Jimmy Gorecki discusses growing up in Philadelphia PA, flying to California for the first time to stay with Clyde Singleton, getting on Aesthetics Skateboards, skating at Love Park, staying at Chris Roberts’ house, having to make the switch over to Zoo York, skating for Ice Cream Footwear, working for Disney, starting his own company JSP, No. One System, Standard Issue and much more.
Gershon Mosley discusses growing up in Compton CA, moving to San Jose, starting to skate at 13 years old, getting on Santa Cruz, riding for Human Skateboards, the reason he left Powell, getting on the A-Team then going to Blind, filming for the Transworld video “The Reason”, Globe Footwear, why he left the skate industry, working on his own project The oBtuseconcept and much more!
The last Pro Tour qualifier of the 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour season kicked off smoothly in Malmö, Sweden yesterday, setting the tone for a heavy battle in the men’s and women’s division today. Leading qualifier Tristan Rennie celebrated his first podium placement of the series in Brazil earlier this year, and secured his official invite to the VPS World Championships.
In the women’s competition, preliminary rounds ran as semi-finals with 22 competitors, producing noteworthy results for the Women’s finals lineup. Still buzzing off her win in Huntington Beach, Kisa Nakamura (JPN) qualified in the top position. Edged out of competition by only a few points, current world champion Nora Vasconcellos (USA) did not make the finals cut, leaving room for two tour challengers, Hunter Long (USA), 6th, and Arianna Carmona (USA), 8th, to compete in the finals round for their first time this season. Carmona and Long are the only two Challengers who can sneak into the World Championships lineup by potentially bumping out Mami Tezuka (JPN) from the fifth spot in the current global challenger rankings, but only if they place higher than Poppy Starr Olsen (AUS) and Sakura Yosozumi (JPN) in today’s competition.
The 2018 VPS Pro Tour, Men’s semis and Women’s finals will continue today with a live broadcast on the web. Check the listed broadcast times (below) in your local area.
Live Broadcast on Vansparkseries.com
Sweden – Saturday, September 8th, 12PM GMT+2
Hong Kong – Saturday, September 8th, 6PM HKT
Sydney – Saturday, September 8th, 8PM AEST
New York – Saturday, September 8th, 6AM EDT
Los Angeles – Saturday, September 8th, 3AM PDT
Sao Paulo — Saturday, September 8th, 7AM GMT-3
Visit www.vansparkseries.com for complete Women’s Semi-Finals and Men’s Qualifying results and more information.