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Saturday, May 21, 2011


Pro-Tec Pool Party 2011, results: Miller-Caballero-Mountain

The Pro-Tec Pool Party is over. The winners are 1) Chris Miller 2) Caballero 3) Lance Mountain, 4)Tony Hawk 5) Eric Nash.
Pro-Tec Pool Party 2011 results, Chris Miller, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tony Hawk, Eric Nash, Duane Peters, Sergie Ventura, Salba
They predicted doomsday, it was Heaven… The Podium: Chris Miller - Steve Caballero - Lance Mountain

Pro-Tec Pool Party 2011 results, Chris Miller, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tony Hawk, Eric Nash, Duane Peters, Sergie Ventura, Salba
Tony Hawk: not sketchy, number 4
May 21, 2011 doomsday: scenes from the apocalypse...

Harold Camping’s followers may believe they have headed to heaven today, but they have been shorthanded by the Pro-Tec Pool Party. In the weeks and months before that fatal date, Camping’s true believers have been busy spreading the doomsday message on Family Radio who has reportedly spent $100 million on thousands of signs and billboards warning of what they believe to be the biblically-”guaranteed” May 21, 2011 rapture date. isTia did the same on … isTia blog at the cost of … $0.00: we predicted that May 21 would be another Armageddon at Vans and it was. Indeed.
Unlike Family Radio who forgot 1) to provide the exact time of the doomsday 2) who forgot to broadcast it live, Vans scheduled the disaster….. at 9:00pm and the whole spectacle eading to the climax was broadcast on Fuel.TV and watched by a quarter of million skaters. Prior to the events isTia received emails from desperate skaters asking us to provide the golden pass to Heaven. We would have been happy to do so, but there were two major bummers: Heaven is in San Diego, not Orange and isTia is not Vans.
Pro-Tec Pool Party 2011 results, Chris Miller, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tony Hawk, Eric Nash, Duane Peters, Sergie Ventura, Salba
Tony Hawk
Vans Pro-Tec Pool Party 2011 is over! Long Live vans Pro-Tec Pool Party!

So, Chris Miller, who saw a streak of five wins snapped a year ago, claimed his sixth Pro-Tec Pool Party Master’s title this year before a much more than crowd house Saturday night at the Vans Skatepark in Orange, CA. Miller pocketed $18,000 while defending champ Steve Caballero took home second and Lance Mountain third. I’m gonna pass on the fellow skaters that could not make it and stay outside and Dave Duncan desperate cry for the kids not to run close to the bowl because they might break their heads. Hmmm, and Vans is complaining that there are too much people on the deck…

This year, the Masters’ field became even more interesting since in the past few days Tony Hawk declared he entered the fray just a couple of days ago….

Pro-Tec Pool Party 2011 results, Chris Miller, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tony Hawk, Eric Nash, Duane Peters, Sergie Ventura, Salba
Tony Hawk: stunning
Tony Hawk:

Everyone was so stocked that Tony Hawk Came to the Pro-Tec, especially since Hawk was skating his first contest in a decade.
He was originally skating at the original Combi with Lance and Cab 25 years ago and to see them reunited again in the new Combi Pool is quite a thrill. But, without any disrespect, it was actually kinda odd to see Tony Hawk riding the Combi, like I may have this wrong idea that the Combi is for different skaters. You know, the kind of skaters that listen to punk-rock and grind copings all day.
So, I was not expecting him to do any better or worse than he did. Not only the guy is talented beyond imaginable, but he is still one of the best skaters in the world, he is legit (how can I even doubt?) and he has one of the best vert legacy ever…

That’s Tony Hawk for Christ’s sake…

Pro-Tec Pool Party 2011 results, Chris Miller, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tony Hawk, Eric Nash, Duane Peters, Sergie Ventura, Salba
Duane Peters: disqualified master outfitter.
However, in this Combi, a couple of his moves were a little bit awkward and unsure. This contest was probably challenging for him. He did not use the full extent of the combi. Very little use of the corners, not enough flows and lines and too much back-and-forth tricks in the round pool. Yeah, right in front of me and for this I am eternally grateful. But, maybe he was not aware that this was not a ramp contest but a bowl contest (just kiddin’)…
The list of tricks Tony Hawk did tonight was quite impressive anyway, including a lot of 540 and eventually landed at 4th place.

Lance Mountain
If last year Cab deserved the award of the Pro-Tec oddest outfit (yellow canary), this year Lance might win this one. Of course, that’s only if you disqualify Duane Peters on the first place. DP is always showing up on the Combi like he was going to give a punk-rock concert and this year he did not deceived his fans. Duane Peters’ outfits are always beyond awesome. 
Pro-Tec Pool Party 2011 results, Chris Miller, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tony Hawk, Eric Nash, Duane Peters, Sergie Ventura, Salba
Powell-powered Anti-Blockhead Caballero: Hey, what's cool? Ooh, everything...
Back to Lance who had some of the most remarkable and diverse runs ever.

His lines included FS invert through the corner, 360 lien air there was even one run where he hit 23 walls in a row with tricks. He eventually landed on the podium at third place.

Steve Caballero

When Cab throws down his signature tricks you can recognize them even at night. It’s not that he is the only one to do it, but he has a style of his own. He was last year’s winner and landed second this year. At this level, who really cares? Yeah, there might be a lot of money involved, but for us regular mortals the spectacle is more important than the results. Cab is flowing effortlessly through the pool, throwing here and there lipslides, FS inverts, FS slide and roll, lipslides through the corners as only
Pro-Tec Pool Party 2011 results, Chris Miller, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tony Hawk, Eric Nash, Duane Peters, Sergie Ventura, Salba
Caballero: Don’t tell me this is a signature trick
great Cab can and a memorable finger flip indy airs. Everything was perfect.

Chris Miller

To no one surprise, Chris Miller regained his 1st place this year. Miller time again! Chris’ skating is amazing. He skates in the Combi like it’s his way of life. He knows every line, every corner, every concrete bump of the Combi.

It shows.

He knows were to flow, were to get speed were to use the trannies to propels him. His lines are smooth, fast, fluid and flawless; he speaks a fluent Combi language. He mastered it, he owns it. Whatever superlative you have, just throw it in the basket: it will apply to him. Chris’ Combi skating particulars are exactly what is expected.
Pro-Tec Pool Party 2011 results, Chris Miller, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tony Hawk, Eric Nash, Duane Peters, Sergie Ventura, Salba
Chris Miller: smooth, fast, fluid and flawless
Seeing him skating in the Combi is pure bliss. Chris threw down 10-plus-foot bluntslides in every run, backlips around the corners and the biggest airs of anyone. He was crowned Masters of the masters and his victory is beyond the usual “well deserved”.

Those who missed the action live can find complete event coverage including the webcast, in-depth blogging, photos and videos at vans.com/poolparty. Also, visit offthewall.tv for tons of video highlights as well as heats on demand, which will be available for Masters and Pros finals.

The Pro-tec Pool Party was made possible by the support of Vans and Rockstar Energy Drink.
Pro-Tec Pool Party 2011 results, Chris Miller, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tony Hawk, Eric Nash, Duane Peters, Sergie Ventura, Salba
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Masters Results:
Name (Hometown) Purse
1. Chris Miller (Del Mar, CA) $18,000
2. Steve Caballero (San Jose, CA) $9,000
3. Lance Mountain (Alhambra, CA) $5,000
4. Tony Hawk
5. Eric nash
6. Duane Peters
7. Sergie Ventura
8. Pat Ngoho
9. Rob 'Sluggo' Boyce
10 Steve Alba

Pro-Tec Pool Party 2011 results, Chris Miller, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tony Hawk, Eric Nash, Duane Peters, Sergie Ventura, Salba
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Lance Mountain
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