Pedro Barros

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.

12th Annual Vans Pool Party Nears

YouTube Preview ImageThe 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.

Event Schedule
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
8:00pm Awards

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.

Pedro Barros Wins Vans Park Series Brazil

YouTube Preview ImageCongrats to Pedro Barros who claimed the win at the Brazil stop of the Vans Park Series! If you’ve see his winning run, you’ll understand how it was no question that Pedro was walking away with 1st. Ivan Federico of Italy landed 2nd and Alex Sorgente from USA wound up in 3rd, respectively. See the results below and head to the Vans Park Series site for more content and results from the contest. Congrats, Pedro!

Results

1. Pedro Barros
2. Ivan Federico
3. Alex Sorgente
4. Tom Schaar
5. Cory Juneau
6. Murilo Peres
7. Willy Lara
8. Tristan Rennie

2017 Vans Park Series: Australia Results

VPS Tom SchaarPushing 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.

Final Results
Pro Men
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

2017 Vans Park Series Tour Begins in Sydney, Australia

VPS ManlyVans 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.

Bowl-A-Rama 2017 Live Webcast Schedule

Bowlarama2017’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.

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