Chris Russell

Vans Park Series Returns to Malmö’s Kroksbäck Skatepark

VPS Malmo 2018With 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

Saturday, September 8th
Live broad cast on ETN and Vansparkseries.com
12pm GMT – VPS Women’s Pro Tour, Finals
1pm GMT – VPS Men’s Pro Tour, Semi-Finals + Finals

Vans Park Series Vancouver Live Webcast Info

vps vancouver 2018Just a reminder that the second stop of 2018’s Vans Park Series Pro Tour will be broadcast live from Hastings Skatepark in Vancouver, BC this Saturday, July 14th at 3pm ET/12pm PST. This live feed is available for free on ETNlive.com, the ETN app, and vansparkseries.com.

Schaar and Yosozumi Rise Up at Vans Park Series Brazil

YouTube Preview Image2018’s Vans Park Series Pro Tour kicked off in São Paulo, Brazil last week under the witness of a lively crowd that spilled out beyond the confines of the bleachers surrounding specifically built new skatepark. Their chants, rounds of applause, cheers, air horns and more added fuel to the fire and truly showed how supportive the Brazilians are for a wild day of skateboarding. In the finals Tom Schaar carried forward his impressive 2017 VPS season and ripped through the park starting his runs with a huge stalefish backed by a massive 540. He moved it forward with powerful frontal nosegrinds, front feebles and a bigspin backside lipslide to take the win over two time VPS Brazil Champ Pedro Barros. The Inland Empire’s Tristan Rennie held his own with a wild bag of tricks earning his first podium spot by securing 3rd place.

YouTube Preview ImageThe Women’s VPS Pro Tour competition fielded over twenty gals vying for a spot on the podium. Japan’s Sakura Yosozumi took home her first ever VPS win with consistency and technical skill. She started her runs with 3 foot backside airs and moved on in hers runs with switch blunts, frontside lipslides through the corner, backside nose blunt reverts and much more. Florinopolis’ very own Yndiara Asp took a bad slam earlier in the day, but toughened up to unleash frontside boneless ones and stalefishes, and Texas plants; she finished in 2nd place. 2016’s World Champ Brighton Zeuner mixed it up with backside airs and handplants, feeble grinds, a backside kickflip on the banked wall and more to land in 3rd.

Final Results
Men

1. Tom Scharr (USA)
2. Pedro Barros (BRA)
3. Tristan Rennie (USA)
4. Cory Juneau (USA)
5. Chris Russell (USA)
6. Luiz Francisco (BRA)
7. Alex Sorgente (USA)
8. Ivan Federico (ITA)

Women
1. Sakura Yosozumi (JPN)
2. Yndiara Asp (BRA)
3. Brighton Zeuner (USA)
4. Lizzie Armanto (USA)
5. Bryce Wettstein (USA)
6. Nicole Hause (USA)
7. Nora Vasconcellos (USA)
8. Poppy Starr Olsen (AUS)

Vans Park Series Announces 2018 Pro Tour Invitees

Tom Schaar VPSVans Park Series has proudly announced the official 2018 VPS Pro Tour roster, inviting the top-ranking men and women pros from the 2017 season along with new Tour Challengers and Wildcards. VPS Select Pros are pre-seeded directly into the semi-finals at every VPS Pro Tour qualifying event, to be met by exclusive qualifying Tour Challengers in pursuit of valuable points toward their final year end rankings and a chance to compete in the 2018 VPS World Championships.

For the Women’s division, Vans Park Series expands the qualification series for the 2018 Women’s Pro Tour with events in Brazil, Sweden and United States, and announces open registration at each stop for all women’s competitors who are not currently on the VPS circuit. Prospective competitors are encouraged to enter here.

The final roster of Select Pros, Challengers and Wildcards for the 2018 VPS Pro Tour is now available online at www.vansparkseries.com.

Vans Park Series
2018 World Championship Tour Invitees*

Select Pros
Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg
Pedro Barros
Tom Schaar
Alex Sorgente
Karl Berglind
Ivan Federico
Cory Juneau
Jack Fardell

Men’s Tour Wildcards
Chris Russell
Fernando Bramsmark
Grant Taylor
Jaakko Ojanen
Kevin Kowalski
Raven Tershy
Ronnie Sandoval

Women’s Select Pros
Nora Vasconcellos
Brighton Zeuner
Kisa Nakamura
Lizzie Armanto
Grace Marhoefer
Jordyn Barratt
Kihana Ogawa
Yndiara Asp

The 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour will be broadcast live and for free on the ETN app, ETNlive.com, and vansparkseries.com.

Tom Schaar Repeats Vans Pool Party Win

YouTube Preview ImageIn one of the heaviest bowlriding battles yet this season, Tom Schaar once again rose above the pressure of the Vans Pool Party Pro Finals to secure a repeat win this year. In the Masters division, Brazilian pit bull Sandro Dias etched his name up onto the 2108 VPP banner with his first time win. Chris Miller fought off all challengers with skillfully consistent, technical and stylish runs in the Legends final with Eric Nash charging right behind him with raw power up onto the podium.

Tune into the archived 2018 Vans Pool Party webcast in case you missed it!

Final Results
Pro
1. Tom Schaar
2. Cory Juneau
3. Chris Russell
4. Tristan Rennie
5. Jimmy Wilkins
6. Kiko Francisco
7. Josh Rodriguez
8. Clay Kreiner
9. Keegan Palmer
10. Moto Shibata

Masters
1. Sandro Dias
2. Andy Macdonald
3. Chad Shetler
4. Mitchell Mendez
5. Lincoln Ueda
6. Darren Navarrette
7. Brian Patch
8. Steve Revord
9. Bennett Harada
10. Kris Reeves

Legends
1. Chris Miller
2. Eric Nash
3. Steve Caballero
4. Lance Mountain
5. Nicky Guerrero
6. Mike McGill
7. Pat Ngoho
8. Tony Magnusson
9. Christian Hosoi
10. Steve Alba

Vans Park Series Announces 2018 Pro Tour Schedule

Vans Park Series has announced its 2018 Pro Tour schedule. For 2018, Vans Park Series reinforces its ongoing commitment to the development of women’s skateboarding by expanding the 2018 season with the addition of two additional Women’s World Championship qualifying events to establish park terrain skateboarding’s first-ever Women’s World Championship global qualifying series.

2018 select VPS Continental and National Championship dates will be released via updates on www.vansparkseries.com.

VPS 2018 Pro Tour
São Paulo, Brazil – June 2nd

Vancouver, Canada* – July 14th

Huntington Beach, CA – August 4th

Paris-Chelles, France – September 8th

VPS World Championships
China – October 27th

*Men’s Only Pro Tour Event

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