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Dave Swift’s Top Ten Combi Photos

 Clay Kreiner Vans Combi 2017

Clay Kreiner, frontside air. 2017.

WORDS AND PHOTOS: Dave Swift

It seems like yesterday that Vans opened its flagship skatepark and retail store in its hometown of Orange, but goddamn if that wasn’t way back in 1999. I was there for that opening session and I got to see Stevie Caballero, Lance Mountain, Jason Jessee, Omar Hassan, and a few others who all got to skate the original Combi Pool at the legendary Pipeline Skatepark in Upland, California.

Since 1999, the new Combi has reached its own legendary status by playing host to some of the most exciting bowl contests in the history of skateboarding. The always packed house at the Vans Pool Party has been given the special treat by witnessing the legends of bowl skating from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, as well as the rising crop of new professional bowl riders. If you haven’t been to one of the Pool Partys than you are assuredly missing out.

This year’s event will no doubt be one for the history books as it is the fourteenth time that Vans has opened its doors to skateboarding fans from around the world. If you can’t be there, go to the Vans Pool Party page and check out the live feed tomorrow, May 5, starting at 3:00 p.m. PST, with the awards ceremony scheduled for 8:00 p.m. PST. Hey, look for me roaming poolside catching all the action but in the meantime, check out this gallery of photographs I’ve shot over the years.

Jeff Grosso Andrecht 2000

Jeff Grosso, Andrecht. 2000.

Chris Miller Indy Air 2000

Chris Miller, Indy Air. 2000.

Rune Glifberg, backside nosegrind. 2005

Rune Glifberg, backside nosegrind. 2005.

Bucky Lasek, frontside bluntslide through the corner. 2004.

Bucky Lasek, frontside bluntslide through the corner. 2004.

Tony Hawk, frontside blunt. 2000.

Tony Hawk, frontside blunt. 2000.

Pedro Barros, stalefish. 2009.

Pedro Barros, stalefish. 2009.

Cory Juneau, Alley-Oop frontside air. 2017.

Cory Juneau, Alley-Oop frontside air. 2017.

Steve Caballero, backside Smith grind. 2017.

Steve Caballero, backside Smith grind. 2017.

Tom Schaar, backside ollie in the shallow. 2017.

Tom Schaar, backside ollie in the shallow. 2017.

Lance Mountain, frontside air. 2006.Lance Mountain, frontside air. 2006.

Lance Mountain, frontside air. 2006.

Watch the Vans Pool Party live tomorrow, May 5, at 3:00 p.m. PST!

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