Aaron "Jaws" Homoki

Yes, St. Petersburg, Russia does have a skate scene.
Tony Hawk participated in this year's Gumball 3000 along with skaters Aaron "Jaws" Jamoki and Corbin Harris and BMX rider Mike Escamilla. The Gumball is a 3,000-mile road rally that draws all kinds of different vehicles and follows a different course each year. This year's Gumball went through Finland, Russia, Estonia, and Poland. From the looks of things, Hawk and his crew spent as much time on their boards as they did behind the wheel.

That's what happens when a crew of 40 skaters and bands pile into vans for long periods of time.
The idea behind the Skate Rock 2013 was pretty simple. Throw a massive crew of skaters—including four of Thrasher's Skaters of the Year—band members, and random hangers-on into a fleet of vans and have them skate all day and play music all night as they travelled across the country. The results were epic. The drummer from the band Bad Shit summed it up best, "Drunken fun debauchery music wild loud nonstop." Sure, that's not really a sentence, but it makes perfect sense.

The next generation of bowl rippers took over the Van Doren Invitational at the 2013 Vans US Open.
Renowned street artist Mike Giant painted a mural in a section of the bowl at the Van Doren Invitational, part of which read, "Vert Never Died." The skating of young riders Greyson Fletcher, Raven Tershy, and Ben Hatchell at the Van Doren Invitational, which was part of the US Open of Surfing, proved that vert is alive and better than ever. Fletcher, Tershy, and Hatchell were among the new generation of transition skaters who threw down in a big way at the contest. Fletcher, the son of aerial surf pioneer Christian Fletcher and the grandson of tow-in surf pioneer Herbie Fletcher, created his own piece of family history. Fletcher flew around like the bowl like he was possessed and finished in second place behind Hatchell. Tershy finished third.