Vans Pool Party 2018

Pros Top 3: Cory Juneau, 2nd; Tom Schaar, 1st; Chris Russell, 3rd.

WORDS: Stu Gomez // PHOTOS: Dave Swift

The 14th annual Vans Pool Party went down last Saturday in Orange, California, and the spectators were treated to another Ponce de Leon-esque (the “fountain of youth” guy) performance by the winningest skater in Pool Party history, Chris Miller. At 50 f-ckin’ years old, Miller left the coping in tatters with a shattering score of 93.00, and there was no question about who deserved the 2018 Legends crown. In true Cinco de Mayo fashion, Chris delivered a run that was not only caliente but also straight-up loco (and suave, as always). By the way, this is Miller’s 10th title. Eric Nash and Steve Caballero took second- and third-place, with Nash scoring 91.33 and Cab 90.67.

Vans’ newest rider, and last year’s champion, Tom Schaar, was the man to beat in the Pros division from the very first heat, eventually claiming his third Pool Party title. With a combination of switch lip tricks and airs that seemed to reach the rafters, Schaar was clearly in the driver’s seat. Vans riders Cory Juneau and Chris Russell hammered their way into the top 3 with Juneau sliding really long frontside boardslides in the deep and The Muscle (Russell, that is) smashing everything to disaster. In the end, the guys fell just short of Schaar with respectable scores of 94.33 for Juneau and 93.33 for Russell.

In keeping with the holiday, the top three riders in each division proudly donned a sombrero. And this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill, cheapo chapeau, this was a deluxe crown with all the bells and whistles that you’d expect from Vans. You could say the sombreros were the perfect “cap” to another awesome Combi contest. Thanks Vans!

Check out highlights from Vans Pool Party 2018 here.



1st Tom Schaar

2nd Cory Juneau

3rd Chris Russell


1st Chris Miller

2nd Eric Nash

3rd Steve Caballero


1st Sandro Dias

2nd Andy Macdonald

3rd Chad Shetler

Vans Pool Party 2018

Tom Schaar, switch frontside ollie.

Vans Pool Party 2018

Cory Juneau, frontside noseblunt slide.

Vans Pool Party 2018

Chris Russell (they call him The Muscle, and we can see why), straight-leg frontside air.

Vans Pool Party 2018

Jimmy Wilkins, one-foot backside 360 ollie.

Vans Pool Party 2018

Sandro Dias, tailgrab nosegrind.

Vans Pool Party 2018

Legends Top 3: Steve Caballero, 3rd; Chris Miller, 1st; Eric Nash, 2nd.

Vans Pool Party 2018

Masters Top 3: Chad Shetler, 3rd; Sandro Dias, 1st; and Andy Macdonald, 2nd. (Wait… Patagonia? Outdoorsy!)

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