Vans Pool Party 2018 Photos
This year’s Pool Party was even more festive than usual as it fell on Cinco De Mayo, and the opening ceremony was kicked off with a traditional mariachi band cranking out tunes next to the bowl. Not sure if the holiday had anything to do with the caliber of skating getting turned up, but it was on fire this year! The house was packed with skateboard fans, Steve Van Doren had the grill sparked up and the level of skateboarding was unbelievable. This event just gets gnarlier every year! —Rhino
Cinco De Mayo pool party! Navs approves
The battlefield as seen from the upper deck
Grosso’s on injured list but he'll be back in action shortly. We’re all sending love letters his way
The Pool Party is always a great place to catch up with old skate friends—Fish and Staab
South Bay heavy hitters, Mason Silva and Chris Russell
Sandro Dias took first in the Masters event, but he could have easily held his own in the Pro lineup. Yeah, he landed this
Sandro with a huge 540 in the square. This is how you grab that trophy
East Coasters Matt Dove and Collin Graham
Cab is no stranger to this contest
Lifeguard on duty—Salba and Hosoi
Big Ben Schroeder making the bowl look small
Lance and Lucero
Christian Hosoi smacks it to tail
Crowd favorite, Lance inverts in the round
All the way from the other side of the pond, Nicky Guerrero—solid as ever. Frontside invert
Lance takes off over the hip
Eric Nash brought his eggplant and left with second place in the Legends division
Chris Miller went off and took first place in the Legends. Chris with his son Lukas—turns out style is hereditary
George Orton hangs loose with Lance and Eddie Elguera
One of the baddest lensmen in skateboarding, MOFO!
This guy? No, this guy. Bennett and Dressen pointing fingers
Buddy, Bettie and Christian holding it down
Had to fan out with with one of my all-time favorite skaters, Rick Blackhart!
Posted on the edge of the coping the whole contest, Grosso, Pribble and Shark Dog
Kristy Van Doren presenting a check to Grind For Life’s Mike Rogers. Fuck cancer!
The Pro contest was lit! Bucky, melon to fakie around the corner
Moto Shibata was born in the late ‘90s but his crossbones are straight out of the ‘80s
The Pro event was so crazy Malba had to watch it on all fours
Fifteen-year-old Keegan Palmer stepped it up to the Pro event this year, tail grab around the corner
Alex Perelson’s patented kicky lien melon
Two-thousand-fourteen's winner, Tristan Rennie, skated great this year, invert to fakie
Clay Kreiner ain’t afraid to go big! Overhead lien air
Josh Rodriguez, egg revert
First time entering the Pool Party and Jimmy Wilkins turned some heads (including his own), Indy 540
Chris Russell had his game face on and qualified first in the semi-finals. Alley-oop egg
The crowd was on their feet for every run in the finals
Chris Russell, slob fastplant disaster into a solid third-place finish. Nice work, Muscle
Always great to watch Cory Juneau skate—massive FSO into second place
Tom Schaar fucking killed it and took home first for the second year in a row. Congrats, Tom!
Chris Russell and Steve Van Doren. As always, thanks for the great event, Vans!
The tre amigos. Now straight to bar?
1st: Tom Schaar
2nd: Cory Juneau
3rd: Chris Russell
1st: Sandro Diaz
2nd: Andy Macdonald
3rd: Chad Shetler
1st: Chris Miller
2nd: Eric Nash
3rd: Steve Caballero
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6/04/2018On Friday, Gonz had a surprise Bday party in Hollywood and our man Hambone was there to catch the action. Cheers to the big 5-0, Mark!
5/31/2018Follow Cory Juneau around the Linda Vista park for a Creature web gem.
5/29/2018Yep, KOTR is back! Real, Element and Foundation jump in the van for a two-week odyssey of weirdness, wild moves and plenty of good ol’ fashioned skateboard torture. The TV series starts July 10th on Viceland. Buckle up!
5/18/2018Chris Russell gets greeted by some friends to raid the NHS warehouse with and ends it with a session out back.