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Tuesday, April 26, 2011


When you ask “Is vert legit?”, isn’t it a sad day?

Protec Pool Party 2011, Vans Skatepark, Jeff Grosso, Duane Peters, WCS, World Cup Skateboarding, Concrete Bowl Series 2011, Pro Tec Pool Party Orange, Orange Freestyle Cup Marseille, Sector Nine Oregon Trifecta, Ultra Bowl Malmo, Tim Brauch Memorial Bowl, Girls Combi Pool Classic, Vert is Dead, Alex Sorgente, Clay Kreiner, Chris Russell, Cory Juneau, Juan Pineirio, Kiko Franciso, Colby Franz, Austin Poynter, Dalton Dern, Zach Rose, Raven Tershay, Keith Baldassare, Daniel Cuervo
Jeff Grosso at Vans skatepark with Vans shoes...
Last year, after the effervescence of the last days prior to the Protec Pool Party (PPP), when all the pros, the managers, the journalists, the coaches, the groupies and the photographers gathered in ecstasy around the big pit, all had become suddenly quiet. True, Grosso and Lance Mountain were still shredding the coping of the Combi; but they are locals here and the rest was gone. Not a soul to take a picture of them, not a spirit to compliment the winner of the 27 tiles slide. Vans skatepark definitely looked like a desolated place.

It was a sad day because, as I browsed over the internet to see what the buzz was and what kind of
Protec Pool Party 2011, Vans Skatepark, Jeff Grosso, Duane Peters, WCS, World Cup Skateboarding, Concrete Bowl Series 2011, Pro Tec Pool Party Orange, Orange Freestyle Cup Marseille, Sector Nine Oregon Trifecta, Ultra Bowl Malmo, Tim Brauch Memorial Bowl, Girls Combi Pool Classic, Vert is Dead, Alex Sorgente, Clay Kreiner, Chris Russell, Cory Juneau, Juan Pineirio, Kiko Franciso, Colby Franz, Austin Poynter, Dalton Dern, Zach Rose, Raven Tershay, Keith Baldassare, Daniel Cuervo
Austin Poynter, winner of the Vans Protec Amateur Combi Pool Party last Feb. 9 2011
gossip the internet was capable of after such a challenging contest, I suddenly realized how poor the coverage was: except from the excellent job from Concrete Disciples and the Vans (of course) websites, the skateboard community was almost silent regarding the event.

There was even a guy at the Skateboard Mag who wrote (anonymously –well done!) that “I’ve been known to use the “vert button” on occasion to fast-forward through a vert skater’s part in a video”. Ahahaha (laughs). Except that I don’t find this remark is funny …

There comes my disclaimer: don’t get fooled by all those websites with millions of hits per month. The main reason why there are here is that they make tons of greenback on the back of skateboarding.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that the photographs and journalists that make the everyday pictures and reports of the big mags are not mainly


Protec Pool Party 2011, Vans Skatepark, Jeff Grosso, Duane Peters, WCS, World Cup Skateboarding, Concrete Bowl Series 2011, Pro Tec Pool Party Orange, Orange Freestyle Cup Marseille, Sector Nine Oregon Trifecta, Ultra Bowl Malmo, Tim Brauch Memorial Bowl, Girls Combi Pool Classic, Vert is Dead, Alex Sorgente, Clay Kreiner, Chris Russell, Cory Juneau, Juan Pineirio, Kiko Franciso, Colby Franz, Austin Poynter, Dalton Dern, Zach Rose, Raven Tershay, Keith Baldassare, Daniel Cuervo
Duane Peters
into skateboarding, just that the company that employs them and owns this big mag is making money out of it. You have to remember that, in the past, lots of legit companies have sunk after having reached a climax. The parable of Icarus works for everybody: if you grow too big and you think that the sky is not the limit, then you get too close to the sun and you simply melt away. The world is full of old legit companies that turned their back on the community and the core skateboarders they were supposed to serve: Vision and Airwalk were once not only giant companies but respected by all their customers. Skateboarder Magazine was the bible of vert in the 70’s until they turned their back and became Action Now and planted a dagger in our heart. Those 3 companies are now the shadow of the ghost they once where.

Is there something wrong making money out of skateboarding? Probably not. Let me rephrase: definitively not! The companies that make tons of money but give some of it back to the skate community are well regarded. Etnies and Vans not only are profitable but highly respected as legit. Part of this legitimacy is that they give back to the community. The PPP is a perfect example.

Whether Vans makes money out of the event is irrelevant to its Vert and by extension skateboard legitimacy.

Actually the concept of legitimacy is at the core of skateboarding. The perception that Vans or Etnies are more legit than Nike is stemming from their roots: both Vans and Etnies have entered a marriage contract with skateboarders and have wooed to be with them during the good and the bad times. Nike is here because it is supposedly a good time.


Vans Combi Pool Amateur, Alex Sorgente, Clay Kreiner, Chris Russell, Cory Juneau, Juan Pinerio, Archer Braun, Morgan Wolf, Kaden Cambell, Heimana Reynolds, Max Jenson
Last January, during the Ams Protec Pool Party, Cory Juneau took the hardest slam, he
stayed at the bottom of the round pool for a couple of minutes. I though his leg was broken
in pieces. Music was shut down; the silence was violent and intolerable.
Everybody was watching in disarray. But at the end, he stood up and continued.
Without the fall, he would have won the trophy. Next time maybe.
So, if you are legit and DIY, you belong to the skate community, if you are not, you are definitely a poser. Well, that was painless and simple.

That leads back to the PPP and the lack of last year’s coverage in the media and one daunting question: is vert legit? I’m asking this because, as I said, I did not see any coverage, or say, any relevant coverage, among the big media players. So, either vert is not legit and therefore is not entitled to coverage in the skate media or vert is legit and therefore the media that did not cover it is not legit…

See where I’m going?

So, is vert legit?
Some people not only say that vert died a long time ago but that it is only for hopeless men. Only mainstream skateboarding is relevant and pro street players look at us vert guys with disdain

So, vert is not legit?
You must be kiddin’ me!!!!!!

Vert is the King discipline of skateboard. Vert is skateboarding. Without vert there is no skateboarding. Vert is the natural son of the first sidewalk surfers that left the ocean to conquer pools. Vert is the evolution of skateboarding. Vert was not born out of an accident after the biggest draught hit L.A. it was meant to be from the start. The maneuvers of skaters on the banks or the Paul Revere school that predates the first great skateparks (Marina Del rey, Pipeline, The Ranch…) are there to prove it.


Protec Pool Party 2011, Vans Skatepark, Jeff Grosso, Duane Peters, WCS, World Cup Skateboarding, Concrete Bowl Series 2011, Pro Tec Pool Party Orange, Orange Freestyle Cup Marseille, Sector Nine Oregon Trifecta, Ultra Bowl Malmo, Tim Brauch Memorial Bowl, Girls Combi Pool Classic, Vert is Dead, Alex Sorgente, Clay Kreiner, Chris Russell, Cory Juneau, Juan Pineirio, Kiko Franciso, Colby Franz, Austin Poynter, Dalton Dern, Zach Rose, Raven Tershay, Keith Baldassare, Daniel Cuervo
DP... Who else?
 So, after all this spleen, the email that I received from World Cup Skateboarding (WCS) regarding the Concrete Bowl Series 2011 sounded alleviating. As WCS email’s justly recalled: “ten years ago, WCS kicked off the Concrete Challenge series in Colorado (and) the Tim Brauch Memorial Bowl competition in San Jose, CA. Shortly after, WCS developed the Soul Bowl comps in Huntington and Hermosa Beach, developing the first Masters division for skaters over 35.”

“A few years later bowl competitions popped up in France and Austria. At the same time, back in Oregon, Red was building park after park with tranny everywhere. Choppy Omega created the Trifecta and enlisted WCS to help out. The Trifecta, with 3 different parks, 3 days in a row, continues year after year to redefine the meaning of core skateboarding. Not long after, Vans started the superbowl of bowl skating with the first Pro Tec Pool Party, which also features the highest prize purse for bowl skating with over $113,000 planned for 2011. In 2006, the Bondi Bowl a Rama in Australia, was created. This was the brainchild of Chad Ford, another park designer who also couldn’t help but follow his heart building parks with tranny. Two years later the New Zealand Bowl a Rama was born as well.” Finally, “ in 2008, Texas became involved with the Rock the Cradle event in Houston, as a part of the Johnny Romano Memorial Contest.” And eventually in 2010, “the Orange Freestyle Cup in Marseille, France was added to the list of WCS Bowl events with a long-term agreement.”

Vans Combi Pool Amateur, Alex Sorgente, Clay Kreiner, Chris Russell, Cory Juneau, Juan Pinerio, Archer Braun, Morgan Wolf, Kaden Cambell, Heimana Reynolds, Max Jenson
Dalton Dern 2nd Place at Ams Protec Pool Party 2011. Alex Sorgente, Clay Kreiner, Chris Russell, Cory Juneau, Juan Pineirio, Kiko Franciso,
Colby Franz, Austin Poynter, Zach Rose, Raven Tershay, Keith Baldassare, Asher Bradshaw, Daniel Cuervo: go ahead, tell those guys that
vert is dead or that it’s just for hopeless old men or that it’s not legit… Photo X. Lannes

Protec Pool Party 2011, Vans Skatepark, Jeff Grosso, Duane Peters, WCS, World Cup Skateboarding, Concrete Bowl Series 2011, Pro Tec Pool Party Orange, Orange Freestyle Cup Marseille, Sector Nine Oregon Trifecta, Ultra Bowl Malmo, Tim Brauch Memorial Bowl, Girls Combi Pool Classic, Vert is Dead, Alex Sorgente, Clay Kreiner, Chris Russell, Cory Juneau, Juan Pineirio, Kiko Franciso, Colby Franz, Austin Poynter, Dalton Dern, Zach Rose, Raven Tershay, Keith Baldassare, Daniel Cuervo
Yellow Cab, winner of the Protec Pool Party 2010
For 2011 Bowl Skating is alive and growing at an amazing rate as skateparks are being built on a daily basis around the world. New this year, we welcome the Ultra Bowl event in Malmo, Sweden to the tour, Plans for a new Vans Skatepark in Huntington Beach also include a bowl comp which could take place in October or November of this year.

World Cup Skateboarding is excited to have been a major player in the growth of Bowl/Park skateboarding and will continue to develop and support Bowl skateboarding around the world.

Take a look at the list of the remaining WCS Concrete Bowl Series for 2011

- May 20 & 21 Pro Tec Pool Party Orange, CA (pro & masters – Qualifier 3/19)
- June 23 – 26 Orange Freestyle Cup Marseille, France (pro & masters)
- August 5 Sector Nine Oregon Trifecta – #1 (pro, masters, girls & ams)
- August 6 Sector Nine Oregon Trifecta – #2 (pro, masters, girls & ams)
- August 7 Sector Nine Oregon Trifecta – #3 (pro, masters, girls & ams)
- August 19 – 21 Ultra Bowl - Malmo, Sweden (pro & masters)
- September 25 Tim Brauch Memorial Bowl - San Jose, CA (pro, masters, girls & ams)
- Oct/Nov TBA Huntington Beach, CA (tba)
- Nov. TBA Girls Combi Pool Classic (girls only, pro & ams)

And see you soon at a bowl near you…

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Tuesday, April 26, 2011 




1 Comments:
Blogger mauro said...

Vert will never DIE!! and BOWL too!!

May 1, 2011 at 11:27 PM  




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