The Vans Pro Tour mashes into Chi-Town with Chima, Dan Lu, K Walks, Dill and the boys thrilling the crowds at Grant Park.
Chima warms it up, pre-demo style. Foreshadowing dude.
Across from the shop.
Meet n Greet at Uprise with flow-sensations Glick and Justin Henry fleshing out the crew
Got that famous Alva posse photo in there. Real nice.
When men were men … and Neuhaus
Legend party #1 - Stevie Dread, Ray Barbee and Jesse Neuhaus. Wow!
Lovell gets in the mix, bevs deep
DL and our other new flow-loc Tyson Peterson
Barbee's melodic noodlings
Wall of Fame game: strong
Rare thing these days, a solid neighborhood shop
Legends party #2 - Dill with the Nate Lyonses. Nice!
Next morning. Gear up in the valet line
Uh oh …
Guess that's official then. Congrats Kyle!
Tyson – not homesick
Justin, possible Pokeyman grab
In the van since '87
Perfect precursor: monster blocks.
OJ with a half cab board to boomerang. His friends know what I'm talking about
Part time shipper, full time ripper. Hart leads by example
Chima with some heavy kangaroo switch pop. You can imagine where it went from here …
But in the end, major victory, as is typically the case
$100 on offer for tail drop. Cody gives it a polite nah nah
This thing …
Lots of maybes
We're gonna need a tool
Can't keep Lovell from some fake flip art tho
Tallest in the Midwest maybe? Still?
Finally, demo time
Sparking up for getting down
Yep, it's time
Heavy shralpage on the impact section. K Walks puts those new kicks in motion
Justin is from Colombus and is totally comfortable with the whole nosegrind family of tricks
Dill gets some of that #freeair
Oh yeah, the locals got some too
Team Manager in training, Matt B – still hungry for carnage
'Wait … YOU rode for G&S trucks?'
Someone got a spanner?
The ol' 180 nosegrind and around
J Lay rolls with the road crew but can still bust the ol' switch Tré Lay at the drop of a hat
Switch 5-0. Playin with fire
Ray, easing into it. Catch him on the banks
Dill works it out on some wonky tranny. Nice to see him in the mix
Classic form nollie flip
Quite a show
Let's see who made it out. These guys!
New dads. Beautiful!
These kids were rad
Hell yeah it's time to celebrate
How to get girls
Old friends from last time!
A person, just like you
Hockey and FA fans, everywhere
Action turned towards the down bar
Glick with hella pinch
Dan Lu fields KOTR questions all day
Gathering 'round for the best trick
Video projects at every step
Lil' face time, no big deal
Look at the size of that sticker!
Locals only on the pyramid rail
They were making a rap video
Gotta Google it I guess
One more look at this progressive outfit
KWalks on long!
Tyson had it too
Cody Green, feeble aggression!
'Yeah, Eric Sanderson … he was cool too'
Groundbreaking Christy 50! KOTR 2016???
Off the hip style!
A legends' gaze
My dream as a teenager
And then the closer … heck of a show. You shoulda seen how hard the locals ripped too!
Can you believe how far we've come?
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