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On Easter weekend in 1978, skateboard pros descended on San Diego, for the greatly-anticipated ’360 Sportswear/Oasis’ skateboard contest. Under a snarl of overpasses & concrete, in Mission Valley, the Oasis skate park squatted in the shade. Stories were later told of Bert Lamar being forced to stop riding in the middle of his contest run, (Oasis contest 79), as passers-by on the freeway ramp above, threw soda cans into the pool.
360 Sportswear threw more than soda cans at the contest. They ponied up $10,000 in cash & prizes for the contestants. The money was a huge draw for the skateboard pros & it ended as a veritable ‘Who’s Who’, that showed up contest day. Dave Hackett ended in 1st place, Dave Andrecht in 2nd, Doug Saladino in 3rd, & Steve Alba claimed 4th just one point behind Doug ‘Pineapple’ Saladino.