The final stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Skateboarding, the Vans/Hard Rock Café World Championships of Skateboarding presented by G-Shock and Mountain Dew , is set to take place the weekend of October 1-3, 1999 . Held just south of the pier in Huntington Beach, California , this invitation only event will showcase the best skateboarding athletes from around the world including the famed Tony Hawk, Willy Santos, and Steve Caballero to name just a few.
In addition to the 72 foot wide vert ramp and 15,000 sq. ft. street course at this year’s event, a special bowl contest has been added in the 65 foot long “Soul Bowl”. As a result, the prize purse for the Vans/Hard Rock Café World Championships of Skateboarding will grow to over $106,500 , bringing the overall prize purse for the Vans Triple Crown of Skateboarding to an unprecedented $166,500.
“This year’s Vans/Hard Rock Café World Championships of Skateboarding is shaping up to be the best skateboarding event that Vans has ever been involved with,” says Steve Van Doren, Vans’ vice president of promotions. “With the bigger and better street course, newly added Pro and Masters bowl contest, best trick contests, and over $16,000 in additional prize money, this is bound to be a contest that people will remember for a long time to come.”
Special attractions at this year’s Vans/Hard Rock Café World Championships of Skateboarding include a newly added Pro and Masters bowl contest with skateboarding legends such as Lance Mountain and Jeff Grosso. A 2,400 sq. ft. public street course will give spectators a chance to emulate their favorite athlete’s tricks, and following Saturday’s competition, a concert will be held on-site with Matt Hensley’s Flogging Molly and the Suicide Machines.
Additional event sponsors include Transworld Skateboarding Magazine, Pacific Sunwear, Rolling Stone Magazine, Sony PlayStation, and 3-IN-ONE skateboard lubricants. These sponsors along with others will showcase their latest products in the vendor area adjacent to the event site.
Last year’s reigning World Champions include Brazil’s Bob Burnquist on the vert ramp and the late Tim Brauch in the street competition. In 1999, Mathias Ringstrom and Rick McCrank won the first stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Skateboarding, Slam City Jam presented by G-Shock, while the Powell duo of Andy Macdonald and Pat Channita took first-place honors at the second stop of the tour, the Mountain Dew U.S. Open held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Vans has been a leader in Core Sports and lifestyle footwear for over 30 years, long before surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and other board sports made it to television. Vans has quickly become a leader in the expanding snowboard boot market and has acquired Switch step-in snowboard bindings in July of 1998. Additionally, Vans has added a line of apparel for both street and snowboarding. Vans collections are sold in the United States through a network of independent retail stores including skate, surf and snow shops, specialty athletic and lifestyle retailers as well as through 117 company-owned stores and factory outlets. Vans also sells to 80 countries internationally through distributors, sales agents and its subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.