With the world’s top skateboarders on the largest vert ramp on the West Coast, endless airs and tricks solidified the epic skateboarding extravaganza known as the Clash at Clairemont for its 7th year. To name drop a few of the outstanding professionals, the legendary Tony Hawk, 22 time X Games medalist Andy MacDonald, and 16-year- old rising athlete Mitchie Brusco represented their magical skateboard skills at The Mission Valley YMCA in San Diego, in order to spread the awareness of cancer in efforts to raise funds for the Grind for Life Foundation.
Tony Hawk soarin’ at Clash at Clairemont Sonic Generations of Skate | Photo: Kevin Koresky
As part of the unique competition layout, four teams consisting of 3 athletes of different generations competed in the Sonic of Generations skate competition. Amongst the fanatic crowd was Sonic the Hedgehog rockin’ out while the pros pulled off airs on the vert.
Tony “the Birdman” Hawk commented on the success of this years’ skate event, “Clash at Clairemont is an annual fundraiser for Grind for Life that supports cancer patients with a focus on action sports, specifically skateboarding. Today’s Sonic Generations of Skate competition was a lot of fun, and it was great to take part in a competition in San Diego – my hometown.”
The four competitions at Clash included individual runs, high air, best trick and team triples. With an emphasis on teamwork, each skater added points to his individual score through various airs, flips, transitions and lines which added to the team total.
Andy MacDonald going big for Grind for Life cancer awareness | Photo: Kevin Koresky
The trio of Team Black- Tony Hawk, Andy MacDonald and Mitchie Brusco- claimed victory at Sonic Generations of Skate and donated their winnings to Grind for Life. Finishing in second was Team Purple including Kevin Staab, Bucky Lasek and Marcelo Bastos. Third place was claimed by Team Yellow of Mike McGill, Pierre Luc Gagnon and Jimmy Wilkins. Following in fourth place was Team Red consisting of Sergie Ventura, Lincoln Ueda and Adam Taylor.