The Vans Park Series brought many of the world’s top park terrain rippers to Shanghai, China last week. And despite the shuffle in the competition schedule due to wet weather, Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg and Nora Vasconcellos earned their keep as 2017’s world champions of park terrain skateboarding. Drop by the Vans Park Series website for a wrap of the action.
Located on the world-famous Bund waterfront area in central Shanghai, the 2017 VPS World Championships will pit skateboarding’s top bowlriders against 2017’s VPS Continental Champions to showcase a global competition in a custom designed and constructed VPS-certified park. With a total purse of more than $160,000 USD up for grabs, this momentous event will officially crown the men’s and women’s 2017 VPS World Champions of Park Terrain Skateboarding and establish 2018’s elite VPS Pro Tour group.
Leading the men’s field all season, top ranked tour challenger, Tom Schaar rolls ahead as a serious threat to the competition. Will he be able to unseat current world champion, Alex Sorgente (USA) and earn his rank against an open field of select VPS Continental Champions? Europa Champion, Rune Glifberg (DEN), Americas Champion, Patrick Ryan (USA), Ivan Federico (ITA), Jack Fardell (AUS), Kevin Kowalski (USA), Ben Hatchell (USA) and others will certainly make it a battle to remember. In the women’s division, reigning VPS World Champion Brighton Zeuner (USA) will defend her title, skating against a diverse class of international contenders including Poppy Starr Olsen (AUS), Amelia Brodka (POL), Kisa Nakamura (JPN) and Lizzie Armanto (USA). See below for the full list of competitors.
VPS Select Pros
Alex Sorgente (USA)
Ben Hatchell (USA)
Cory Juneau (USA)
Curren Caples (USA)
Greyson Fletcher (USA)
Ivan Federico (ITA)
Jack Fardell (AUS)
Kevin Kowalski (USA)
Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg (SWE)
Pedro Barros (BRA)
Raven Tershy (USA)
Ronnie Sandoval (USA)
VPS Tour Challengers
Tom Schaar (USA) – 30,000
Karl Berglind (SWE) – 23,300
Murilo Peres (BRA) – 20,300
Willy Lara (USA) – 18,800
Tristan Rennie (USA) – 17,400
CJ Collins (USA) – 17,100
Roman Pabich (USA) – 15,601
VPS Continental Champions
Bowman Hansen (NZL), Oceania
Rune Gliberg (DNK), Europa
Patrick Ryan (USA), Americas
Kensuke Sasaoka (JPN), Asia
2017 Women’s World Championship Field
VPS Select Pros
Brighton Zeuner (USA)
Jordyn Barratt (USA)
Kisa Nakamura (JPN)
VPS Tour Challengers
Bryce Wettstein (USA) – 10,000
Nora Vasconcellos (USA) – 8,000
Hanna Zanzi (USA) – 6,500
Kody Tamanaha (USA) – 5,800
Grace Marhoefer (USA) – 5,300
Lizzie Armanto (USA) – 4,800
Yndiara Asp (BRA) – 3,800
VPS Continental Champions
Poppy Starr Olsen (AUS), Oceania
Amelia Brodka (POL), Europa
Dora Varella (BRA), Americas
Kihana Ogawa (JPN), Asia
The official 2017 VPS World Championships will broadcast live from Shanghai on Red Bull TV and vansparkseries.com in English, Mandarin and Portuguese on September 23rd. To see the full list of 2017 results and information on how to enter or watch live, download the free Vans Park Series iOS app now or visit Vans Park Series online.
The 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 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.
Pushing through a rather blustery and damp string of days in Australia’s Manly Beach, the first stop of 2017’s Vans Park Series Tour was able to persevere through the multiple rain delays and pull off several action-packed and exciting rounds of competition with a field of the world’s top bowlriders, up-and-comers and all terrain enabled skateboarders.
Thursday’s Women’s Oceania Continental Championships Poppy Star Olsen stuck to her runs and guns with inverts, airs, smith grinds and an overall consistency to take home a win and earn her official entry to the ISF Sanctioned Vans Park Series Championships in Chicago. Congrats to all of the ladies that showed up to shred this skatepark on the sand!
Friday’s VPS Qualifiers continued with the theme of intermittent showers and although there were four separate rain delays through out the afternoon, the practices and skating rounds went the full distance with VPS Challenger Tom Schaar qualifying in the top position.
Saturday delivered over four hours of incessant coastal drizzle. But thankfully, a dry spell blessed the region for a couple of hours and all hands on deck quickly put the squeegees and blowers to use in order to dry the California Skateparks built course. A 30-minute practice session ensued and due to the threat of more wet weather in the forecast, the twenty semi-finalists were then given three runs of which their best would count as their final score and result. There would be no time for Finals. The delayed webcast churned out the play-by-play to viewers around the planet and the die-hard skate fans that remained in their seats with umbrellas and panchos ready were provided on hell of a show! In the end Tom Schaar held on to win the whole enchilada with diverse runs and consistency.
This morning’s VPS Oceania Continental Men’s Championships brought together nineteen talented skateboarders from the South Pacific Region for a chance to compete in the 2017 ISF-sanctioned VPS World Championships. After frequent weather delays, the regional qualifier event, which is open to local registered and approved entrants, was postponed until clear skies this morning allowed for an adjusted finals competition. New Zealand native Bowman Hansen, dialed in his run with a backside boneless revert on the tombstone to secure his keep as the first regional VPS Oceania Continental Championship winner and an invite to join the VPS Select Pros in the series’ world championship event later this year.
Upstart rippers Keegan Palmer and Jedd Mckenzie also made their way the podium for second and third place spots.
High fives and hats off to all of those that skated, and helped in any way to make this event happen. It was certainly one for the history books!
Be sure to visit and follow SkateDaily’s Facebook page for complete VPS Sydney results and a sick photo gallery from this first stop of the Vans Park Series. Additional images, videos and information of the Sydney stop can be found at the Vans Park Series website.
1. Tom Schaar
2. Ivan Federico
3. Pedro Barros
VPS Oceania Continental Championships – Women
1. Poppy Starr Olsen – Advancing to VPS Women’s World Championships
2. Shanae Collins
3. Taniah Meyers
VPS Oceania Continental Championships – Men
1. Bowman Hansen – Advancing to VPS Men’s World Championships
2. Keegan Palmer
3. Jedd Mckenzie
Vans Park Series, the definitive World Championship park terrain skateboarding competition series for men and women, kicks off the 2017 VPS Men’s Pro Tour this weekend in Sydney, Australia as part of the celebrated Australian Open of Surfing festival. VPS Select Pros and tour challengers will converge for the season’s first global qualifier event.
The custom-designed VPS park course built directly on the sand of Manly Beach, will host an international field of top competitors including VPS Select Pros Pedro Barros, Jack Fardell, Ivan Federico, Alex Sorgente, Kevin Kowalski and others. VPS tour wildcards Chris Russell, Curren Caples and Greyson Fletcher are also expected to show up.
Vans Park Series Sydney Schedule
Thursday, March 2nd – VPS Oceania Continental Women’s Championships
Friday, March 3rd – VPS Men’s Pro Tour: Men’s Qualifiers (Webcast)
Saturday, March 4th – VPS Men’s Pro Tour: Men’s Finals + VPS Oceania Continental Men’s Championships (Webcast)
Stay tuned to www.vansparkseries.com for all event info and webcast time schedule.