Vans Pool Party 2015

Words by Big Tim Klemonsky

If there is a contest to ever watch it’s this one, the Vans Pool Party at the Combi. Juice Magazine loaned me a camera and I didn’t break it! Phew… Seeing young kids skate that pool as hard as they did was humbling to say the least. Watching the old dogs skate, it was an eye opener… totally fluid never a wasted motion. It was fully inspiring. The finals in the event were mind blowing. These guys skated their hearts out and it was unreal! This is real skateboarding. To finish off the event, it was back-to-back transfers by Pedro Barros and Matt Boyston. If they had hung up, they would have been completely wrecked… white rhino ball sacks on these guys. All I can say is what a total honor. Thank you Vans, Terri Craft, Dan Levy, Jim Murphy, Shawn Smith, Andy Kessler, Jeff Ho, Erika Ritacco and all my old friends I ran into. From the bottom of my heart, much thanks. Now go rip something up.

Pedro Barros and Matt Boyster with back-to-back bowl-to-bowl transfers 
at the Vans Pool Party 2015. 100% Radical. Skateboarding rules! 
Filming by Dan Levy - Juice Magazine.

Highlights from Vans Pool Party 2015

Words by Terri Craft

The Vans Pool Party celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary with ultimate style and class. The bowl skating competition, on May 16, 2015 at the Vans Skatepark in Orange, California, was heated and the crowd went ballistic as the concrete warriors took to the coping and all walls of the famous Combi bowl. 15-year-old young gun, Tom Schaar took first place in the Pro division with annihilator, Chris Russell, bringing home second place and Brazilian powerhouse, Pedro Barros, scooping up third. In the Masters division, the purely radical, Bruno Passos, claimed first place, while Stephen Revord came in second and Darren Navarrette took third. In the Legends’ division, the reigning champ, once again, was the unstoppable Chris Miller, with the legendary Steve Caballero in second place and a well-deserved third place for the indomitable, Eric Nash. As the contest came to a close, Steve Van Doren offered up a $5,000 bonus for the first bowl to bowl transfers, which Pedro Barros accomplished first, followed closely by Matt Boyster, bringing the whole place to its feet in screaming appreciation. It was a jam-packed day of pure skateboarding with the always good feeling of an extended skate family reunion. Thanks to Vans for all the years of supporting bowl skating, and thanks to all the skateboarders for their relentless blood, sweat and monster grinds and lines. Cheers to all!

Photos by Olga Aguilar

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Photos by Dan Levy

 

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Vans Press Release

2015 Vans Pool Party Press Release and Contest Results: A decade of monumental skateboarding history goes down in the books as Vans celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Vans Pool Party at the legendary Vans Combi Bowl in Orange, CA. In an unprecedented exhibition of Combi pool prowess, rookie Tom Schaar seizes first place, taking home his first-ever Pool Party championship at the fresh age of 15. Schaar is joined by two incredible Combi bowl dominators in Vans riders Chris Russell, who gave an explosive performance to win second place, alongside the relentless former two-time champion, Brazilian icon Pedro Barros, placing in third.

The Masters division did not disappoint, awarding defending title owner Bruno Passos a back to back championship win, together with Stephen Revord placing in second and Darren Navarette in third. As promised, a fierce Legends battle unraveled as the undisputed icons of bowl-riding history threw down in the gauntlet only to crown the undeniable Chris Miller as the illustrious champion once again, an exceptional feat that marks his ninth Pool Party title to date! Sharing the podium honors, Vans Legend Steve Caballero earns second place while Eric Nash claims third.

An extraordinary moment closed out the anniversary celebration as Vans rider Pedro Barros landed an inconceivable maneuver, the never-been-done transfer from square to round in the Combi, igniting the stands to new levels and capping off ten years of the Vans Pool Party in true Combi glory.

FINAL RESULTS

Pros 1st Tom Schaar 2nd Chris Russell 3rd Pedro Barros

Legends 1st Chris Miller 2nd Steve Caballero 3rd Eric Nash

Masters 1st Bruno Passos 2nd Stephen Revord 3rd Darren Navarette

Re-live the action of the 10th anniversary of the Vans Pool Party in a full recap complete with video highlights, photos and more this Monday on vans.com/skate​. #vanspoolparty

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