Inside the first annual Vans BMX Street Invitational
Welcome to Huntington Beach
On Saturday, June 25, Vans Footwear hosted the first annual BMX Street Invitational in Huntington Beach, California, and pros from all corners of the globe showed up to compete for cash prizes and Instagram glory. Here, United Bike Co. legend Corey Martinez gets a quick tree ride in.
Cult pro Alex Kennedy, rail ride to 180 en route to eighth place overall.
Vans BMX team manager Jerry Badders shows off the cash prize for best trick as Alex Kennedy throws a quick 180 barspin in the background.
Santa Ana local Andrew Castenada, 180 tabletop to flat over the Vans logo.
Grind to 360
Broc Raiford, grind to 360 tabletop en route to first place in the overall event.
Up and over
Broc Raiford might be the king of uprail grinds. Here's an uprail to 540 out.
Back in action
It's been a few years since we've seen Corey Martinez competing in events, but it was a welcome sight to see him back. Here, he slides a hop over Luc-e grind.
X Games Real BMX competitor Dakota Roche lives down the street from the park, and lays claim to more than a few original lines. Here, he throws a gap to wallride to 180 out en route to sixth place overall.
Back at it
Dakota Roche, back at it again with the original lines. Here's a hard 360 over the rail to flat.
Federal Bikes pro Dan Lacey, fakie double peg grind down the rail to fakie toothpick grind out. This is not easy.
Switch toothpick hanger from the toothpick master, Dan Lacey.
Barpsin to icepick grind to 180 out from Devon Smillie, who's also competing in X Games Real BMX later this summer.
Fakie barspin gap from Germany's Killian Roth, over the Vans gap.
Best Trick winner
United's Nathan Williams took home the Cult Best Trick award with this rail ride to gap rail ride. That move took some accurate precision to ride away safely from.
Stark, raving mad
BSD pro Reed Stark channels the spirit of Bob Scerbo with this 180 to backwards icepick grind.
X Games BMX Street veteran competitor Sean Sexton floats a tuck no-hander 360 down the Vans gap.
Ty Morrow, half-cab down the Vans gap en route to ninth place overall.
Attention to detail
This is about as BMX specific as you can get for a BMX trophy.
Eyes on the prize
Nathan Williams, best trick winner and best trick cash.
From left to right: Bruno Hoffmann in second place, Broc Raiford in first place and Devon Smillie in third place.