The Clairemont YMCA Skatepark hosted the California State Games last weekend and our favorite 11 year old, Nate Vernia, swept the podiums for Vert and Pool in the Sponsored All-Ages division. Big congrats to the little dude!
In the skate world Albuquerque, NM is known for it’s endless ditches and expanse of skateable concrete. However it’s more commonly known as the Land of Enchantment, and that’s exactly what it did to the Deep End team. Get lost in the lo-def Super 8 preview. Full-length hi-def recap coming soon!
Max Verohanitra had the pleasure of welcoming the World Cup into his home park of Marseille a few weeks back. In true gentleman fashion he put on a show for the crowd, and here's the pics to prove it.
When Skateboarder Magazine requested a private session on the Bread Bowl we were more than willing to make it happen and are we glad we did! Watch the video and you will see what we mean...
Day two kicked off early in the morning with all of the riders eager to get out on the hill and start shaving seconds off their times. It was a hot day out on the course and the riding was even hotter! Time trials for all three divisions ran exceptionally smooth throughout most of the day with minimal crashes and few minor injuries. At mid-day there was a break for the riders and event staff to enjoy some tasty Wahoo’s tacos and gear up on any Sector 9, Gullwing, or RAD equipment they may have needed. At the end of the day the top 10 fastest times from each division were matched up in a time-trial shootout for $1000. Day 2 ended with the Gullwing Team invading and taking over the Pala Skate Park for the Gullwing Death Race. Anyone who was not too tired or broke off from the day’s heats was invited to participate in the coned-off speed run through the concrete bowl. After the Death Race everyone headed back to the campsite for a mellow night in preparation for the semis and finals. Pre-race superstitions were in the air…
Day three again started bright and early with an intense, focused attitude from everyone to riders, staff, and the many spectators that made their way out to this amazing venue. With the seeding complete and the heat draws set, everyone was excited for the race to start. The heats were extremely competitive with everyone leaving it all out on the pavement. Technical drifting and speed control was a must on the top of the hill while speeds then hit 60+ MPH through the chicane; the fastest part of the course. The finals came down to Sector 9 riders Ricardo Reis and Chance Gaul, as well as Arbor riders James Kelly, and Duke Degen. James Kelly ended up claiming victory with the fastest time of 1:50.404. Duke Degen took 2nd and Ricardo Reis came in 3rd.
Angie’s Curves lived up to their reputation and set the bar for all other races to come. A huge thanks goes out to The Ian Tillmann Foundation, Sector 9 Skateboards, Gullwing Truck Co., RAD Wheels, Paradox Grip, MuirSkate, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, all of our volunteer event staff, and of course Angie! Also a big shout out to Louis Pilloni and Jeff Budro for making this event run as smoothly as it did! Hope to see you all out there next year!
Photo album here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151700960739596.1073741830.31312274595&type=1
RJ Baltazar blasts a frontside air over the hip for Union Tribune photographer KC Alfred. Follow along with the photographic tour here: http://www.utsandiego.com/photos/2013/jun/09/1041742/
Tibs Parise took a Tahitian sabbatical last month that turned into an adrenaline filled endeavor. The XTreme Video channel tracked him down on the beach drinking coconut water and coaxed him into a stunt plane. Watch Tibs try to hold down his lunch in this new episode.