Long before turning pro in 2017 Nora Vasconcellos had become an inspiration to an entire generation of girl skaters as well as a leader and mentor to all of the younger women skaters on the VPS Pro Tour. In this Rider Profile Vans Park Series visits the 2017 VPS World Champion’s house and tag along on a skate session with her roommate/fellow professional Nicole Hause to learn more about Nora and gain some insight into her unique personality off the board.
2018’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.
The 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.
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)
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)
2018’s Vans Park Series Pro Tour kicks off in São Paulo, Brazil at a brand new skatepark next weekend where Select Men and Women VPS Pros will go head to head with Challengers, Wildcards and regional hopefuls pushing for a piece of the season’s first VPS podium.
VPS tour vets Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg (2017 Men’s Park Terrain World Champion), Ivan Federico, Jack Fardell, Cory Juneau and others. Florianópolis’ Pedro Barros will defend his 2016 and 20117 VPS Brazil titles and blaze against top contenders Tom Schaar, Alex Sorgente, and new Wildcard Fernando Bramsmark looking to claim a 3-peat in his home county.
The Brazil stop is also the newest addition to the expanded 2018 VPS Women’s Tour, open for registration to all women’s competitors to compete against Select Pros such as defending 2017 World Champion Nora Vasconcellos, former champ Brighton Zeuner, Lizzie Armanto, Jordyn Barratt and Brazil native Yndiara Asp. Prospective competitors are encouraged to enter here.
Located in the heart of São Paulo – the biggest city in Brazil and in the region—Vans will debut its brand-new park, a public, free access built-to-spec skatepark with over 2,800 square feet of never before skated park terrain, featuring a 9 1/2 foot deep end, multiple transfers, extensions, a center volcano, ledges, rails, and smooth concrete coping all around.
The 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour will be broadcast live in English and Portuguese for free on ETNlive.com, the ETN app, and vansparkseries.com. The broadcast times and 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 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*
Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg
Men’s Tour Wildcards
Women’s Select Pros
The 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour will be broadcast live and for free on the ETN app, ETNlive.com, and vansparkseries.com.
adidas Skateboarding has released the 20-minute digital short “Nora” documenting Nora Vasconcellos’ rise from skate rat to rising pro. Joining the adidas global team earlier this year, the brand proudly celebrates its first female rider in recognition of her unprecedented talents and contributions that make her an invaluable addition to its all-star team.
Directed by Webby-award winning Giovanni Reda and produced by adidas Skateboarding, the cinematic snapshot features interviews with Pros like Lacey Baker and Sage Elsesser, as well as legends such as Elissa Steamer, Andrew Reynolds, and fellow adidas Pro rider Marc Johnson.