Quiksilver All 80's All Day Vert Challenge

Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011 by Rob

By Rob Meronek

During check-in, everyone signed an entire row of boards Quiksilver made, creating a stack of old guy prized possessions. A few skaters took one, but many of them went out to the crowd.
Skater Profile: Christian Hosoi
The Birdman doesn't do frontside grinds, so the closest he's coming to the cover is BGP's. Frontside Grind Magazine is hyped to have Mike Frazier on the cover, though.
Skater Profile: Mike Frazier
Andy Macdonald doesn't need a nose to do a lien to tail.
Skater Profile: Andy MacDonald
Everyone has the lien to tail. Buck Smith was smacking them down and sounding like a shotgun.
Skater Profile: Buck Smith
We all had to pause and fan-out with Christian Hosoi.
Skater Profile: Christian Hosoi
Maybe it's time for Lein to Tail Magazine. Mark Lake was pretty amazing out there being 53-years-old.
Mike Frazier's son, Reese, getting closer and closer to the coping each day.
Christian floats the best backside ollies.
Skater Profile: Christian Hosoi
Tony Hawk's 540's are still as big as he's ever done them.
Skater Profile: Tony Hawk
Kevin Staab never let the 80's die.
Skater Profile: Kevin Staab
I forgot what a unique style Henry Gutierrez has. He reminds me of an 80's Darren Navarette.
Skater Profile: Henry Gutierrez
Hosoi and I had a nice laugh over my impersonation of him in this photo.
The closest Tony Hawk comes to frontside grinding is smith grinds. I couldn't make a cover out of it.
Skater Profile: Tony Hawk
Jeff Hedges is still killing it, too. His nickname was Ffej back in the vert heyday.
Skater Profile: Jeff Hedges
Kevin Staab high above the crowd which was that deep on both sides of the ramp.
Skater Profile: Kevin Staab
Henry Gutierrez, method air.
Skater Profile: Henry Gutierrez
I missed Mike McGill's 540. He seemed to be skating the same as ever, also.
Skater Profile: Mike McGill
If you were out there, thanks for coming. Looks like everyone was into the Quiksilver hats.
Christian Hosoi makes the rock and roll boardslide looks really good.
Skater Profile: Christian Hosoi
When Christian changed gear, I had to go and do the same thing. Thanks for the photo, Tito.
Skater Profile: Rob Meronek
I like how you can find Mike Frazier on the lip more than in the air.
Skater Profile: Mike Frazier
Buck Smith - varial invert.
Skater Profile: Buck Smith
Bob Umble - backside air.
Skater Profile: Bob Umble
Man, the editor never thought that Christian Hosoi would one day be on the cover of Frontside Grind Magazine. Big time.
Skater Profile: Christian Hosoi
Henry Gutierrez - slob air.
Skater Profile: Henry Gutierrez
Mike Frazier's alley oop fakie 5-0 to fakie is a scary move even on a mini-ramp.
Skater Profile: Mike Frazier
Mark Lake - mute.
Skater Profile: Mark Lake
Ffej - I don't know my inverts enough to call these out. Update: pretty sure it's an eggplant.
Skater Profile: Jeff Hedges
Buck Smith - upside down thing. Update: Clem says it's a Smith vert.
Skater Profile: Buck Smith
Damn, how can Mark Lake still do tuck knee inverts like this?
Skater Profile: Mark Lake
Todd Johnson - lien to tail.
Skater Profile: Todd Johnson
Thanks to that crowd, this photo of Christian Hosoi looks as 80's as possible.
Skater Profile: Christian Hosoi
Andy MacDonald - an airwalk in Airwalks.
Skater Profile: Andy MacDonald
Schaefer's quote on the mic about Cara Beth Burnside was, "She's been skating since birth, right out of the womb. Carving the lips." Wow.
Tony's eggplants are all kinds of contorted.
Skater Profile: Tony Hawk
I was hoping for an eggplant from Schaefer.
Skater Profile: Brian Schaefer
There weren't many street pros in the 80's, but this one right here was one of the best: Jeff Kendall. I remember him running and jumping into method airs down stairs.
SPoTlight judge Mike Sinclair has to always be forced into wearing wacky gear with us.
Skater Profile: Mike Sinclair
Watch for Jessee Fritsch's footage on ShredOrDie.com. Watch for David Loy's footage on Facebook.
Skater Profile: Jesse Fritsch
Did they have Colombian's in the 80's? I don't know, ask Porpe.
Skater Profile: Jorge Angel aka Porpe
Christian Hosoi's signature move, the Christ Air. I think the days of getting airs named after you are long gone unless someone starts getting real creative.
Skater Profile: Christian Hosoi
Tony Hawk on a real awkward move, the Phillips 66.
Skater Profile: Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk did so many unique tricks that many of them never got named. What would you call that? A fakie ollie footplant?
Skater Profile: Tony Hawk
Mike Frazier brought a lot of the 90's out. This tail grab nose stall backside 360 is crazy.
Skater Profile: Mike Frazier
Did I mention Mark Lake is 53? We all have no excuse for feeling old when we skate.
Skater Profile: Mark Lake
Another unnamed trick by Tony Hawk. This one was a crowd pleaser back in the 80's and it still got a good rise out of the crowd today. I felt the wind on my face from this one.
Skater Profile: Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk's 720 was from a fakie rock on the other side.
Skater Profile: Tony Hawk
Another one of Christian Hosoi's signature moves - the rocket air.
Skater Profile: Christian Hosoi
Tony was swarmed as usual for autographs after the Contest.
Skater Profile: Tony Hawk
Brian Schaefer, John Gibson, and Kevin Staab. John Gibson had a Zorlac board back in the 80's. I rode a few of those.
Afterwards, officials from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC had Tony Hawk complete the documentation to have his board put in the museum.
Skater Profile: Tony Hawk
The Smithsonian Institution handles their artifacts with care. Tony said, "Keep that lapper on there. It might be the last one in existence."
Skater Profile: Tony Hawk
Thanks Tony, Quiksilver, and the 80's. Get full results here.

Joe Pelham's Footage

Tony's 540 Ollie

Zack from Orlando put together this footage of Tony Hawk's 540 ollie.

Shred or Die's Coverage

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