Lizzie Armanto is surprised with her rookie board for Birdhouse Skateboards and the cover of Thrasher Magazine with this clip. Congrats, Lizzie!
Be 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 vansparkseries.com Be sure to follow @vansparkseries on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook as well.
Malmö (local time) 2:30pm
Los Angeles 5:30am
New York 8:30am
Rio De Janeiro 9:30am
Tony Hawk is bringing the 80s back to Kennesaw Skatepark. At least skateboarding’s version of that notorious decade. And he’s not coming alone.
Hawk and friends have organized the Get Rad For Ray presented by Kennesaw Skateshop charity event to celebrate the life and legacy of one of skateboarding’s all-time greats, Ray Underhill. A Wilmington, North Carolina native, Underhill was a member of the infamous Bones Brigade squad of the 1980s, a teammate of Hawk’s, and known for his smooth skating style. But his friends remember him best for his kindness, wit, and dedication—his true enduring legacies.
“Ray was a great friend,” said Hawk. “We miss him every day, so we’re coming to Kennesaw to remember him the best way we know—to skate in his honor while helping others!”
The world lost Ray in 2008, after his long battle with Chordoma, a rare but relentless spinal cancer. To honor his life, Ray’s family and friends have joined the City Of Kennesaw, Georgia and Kennesaw Skatehop to host the Get Rad For Ray skateboarding contest and 80s-themed Legends jam session at the Kennesaw Skatepark in Swift-Cantrell Park. This will be a free public event to celebrate Ray with an amazing display of local and legendary skate talent, and to raise funds for the Ray Underhill Foundation, which supports families affected by Chordoma.
Get Rad For Ray presented by Kennesaw Skateshop is a family-style event that will feature a festival area with food and vendors, as well as three different skateboarding events. A free beginners’ skate clinic hosted by Kennesaw Skate Shop will start the celebration and get kids new to the Swift-Cantrell Skatepark off to a solid and safe start. An amateur contest will give local talent the opportunity to shine and impress. And the day will conclude with an 80s-themed Legends skate jam, featuring top new talent mixing it up with some of the most famous names in skateboarding—Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Kevin Staab, Ben Raybourn, Brighton Zeuner, Lester Kasai, Brad McClain, and Lizzie Armanto among them.
“This is an incredible collection of skate talent,” said Hawk. “Top names from the 80s, and today—all skating together in one event. If I weren’t joining them in the session, I’d definitely want to be there to see it!”
Attendees will have several opportunities to support the Ray Underhill Foundation via donations and raffles throughout the day.
For more info on this great event drop by the Get Rad For Ray page on The Tony Hawk Foundation site.
On Saturday Vans hosted 2016’s Girls Combi Pool Classic contest and fortunately Thrasher Magazine’s ace lensman Schmitty was on the scene to capture the action of these ladies as they handled the beast. Have a look at the highlight reel. For those of you that missed the action, you can also visit Lizzie Armanto’s Facebook page where Jeff Grosso manned up and offered up some commentary and filmwork of his own on a live webcast feed.
1. Poppy Starr
2. Nora Vasconcellos
3. Lizzie Armanto
4. Brighton Zeuner
15 and Over
1. Jordyn Barrett
2. Yndiara Asp
3. Hanna Zanzi
14 and Under
1. Dora Varella
2. Spencer Breaux
3. Bryce Wettstein
That’s right. You’ve heard it right here. Lizzie Armanto is hosting a live stream of the Vans Girls Combi Classic on her Facebook page tomorrow, January 23rd beginning at 5:15pm PST. To spice things up, Jeff Grosso will be on hand to deliver the play-by-play and analysis of the event. This could be should be great. Tune in!