etnies GvR 2006 Sole Tech Tour and Pool Jams
Posted on Saturday, October 21, 2006 by Rob Meronek
etnies GvR 2006 Sole Tech Tour and Pool JamsWords by Ryan Clements
Photos and Captions by Rob Meronek
Sole Tech TourWe showed up at etnies Lake Forest Skatepark on Thursday night to check out what was going on and realized that we had no hotel booked. Oops. Mark Waters of Sole Tech was soon to the rescue and got us proper accommodations at Staybridge Suites, which is a full-on business travelers’ lodging-type joint. The only downside is that it’s a short drive from the other “party” hotels, but that’s probably a good thing.
Before we even made it down the hill to the Skatepark, we got a proper tour of the Sole Technology offices. Wow. What an amazing facility they have going on there. There are so many different departments and so much stuff going on that it’s just amazing.
Women’s, Grand Masters, and Pro Bowl
Out of the 20 total girls, some of the stand-outs were the seven-year-old that could do fs airs at coping (didn’t catch her name), Heidi Fitzgerald who can grind every single wall, and Julie Kinstrand who was one of the younger girls out there and skated really fast, with a bs stalefish over the hip. Julie’s coming up.
Here are the Results:
1st – $500 – Holly Lyons
2nd – $400 – Cressy Rice
3rd – $250 – Heidi Fitzgerald
4th – $150 – Kristi Sanders
5th – $100 – Julie Kinstrand
6th – $100 – Mandy Esch
We bailed after the broads ripped it up and headed back to the hotel to rest up for the Grand Masters and Pro Divisions Finals.
Grand Masters BowlIf you’re an old skateboarder like me, then this is the event for you. These are the guys that I grew up seeing in the mags when I was a teenager and to see them all in person at one event was a great experience. It’s good for the rejuvenation of the souls of old skateboarders. These guys are in their late 30’s and some are into their 40’s and they’re still killing it.
The top 12 from the Qualifiers advanced to the Finals where they were split into two, 10-minute Jams. Here’s how it broke down:
1st – $1000 – Steve “Cab” Caballero – Cabbie still has the fs invert, miller flip, and lines for miles. He’s quiet, humble, and just one of those guys that you like to watch skate with flawless runs and tons of control
2nd – $750 – Lance Mountain – the original comedian skateboarder was in the same heat as old Brigade buddy Cab and he just tore the place up like a seasoned pro that deserves the backing of Flip
3rd – $400 – Lester Kasai – I think that Lester is better than he used to be back-in-the-day. He skates 110mph and has both the lip tricks and airs. At one point he fully hung up on a Madonna and we thought he was done for, but in only minutes he was right back in the Jam
Jeff “Mothra” Grosso – when I was in high school Jeff was my favorite skateboarder and when I saw him skating it was a reminder as to why. I don’t think that I’m alone in that opinion because no one got as many cheers as Jeff did for his destruction of the pool. I swear he shook the damn thing with his 50/50’s and 25’ boardslides
5th – $150 – Mickey “Malba” Alba – I saw this guy walking around with a back brace and two knee braces looking like he wanted to punch someone and thought, “Damn, that guy looks familiar,” and I’ll be damned, but it was Malba! Just like his big bro he’s still got it, including some really cool boardslide shuffles to fakie…good stuff
6th – $100 – Glen Charnoski – I heard that when he’s not ripping a pool with finger flip lien-to-tails and fs airs to disaster that Glen is known to spend his free time hiking mountains. Looks like it’s paying off because he’s in damn good shape for a 40ish skateboarder
7th – $100 – Pat Ngoho – this dude is 42-years-old, but you know how Asians don’t really look as old as they are, right? The most peculiar thing is that he’s a ripping pool skater and he chooses to rock Nike Dunks. Is that permitted? I need to check the Rule Book on that one
8th – $100 – Mike Smith – I don’t recall seeing the inventor of the smith grind even do one, but that didn’t matter much at all because Mr. Smith was all over the place in his full helmet
That was a damn good time and motivational…makes me want to skate more. I still need to see Neil Blender in person someday though.
Pro BowlOne thing weird about the Pro Bowl is that you really didn’t have to be pro to be in it. There were local heroes and child-prodigies right there in the mix with the top dogs. But once they weeded through the mess the Finals were where it was at.
In addition to a couple of great Jams, the band Clay Wheels played during all of the mayhem, too. The crowd was amped, the photographers and filmers were out in full force, and it was on!
The format was the same as the Grand Masters and here’s who was in the money when it was all said and done:
1st – $2000 – Omar Hassan – on his intro run he shoved this guy out of the way really hard and on purpose when he did a lipslide roll-in. The after the most proper run Omar popped out and the guy that he pushed kicked Omar’s board back into the pool. That was a punk move, but nowhere near as punk as Omar skated
2nd – $1000 – Rune Glifberg – Rob’s favorite vert skater and a master of all tranny, Rune destroys! I was watching him the night before without my glasses on and thought, “Damn, that guy has some great style,” and then I realized it was Rune. During the Jam he was fs ollieing from the waterfall all the way up to the coping in the shallow end to tail, truck, and just straight ollies
3rd – $600 – Brian Patch – he might have a bionic foot since his Mega-Ramp injury at the 2005 X-Games, but that didn’t stop Patch from doing fs inverts, big airs, and generally ripping the pool with high speed lines
4th – $400 – Bruno Passos – when I first met Bruno he was the TM for some Brazilian guys. I don’t know if he was always this good or he got better, but the guys rips. I personally thought that he was in 2nd and Rune was in 3rd because he has some lines that were tough to beat like smith grind revert in the deep to switch rock-n’-roll (proper) in the shallow
5th – $300 – Taylor Bingaman – all I can say is – PROS WATCH OUT. Taylor is about 16 and rips like a seasoned pool vet with bs tailslides every try, everything to revert, and both fs nosegrinds to fakie and alley-oop fs nosegrinds. What?
6th – $200 – Chris Cudlipp – Chris is one of the coolest and most genuine guys out there. He started one of his runs by nollieing into the deep and another by half-cabbing in. That was gnar and he backed it up by also doing a fs disaster bs revert in the deep end, too
7th – $100 – Aaron Astorga – before the Finals started AA seemed as if he didn’t think that he made it because he was chillin’ on the sidelines having a brew, but his name was called and he got back in skate mode with 20’ lipslides and huge bs airs from deep to shallow
8th – $100 – Jimmy “The Greek” Marcus – I purposely wrote “Marcus” because no one even calls him Jimmy Marcus anymore…he’s simply The Greek. And The Greek don’t plan $h!t and he doesn’t really care. He just goes out there and does whatever comes natural, like body jars, bs airs to disaster, and some lines that leave others just shaking their heads
All in all it was an action-packed evening and after the awards were announced we didn’t even get out of there until about 10pm. That didn’t really matter much though because there isn’t exactly too much going on in the Lake Forest nightlife scene.