Last weekend the 12th annual Clash at Clairemont, the largest action sports fundraiser in southern California, went down in San Diego, CA. Boosted was lucky enough to co-sponsor the event, which was founded in 2007 as a cooperative effort between Boosted’s own Andy Mac, the YMCA, and Grind for Life.
According to Andy, “It all started in 2006 after I secured the donation of the 2006 X Games vert ramp for the Mission Valley YMCA. They wanted to have a demo for its grand opening with all the athletes that rode it at the Games so I suggested we ask the athletes to come and donate their time. It seemed only natural that we use the event as a fundraiser for both YMCA and Grind for Life, a foundation started by life-long skateboarder and cancer survivor, Mike Rogers that provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families when traveling long distances to doctors and hospitals.” Check out the full history here.
Legends & Pro Vert Ramp Jam
The day started off with a vert session on the halfpipe. Tony Hawk, Andy Mac, Bucky Lasek, and a host of pros put on a demonstration of vert skating, while AD and the Masonites rocked a live set of old school skate punk next to the ramp. Legends Mike McGill and Steve Caballero rubbed elbows with X Games gold medalists Moto Shibata and Elliot Slone, while Bryce Wettstien held it down for the US National Olympic skate team. Tony linked up with long-time doubles partner Andy Mac performed a radical doubles exhibition – always a fan favorite.
Boosted Skatercross Pro Invitational
In front of a full capacity crowd, some of the world’s best skaters competed on the world’s first Skatercross track. For those of you who haven’t witnessed skatercross in action, this event truly levels the playing field. No tricks, no judging, no scoring. Just full speed racing on a track full of jumps, bumps, doubles, and berms. First one across the finish line wins. The crowd was super hyped, ringing their cowbells, and cheering on their favorite racers. When the dust settled, Jeremy Green edged out Andy Mac for the win, with Liam Pace placing third. Jeremy was stoked to walk away with a check for $2k and a brand-new Boosted Mini X.
Boosted High Jump
Next up, the Boosted High Jump. Again, no tricks, scores or judges, just clear the bar or die trying. Andy and Matt Wilcox cleared the 10.5-foot mark, while Beaver Fleming cleared 11-feet with an amazing finger flip superman variation that looked like a mistake but it worked! Again, it was Jeremy Green taking first, clearing the bar with a 12-foot backside 360, tying the record height for this event.
Legends & Pro Bowl Jam
The Independent Trucks, Bones Wheels bowl jam went down while Black Flag, fronted by OG Bones Brigador, Mike Valley, rocked out on stage right on the deck of the bowl. Stage, heated bowl jam, a sea of people, mosh pit, bleachers full of more people, total mayhem? Check. To round out the night, Andy teamed up with Grind for Life founder Mike Rogers for one last doubles photo op in the bowl before they called it a day.
Andy summed the event up best, “Clash at Clairemont started with the idea of getting some of the top athletes in action sports together for an awesome day of skateboarding, demos, live music, and fun the entire family would enjoy, all for a great cause. Each year seems to get bigger, better, faster, and more fun than the last.”
The team at Boosted was honored to be able to sponsor such a great event. Hope to see you next year!
Photo credits: Kyson Dana, Chris Dang, Dave Swift and Scott Flanders