- DC presents the "KING OF LOS ANGELES"
DC’S KING OF LOS ANGELES TAKES OVER THE CITY IN LATE JUNE FOR AN INNOVATIVE AMATEUR SKATEBOARDING CONTEST
UNIQUE FORMAT CONTEST HOSTED BY DC GLOBAL SKATE TEAMS GIVES AMATEUR SKATEBOARDERS CHANCE TO CLAIM “KING OF…” CROWN ON THE STREETS OF LOS ANGELESDC’s King of Los Angeles event is only weeks away from its official kick-off on June 19, 2007. In one of the most unique amateur contests around, DC is giving unsponsored skateboarders the chance to be crowned DC’s “King of Los Angeles.” Entrants compete in four separate events at some of L.A.’s best spots to gather points and claim the title along with over $10,000 in cash and prizes. The three-week long event combines the four amateur skateboarding contests with a team trip that includes DC team members from the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia to create one of the largest events for DC Skateboarding since The DC Video Premiere Tour in 2003. The DC King of L.A. will be the first of three stops, as the series then travels to Barcelona and Sydney in late 2007.
The DC King of L.A. will begin on June 19, with a DC Team demo at Active, and conclude with the final DC King of L.A. skate contest on July 7 at Los Angeles City College. Contests will be held at some of L.A.’s most infamous skate spots, including Lockwood Ave Elementary School, Hubert H. Bancroft Middle School, a replica Chino Hills 4 block and replica Wilshire 10 stair rail. For those spots that didn’t get approved for skate contests by the City of Los Angeles, DC is working with builder Jeff King to create exact replicas of L.A.’s notorious skate locations.
DC’s worldwide skate team members will descend on L.A. to take part in the event. Joining Danny Way, Colin McKay, Rob Dyrdek, Josh Kalis, Ryan Gallant, Brian Wenning, Ryan Smith, Lindsey Robertson, Devine Calloway, Greg Myers, and Sean Malto; will be Canadian team members Sascha Daley, Paul Trepanier, and Morgan Smith; European skateboarders Jody Smith, Manuel Margreiter, Laurent Gehin, Antony Lopez and Ruben Garcia; as well as Australian skaters Andrew Currie and Sammy Winter. The teams will be on hand to skate L.A., judge contests, and sign autographs at shops and demos.
JUNE 19: DC King of L.A. begins: DC Team signing and demo at Active Ride Shop. Transworld Let’s Do This! Screening.
JUNE 21: Go Skateboarding Day - DC Team signing at United.
JUNE 23: First DC King of L.A. event at Lockwood Ave Elementary School. Contest will be held on Lockwood’s playground on DC’s picnic tables.
JUNE 24: Second DC King of L.A. event at Hubert H. Bancroft Middle School. Held at the school’s bump to table featured in numerous skate videos.
JUNE 28: Brooklyn Projects autograph signing.
JUNE 30: Liberty Shop signing.
JULY 1 : Third DC King of L.A. Event at the Barker Hangar. This empty airport hangar located in Santa Monica will be used to house a replica Chino Hills 4 block. Along with the replica of this renowned spot, the hangar will also house a complete demo course for skate sessions with the DC team.
DC’s inaugural King of… Event began in New York in 2006. The contest launched successfully across New York’s five boroughs. Culminating at Manhattan’s legendary Brooklyn Banks, The DC King of New York contest called on amateur skateboarders from all over the city to do battle for the coveted DC King of... title.
- Vincent Alvarez from West Covina, CA won the fourth and final DC King of Los Angeles Skate competition at Los Angeles City College Saturday, which also secured him the overall King of LA title, taking him home a grand prize of of $5,000 and a custom video iPod.
Overall, the DC King of Los Angeles Skate competition drew a strong field of skaters from across Southern California across its four stops in the the last two and half weeks.
“What Hollywood is to the entertainment industry, Los Angeles is to skateboarding,” said Jefferson Pang, DC Brand Manager, East Coast Skateboarding, “LA is the epicenter of skating.”
The final DC King of Los Angeles stop pitted 25 skaters from participating LA-area skate shops against 25 skaters who qualified in an open competition. About 125 skaters took part in the open competition between 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon.
The highlight of the day was the finals -- In addition to determining who would win the event, the overall DC King of LA title was on the line. Alvarez, Keelan Dadd from Palmdale, Chris Mendes of Moreno Valley and Josh Grossguth from Lancaster took the top four positions.
The real battle was between Grossguth and Alvarez, who came into the final stop as one and two in total points after the first three stops, with Grossguth leading by three points. After the final, however, they were tied in the overall points standings, forcing the judges to determine the tie-breaker. They huddled for at least 10 minutes before determining Alvarez the overall winner thanks to his two first-place finishes to Grossguth's one.
Vince Alvarez was a crowd favorite during the fourth event and took home bragging rights as the King of LA skateboarders. After it was over, he said, “right now I’m tired but I feel very good everyone liked the skating today.”
Grossguth was clearly disappointed that he did not win the crown but said, “Overall it was a fun today.”
As with previous DC King of LA stops, the DC Team Pros were on hand including Danny Way, Devine Calloway, Ryan Gallant and Colin McKay.
At the end of the day DC Team Manager Heath Brinkley said, "the level of skating exceeded our expectations. It is good to see the number of people coming out and very exciting to see that a new skater like Vince Alvarez can pop out of nowhere."
King of Los Angeles was modeled after last September's DC’s King of New York Skate competition and next up for the series will be the King of Barcelona Competition coming in September followed by a King of Sydney Skate Competition near the end of the year. .
Here are the results from the first three DC King of Los Angeles skate competitions.
DC KING OF LOS ANGELES SKATE #4 COMPETITION WINNERS - 7.7.07 @ LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE IN LOS ANGELES, CA
1. Vince Alvarez West Covina, CA 10 Points
2. Keelan Dadd Palmdale, CA 9 Points
3. Chris Mendes Moreno Valley, CA 8 Points
4. Josh Grossguth Lancaster, CA 7 Points
5. DJ Fort 6 Points
6. Sean Powell Fontana, CA 5 Points
7. Anthony Garcia Fontana, CA 4 Points
8. Brad Herrera Carlsbad, CA 3 Points
9. Tislam Smith Los Angeles, CA 2 Points
10. Jason Vanzant 1 Point
DC KING OF LOS ANGELES SKATE COMPETITION WINNERS - 7.1.07 @ BARKER HANGER IN SANTA MONICA, CA
1. Chris Mendes
2. Keelan Dadd
3. Javan Campello
4. Jason Vanzant
5. Josh Grossguth - Lancaster, CA
6. Kyle Brogan
7. Trevor McClung – Huntington Beach, CA
8. Tim Thomas
9. Taylor McClung – Huntington Beach, CA
10. Jose Garcia – Los Angeles, CA
DC KING OF LOS ANGELES SKATE COMPETITION WINNERS – 6.24.07 @ BANCROFT MIDDLE SCHOOL IN LOS ANGELES, CA
1. Josh Grossguth
2. Vince Alvarez
3. Ruby Felix
4. Dom Johnson
5. Mark Goode
6. Scott Pfaff
7. Jamason Decew
8. Tislan Smith
9. Tom Ryan
10. Keelan Dadd
DC KING OF LOS ANGELES SKATE COMPETITION WINNERS – 6.23.07 @ LOCKWOOD SCHOOL IN LOS ANGELES, CA
1. Vince Alvarez
2. Austyn Gillette
3. Jason Vanzan
4. Keelan Dadd
5. Josh Grossguth
6. Rudy Felix
7. Zack Wagner
8. Craig Cring
9. Chris De Fillip
10. Matt Rodriguez