The Tim Brauch Bowl Contest Makes Its Debut in Santa Cruz, in Partnership with World Cup Skateboarding

JD Sanchez footplant off the fence
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JD Sanchez Footplant
The Tim Brauch Foundation Bowl Contest in Santa Cruz, California, made its grand debut on September 9 and 10, 2023 At Mike Fox AKA Ken Wormhoudt Skate Park. Held in collaboration with World Cup Skateboarding, this event drew skateboarders from far and wide including Brazil and Tokyo. Spectators got to witness the feats of the world's top skateboarders.
The event, named in honor of the late Tim Brauch, a legendary skateboarder, artist and all-around awesome human, proved to be a remarkable success, attracting a diverse crowd of spectators, skateboarders, and skateboard aficionados alike. Tim Brauch's legacy lives on, not only through his contributions to the sport, but also through the positive impact it has on the community.
In a stunning display of skill and creativity, skateboarders from around the globe competed in Santa Cruz, CA. The competition showcased jaw-dropping tricks, impressive lines, and fearless athleticism, making it a memorable experience for all in attendance.

Josh Rodriguez frontside ollie in the over vert cradle
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Josh Rodriguez Frontside Ollie


Place Pro Men Pro Women Masters Grand Masters
1st JD Sanchez Lady Meek Bennet Hirada Mitch Mendez
2nd Mathew Wilcox Autum Tust Fred Kaehler Gary Bodt
3rd Josh Rodriguez Katelyn West Josh Mattson Erik Bibelheimer
4th Hericiles Fagundes Mami Tezuka

JD Sanchez alley oop kickflip indy grab in the deep end
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JD Sanchez alley opp kickflip indy grab
The Tim Brauch Bowl Contest would not have been possible without the generous support of numerous individuals and organizations including MERGE4 socks, Testorff Construction and Mountains Wave. In-kind donations were from Powell Peralta, Bones Wheels, Santa Cruz Warriors, Vans, Nixon, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Skateboards, Independent Trucks, 187 Killer Pads, Triple Eight, Bill’s Wheels, Pacific Wave, The Boardroom, The Shadowbrook, The Farm Bakery Cafe and Pixie Deli.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated team at World Cup Skateboarding, whose partnership has been instrumental in bringing the talent. Their commitment to promoting skateboarding as a sport and fostering its growth is truly commendable.
But that's not all. The Tim Brauch Foundation, in conjunction with the Tim Brauch Bowl Contest, is thrilled to introduce the Vendor Village, a hub of creativity and support from local businesses and organizations. The Vendor Village featured a diverse array of participants, including:
    • Slogan Art: Bringing art and expression together in unique ways.
    • Made Fresh Crew: A collective of creative minds dedicated to showcasing fresh and innovative artistry.
    • The River Birchall Foundation: A charitable organization committed to making a positive impact in the community.
    • MERGE4 socks: A brand known for its fusion of art and performance in the world of socks.
The Vendor Village added an exciting dimension to the event, allowing attendees to explore and support local businesses and initiatives that align with the spirit of the Tim Brauch Bowl Contest and the Tim Brauch Foundation.
Additionally, we want to acknowledge the Tim Brauch Foundation Board Members and Junior Board Members, a non-profit organization founded in memory of Tim Brauch, who works tirelessly year-round. The foundation's mission is to provide scholarships to aspiring young skateboarders, granting them the opportunity to attend Woodward West, a premier skateboard camp.This incredible initiative reflects Tim's passion for skateboarding and his desire to empower the next generation of skateboarders.
Special thanks go to Hilary Bryant, past mayor of Santa Cruz, for being the Tim Brauch Foundation champion in bringing the contest to Santa Cruz. Her dedication and support have played a pivotal role in making this event a reality. We also extend our heartfelt appreciation to the City of Santa Cruz for their incredible support in hosting and facilitating the Tim Brauch Bowl Contest, ensuring its success and impact on the community.
The Tim Brauch Foundation goes beyond scholarships. Tim Brauch mentors’ youth by engaging them as junior board members, nurturing them as future leaders in the skateboarding community and beyond.
Art was not just a passion of Tim Brauch; it was an integral part of his life. Therefore, the Tim Brauch Foundation collaborates with local artists who bring their creativity to life in various ways, from interactive projects at hospitals to vibrant murals throughout Santa Cruz, CA. These artistic endeavors serve as a source of inspiration and hope for both patients and the community at large.
One of the standout features of this year's Tim Brauch Foundation Bowl Contest was the incredible presence of MERGE4 socks. These high-performance socks were worn by many skateboarders, including the winner of the pro division, JD Sanchez, and the impressive 9-year-old up-and-comer, Anna Shea. MERGE4 socks added a unique touch to the event, ensuring that participants had both style and comfort as they pushed the boundaries of skateboarding.
 Curb Creeps Heavy Blazer

Thanks to Curb Creeps and Heavy Blazer for performing at the event

As we look forward to the future, we anticipate that the Tim Brauch Bowl Contest will continue to thrive as an annual event, celebrating the sport, community, and the enduring legacy of Tim Brauch. We invite skateboard enthusiasts and supporters to stay tuned for updates on the next contest and join us in keeping Tim's spirit alive through skateboarding.

Mathew Wilcox big transfer from shallow to deep
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Mathew Wilcox Big Transfer


The Tim Brauch Foundation Bowl Contest is an annual skateboarding event dedicated to celebrating the legacy of Tim Brauch, a beloved skateboarder. The event brings together skateboarders from around the world to showcase their skills and promote the sport's growth. Learn more at


World Cup Skateboarding is a leading organization dedicated to organizing and promoting skateboarding events worldwide. With a passion for the sport and a commitment to its development, World Cup Skateboarding plays a pivotal role in advancing skateboarding as a global phenomenon. Learn more at


The Tim Brauch Foundation is a non-profit organization established in memory of Tim Brauch. Its mission is to provide scholarships to young skateboarders, granting them access to Woodward West, a premier skateboard camp. The foundation aims to empower the next generation of skateboarders, fostering Tim's love for skateboarding and actively mentoring youth as they navigate their journey. The foundation also collaborates with local artists to create inspiring projects in hospitals to murals in Santa Cruz, CA. Learn more at
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