Vans Pool Party 2016

 

 Van's Pool Party 2016 was held at Vans Combi Bowl at the Block in Orange, CA on May 12 and 13th. A ferocious pro's and master's competition highlighted by an awe-inspiring Legend's demo thrilled and, in many instances, dumbfounded fans. 

 

Where do I start with this? The obvious place would be to describe Pedro Barros' superhuman performance that locked him in first place among the pro's. Or I could start by describing Lance Mountain's comeback and his mind boggling talent that earned him number one as a legend? Or Darren Navarette's sweet skills that sent him home with the highest honor in the Master's division? How about Bucky Lasek's remarkable performance as a pro against 'men' as young as 13, which nabbed him third place.  Or maybe I should open up with Cory Juneau's smooth-as-icing-on-a-cake style that landed him second in pros? I could write about how the legends demo really underscored the fun of skating and shifted the focus to a skate-for-life mindset rather than a purely competitive mindset. I just don't know. How about if I just post pictures and quit all this yakking? Yeah, sounds good to me too.

 

Thanks to Vans and World Cup Skateboarding for organizing an awesome event. Thanks Steve Van Doren, Kristy Van Doren, Mario Bonaventura, Don Bostick, Danielle Bostick, Kathy Miranda and all the people behind WCS and the staff at Vans. 

 

Results:

 

Pros

1st  Pedro Barros

2nd Cory Juneau

3rd  Bucky Lasek 

 

Legends

1st  Lance Mountain

2nd  Steve Caballero

3rd Chris Miller

 

Masters

1st  Darren Navarette

2nd  Bruno Passos

3rd Jed Fuller

 

 Bucky Lasek

 

 Darren Navarrette - His fault the wheel is clipped in the photo. He went too high.

 

 Nicky Guererro

 

 Lance Mountain

 

 Eddie Elguera

 

Kiko Francisco

 

 Bruno Passos

 

 Darren Navarrette

 

Pat Black minutes before he broke his ankle. I hope you heal up well!

 

Jim Gray scores a sexy shirt (a few sizes too big?) from Jeff Grosso. 

 

 Jed Fuller

 

 Bruno Passos

 

 Omar Hassan, Tristan Rennie, Pedro Barros

 

 Photo bombed by Richard Sanchez

 

 Vans Pool Party 2016 Champion Pedro Barros

Stevie Caballero

 

Rick Blackhart knows how we all feel about Lance

 

 Steve Steadham

 

Jim Gray making it all about fun 

 

Tony Magnusson very decked

 

 Chris Russell

 

 Steve Alba

 

Chris Russell

 

 

Pedro Barros

 

 Bucky Lasek

 

 

Kiko Francisco

 

 

 Christian Hosoi 

 

 

 

 

 Jim Gray 

 

 Jordyn Barratt during the girls demo

 

 Jordyn Barratt

 

Rodney Rodriguez showing Blackhart some love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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