We were able to spend the weekend in Huntington Beach California watching the culmination of a week’s worth of competition at the highest level of surfing and skateboarding. Nike put on a fantastic event in the water. Saturday and Sunday saw some intense battles. Slater made it to the semi-final round where he was edged out by the Brazilian surfer Pupo. Pupo ultimately fell to Julian Wilson in the final round after several action packed sets.
Just a few meters from the beach, some amazing skateboarding action was taking place at the Converse Coastal Carnage bowl. The bowl was a spectacle in itself, with true pool coping in the deep sections. Add a line up of athletes with a super deep bag of tricks, and watch the bleachers fill up. We watched the practice rounds on both Friday and Saturday, which were nearly as exciting as the actual competition. In addition to the up and coming generation of skaters, there were some veterans on hand– Omar Hassan and Lance Mountain (who made it to the finals), to name a few.
Sunday afternoon is when the cash rounds took place. The top three spots were Ben Raybourn, Ben Hatchell, and, Curren Caples, in that order. Ben’s winning trick was an insane transfer from a hip extension, to the far side of the shallow end. We were also digging Caple’s strong resemblance of the young Jay Adams. Thanks again to Converse for hosting us on such an action packed weekend. Be sure to peep the full gallery.
Photography: Jacob Breinholt / Highsnobiety.com