At age 12, Tom Schaar landed skateboarding’s ﬁrst 1080. It was a career deﬁning trick that gained Tom international attention as well as a bit of a stigma within the core skateboard community as an ‘air baby.’ Since then Tom has proven himself to be more than a one-trick-wonder. From video parts for Element Skateboards in backyard pools to dominating the Vans Park Series Pro Tour, Tom has shown he’s able to adapt to any terrain. In this Rider Proﬁle we visit Tom’s house in San Diego California to discuss his career, his goals for the future, and to follow him on a ﬁlming session at Washington Street skatepark with his friend and ﬁlmer Chris Gregson.
With only one stop left before the highly anticipated 2018 Vans Park Series World Championships in China this fall, all eyes and the world’s top bowlriders are pointed towards the final qualifying rounds of competition at Kroksbäck Skatepark in Malmö, Sweden on September 7th and 8th. The 2018 VPS Pro Tour, Sweden finals will be broadcasted live for free on ETN and vansparkseries.com.
As the most pivotal stop on the VPS tour this season, the results in Malmö will decide the final top-ranking 2018 Tour Challengers to earn an invite to compete at the VPS World Championships in China on October 27th, while continuing to expand the open path for prospective women’s challengers to prove their ranks and advance into the pro tour circuit.
In addition, the 2018 VPS Europa Continental Championships will host its second year in Sweden, showcasing aspiring regional men and women talent in pursuit of glory in their backyard and a chance to compete in the VPS World Championships this fall. The yet to be crowned Europa Continental Champions from the men and women’s divisions will be seeded directly into the World Championships to join Select Pros and advancing Tour Challengers.
Vans Park Series Sweden Schedule
Thursday, September 6th
10am GMT – VPS Europa Continental Championships Men and Women
Friday, September 7th
11am GMT – VPS Women’s Pro Tour, Prelims and Semi-Finals
3pm GMT – VPS Men’s Pro Tour, Prelims
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.