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.
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The last Pro Tour qualifier of the 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour season kicked off smoothly in Malmö, Sweden yesterday, setting the tone for a heavy battle in the men’s and women’s division today. Leading qualifier Tristan Rennie celebrated his first podium placement of the series in Brazil earlier this year, and secured his official invite to the VPS World Championships.
In the women’s competition, preliminary rounds ran as semi-finals with 22 competitors, producing noteworthy results for the Women’s finals lineup. Still buzzing off her win in Huntington Beach, Kisa Nakamura (JPN) qualified in the top position. Edged out of competition by only a few points, current world champion Nora Vasconcellos (USA) did not make the finals cut, leaving room for two tour challengers, Hunter Long (USA), 6th, and Arianna Carmona (USA), 8th, to compete in the finals round for their first time this season. Carmona and Long are the only two Challengers who can sneak into the World Championships lineup by potentially bumping out Mami Tezuka (JPN) from the fifth spot in the current global challenger rankings, but only if they place higher than Poppy Starr Olsen (AUS) and Sakura Yosozumi (JPN) in today’s competition.
The 2018 VPS Pro Tour, Men’s semis and Women’s finals will continue today with a live broadcast on the web. Check the listed broadcast times (below) in your local area.
Live Broadcast on Vansparkseries.com
Sweden – Saturday, September 8th, 12PM GMT+2
Hong Kong – Saturday, September 8th, 6PM HKT
Sydney – Saturday, September 8th, 8PM AEST
New York – Saturday, September 8th, 6AM EDT
Los Angeles – Saturday, September 8th, 3AM PDT
Sao Paulo — Saturday, September 8th, 7AM GMT-3
Visit www.vansparkseries.com for complete Women’s Semi-Finals and Men’s Qualifying results and more information.
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
With a stacked field of nearly 100 eager competitors, the 2018 Vans Park Series Americas Continental Championships opened the floodgates to showcase a variety of talented park skaters in Huntington Beach yesterday. At the end of the day, Jake Wooten emerged as the 2018’s VPS Men’s Americas Continental champion, and Brazil’s Dora Varella repeated as the Women’s Americas Continental champion. Representing the Americas, Wooten and Varella advance directly into the 2018 VPS World Championships in China this October, bringing them both one step closer to the VPS world championship title.
Later this week, the 2018 Vans Park Series Women’s Pro Tour open qualifier will begin on Thursday, August 2nd, to bring together prospective contenders from all over the world to have a chance to compete against top-seeded VPS Women’s Select Pros.
Vans Park Series, the official park terrain skateboarding World Championships tour, continues a jam-packed week of elite skateboarding action in Huntington Beach, CA as part of the Vans US Open action sports festival. For complete results of yesterday’s competition, visit www.vansparkseries.com for more information.
2018 VPS Americas Continental Championship Results
1. Jake Wooten (USA)
2. Heimana Reynolds (USA)
3. Ben Hatchell (USA)
1. Dora Varella (BRA)
2. Arianna Carmona (USA)
3. Hunter Long (USA)
Pedro Barros put his proverbial pedal to the metal during stop #2 of the 2018 Vans Park Series at Vancouver’s Hastings Skatepark last Saturday and took home a repeated win for his fans worldwide.
1. Pedro Barros
2. Ivan Federico
3. Alex Sorgente
4. Trey Wood
5. Keegan Palmer
6. Murilo Peres
7. Karl Berglind
8. Jagger Eaton
Drop by the Vans Park Series site for all video recaps, photos, 2018 VPS tour rankings and a replay of the webcast as well!