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There’s nowhere quite like Los Angeles. It doesn’t have Aspen’s trees or Brazil’s jungles or Barcelona’s architecture or Munich’s floating MegaRamp, but none of those places have a “scene” quite like LA. It’s a place where – at least for four days – the sun was always out, the stars were always in attendance, the streets were always packed, and the parties always went late. And fortunately for the X Games crowds, in the homeland of Hollywood, the drama was ever-present.
To some, home is where the heart is. For skateboard icon Bob Burnquist, home is where innovation happens. Home is “Dreamland.” In this new webisode series, Burnquist grants his fans exclusive access to the private domain in which so many of his contributions to skateboarding were born, his backyard in Southern California, which he calls Dreamland. Hence, “The Dreamland Series.”
The Vans U.S. Open of Surfing takes no prisoners. The folks on the beach are susceptible to overcrowding and energy drink overdose. The judges have to quantify the value of a well-executed “Huntington Hop” between the flurry of carbon-copy air reverses. The surfers cope with so-so wave conditions, the dangers that come with maneuvering around the unforgiving barnacle-covered pilings of the pier, their fellow surfer, star-struck fans and surviving nine days of competition amongst more than 100 of their peers. It’s taxing. Which makes surviving and excelling all that more impressive. Kolohe Andino will be the first person to tell you that his results hasn’t been what he’d hoped they would be this year. But a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open in front of 50,000 spectators on the beach, it’s the kind of result that can turn a season around.