Vans Build in Brooklyn

After great success with the Vans Combi Bowl in Orange, CA, the owner of Vans, Steve Van Doren, reached out to California Skateparks to build a second private indoor skate facility. For this project, CA Skateparks is constructing a flow bowl and a street course that doubles as a sound stage to host events and music venues for Vans. The bowl and street course is being built inside a warehouse out in Brooklyn, NY. Similar to the Combi Bowl, CA Skateparks is bringing Skateboarding Legend Lance Mountain along to help with designing and building this brand new facility. The project is only a week in and the bowl is already taking shape and showing much character.

Day one began with Lance Mountain and California Skateparks Project Manager Brian Pino discussing how they were going to lay out the bowl. Because the bowl has so many different shapes, contours, heights, banks, and transitions it makes the bowl extremely difficult to draw up. The solution is shaping the bowl as the project progresses; making this bowl a true piece of art once it is completed. After the bowl is laid out, a wooden structure is built to reach the right elevation for the bowl and all its banks and transitions. Framing was next, a support system was built so that the foam can be secured to the walls and the ground. Once the foam is laid out, it must be sculpted to the specified transitions and then secured. As you can see, most of the foam has been positioned and it is looking almost ready for shot crete. Keep checking back for more updated pictures, we will be posting them as they come in!

Lance Bowl

Lance Mountain’s 1st draft of the Vans Brooklyn Bowl






Framing and laying out the bowl – Thursday 9/30/10


Foam being positioned and sculpted – Friday morning 10/1/10


Progress after a long days work – Friday night 10/1/10





Progress from the weekend – Sunday night 10/3/10



Progress from today – 10/4/10


Brian Pino and Lance Mountain discussing ideas