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.
The 12th annual Vans Pool Party celebrates its legacy in modern vertical skateboarding at the world-famous Vans Combi Pool this Saturday, May 13th in Orange, CA. This heavy skate event will be broadcast worldwide once again at vans.com/poolparty featuring spirited commentary from Vans’ announcers and special guests.
Renowned bowl Legends and Masters will join a stacked roster of over 30 leading Pros in a mind-blowing showcase of creativity and skill that pushes and progresses classic Combi bowl skating. Veterans Chris Miller, Lance Mountain (Defending 2016 Legend Champion), Steve Caballero, and crowd favorite Jeff Grosso are slated to mix it up, while today’s top vert professionals like Pedro Barros (Defending 2016 Pro Champion), Tom Schaar, Cory Juneau, Bucky Lasek, and many more, will battle it out with today’s arsenal of mind-bending stunts.
3:00pm Webcast Begins
3:15pm Masters Final
4:00pm Pro Semi Final
5:30pm Legends Semi Final
6:30pm Legends Final
7:00pm Pro Final
For more information on the Vans Pool Party, confirmed competitior lists, and daily coverage including photos, videos and blog updates from practice, visit vans.com/poolparty.
The Pro-Tec team invades Josh Borden’s backyard with a solid skate session.
2017’s Bowl-A-Rama is just hours away and again this year, it will be broadcasted live and direct from Bondi Beach, Australia beginning today. Be sure to check out the schedule of events and tune into the webcast right here.
Chris Russell, Kevin Kowalski, Willy Akers, Chet Childress, Al Partanen and Josh Borden set The Farm on fire in this smoking edit by Independent Truck Co.
Through 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.
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