Posted: June 11th, 2009
After months of hype, the big day finally arrived.
Nordberg was ready.
A rare tender moment.
Doug Shoemaker came to settle a score.
Master ladder lensman, David Broach.
Schmitty and P-Stone.
City boys, Joey and Jim.
Upstarts, Karpinski and Cromer.
Fernandez and a friend with a very exciting haircut.
‘You know anywhere they sell hair dye around here?’
Bean plant warm up.
Greg Myers ponder the s/s b/s kf.
Bad Shit’s Tony Trujillo
Thought Mike Mo didn’t make it?
Aldrin Garcia of Powell ‘Fun’ fame.
Bill Marks, friend of Freddy Kreuger
Jimmy Carlin got whiplash dancing in the van and couldn’t compete.
Dane Burman and James Brockman.
Alabama’s Wiggins and Bama.
Berrics bros, Billy and Jeron.
Almost there ….
For life !
The girls’ event begins.
Marissa was incredible. Really, really awesome.
In the end, she had to throw in the towel.
It was an excellent attempt.
In a rare moment of restraint, Reda resists the urge to shove his little camera in her face.
Now the main event.
Delighted to see me !
The titans of the skate media lined the stairs …
Nandez spoils my exclusive photo of Moose and Cole squashing the beef, while managing editor, Ryan Henry, makes a rare blog appearance. He’s either the guy in the SF hat or the blond dreads dude.
Clusterfuck on the roll-in.
Cardiel keeps a watchful eye towards the action.
It was super hectic on the stairs. Dudes flying everywhere.
Merlino with the switch heel.
P-Stone’s buddy from Israel tried the late shove it a hundred times, but no dice.
Cole’s 360 was such a surprise that this was all I got of it.
I hate when people call this trick an Ollie North. Lizard, backside one foot. Yeah!
Despite his faults, you can’t say that Jake’s not enthusiastic.
Heading for a fire cracker.
If you lose two shoes on your attempt, you may need to tighten those laces.
Crockett’s nollie attempt.
The switch frontside flip sealed the deal. Cole is the gnarliest skater on Earth right now.
A few more bonus tries and it was all over.
Pfanner and Willow - Euro shocked !
Japan’s Goto-san was blown away.
Dean, JT, Ed and Jake crunch the numbers.
David and Gilbert, peaceful shaka.
Australia’s Duncombe gives it two thumbs up, as is his style.
Marissa got the golden shovel for best digger. Digger is an old-fashioned word for slam.
I don’t know who that guy with the beard is, but he’s awesome.
Lindsey’s trick was beyond perfect.
Lizard got the most tricks of the day, even though one was a scarewalk. Totally radical.
It was a day to remember. Thanks, Cole.