Quiksilver Old-School Vert Throwdown featuring Tony Hawk
Loud neon fashions and iconic 80's skaters including Tony Hawk and Christian Hosoi collided head-on for a nostalgic day at the Quiksilver Headquarters in Huntington Beach on Saturday. Skating legend Tony Hawk participated in his first competition in eight years and showed that hasn't lost a step by winning the contest with style. Not just style, but class, as he forfeited his $1,980 winnings by giving $200 to each non-placing competitor.
There was a fashion angle to the event, with Quiksilver displaying some vintage threads from back in the day as well as some of the upcoming 2009 collection, influenced by the day-glo 80's look. Skaters and fans were encouraged to wear 80's gear and many obliged, including Hawk, who dug out his old pink Powell skateboard to compliment his multi-colored shorts and the blue t-shirt he wore in the skate film, "The Search for Animal Chin." For the finishing touch, he spent two hours getting his hair highlighted just like the old days.
"We gotta ride the real deal here," Hawk insisted.
Even the tricks that the skaters pulled off on the massive vertical ramp (built specially for the occasion) were ripped from the 80's playbook, with Hawk sending the competition to another level each time he projected himself up the wall for a fully extended invert or some crazy mid-air board juggling.