Van Doren Invitational Huntington Beach Women's and Shop Battle

Posted by Rob Meronek on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Today the Women's division at Van Doren Invitational went down where Lizzie Armanto's shred lead the female pack. The Shop Battle wrapped up over the weekend, too. I've got some results and photos from both right here below Transworld's video coverage of the Women's event.

One of the first locals we ran into was the Templeton's. Matching Leica's with Ed and Deanna are documenting the HB scene daily.
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I'm up way early and Huntington Beach is looking haunted with a thick fog in the air.
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The scene just a few hours later after the fog.
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Mandatory food photo at the local breakfast hot spot.
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That definitely looks like a security meeting.
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Well it's sure interesting seeing The Boardr logo mixed in with those.
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Everyday at 4:20, it's grinding time. Coffee gets made at our office in the sand for Clements' fix.
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The artwork in the bowl is looking super good.
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Alex Brunelle was the stand out in the Shop Battle today.
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Photographer Anthony Acosta has your pro snaps and much better imagery than you'll find here in my photos.
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I'm a little early on the snap for Chris Gregson's seat belt through the corner.
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Ryan Clements and Vern Laird are on the airwaves at this one.
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How can you be 10 and have a frontside ollie in the deep end looking so tight like this? Just saw CJ Collins skate for the first time in the Shop Battle today. Never expected to be hyped on a little kid in the bowl!
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DJ AK is responsible for the Metallica and Slayer.
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The stands are packed!
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Elijah's brother Evan is out here ripping and kicking a foot off.
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Oscar Navarro's got a slob dog pisser to get Val Surf into 1st.
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Chris Gregson - frontside alleyoop tail grab over the hip.
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Careful in there, even with just three people, there can be crashes.
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Dylan Witkin's nosegrind through the corner was good ender to the Jam.
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Alex Brunelle's smith grind could just as easily be on a wave back there.
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Alex Brunelle Bigspin Disaster at Van Doren Invitational
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Alex Brunelle - big spin disaster with that late shuv style.
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Alex Brunelle Transfer at Van Doren Invitational
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Alex fought hard to re-do this frontside grind transfer to get it cleaner and ended up making it on point right at the end of the Jam.
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Chase Webb FSNG at Van Doren Invitational
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Chase Webb has it in the streets and the bowl and combines both skillsets here.
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Chris Gregson FS Flip at Van Doren Invitational
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Chris Gregson - frontside flip to tail.
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Jim Gray Jim Jam at Van Doren Invitational
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Jim Gray's patented move is the Jim Jam as seen here. What you don't see here is the proper wristband to be skating. Jim's in his 50's and still pulling sneak attacks on security like that.
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Alex Brunelle after his transfer battle. He ended up getting $1,000 for the highest score of the day in the Shop Battle.
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Congrats to Val Surf for winning the Shop Battle.
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Chris Russell Frontside Air Van Doren Invitational
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Chris is in the main event getting some practice in today.
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Christian Hosoi Backside Ollie at Van Doren Invitational
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It was a pleasure seeing Christian Hosoi during practice, especially floating these effortless backside ollies.
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Julz Lynn skated the first jam in the Qualifiers and qualified first, setting the ripping tone of the whole Women's event.
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Lizzie Armanto with a lien to tail on the wall.
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Julz has a frontside ollie on the wall.
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Open practice had a nice mix of skateboarders with people like Dave Duncan being out there slashing.
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This was the first time I've seen Allysha Bergado skate. You can tell her and Lizzie push each other. They're both killing it out there. Allysha made the cut to the Finals and ended up in 4th.
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Christian checks in with the family.
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Jake, brother of Manderson, snuck in there to get some practice shred.
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Lizzie's got a proper looking backside air.
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I think this feeble to fakie in the deep end around the corner sealed it for her in the Finals. Congrats, Lizzie!
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We're building a mini-ramp at The Boardr HQ next week and I'm going to start doing stale fish ollies again. I hope they look good like Allysha's here.
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Check the Results Page for full results.
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Don Brown and Justin Regan in a heated discussion about skateboard footwear.
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The skateboard couple of the weekend is Nora and Daniel, both skating Van Doren and ripping, both riding for Welcome Skateboards.
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OMG cute overdose from the Pink Helmet Posse who snuck in a practice session early one morning.
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This sketchy rollergirl gave us all a good headache begging to get in on eight wheels day after day. Porpe is about to pull all his hair out here as he tries to convince her to go away.
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Judges Jason Rothmeyer and Brian Howard with Thrasher photo snapper Mike Burnett.
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Vern and Jimmy, super Team Managers in the sketchy skateboard industry.
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Collin's got an OG deck from an old video of his.
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Lizzie won the Contest in a damn R2D2 suit. I had to fan out with a selfie as a fellow Star Wars fan. My R2D2 shirt is a perverted version of Ed Templeton's doing, though.
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