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Vans Park Series Huntington Beach Results and Recap

Ben HatchellVans Park Series stop #5 in Huntington Beach, California is a wrap with Tom Schaar nailing down another first place finish and Brighton Zeuner taking command of the Women’s podium. The results are below.

Vans Park Series Huntington Beach Final Results
Men
1. Tom Schaar
2. Ben Hatchell
3. CJ Collins
4. Keegan Palmer
5. Tristan Rennie
6. Karl Berglind
7. Cory Juneau
8. Jagger Eaton

Women
1. Brighton Zeuner
2. Bryce Wettstein
3. Nora Vasconcellos
4. Jordyn Barratt
5. Hanna Zanzi
6. Kody Tamanaha
7. Grace Marhoefer
8. Lizzie Armanto

If you’d missed the VPS action from Huntington Beach you can watch the On Demand live stream feeds of the Women’s and Mens competitions right here.

VPS Pro Challenger Rankings
1. Tom Schaar
2. Karl Berglind
3. Murilo Peres
4. Willy Lara
5. Tristan Rennie

VPS Continental Champions
Oceania – Bowman Hansen
Europe – Rune Glifberg
Americas – Patrick Ryan
Asia – ?
Africa – ?

* Top 5 VPS Tour Pro Challengers and Continental Champions at the end of the 2017 season earn a spot in the Vans Park Series World Championships to skate against the Vans Park Series Select Pros for the 2017 VPS World Championship title in Shanghai, China. Drop by the Vans Park Series site for more info.

Copenhagen Open 2017

If you weren’t lucky enough to be at Copenhagen Open, chances are that you were staring at your Instagram feed for the week of 19-22 July to watch the (in my opinion, but arguably) greatest contest in skateboarding unravel. Basically, for 5 days straight, thousands of skateboarders took over Copenhagen, skating and cycling from event to event on (most likely stolen) bikes, with beer in hand. If you’ve seen video recaps from CPH Open before, you can gather that the event indirectly revolves more around debauchery than skateboarding itself for most participants and fans alike. If you’ve seen Jenkem Magazine’s video recap of the event, that was an extremely accurate representation of what it felt like to be there for the week of CPH Open.

It was an overwhelming, surreal, and special experience sharing the streets with so many skateboarders from around the world. Everyone looked out for each other and came together in the name of skateboarding and everything that comes along with it (mostly alcohol consumption, in this case). Having said that, there were almost too many humans to navigate around; each event was so crowded that it was really a fight to see any skating. This is probably one of the main reasons why the event was more of a party than anything; most people just gave up trying to see what was happening and focused on enjoying each other’s company. Overcrowded-ness aside, the skateboarding was next level and always a blast to watch when possible. We even had a Tom Penny sighting, which was already a treat on its own.

There’s not really much more to be said. CPH Open will go down as one of the most fun and unique skateboarding events on the planet. Rumor has it that the 2017 CPH Open will be the last one to take place, at least for the next few years. In that case, we’re lucky we were there to be a part of skateboarding history.

Check out some photos from the event below for a small glimpse into what happened during the week.

Here’s a below average photo I shot in beautiful Nyhavn; one of the more touristy, well photographed areas of Copenhagen.

On to the bowl jam at Faelledparken Skatepark. I missed the street contest entirely and barged up front by the coping to ensure I had a good spot in the sea of a thousand people trying to catch the action. Here’s Nora Vasconcellos with a color coordinated monty grind.

American gladiators Ishod Wair & Tom Remillard battle it out to the death.

GT goes backside on the back truck. Watch Grant soar literally 2 inches in front of my lens here via Instagram.

Over to Christiania, a small corner of Copenhagen where one can walk up and buy weed and hash on the streets. If you aren’t familiar with Christiania, take a moment to learn more about this special place here via the always reliable sources at Wikipedia.

Located in Christiania is the Wonderland Bowl, a legendary ramp located just behind the Alis shop. Here is local ripper Ginger who could be seen killing the ramp on a regular basis.

For the several skaters (including myself, for the first night) that came without a plan, they knew they could count on the Wonderland crew to make sure they had a place to stay on the deck of the bowl. Already a challenge to sleep on a 3 foot quarter pipe, to make matters worse, I was inhaling the sweet smell of vomit of which I could not identify the source of. Definitely had to be vomit though.

Tyler Surrey shiftys his flip at the Polar X CONS jam at Litauens Plads.

Sebo Walker with a fuckin’ switch heel mute grab for cryin’ out loud.

This photo doesn’t do much justice to accurately protray the usual scenes of commuting from spot to spot, but if you squint extra hard, there are skateboarders on bicycles (and skateboards, of course) as far as the eye can see. A pretty amazing sight to see for those who have never witnessed the “Wild In The Streets” formula as seen on Go Skateboarding Day in many cities around the world.

On to the Meat Packing District for the Indy Trucks “Wallrides and slappies” jam. Here’s a frontside crive from this guy.

With close to a thousand inebriated skateboarders at one place at the same time, it’s no surprise that eventually something would be lit on fire. Here a bicycle falls victim to drunk antics.

After all the pros got down on the vert wall and curb jam, the vert wall became a free for all for those wanting their 15 minutes. This guy climbed up from the back to pull this noseblunt drop yank in.

Pretty sure that this wasn’t the first instance that this dude dropped in naked throughout the course of weekend.

The Polar X CONS “LA Days” is a fun short film that premiered following the Indy skate jam and the naked drop ins. Check it out on our homepage in the On Tap column.

The homie Khulu from South Africa was having a good time.

If you weren’t too drunk to care about some pictures, there was a rad Nils Svenson photo exhibition in the corner gallery featuring photos from the filming of “LA Days”.

Madars Apse with a noseslide pop over at the Levi’s event at the Triangle DIY. As Tim O’Connor said on the mic, the Danes use the term “DIY” very loosely. It might not translate well in this photo, but the rest of the park is virtually a professionally built skatepark.

Raftin’ with Majerus, Kevin Bradley, Porpe, and company.

Denmark has a generous cash return for recycled cans & bottles, so hustlers were making their rounds throughout the week to collect cans throughout the week. Some of the skaters who were also on the same hustle eventually developed beef with some of the street collectors. This collection game is no joke!

Jamie Foy shuts down the tricks for cash jam at Planetariet with a back heel.

Ishod Wair won the CPH Open overall. If you’ve seen him skate a contest before, then this news won’t be coming out of left field. Here’s Ishod with a lengthy front feebs at Copenhagen Skatepark.

Luan Oliveira with a beautifully caught hardflip. Power.

Definitely the most entertaining part of the finals at the Copenhagen Indoor Skatepark was the death match races. Here, Aaron Herrington and Mason Silva go toe-to-toe as Koston follows behind, keeping his Instagram story at 100.

Blake Johnson with the ole “7 barrel jump”, a Danish specialty. This was the last event that happened indoors before headed to the outdoor bump to bar jam which only about 100 people were lucky enough to witness. As stated previously, CPH Open is one of most fun and unique skateboarding events on the planet and we were lucky enough to be there to witness it. Until next time, whenever that may be.

Photos and words: Mike Chinner

Vans Park Series Hits Huntington Beach

YouTube Preview ImageThe Vans Park Series hits Huntington Beach this week for the fifth stop of the 2017 Vans Park Series Men’s Pro Tour and the first stop of the VPS Women’s Pro Tour. With a custom designed park built to VPS specs you can expect the world best men and women bowlriders to burn the thing to the ground!

With the likes of Chris Russell, Alex Sorgente, Ben Hatchell, Ivan Federico, Karl Berglind, Kevin Kowalski, Tristan Rennie, Brighton Zeuner, Ishod Wair, Cory Juneau, Nicole Hause, Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg, Grant Taylor, Lizzie Armanto, Tom Schaar, Nora Vasconcellos and many more in the mix, expect a high energy battle towards the VPS World Championships. Download the VPS iPhone app or log into the live stream at Vansparkseries.com on Saturday, August 5th to witness the action!

Current VPS Pro Tour Challenger Rankings
(Top 5 after Huntington Beach advance to the World Championships – Shanghai, China on September 23rd.)
1. Tom Schaar – 30,000
2. Karl Berglind – 22,800
3. Murilo Peres – 19,400
4. Willy Lara – 18,800
5. Tristan Rennie – 16,900
6. Robin Bolian – 15,600
7. Roman Pabich – 15,600
8. Trey Wood – 12,7000
9. Vinicius Kakinho – 12,5000
10. CJ Collin – 12,1000

Vans Park Series Sets Sights on Shanghai for 2017 World Championships

VPS 2017 ChampionshipsVans Park Series has announced that Shanghai, China will play host to the 2017 VPS World Championships for men and women. With its central mission to inspire youth and grow participation worldwide, the Vans Park Series is honored to bring elite park terrain competition and the creative culture of skateboarding to China on September 23rd in Asia’s first and only official VPS-certified temporary park terrain competition course design.

The next stop for the Vans Park Series on the road to Shanghai takes place at Kroksbäck Skatepark in Malmö, Sweden on May 26th with the inaugural Men’s and Women’s VPS Europa Continental Championships and May 27th with the third of five 2017 VPS Men’s Pro Tour qualifier events. The Kroksbäck Skatepark is the world’s first VPS-certified permanent park terrain competition course and was donated in 2016 by the Vans Park Series to the community of Malmö, Sweden on the occasion of the inaugural park terrain skateboarding VPS World Championships for leading the world with their progressive support of the city’s youth through public skateboard programming and initiatives. The VPS Continental Championships provide an open path for regional talent to compete alongside qualifying VPS Tour Pros in the World Championships and a chance to earn a spot on the 2018 VPS Pro Tour.

Additionally, in another historic first for global park terrain competition, Vans Park Series is proud to announce the crowning of park terrain skateboarding’s first-ever Men’s and Women’s VPS National Champions for Brazil, Colombia and Chile. The winners from these select South American VPS National Championships are seeded in the official VPS Americas Continental Championships in Huntington Beach, California.

To see the full list of 2017 results and remaining 2017 VPS World Tour events with information on how to enter or watch live, download the free Vans Park Series iOS app now or visit the Vans Park Series website.

REAL “Squaded Up In SD” Trip Recap & Spring ’17 Drop 2 Catalog

Nothing but good times with half the Real Skateboards crew and friends from Europe as they all head to sunny San Diego to get some. Jump in the van and check out the feature by clicking the photo above.

In more news from the Real camp, Real just released drop 2 of their Spring ’17 catalog, scroll along and check out the Happy Forest Friends Series, Fight or Flight Edge-Dips, Slickadelics, all new pro one-off decks from Dennis Busenitz, Chima Ferguson, Jake Donnelly and much more.

“The Good Homies” Video

YouTube Preview ImageKyle Walker’s Thrasher Skater Of The Year trip found him and some of the world’s most rippingest-rippers in Australia for a hell of a mission; watch Kyle Walker, Ishod Wair, Zyon Wright, Peter Ramondetta, Nakel Smith, and more go off, down under.

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