Happy New year friends and skaters, 2017 is underway and hopefully you’re out there getting some fun skate sessions with you crew. We have a fun 30-Year lookback at Keith Meek’s Slasher graphic with Sant Cruz Skateboards. It’s pretty cool and inspirational to hear the backstory on this iconic piece of skate history. Cheers to Jim Phillips and Keith Meek!
“Home is where the heart is…Real Skateboards’ Davis Torgerson and Jack Olson wanted to go home and skate some of their local Minnesota spots. That’s enough of a plan as they needed.
Press Release: Vans Park Series, the official International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) World Championship park terrain skateboarding World Tour, builds upon an historic inaugural season with an additional 2017 World Tour stop and the establishment of the first-ever official park terrain skateboarding Continental Championship events for Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europa and Oceania.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled by the phenomenal success of Vans Park Series in our first season out of the gates and we are stoked to be making history once again as we expand in 2017.” – Justin Regan, Dir. of Global Marketing, Skateboarding at Vans.
The 2017 Vans Park Series World Tour is the premier league for professional park terrain skateboarders consisting of five men’s global qualifiers and one women’s global qualifier spanning five countries over six months and culminating with the official Vans Park Series ISF World Championships.
The Vans Park Series World Tour kicks off at Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia on March 4 with the first VPS World Tour men’s global qualifier event. The 2017 Vans Park Series ISF World Championships will be held in September with final date and location to be announced at vansparkseries.com along with live event Webcast and World Tour additional details.
The inaugural Vans Park Series and official ISF-recognized Continental Championships of park terrain skateboarding for men and women provide the official pathway to the VPS World Tour and World Championships, and are open to all entrants meeting proof of regional eligibility. 2017 VPS Continental Championships details, including regional qualifying criteria, dates and locations are to be announced in a separate release and will be available online at vansparkseries.com.
Known for its unrivaled combination of speed, style, flow, amplitude and creativity, park terrain is the fastest growing discipline in competitive skateboarding today. The Vans Park Series is the defining event series for global competitive park terrain skateboarding and the first and only point system culminating in the official ISF-recognized park terrain skateboarding World Championships and Continental Championships for men and women.
2017 Vans Park Series World Tour Schedule
March 4th* Australia
April 8th* Brazil
May 27th* Sweden
July 8th* Canada
August 1st-5th United States
September (TBA) United States
Showcasing an international roster of skateboarding’s elite pros and a total prize purse in excess of $500,000(USD), the Vans Park Series uniquely defines the park terrain format with its exclusive points system, judging guidelines and qualifying park terrain course criteria. Additional information and live Webcast details will be available on vansparkseries.com.
Follow the Vans Park Series socially or sign up online now for the latest information on Vans Park Series event details, elite pros, official sanctions and competition formats.
He had a breakthrough year in 2015 and he’s continued to shred throughout the course of 2016 with several mind melting video parts, a pro model shoe and a heap of magazine coverage all along the way. It has been announced that Kyle Walker is Thrasher Magazine’s 2016 Skater of The Year! Congrats Kyle!
Ryan Sheckler and the Sheckler Foundation joined Coping Mechanism at Parisite DIY Skatepark to celebrate the expansion of the first public skatepark in New Orleans’ history. It has taken Coping Mechanism two years to get Parisite DIY Skatepark legalized, but now it’s New Orleans’ first public skatepark – designed, built and run by skateboarders. Parisite DIY Skatepark was ready for its next build, but needed help with a crucial part of the skatepark: the coping. As the Sheckler Foundation’s 7th “Be the Change” beneficiary, Ryan Sheckler presented Parisite DIY Skatepark with support and a $10,000 financial grant to help implement quality steel coping and other metal work to create a public skatepark in New Orleans that will last decades.
Past “Be the Change” recipients include: The Port Gamble S’Klallam, Peach’s Neet Feet, The Ashley Wade Foundation, Hope for Carter, Gamerosity and Andrew Hale’s Road to Recovery.