Van Wastell Skatelab Skate Jam

Last night in Simi Valley, California, hundreds of pros, locals, family, and friends gathered at Skatelab to commemorate the life of Van Wastell. His death twelve days ago was a shock to all of us. It was a tragic, sudden end to a young man burgeoning on limitless possibilities on board and off. But Van led a beautiful life. He was a skateboarder, a musician, and a seeker, and those in attendance—who knew Van personally or who merely knew of his contributions—were there to celebrate him. Below is a slideshow of some of the skate jam’s attendees and background on Van’s early stomping grounds, Skatelab.

Van Wastell’s funeral service took place at 1 p.m. today at the Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Camarillo, California. A memorial fund has been established to help the Wastell family—if you would like to contribute, deposits can be made at Wells Fargo branches to the account #8352614187. Checks should be written to: “Van Wastell Memorial Fund.”

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