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.
1st Pedro Barros
2nd Cory Juneau
3rd Bucky Lasek
1st Lance Mountain
2nd Steve Caballero
3rd Chris Miller
1st Darren Navarette
2nd Bruno Passos
3rd Jed Fuller
Darren Navarrette - His fault the wheel is clipped in the photo. He went too high.
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.
Omar Hassan, Tristan Rennie, Pedro Barros
Photo bombed by Richard Sanchez
Vans Pool Party 2016 Champion Pedro Barros
Rick Blackhart knows how we all feel about Lance
Jim Gray making it all about fun
Tony Magnusson very decked
Jordyn Barratt during the girls demo
Rodney Rodriguez showing Blackhart some love