next time.

2014 Girls Combi Classic Photos.

Shooting skate contests is not my idea of a good time. You have everyone’s sister or brother elbowing their position on the deck for the proper #insta angle or the “media” guys are doing the extendo-arm technique right into your frame. What is my idea of a good time is being in the presence of heavy shredding. This past Saturday was the 2014 Girls Combi Classic and you had everyone from 7 year olds hopped up on donuts to moms pushing 50, all destroying the monster bowl. Yes, somebody’s mom skates better than you, but that’s besides the point. What’s important is that the level of skateboarding keeps getting pushed year after year, male and female. Here a few shots from the contest.

Girls combi classic poppy star
Poppy Starr Olsen
Tarryn Ross girls combi classic
10 year old Tarryn Ross is always reppin’ Radballs on her board or helmet. She rules!
Beverly Flood girls combi classic
Beverly Flood – Lienin’
Katherine Folsom girls combi classic
Katherine Folsom
sarah thompson girls combi classic
Sarah Thompson – Corner Air
Jean Rusen girls combi classic
Jean Rusen
Nicole Hause girls combi classic
Nicole Hause – Blaster
Arianna Carmona girls combi classic
Arianna Carmona
girls combi classic allysha bergado
Allysha Bergado – Boneless
Alana Smith girls combi classic
Alana Smith
Julz girls combi classic
Julz – 5-0 into first place
1. Julz Lynn $4,000
2. Allysha Bergado $2,000
3. Alana Smith $1,000
4. Arianna Carmona $900
5. Nora Vasconcellos $700
6. Nicole Hause $500
7. Sara Thompson $400
8. Erin Wolfkiel $250
9. Katherine Folsom $150
10. Cara Lawson $100
11. Jean Rusen
12. Denise Fleming
1. Beverly Flood $500
2. Jordyn Barratt $300
3. Brittney Conrad $200
4. Alisha Stevens
5. Kayla Caballero
6. Christin Borski
7. Cheryl Jumao-as
8. Mary D’Antoni
9. Canasas Burns
1. Poppy Starr Olsen $500
2. Kisa Nakamaura $300
3. Bryce Wettstein $200
4. Pauline Branom
5. Spencer Breaux
6. Annika Vrklan
7. Minna Stess
8. Hannah Chumley
9. Brighton Zeuner
10. Tarryn Ross
11. Michelle Yoon
12. Jordan Beal
13. Klara Vrklan

Ozzie has a great in depth recap over at BTO. Check it out here: