Van Doren Invitational at Vancouver

Vans brought the a-list of bowl shredders in its Van Doren Invitational event to Canada this weekend where Hastings in Vancouver was inked up by local artists. We've got some coverage here as it happens with an episode of On The Boardr and a few photos from a nice skateboarding weekend in Vancouver.

Van Doren Invitational at Vancouver

Posted by Rob Meronek 6 years ago on July 6th, 2014

Finals Footage

Qualifiers Footage

Congrats Alex for winning Van Doren Invitational at Vancouver! Check full results from the weekend on our Results Page. Thanks Vans for having The Boardr crew for another ripping bowl jam. We'll see you at the next one: Van Doren Invitational at Huntington Beach, July 26 to August 2.

I've got a few photos from a nice skateboarding weekend in Vancouver below as usual.

Photography

Paul Zitzer Doing Business

It's Paul Zitzer and I running this one up here in Vancouver while Clements, Porpe and the rest of the #boardrboys are in LA at The Berrics running adidas Skate Copa. Paul's doing straight up classic skateboard business on the landline in the hotel room. Nearby is a printout of his flight itinerary. I don't know about all these analog tactics. Maybe only on Throwback Thursdays.

Paul Zitzer Photo
Paul Zitzer
Van Doren Invitational at Hastings Bowl Prep

The day before, the bowl had a fresh coat and empty canvas for some local artists to get to work on.

Van Doren Invitational at Hastings Bowl Prep Details

The devil is in the details.

Rhino at Van Doren Invitational Vancouver

That's Rhino putting aside the pro camera gear for an Insta or Omar's meron over the hip. Rhino's here with the whole Thrasher crew. They're doing a live webcast of the Semi-Finals and Finals today at 2pm.

Mike Prangnell at Van Doren Invitational Vancouver

Our local judge and chill time tour guide is Mike Prangnell. Thanks for the number crunching and Vancouver fact dispensing, Mike.

Mike Prangnell Photo
Mike Prangnell
Sluggo at Van Doren Invitational Vancouver

Sluggo killed it today and just made the cut to the Semi-Finals. At 44, he's the oldest dude in the Contest, with Tom Schaar being the youngest at 14. 30 years apart and both killing it. I love skateboarding's diversity like that.

Rob Sluggo Boyce Photo
Rob Sluggo Boyce
P-Stone at Van Doren Invitational Vancouver

Watch for a Bru Ray from this well traveled man.

Preston Maigetter aka P-Stone Photo
Preston Maigetter aka P-Stone
Rene Rene at Van Doren Invitational Vancouver

Rene Rene with a new friend that couldn't get in the Contest. Thanks for the microphone entertainment.

John Cardiel at Van Doren Invitational Vancouver

Cardiel is here DJ'ing and giving out two grand for the Cardiel Cash Best Trick.

John Cardiel Photo
John Cardiel
Ben Raybourn at Van Doren Invitational Vancouver

Ben Raybourn is automatically in the Semi-Finals today from a special invite from Vans. I'm looking forward to seeing the shred from this young man with an old soul.

Ben Raybourn Photo
Ben Raybourn
Riley Stevens at Van Doren Invitational Vancouver

Riley Stevens warms up before his run.

Riley Stevens Photo
Riley Stevens
The Perch at Van Doren Invitational Vancouver

The perch for the weekend.

Mountains and Crowd at Van Doren Invitational Vancouver

Being from Florida, mountains are always an amazing site. The crowd is starting to fill the stands.

Alex Chalmers at Van Doren Invitational Vancouver

Every time I come to Vancouver, there seems to be a permanent smell of herb in the air. Alex Chalmers is below the judges stand sending us smoke signals.

Alex Chalmers Photo
Alex Chalmers
Robbie Russo at Van Doren Invitational Vancouver

Robbie Russo floats a frontsider over the hip.

Robbie Russo Photo
Robbie Russo
Webcast at Van Doren Invitational Vancouver

Pause for a webcast gear check.

Driving Through Vancouver

We had some time after the Contest to roll through town being skateboard tourists.

Neighborhoods in Vancouver

There are some postcard neighborhoods around here.

Late Night Sausage in Vancouver

Speaking of late night sausage, it's time to head to the after-party.

Paul Zitzer Frisked in Vancouver

Paul Zitzer loves a good pat down.

Paul Zitzer Photo
Paul Zitzer
First Ones in the Club in Vancouver

We are the first ones in the club tonight. Or we could say this is at 4am and we're the last ones in the club.

Clint Peterson Art Observer in Vancouver

Clint Peterson is on the judging staff here. Now we're in at Bryce's photo show and enjoying a nice walk down memory lane through the super tight work of Bryce over the last three decades.

Clint Peterson Photo
Clint Peterson
John Cardiel DJ's in Vancouver

Cards was killing it on the sounds.

John Cardiel Photo
John Cardiel
Triple Vortex in Vancouver

Casual art observers documenting their appreciation.

Paul Zitzer Photo
Paul Zitzer
Bryce Kanights Photo Show in Vancouver

I like the bathroom stall style display.

Crowd at Bryce Kanights Photo Show in Vancouver

Just as the crowd starts to pick up, us responsible workers have to bounce for good night's rest for a big day following.

Cody Lockwood Frontside Flip Melon

Cody is one of my new favorite bowl skaters after this weekend. Frontside frip meron!

Cody Lockwood Photo
Cody Lockwood
Sluggo Method Air Fakie

Sluggo skated just like he looks, like a strong grown man. This method to fakie reminds me of Mike V.

Rob Sluggo Boyce Photo
Rob Sluggo Boyce
Raven Gonz Ollie Over the Hip

Raven floats these rocket Gonz ollies over the small hip that looked so good.

Raven Tershy Photo
Raven Tershy
Cody Lockwood Frontside Tailgrab

Cody Lockwood with a frontside tailgrab over the small hip.

Cody Lockwood Photo
Cody Lockwood
Chris Russell at Van Doren Invitational

This is a first time I've seen Chris Russell skate in person. He's only 17 and definitely earns his spot on the Creature team.

Chris Russell Photo
Chris Russell
Filmers at Van Doren Invitational

Two filmers P-Stone and Jared. One kills and consumes beers and the other kills and consumes wild boar.

Preston Maigetter aka P-Stone Photo
Preston Maigetter aka P-Stone
The Crowd at Van Doren Invitational

Those stands were like giant people cookers in this sun. Hopefully you got an umbrella.

Rene Rene and Ben Raybourn at Van Doren Invitational

Rene Rene putting Ben Raybourn on blast.

Ben Raybourn Photo
Ben Raybourn
DJ Vinyl Richie at Van Doren Invitational

All of those ripping tunes you heard by DJ Vinyl Richie are on 45's.

Riley Stevens Frontside Smith Grind at Van Doren Invitational

A frontside smith grind with sauce flying by Riley Stevens.

Riley Stevens Photo
Riley Stevens
John Cardiel Autographs at Van Doren Invitational

Get your John Hancocks in from John Cardiel.

John Cardiel Photo
John Cardiel
Alex Sorgente at Van Doren Invitational

Alex Sorgente is just 16 and seems to have grown up overnight. See the hip way down there below this stale fish?

Alex Sorgente Photo
Alex Sorgente
Omar Hassan at Van Doren Invitational

Omar's still killing it out there as usual.

Omar Hassan Photo
Omar Hassan
Ben Raybourn Double Grab at Van Doren Invitational

Before Ben Raybourn comes down from this frontside air, he's going to switch grabs to a mute air.

Ben Raybourn Photo
Ben Raybourn
Curren Caples at Van Doren Invitational

Curren Caples floated big snaps all around the park. I spent a lot of time in the judges' perch at this angle.

Curren Caples Photo
Curren Caples
Kevin Kowalski Frontside Invert at Van Doren Invitational

Kevin Kowalski's got a crazy frontside invert over that hip.

Kevin Kowalski Photo
Kevin Kowalski
Raven Instagram at Van Doren Invitational

Behind the scenes at Raven's Instagram.

Raven Tershy Photo
Raven Tershy
Personal Seating at Van Doren Invitational

These dudes came super early and set up their own scaffolding seating section right outside the fence.

Tom Schaar Backside Ollie at Van Doren Invitational

Tom Schaar was the youngest one out there at 14 and one of the crowd favorites.

Tom Schaar Photo
Tom Schaar
Raven Indy Over the Hip at Van Doren Invitational

This hip his huge into the deep end. Raven's got a good looking Indy.

Raven Tershy Photo
Raven Tershy
Big Hair at Van Doren Invitational

This guy won Big Hair.

Rene Rene with Cardiel Cash at Van Doren Invitational

Rene Rene gave out the Cardiel Cash during Best Trick. Hopefully you came up on a bill or two.

Sky with Cardiel Cash at Van Doren Invitational

Sky Siljeg got some.

Sky Siljeg Photo
Sky Siljeg
Reney Beres Slam at Van Doren Invitational

Reney Beres climbs out of the bowl shortly after this slam attempting an NBD transfer into the big bowl.

Raney Beres Photo
Raney Beres
Congrats Alex Sorgente at Van Doren Invitational

Congrats Alex for taking first today! Thanks Vans for another ripping weekend of bowl shred at the VDI. The next one is in a couple weeks in Huntington Beach.

Alex Sorgente Photo
Alex Sorgente

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