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editor's note:
Vans Triple Crown '01

* Outdoor: Wood / Asphalt
* Pro Competition
* Vert / Trannie / Street
* Rating: Trippin' with Vans

Better late than never, we present our coverage of the Vans Triple Crown - filmed "on location" in Oceanside in October 2001.

While this isn't a publicly accessible skatepark, the Triple Crown series always includes skatepark-like features on their "street" courses. What's more, as the popularity of these events grows, skatepark designers continue to include "competition style" ramps in their park designs.

Recently added to the fine SKATEparkLIST, is the new park in Torrance CA. While the two courses are not identical, competition-style construction is evident in both designs. For a couple more examples of competition influenced skateparks, check out the SPOT in Tampa FL, the Gravity Games park in Irvine CA, and another effort from Vans, the park in Milpitas CA.

Another noteworthy element from this event was the spicy vert ramp. Going a step or two beyond your average ramp, this beast had two, coping covered extensions, as well as a gnarly rail spanning an 8 ft death box in the middle of the ramp. These twists in design gave the riders more lines and variations in tricks. At the end of the day, that all adds up to a pile of creative vertical action... it was cool. I liked it.

Since this was a special, invite-only competition for World Cup skateboarders, you will probably never get to ride this course. However, if you're ready to turn your inspiration into motivation, the Southland is flooded w/ good parks these days.

Oceanside has a park, but the rules completely suck. Carlsbad has a park that some guys like to ride... To the south, don't miss solid parks like Coronado, the YMCA parks at Mission Valley and Encinitas, and Skate Heaven in downtown SD. Fun rides to the north include the Ollie House in Temecula, an awesome concrete park in San Clemente, plus a couple more concrete parks in Long Beach, and Irvine.

Thanks again to Vans and the rest of the sponsors for cranking out another great event. We'll see you next year...

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^ Winner of Men's street,
Bastien Salabanzi, at the
2001 Vans Triple Crown in

^ Rodrigo Jr on one
of many rail rides

^ SHITEO: Riding
that Toy Machine of
his, Mr Ed Templeton
dishes out a beating
to an unsuspecting
kinked ledge.

^ Chris Senn breakin'
off some tail

^ Big Rob Dyrdek... what do
you think? Overcrooks?

^ The Label's Omar Hassan
- 5oh to tailslide
on a burley ledge

^ SHITEO: Another
of those wrap-around
arial stunts from
Sandro Dias.

^ The event featured
a cooler than average
vert ramp, complete
with extensions, pool
coping and a death gap.

^ SHITEO: Bucky
Lasek - big time
kickflip to indy.

^ Here's a final look at
that street course.

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