Maloof Money Cup Hang Time

Skateboarder getting some major hang time at the 2009 Maloof Money Cup. Hosted at the Orange County Fairgrounds, the venue set up an entire ground course, half pipe and “big air” vert wall. Most of the competitors this day were in the 25 and younger crowd, but they could still tear it up like the pros.

year 29 || day 60 – Maloof vert

Maloof Money Cup vert ramp skater

I got some pretty awesome shots at this year’s Maloof Money Cup at the OC Fair. I also found a new respect for action sports photographers. There’s so much going on that needs to be watched and the added pressure of not wanting to interfere coupled with the reactions and sounds from the massive crowds. It’s not something I’ll ever aim to put on my resumé, but I wouldn’t mind vacationing there from time to time. Luckily for these shots I was able to post up on a nearly empty halfpipe catwalk so I could avoid having to use my “cheap” telephoto lens. Sure, it’s great for slow moving objects when I’ve got a tripod, but for fast-action excitement I’ll gladly use my 50mm.

  • Camera: Canon T2i
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Shutter: 1/4000
  • Aperture: f/1.6
  • ISO: 100

year 29 || day 41 – flying purple people eater

Maloof Money Cup skateboarding vert ramp 11 year old

Lets take a little trip. Think back to what you were doing when you were 11. I was probably scrounging up red and purple ant colonies with my friends to pit against each other in an all out war in one of my mother’s pie tins until there was a group of victors that would inevitably meet their doom under a pinpoint precision burn of the magnifying glass. Spoiler alert: the red ants always win! Well, not this little guy. At just 11 years old he’s out there screaming down 40+ foot high vert ramps and flying through the air landing tricks some of the guys double his age hadn’t mastered yet and eventually ending up with a place of 3rd in the vert challenge I witnessed at this year’s Maloof Money Cup. My hats off to ya kid. May the world ahead of you be paved with fishbowls, lined with rails and stacked with stairs.

year 29 || day 28 – never to old to break some bones

WOAH! Seriously?! This dude’s gotta be pushing 70, or he’s a really BAD looking 60, but either way he must really hold a passion for skating to be attempting the things he was doing. Underneath the Huntington Beach Pier we spotted this guy on the boardwalk keeping pace with the other few skater who chose to ignore the personal safety of the innocent pedestrians. As we stopped and stared in shock of this old man, part of me felt like I was watching a car crash scenario … just waiting for something horrible to happen. The other half was concerned for what would happen if there was something horrible about to happen. Well, let’s be honest, it was about 80/20, respectively. Hey, if he’s going to put himself out there on his own free will, then I’m not ashamed to admit that I wanted to see the goods!

Despite my doomsday attitude for the whole situation, he survived unscathed even after climbing on the stairs to attempt some sort of vert-less drop in. That was my opportunity to capture the good/bad side of skating past 60.

Photo: year 29 || day 7 – Skateboarding’s Maloof Money Cup

Caught this amateur street skater outside the main stage of the Maloof Money Cup at the OC Fair running a small rail course they had set up for patrons to ride. Just coming off a run on the last rail, I was able to get this pic of him with a quick shutter speed (probably around 1/3200 or 1/4000. Thank you sunlight) and a really high aperture (I think this was 1.4 or 1.6. Love my 50mm) for that nice depth of field look.

On a side note, this being about the fiftieth striped sleeveless I saw topping off some girly-tight jeans, I knew my hope for fashion was dead. Apparently no sleeves is the new flannel, stripes are the new solid and constricting the ‘fellas’ is the only way to combat the knee-low sag of Jnco baggy jeans … who knew!

Quiksilver hosts All 80s All Day Vert Challenge

Quiksilver ALL 80s ALL DAY VERT CHALLENGE Secret Location

Quiksilver, a Huntington Beach-based lifestyle and apparel brand, held a flashback to the 80s contest on Saturday, Dec. 6, in conjunction with Tony Hawk and his newest business venture,, a Web site where everyone from top athletes to everyday users can post their favorite sports clips.

Launched in October 2007, the site had very little press coverage – until now, that is. The All 80s All Day Vert Challenge, held at Quiksilver’s headquarters, featured 21 well-known skaters of the 80s, such as Huntington Beach native Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero and Bucky Lasek. These skateboarders – now successful business people – were decked out from head to toe in 80s garb.

Hawk flashed back to his roots with his blue shirt – worn in the 1987 skate film “The Search for Animal Chin” — highlighted hair and, of course, his bright pink skate deck, which he got out of storage specifically for the daylong challenge. Hosoi outfitted himself in spandex pants and a cutoff T-shirt, finishing off the ensemble with a wig. Pink highlights, ripped denim and high tops were some of the other flashy fashions worn during the event.

But the skaters weren’t the only ones who dressed up. More than 800 people attended – and they were required to don clothing popular during that time period. Side ponytails, bright pink high heels and hoop earrings were in abundance – and that’s just the girls! Guys wore torn T-shirts, big hair, suspenders – the works.

Amidst all the 80s mayhem, a skate competition ensued. The 80s-style vert ramp and skate decks proved to be a challenge for the skaters, but they were determined to skate to the best of their abilities.

“We gotta ride the real deal here,” says Hawk. And they certainly did. With 80s punk bands like The Ramones and The Clash playing in the background, the skaters competed in three challenges: Vert Challenge, Big Air Session and Jam Session.

Cash prizes were awarded to the first through 11th place winners, and Hawk took home the first place prize of $1,980, which he distributed amongst the skaters who didn’t place. Other awards include the Overall 80s, which went to Hosoi, and the Big Air, which went to Bucky Lasek.

The only video allowed at the event was from, which will release it, relying on the viral lure of Internet video to get the word out about the site’s features to action-sports buffs.

Quiksilver also debuted some of its Spring 2009 collection – with an 80s theme, of course. The brightly colored, printed and patterned vintage fashions were on display in the company’s expansive headquarters. The vintage outfits will be available in January.

Preview Video and photos after the jump.

All photogrpahy is copyright Luke Hodsdon @ ninethreestudio

Written by Kristen Schott @ ninethreestudio

Please contact Luke Hodsdon or Kristen Schott @ ninethreestudio if you would like to use any of this material. Thank you.

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