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Quiksilver hosts All 80s All Day Vert Challenge

The Huntington Beach-based company held a one-day skateboarding challenge to promote shredordie.com.

By Kristen SchottPublished: December 08, 2008 01:52 PM



Quiksilver, a lifestyle and apparel brand, held a flashback to the 80s contest on Saturday, in conjunction with Tony Hawk and his newest business venture, shredordie.com, 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 – outfitted themselves from head to toe in 80s garb. Hosoi even wore a wig.

More than 800 people attended to watch the skaters battle it out on the 80s-style vert ramp. 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 shredordie.com, 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 vintage outfits will be available in January.