Van Doren Invitational -- Skate
This week, skateboarding royalty meets surfing's finest in Huntington Beach California at the 2014 U.S. Open of Surfing. Held in conjunction with the surf competition is a skateboarding competition thrown by Vans known as the Van Doren Invitational, and the first competitors to hit the bowl was the women's division. What follows is a shot of the action earlier this week, followed by more throughout the weekend. Here, Alana Smith blunt fakies the deep end of the bowl.
Stalefish in the bowl en route to 4th place.
Julz Lynn qualified in first place, but had to settle for third place in the finals. Here's her take on classic Andrecht style in the deep bowl.
Lizzie Armanto was all over the bowl, including this stylish crailslide on one of the extensions.
Alana Smith, Lizzie Armanto
This is the moment when Alana Smith (left) and Lizzie Armanto (right) thought each other had won. Even though it's a competition, the respect between these two skaters runs deep.
From left to right: Alana Smith (second place), Lizzie Armanto (first place) and Julz Lynn (third place).