U.S. Open -- BMX at the 2014 Van Doren Invitational
This past weekend, BMX riding got its fair share of the spotlight at the 2014 Van Doren Invitational, held in conjunction with the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing. Here's an overview of the concrete bowl that was built on the beach in Huntington Beach, California.
Cult pro Bas Keep made the trip over from the U.K. to earn 12th place in the finals. Keep, a seasoned concrete skatepark rider, twists a 270 tabletop over the Van Doren Invitational course.
Brian Blyther was one of the top BMX vert pros throughout the '80s and early '90s. Even after slowly transitioning into a new career with Southern California law enforcement, Blyther continued to kill it on a bike. Here, he gets in a few feeler airs before the start of the old school jam.
Event commentator Steve Crandall takes a break from his self-imposed selfie olympics to air the bowl for the lens of Justin Kosman.
Wethepeople pro Dan Foley is one of those skatepark riders that favors classic, stylish moves over flips and insane lip trick combinations. Luckily, the judges at the Van Doren Invitational appreciate both styles. Foley finished in 4th place in the finals.
Dennis McCoy, Corey Bohan
Since he got his hands on a GoPro camera, it's unusual to see event organizer Dennis McCoy without it. Here, he "sneaks" a shot of legendary park and dirt rider Corey Bohan.
Fit Bike Co. pro Tom Dugan, just after winning the high air competition.
Fans of Dylan Stark in the crowd cheer Stark on.
Huge no-footed cancan from Gary Young, who ultimately won the event.
X Games Austin BMX Park gold medalist Chase Hawk returned to the podium at the Van Doren Invitational, this time in second place. Here he floats a stylish alley-oop 360 transfer.
270 lookback en route to third place for Jason Watts.
According to Tom Dugan, this is how to win a high air competition.
Tailwhip on his way to fifth place from Sergio Layos.
From left to right: Chase Hawk (second place), Gary Young (first place) and Jason Watts (third place).