Van Doren Invitational

The other kind of board meeting.

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Amongst the competitors at the second annual Van Doren Invitational that took place last weekend, there was the collective sentiment that Vancouver’s Hastings skate park is one of the most challenging in the world. So maybe it’s fitting that some were also dubbing the event the “Stanley Cup of Skateboarding”. In this case, the trophy was an electric guitar, and the closest thing to a hat trick was 22-year-old Floridian Dalton Dern, who was the first to successfully complete a Hastings transfer—a trick that involves flying over a sizable island and back into the bowl—which he landed without losing his hat. But who won and who lost isn’t the only story to tell.

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July 16, 2015