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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Coastal Carnage with a Bowl of Soul at Blue Lagoon upon Surf City…

Coastal Carnage: Skreech
Ben Hatchell #1 “It was sick getting to skate with all those older dudes, but I guess I skate a lot of street now so that probably helped me out in the small tranny and stuff” Hatchell said. He injured himself at the end of the finals, and wasn’t able to compete in the Best Trick that followed.

Lance Mountain: 46-years old, he did a signature frontside air revert
 in the cradle and attempted McTwists. Look, he still has his Vans bracelet
from the Maloof Money Cup at the Converse contest!
The top results of Converse Coastal Carnage 2010 feature three relatively unknown vert skaters: Ben Hatchell, winning $15,000, Tom Remillard, getting $12,000 and Kevin Kowalski checking in $8,000, ahead of seasoned pros like Ben Raybourn, Rune Glifberg, Omar Hassan and masters like Lance Mountain, Cab and Christian Hosoi who just got a gold medal at the X-Games the week-end before!

This should remind everybody of one of the greatest conundrums in modern skateboarding: the big return of “vert”, an old “dead” specialty (that used to be mainstream skateboarding 30 years ago) which is not only alive and kicking, but full of a new generation of skaters ready to take the lead, provided the Masters will let them win, which seemed to be the case here (Coastal Carnage), there (The X-Games –Remember Pedro Barros? ) and everywhere…

Now the conundrum is even more shrouded in ambiguity when you think that:
1) at the last 2 places of the list comes Cab who just won the Protec Pool Party one month ago and Hosoi that just got Gold at the X Games last week;
2) that Hosoi took exactly the same place last year (#14);
3) that last year, the Young Guns already beat the masters;
4) that the top two of last year did not repeat…

Suddenly you got a contest that is very interesting because the top qualifiers of this year beat the masters a second year in a row, and kudos especially to Tom Remillard and Kevin Kowalski that were already at the top spots last year and repeated their feat this year.

So, what are we gonna do now? The vert detractors have said over and over that vert has died 30 years ago because there was no new blood, that vert was owned by the same guys over and over again. First of all, I personally like to see those old men on skateboard, just because they are so stylish, so don’t touch this, but that’s beyond the point. The real point is that vert is changing; that it has been invigorated by street skaters turned bowl riders. How do I know they are street skaters? First, the Young Guns show up in jeans, and not in baggy shorts. Second, they don’t wear pads and they think they don’t need it because they think they won’t fall (ah, the excess of being young-wait until you break your wrist bro…) or because they think it’s not cool. And you know what? That has contaminated the old bros, damnit! Look at the pictures… At last year Coastal Carnage, Hosoi was wearing full protection gear, this year he dropped the helmet, next year what? He will show up in tight jeans??? Can you picture Hosoi in tight jeans? That’s what you call fusion: street skaters are making an effort to become bowl riders and pool riders are making an effort to look like mainstream skaters… Both styles are amalgamating to form one, more stylish, more powerful. That looks more and more like the future of skateboarding: all terrain virtuose on 4 urethane wheels…

A perfect Blue Haven
Held in conjunction with the U.S. Open of Surfing, Coastal Carnage is an invite only Bowl Jam with a $75,000 purse and was the skateboard anchor to the largest action sports festival in the country, which saw more than a half million people over the course of a week's worth of events. Really, it seems to me that Coastal Carnage has been here forever, however, it’s only the second year of the contest so it’s still in its infancy. Well, if you think about it, it may even be the tenth year if you consider Coastal Carnage the late descendant of the Soul Bowl… Anyway. Like last year, the double bowl was built right on the beach; the course had plenty of hips and tight corners, but was twice as large as last year and incorporated a new vert section that was guaranteed to keep every competitor under pressure.

View from afar, not only the bowl was looking pretty smooth, but, with its blue coat of paint, it was looking like a giant glowing pool coming out of some magical Disneyland resort or some fantasy Blue Lagoon (or is it Blue Haven?) from down under in the Southern Pacific.

It almost made me want to fill the thing with water and start skating in it, jumping out of the water like in an ad I saw on TV (for a deodorant)….
Cab & Hosoi having fun
Another new feature to Converse Coastal Carnage was the Converse Skate Pavilion, a public mini-bowl, located directly in front of the main course. Anyone with a board was welcomed not only to skate, but also to try out the latest Converse product, free, throughout the entire first week of August. There, too bad I broke my wrist and still can’t skate…

The sesh was hot: after the original top 50 skaters where skimmed down to 12 finalists, with a legend in each of the final heat, the three 10-minute heats were an awesome mix of old school and Young Guns and like Glifberg said: that was “probably one of the more fun contests of the year just because you have a good mix of guys”. Eventually, it was (to the surprise of no-one) the event’s top qualifier, Ben Hatchell, who threw down tech tricks and rode fast and big straight through the finals to take the big bucks. Tom Remillard came in second and Kevin Kowalski third.

The first heat included Omar Hassan, Rune Glifberg, Andrew Langi, Kowalski and legend Steve Caballero (winner of the Protec Pool Party 2010) with highlights including some of Omar’s precarious Heelflip-Frontside air in the cradle.

Coastal Carnage
Heat two was as hot as the California sun and its siblings: Tyler Mumma, Ryan Reyes, Brandon Perelson, Remillard and legend Lance Mountain, all coming from the Golden State.

The third and final heat of the event was without a doubt the most intense of the day, and it included Ben Hatchell with his Cabellaerial disaster reverts, Ben Raybourn performing 360 air to pogo rock and roll, David Loy, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki and Master Christian Hosoi.

A best trick competition followed the finals with tricks like Wrap-Tail-Block in the cradle (by Kevin Kowlasky), Smith-Grind-to-Fakie in the cradle (by Tom Remillard ) but Aaron Homoki eventually blow the judges’ mind with his Kickflip-Backside-Stalefish (duh?) and won the stuff.

Ben Raybourn and his signature glasses...
Final Results
1. Ben Hatchell $15,000
2. Tom Remillard $12,000
3. Kevin Kowalski $8,000
4. Ben Raybourn $7,000
5. Tyler Mumma $5,000
6. Aaron 'Jaws' Homoki $4,000
7. David Loy $2,500
8. Ryan Reyes $2,000
9. Omar Hassan $1,500
10. Rune Glifberg $1,200
11. Brandon Perelson $1,100
12. Andrew Langi $1,000
13. Lance Mountain
14. Christian Hosoi
15. Steve Caballero

Beat Trick Results
1. Aaron Homoki - Kickflip backside stalefish in the cradle $2,000
2. Kevin Kowalski - Saran wrap tail block in the cradle $1,500
3. Tom Remillard - Smith grind to fakie in the cradle $1,200
4. Neal Mims - Smith grind revert in the cradle $1,000
5. Curren Caples - Frontside flip into the cradle $1,000
Cab without his helmet and his yellow outfit...
Thanks to Julian Bleecker for the awesome pics. You can see more of Julian’s pics at Flickr.
All pictures used by permission.


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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Wednesday, August 11, 2010 


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