The Vans US Open in Huntington Beach is going off with a Marseilles-inspired concrete wonderland poured right on the sand. Here's some gems from practice and qualifiers, with Raney, Hatchell, Blair, and more heating it up! Semis and finals tomorrow.
Thanks to Jim Beam, garlic, road miles, gas cards, Waters and crew, Monster, Contour, Sypniewski, and all the bands. Jaws, Raybourn, Gravette, and four SOTYs—one epic adventure. Hopefully another one is right around the corner...
Stopped in Oxford for a slice of suck, got into a jam and had to bail on Jackson. Made it to the Big Easy and lurked at an indoor bowl. 6am flight on Sunday, fuck this is what we do. —Jake Phelps
St. Louis under the bridge, from the gutter to the stars. Here's Raney, Fardell, Gerwer, Riley Hawk and the crew. Also, this has one of the gnarliest spots on the trip; Hermann's Hole—a river dance nightmare.
Chillin' in Illinois. Chicago to Carbondale and then into St. Louis—Raybourn's out, Jaws and Gravette step in. Shop owner quote of the day after it was over, "Is there gonna be a product toss?"
Four bands, four SOTY's, and over 30 maniacs—this one's for the books. Detroit Skate Rock City starts Friday. Come one, come all...
Ben Karpinski went to the Modern Art premiere last night and gave us some photos of all the action. Get the DVD for free with the June issue at skate shops now.
Few people can appreciate gnarly skating as much as gnarly skaters themselves. Here's Jaws and Dakota tripping out on the March mag, including all of Ben Raybourn's insanity.
Start it off in NYC with Cranston, Gall, Renaud, and Fardell, and then end up in SF with some other good stops in between.
Sometimes a photo doesn't entirely show how gnarly a spot is. This shot from the December mag was a monster crooks for sure.
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