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The Van Doren Invitational returns to Huntington Beach -  boards, buns and bonelesses blazing!!!

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Sun-soaked field of battle.


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The fans assemble.


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Borland, not boring, getting their while he can.


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Murillo, steady air time.


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Zach Miller, family tradition.


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Most handplants seen at one event since the Trashmore contest in '88. Raney was leading the upside-down charge.


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Forgotten moves, reborn. Raybourn on a Gatair.


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Accidents here and there, nothing too devastating I don't think.


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Bring yer coozie, if you got one.


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And the competition begins!


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Ronnie Sandoval. This is not the last frontal you'll be seeing.


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Oi vey!


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Charlie Bl-air.


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Double R, closed knee.


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Double M, saran to D.


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Stelmasky mastery!


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Fastplant to fakie. I'm so glad these tricks are back.


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Wow! If the Rhythm team could see us now!

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Thanks TA, by the way.


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Borden, oop the extension.


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This was my first exposure to Chris Russell in person. He's got sort of a boy-meets-rhinocerous thing going on. This indy air was to disaster, as are most of his tricks. Simply incredible.

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Seventeen-years-young, it should be noted.


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The Thrashers were out in full force. Gilbert, sweating balls.


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Meanwhile, up in the VIP zone, the fat cats eat their specialized extreme snack chips and discuss their imported European bearings ...


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Plotting the course of the entire industry...


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Back on deck - pogo axle.


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WBD trampolined his Thrasher work into an actual paying gig for Vans, if you can believe that.

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But can you call it work when it's this much fun?


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'You gotta talk into the microphone,'  says the boss.  What a stickler.

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Stu's back, nah sayin?


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Prequalified Raven, cruising practice.


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'But are there girls at Nyjah's, like, 24-7?'


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Blair expands the line to the deck-side juker.


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Handplant think tank.


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Later, in the world of art ...


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It was a who's who of Masterlensmen out there - though BK and Mofo would not approve of Acosta's no-look approach.


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Oakley shoes??!!!


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Kowalski, subbing the judo for a solid frigid kick.


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Cody Lockwood, underground sensation.


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J-Rod, frontal planting.


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Invert revert, wrist about to turn.


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Omar, slugging it out in the semis.


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Patrick Ryan, airborne for Eswic. 


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Robbie was killing it all weekend - Pedro Style.


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T-Funk is the reason, and then they kicked us all out.

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Finals day. I decided to really huff the culture of this event so I headed for the center of HB arts - the pier.

 

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'Push? Like with your foot? No, brotha. That's why I got the stick!'


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A veritable city of stoke.


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Swag.


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Madame, I salute you!


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Just a people-watching paradise out there, really. I can see why it's the center of the central-Orange County art world.


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Back in the bowl, Todd crosses over.


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I asked Tony to shoot this and then jumped directly in front of him on the rideaway.


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Slightly safer.


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The Dunc put in more time in the bowl than some of the competitors.


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Look at that grin! That's why Schmitty is the best - he LOVES it!


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Curren's ok, too.


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'How do I get a Down for Life??!!!'


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Alex likes Madonna, he likes Sheila E, he likes Prince.


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Are there some moves that should stay dead? Just asking ...


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Back in the handplant zone: Russell.


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And to fakie.


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Press had a field day.


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How much per sticker? Use this lein air to guess-timate Curren's income with your friends.Those claws gotta be worth a grip, right?!!


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Hatchell's board hatcheting me in the shin.


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Fuck no, Cam doesn't want a free hug.


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Heating up.


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Pedro was winning with the sky time.


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And then Raven emerged with his jersey. Total game changer!


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Though he had some stiff competition around there, shirt-wise.

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Now we're talking!


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Schroeder sighting. Deep cover.


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Collin was pre-qualified. Goddamned right.


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Bro style: a lifestyle.


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Holmes!!!


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It was a GD shredathon.


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Smithvert!


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Heavy traffic.


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Handplanter's paradise out there.


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Skreech, beverage rich.


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Friendly vibes.


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Mostly, anyhow.


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Double up on them shits if you got to.


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Look at these two perfectly-normal young people! Where are you guys going, church??!


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Back in the bowl.


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The Blair show is a solid one.
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Sal flights, taking off daily.


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Kowalski, krushing it!


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Somehow this is my only photo of Marlon. Shit, you already seen the video.


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Up the tombstone to sugarcane


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So close!


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Does this help?


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Haha! Yes!


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Total fan favorite.


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Boom!


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I'm comin', Phillips!


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The Big Ragoo, regulating.


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The finals were bonkers. It was a stoke overload.


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Even the babies were over head high!!


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Anarchy!


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And then, in the 1880s ...


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'He's just using Photoshop, right Daddy?'


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Best trick board breaker.


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So glad it's over.


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A flood of relied. Bird, on deck.


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Top three.


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Head smacks of joy, I hope.


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Congrats, dudes! Next time I'm getting up there with the crew.


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Glad I wasn't a judge! Good job, everybody!


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But the real prize: new skate fans.


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Yep, just a chance to share the love of four-wheeled fun over here.


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Dagger approved. Congrats Charlie!


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But a storm was brewing below the grandstands. 'Are you all waiting for Curren?' I asked. 'Uh yeahhh!' they all yelled back, sarcastically.


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Here we go ...


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Ronnie accidentally enters the strawberry-scented fray.


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This is no place for non-heartthrobs.


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And then this dude tried to kiss him.


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Ultimately unsuccessful.
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Felt like I might need a burka after all that. Thank you, Vans bros. See you next year, HB freaks!

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