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.
At age 12, Tom Schaar landed skateboarding’s ﬁrst 1080. It was a career deﬁning trick that gained Tom international attention as well as a bit of a stigma within the core skateboard community as an ‘air baby.’ Since then Tom has proven himself to be more than a one-trick-wonder. From video parts for Element Skateboards in backyard pools to dominating the Vans Park Series Pro Tour, Tom has shown he’s able to adapt to any terrain. In this Rider Proﬁle we visit Tom’s house in San Diego California to discuss his career, his goals for the future, and to follow him on a ﬁlming session at Washington Street skatepark with his friend and ﬁlmer Chris Gregson.
With only one stop left before the highly anticipated 2018 Vans Park Series World Championships in China this fall, all eyes and the world’s top bowlriders are pointed towards the final qualifying rounds of competition at Kroksbäck Skatepark in Malmö, Sweden on September 7th and 8th. The 2018 VPS Pro Tour, Sweden finals will be broadcasted live for free on ETN and vansparkseries.com.
As the most pivotal stop on the VPS tour this season, the results in Malmö will decide the final top-ranking 2018 Tour Challengers to earn an invite to compete at the VPS World Championships in China on October 27th, while continuing to expand the open path for prospective women’s challengers to prove their ranks and advance into the pro tour circuit.
In addition, the 2018 VPS Europa Continental Championships will host its second year in Sweden, showcasing aspiring regional men and women talent in pursuit of glory in their backyard and a chance to compete in the VPS World Championships this fall. The yet to be crowned Europa Continental Champions from the men and women’s divisions will be seeded directly into the World Championships to join Select Pros and advancing Tour Challengers.
Vans Park Series Sweden Schedule
Thursday, September 6th
10am GMT – VPS Europa Continental Championships Men and Women
Friday, September 7th
11am GMT – VPS Women’s Pro Tour, Prelims and Semi-Finals
3pm GMT – VPS Men’s Pro Tour, Prelims