Regardless of the cloudy sky, wind and drizzle on the shoreline of Huntington Beach, CA, the Van Doren Invitational was nothing less than epic. At the world’s largest surf competition, the Van Doren Invitational brought another aspect of awesome to the US Open with the top 30 professional skateboarders battling to win the $25,000 first place prize.
Mastermind Steve Van Doren brought the essence of skateboarding to life as the main sponsor of this year’s US Open. Built by California Skateparks, the Vans skate bowl was customly made of concrete as a mirror image of the beautiful Skatepark du Prado bowl on the sand in Marseilles, France.
Bringing individual style and passion, every skater represented his skills at the Invitational. Previous US Open champ Raven Tershy and last year’s champ Ben Raybourn put pressure on the other competitors to go big or go home.
A combination of skateboard generations brought so much to skateboarding including the legendary Christian Hosoi, young gun Curren Caples, Ben Raybourn, Tony Trujillo, Tom Remillard and more. Coming in 3rd place was Raven Tershy after a huge frontside air over the extended vert wall. The crowd went insane for Greyson Fletcher as each trick he landed extended to an even bigger and better amplitude. However, it was Ben Hatchell who claimed the 1st place victory at the Van Doren Invitational with a prize purse of $25,000.