RIPPING FIRST VAN DOREN INVITATIONAL

RIPPING FIRST VAN DOREN INVITATIONAL

WORDS BY JESS BRAAM
PHOTOS BY DAN LEVY
VIDEO BY VANS DAVEY

VAN DOREN INVITATIONAL PRACTICE SESSION. JULY 22, 2013. FILMING BY VANS DAVEY

The U.S. Open of Surfing sponsored by Vans hosted the first Van Doren Invitational, July 27-28, 2013 in Huntington Beach, CA. Skate fans and industry heads gathered for the semis and finals in a memorable fusion of transition and tech.

This year Vans went with a concrete pool replica of the Marseille bowl adorned with art by Russ Pope. Great addition to the event. Although weight capacities were hit really early the day of the final leaving a lot of spectators with the proper passes in line for at least half an hour before they got to see any action.

Most notably on display was the new crop of shredders really coming into their own. The judges definitely got it right this year. Stoke to see personal favorites Ben Hatchell, Kevin Kowalski, Raven Tershy and Greyson Fletcher all made the final; and three took the top slots.

Overall, it was a great inaugural event to the three year tenure Vans has signed on for to sponsor the U.S. Open.

Final Results
1. Ben Hatchell – $25,000
2. Greyson Fletcher – $15,000
3. Raven Tershy 10 – $10,000
4. Tony Trujillo
5. Ben Raybourne
6. Curren Caples
7. Aaron Hamoki
8. Kevin Kowalski
9. Brad McClain
10. Chris Gregson
11. Charlie Blair
12. Ronnie Sandoval

 PHOTOS FROM THE VAN DOREN INVITATIONAL FINALS BY DAN LEVY

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1 comment

  • Van der Ouderaa Mike October 12, 2013

    Hello !
    You mag is bible down here, I’m just discovering the video side of it, great, but I have two thing in my mind while watching it : do they think about inviting the Marseille locals ( it make sense since it’s a marseille replica )
    And it would be nice to have the name of the pictured people.
    Just questions and suggestions, still love your work folks !

    Reply

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