Ben Hatchell

Vans Pro Skate Park Series 2016 World Championships Set to Roll

YouTube Preview ImageBe sure to tune into the Vans Pro Skate Park Series live and direct from in Malmö, Sweden on August 20th for the 2016 World Championships. Sanctioned by the International Skateboarding Federation as the bonafide event in park terrain competition, the Vans Park Series gathers thirty talented skateboarders to vie for the inaugural championship titles in men and women park terrain skateboarding. Kroksbäck Skatepark, a premier built-to-spec park terrain legacy construction that will be donated by the Vans Park Series to the city of Malmö for their leadership in skateboarding.

Beginning with the Women’s division, 10 highly skilled ladies are ready to put together some progressive runs for a World Championship title and $15,0000. In the Men’s division, 9 international VPS Challengers have advanced to meet and battle it out with 11 VPS Select Pros.

VPS Select Pros
Pedro Barros, Jack Fardell, Greyson Fletcher, Oskar Rosenberg Hallberg, Ben Hatchell, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Kevin Kowalski, Chris Russell, Ronnie Sandoval, Grant Taylor and Raven Tershy

VPS Mens Challengers
Tom Schaar, Ivan Federico, Cory Juneau, Alex Sorgente, Robin Bolian, Tristan Rennie, Colin Graham, Murillo Peres and Brad McClain

VPS Womens Challengers
Lizzie Armanto, Jordyn Barratt, Brighton Zener, Nora Vasconcellos, Allysha Le, July Lynn, Bryce Wettstein, Yndiara Asp, Nicole Hause and Kisa Nakamura

The 2016 Vans Park Series World Championships can be viewed live on Be sure to follow @vansparkseries on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook as well.

Broadcast Times
Malmö (local time) 2:30pm
Los Angeles 5:30am
New York 8:30am
London 1:30pm
Rio De Janeiro 9:30am
Melbourne 10:30pm

Vans Park Series Global Qualifier Huntington Beach Results

YouTube Preview ImageThe Vans Pro Skate Park Series in Huntington Beach wrapped up its final stop of Global Qualifiers for dozens of hungry competitors. On Friday more than a hundred skaters battled it out for just nine spots available to the semi-finals in in one built-to-spec custom designed park course for the chance to earn their spot to the World Championships in Malmö, Sweden later this month.

Park Series Select Pro Chris Russell nailed down a first place run in Huntington Beach on Saturday to claim his second Vans Park Series Global Qualifier win of the season. But Ben Hatchell surely gave him a run for his money with an assortment of heavy stunts with technical control. Sweden’s Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg took home third place with speed, style and great combined use of the entire park.

Italy’s Ivan Federico didn’t advance into Saturday’s Final, but now sits atop of the Global Challenger rankings where seven additional rippers from around the world will join him and the Vans Park Series Select Pros in Malmö.

Visit for the latest updates and follow the action on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat at @vansparkseries.

Final Results
1st Chris Russell
2nd Ben Hatchell
3rd Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg
4th Tom Schaar
5th Tristan Rennie
6th Murillo Peres
7th Curren Caples
8th Ronnie Sandoval

Vans Park Series Global Challengers – Advancing to World Championships
1st Ivan Federico
2nd Cory Juneau
3rd Tom Schaar
4th Alex Sorgente
5th Tristan Rennie
6th Robin Bolian
7th Collin Graham
8th Vinicius Kakinho

Mano A Mano Championship: Ben Hatchell vs Brad McClain

YouTube Preview Image Following several rounds of head-to-head battles, it all came down to the final match up between Brad McClain and Ben Hatchell at Woodward West’s first ever Mano A Mano mini ramp Game of SKATE competition. Who won? Roll the clip!

Chris Russell Wins Vans Pro Skate Park Series

VPS Podium MelbourneThrough sheer raw power and determination, Chris Russell shut down the inaugural and first stop of the Vans Pro Skate Park Series at Melbourne’s St. Kilda skatepark with the highest score on the board yesterday. His score of 89.67 held throughout the last runs of the finals and the renowned “Man Bear Kid” snapped up $20K for his tough work. Congrats Chris!

The top five skaters to emerge from the Mens Global Qualifier system will challenge the top 15 pre-seeded exclusive Park Series Select Pros in Malmö, Sweden for the title of 2016 Vans Park Series Men’s World Champion.

Be sure to check in with the Vans Skate Park Series website for complete results, on demand and indexed video of the live broadcast, photos and more info with the 2016 Global tour.

Final Results
1. Chris Russell
2. Pedro Barros
3. Kevin Kowalski
4. Cory Juneau
5. Ben Hatchell
6. Tom Schaar
7. Ronnie Sandoval
8. Alex Sorgente

Global Qualifier Series Rankings
1. Cory Juneau
2. Tom Schaar
3. Alex Sorgente
4. Keegan Palmer
5. Brad McClain

Red Bull’s Lost Bowl Invitational

YouTube Preview Image On Saturday, October 24th, 2015 Red Bull Skateboarding teamed up with Creature & Santa Cruz Skateboards/Indy Trucks/OJ Wheels/Bronson Speed Co. to throw a 21-man invite-only backyard bowl bash at Pat Lowery’s legendary Richmond, Virginia Lost Bowl.

With a field of some of the top ams, pros and East Coast up and comers, the day consisted of seven 7-minute 3-man heats followed by a 29-minute everyone-in chaos session set to Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” (inspired by Jim’s Ramp Jam of 1996) and three best tricks. In a rarely seen contest decision, the inmates were put in charge of the asylum and the 21 skaters were asked to judge themselves and pick the top 3 winners. The results, as voted on by the skaters in the contest are as follows:

Final Results
1st Cody Chapman
2nd Chris Russell
3rd Kevin Kowalski
4th John Gardner

Best Trick
John Gardner – Boneless into the pool
Chris Gregson – Frontside kickflip over the ladder

Jack Fardell – Nose manual
Alex Sorgente – Backside flip

Josh Borden – Nosegrind
Ben Hatchell – Half Cab Front blunt

Ben Hatchell Rises Above at Van Doren Invitational

YouTube Preview Image This summer’s Van Doren Invitational blew up the shores of Huntington Beach, California as a part of this past weekend’s #VansUSOpen. As the clock ticked down to its last seconds and all in attendance were left screaming for more, Virginia’s own Ben Hatchell was the guy that ultimately earned the top of the podium of the Men’s Finals.

Roll the footage from the finals above and watch it all go down thanks to the the guys at Thrasher Magazine. Also, be sure to check out Burnout’s splendid photo gallery of Bowlmasters as well as the archived (indexed by jams, intro runs, slams, etc.) webcasts at from the weekend as well.

Final Results
1. Ben Hatchell
2. Pedro Barros
3. Chris Russell
4. Raven Tershy
5. Willy Lara
6. Ronnie Sandoval
7. Alex Sorgente
8. Jack Fardell
9. Chris Gregson
10. Marlon Silva
11. Ben Raybourn
12. Curren Caples

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