Last Friday we hopped in the van and made the 6 hour trek up to San Francisco to watch Thrasher Magazine make it official when they hand Kyle Walker the 2016 ‘Skater of the Year’ trophy. After the 6 hour drive up which comprised of at least an hour just trying to get over the Bay Bridge, we made it to Public Works SF for the party. Should have added us on Snapchat, it would have been like you were in the van! Kyle Walker was surrounded by his family and friends along with all his homies throughout the skate scene. Three acts were on the bill as well featuring Kill a Punk for Rock and Roll, Danava (who also played the Holy Stokes! San Francisco premiere) and Bay Area legendRappin 4-Tay. After the party everyone headed to the local skate bar Kilowatt and after that we took the party back to the hotel rooms where it didn’t stop until the wee hours of the morning. Check a few photos below and Active Ride Shop’s Morgnar even hopped in the van with us and has a recap over at the Active blog too. Congrats Kyle!

Rainbow spotted on the 5

Rainbow spotted on the I-5

'Kill a Punk for Rock and Roll' featuring Josh from The Shrine and The Nuge

‘Kill a Punk for Rock and Roll’ featuring Josh from The Shrine and The Nuge

Mosh pit was going off

Mosh pit was going off

Danava was the second band to play, they killed it just like at the San Francisco HolyStokes! premiere

Danava was the second band to play, they killed it just like at the San Francisco HolyStokes! premiere

Heavy vibes in the pit!

Heavy vibes in the pit!

Thrasher's Tony Vitello with Phelper and Rapper 4Tay lurking in the background

Thrasher’s Tony Vitello with Phelper and Rapper 4Tay lurking in the background

Phelper!

Phelper!

IT'S OFFICIAL, KYLE WALKER IS THRASHER MAGAZINE'S 2016 'SKATER OF THE YEAR

IT’S OFFICIAL, KYLE WALKER IS THRASHER MAGAZINE’S 2016 ‘SKATER OF THE YEAR

"This ones for all the Oklahomies!"

“This ones for all the Oklahomies!”

SOTY2016 (2 of 3)

Kyle and his girlfriend Madison

Kyle and his girlfriend Madison

Kyle Walker and his parents just as he got off stage

Kyle Walker and his parents just as he got off stage

Kilowatt was packed for the unofficial afterparty

Kilowatt was packed for the unofficial afterparty

Outside the bar the party was lit too! Quick shotgun anyone?

Outside the bar the party was lit too! Quick shotgun anyone?

Rowan Zorilla getting down on the party

Rowan Zorilla getting down on the party

Party kept going until the morning moving to the hotel after the bars closed. Kyle and 2013 SOTY Ishod Wair turning up!

Party kept going until the morning moving to the hotel after the bars closed. Kyle and 2013 SOTY Ishod Wair turning up!

Click to see the official Thrasher Magazine recap!

Click to see the official Thrasher Magazine recap!

Photos and Words by Daniel Cabral