Burnout: Let's Go Bowling
The Pro-Tec Pool Party is so hectic, I even had to get a practice photo day in.
The heavies have been skating the Combi non-stop for months.
This was also a good time to acquaint myself with the new gen of bowl bashers.
Sky Souljah, for instance. Totally rad.
Birdman, no biggie.
It was a good confidence builder.
Game day parking lot.
You know you're on time if you beat Van Doren.
Here we go ....
Imagine that - Grosso with a life-threatening ailment.
Inside: all biz.
Ngoho rolls in first thing.
Andy Mac, always dancing on the edge of acceptability.
Blue collar types.
Stafford, with third eye.
Furly takes a dip.
Texas legend, Bryan Pennington.
Fejj, layback sit.
Filling up fast.
Salba tapes out his lines, damn the security.
Tony Mag was there .. bumm-bum-bum-bum-bum-bummm...
Birdman, easing into the day.
My photo comp began lining the decks, many with innovative new designs and techniques. This thing will also help you find water.
Acosta Bros - worthy fuckin' adversaries.
Stars of the blogosphere.
It's hard not to notice how the legends are always with hot babes at these things.
Maybe we should start a romance advice column with these dudes.
I know I woulda read it as a kid.
Back in the bowl, Zach Miller gets airborne.
Screech had a sort of castaway look going.
Nolan Munroe, totally awesome.
Rastas and Punks, brothers in the bowl.
Hassan bursts the 540 bubble.
Perelson, holy shit.
Bob vs Screech.
Guess who won.
Duncan brings order to the madness.
A Mountain of a man.
'Maybe you should switch frontside flip it ....'
In case you hadn't heard, Alex Perelson is the best thing to happen to vert/pool skating in the last forever.
Frontside cab, total make.
It's weird to call Alex vert's last great hope, but it's not totally innacurate either.
Legends semis. Swedish corner work.
Ffej wanders into a Badlands lovefest.
Hell of a protege.
Like a fighter, Salba towels off in the corner before each round.
Then gives it all he's got.
DP. He invented it.
Crowd went wild.
Max legend density.
For longtime fans, the bald guy next to Hosoi is GSD.
Seriously going for it.
Speaking of masters.
Combi comp is an emotional time and the competitors definitely don't hold back.
Why would they?
Pedro was on fire, as they say.
TNT jumped into a heat.
Light lip encroachment.
Frontside inverts. Real nice.
Hella quick, Rune.
Then onto legends finals.
Cab, totally shredding.
In the hearts of many, the contest was between Miller and Lance.
Chris Miller is probably the finest concrete skater of all time. Skating better now than ever.
Really impossible to match him in the Combi. Such a treat.
Lance definitely had the crowd on his side. I know I wanted him to win.
Denial, pain, guilt ...
In the end, gradual acceptance.
Each run was a cavalcade of classicly-trained bowl bravado.
This face says it all ... though I'm not exactly sure what it's saying.
The crowd went nutso.
And finally, the pros. Vets on one side ...
kids on the other.
Last chance to make gear adjustments.
Like a Nascar pit crew!
Rune, incredibly strong.
Pedro blasted off.
The kids did all the spins, indy 540s, whatever you want!
No shortage of showmanship either.
Nolan, lein D.
Skybox flip grab.
Alex Perelson with a kickflip lein. He also did ten-foot-high frontside airs in the round (not shown.) Fuckin' awesome.
'Whattyou think, Buck?'
Lil' McEgg in the best trick, no big deal.
And finally, to Duncan's warm embrace.
Fist bumps with Cab while Hawk giggles and Sergie takes time to enjoy a beverage.
Salba kept it punk. Shit, someone's got to. Congrats, Chris! You're the best.
'Yo! Hands off the Mac!'
It was a tough call, but Pedro pulled it - Combi King 2011.
Until next time. Thank you, Steve Van Doren. Thanks for everything.
4/01/2020Rest in peace, Grosso. Jeff ALWAYS skated with style. His grinds were long, his backside airs were head-high and his handplants were stalled out and sadder than a funeral. He will be sorely, sorely missed. Our hearts go out to his family and many friends.
3/26/2020A cross-generational gang of vert dogs brought their A game to the B Team Ramp. Kreiner, Wettstein, Perelson, Lasek and the other high flyers got tech way above the deck. Get up close to the moves scorching across the Gator Skins.
3/26/2020This crew of vertical veterans and new blood ran the ramp through the wringer while the rain threatened to stop a good time. You already know Bucky Lasek and Andy Mac made it out, but you’ll have to check the photos to see what other legends showed up to support the scene.
3/24/2020The Birdman dishes on why he always puts on new trucks before throwing giant McTwists and charging across the channel. Even though he never gets to the axle, he always finds his groove.
3/18/2020Right before the debut of Dre’s first full part, the guys got the lowdown on fashion offers from the 'Gram, keeping it real with stunt coordinators and starting Maxallure with Karl Watson. At only 18, he’s come a long way since he was just a Potrero park baby getting yelled at by Jake to do his tricks right. Luckily, plenty of it sank in.