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2017 Vans Park Series World Championship Tour Invitees Announced

Vans Park SeriesVans Park Series has updated its 2017 website and has announced the pre-seeded World Championship Tour invitees in advance of the 2017 VPS Pro Tour series kick-off in Sydney, Australia on March 3rd-4th. Live webcast airs on March 4th at VansParkSeries.com

The following elite professional park terrain skateboarders will meet five VPS Continental Champions along with the top VPS Pro Tour Challengers to emerge from the VPS Pro Tour global qualifying series system when they claim their invitations to the 2017 Vans Park Series World Championships of park terrain skateboarding. Encompassing a diverse field of seasoned park terrain professionals, series invitees are pre-seeded directly into the semi-finals at every VPS Pro Tour qualifying event, to be met by exclusive qualifying VPS Tour Challengers in pursuit of valuable points toward their final year end rankings.

The 2017 VPS World Championship Tour Invitees are comprised of eight men’s and three women’s VPS Select Pros and seven men’s Tour Wildcards. Select Pros are determined by previous year VPS World Championships results, and 2017 Tour Wildcards and Tour Challengers are selected by a committee of competition organizers, sport organizers and event promoters to bring exciting new faces and challengers to the VPS Pro Tour elite.

Vans Park Series
2017 World Championship Tour Invitees*

Select Pros
Alex Sorgente
Pedro Barros
Ivan Federico
Cory Juneau
Ben Hatchell
Kevin Kowalski
Grant Taylor
Jack Fardell

Tour Wildcards
Chris Russell
Curren Caples
Greyson Fletcher
Ishod Wair
Oskar Rozenberg
Raven Tershy
Ronnie Sandoval

Women’s Select Pros
Brighton Zeuner
Jordan Barratt
Kisa Nakamura

Drop by the Vans Park Series site to view the remaining field of 2017 VPS Pro Tour challengers and all updated information.

Vans Park Series Announces 2017 World Tour Schedule

VPS 2017Press Release: Vans Park Series, the official International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) World Championship park terrain skateboarding World Tour, builds upon an historic inaugural season with an additional 2017 World Tour stop and the establishment of the first-ever official park terrain skateboarding Continental Championship events for Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europa and Oceania.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled by the phenomenal success of Vans Park Series in our first season out of the gates and we are stoked to be making history once again as we expand in 2017.” – Justin Regan, Dir. of Global Marketing, Skateboarding at Vans.

The 2017 Vans Park Series World Tour is the premier league for professional park terrain skateboarders consisting of five men’s global qualifiers and one women’s global qualifier spanning five countries over six months and culminating with the official Vans Park Series ISF World Championships.

The Vans Park Series World Tour kicks off at Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia on March 4 with the first VPS World Tour men’s global qualifier event. The 2017 Vans Park Series ISF World Championships will be held in September with final date and location to be announced at vansparkseries.com along with live event Webcast and World Tour additional details.

The inaugural Vans Park Series and official ISF-recognized Continental Championships of park terrain skateboarding for men and women provide the official pathway to the VPS World Tour and World Championships, and are open to all entrants meeting proof of regional eligibility. 2017 VPS Continental Championships details, including regional qualifying criteria, dates and locations are to be announced in a separate release and will be available online at vansparkseries.com.

Known for its unrivaled combination of speed, style, flow, amplitude and creativity, park terrain is the fastest growing discipline in competitive skateboarding today. The Vans Park Series is the defining event series for global competitive park terrain skateboarding and the first and only point system culminating in the official ISF-recognized park terrain skateboarding World Championships and Continental Championships for men and women.

2017 Vans Park Series World Tour Schedule
Global Qualifiers
March 4th* Australia
April 8th* Brazil
May 27th* Sweden
July 8th* Canada
August 1st-5th United States

World Championships
September (TBA) United States

*Men’s-only event

Showcasing an international roster of skateboarding’s elite pros and a total prize purse in excess of $500,000(USD), the Vans Park Series uniquely defines the park terrain format with its exclusive points system, judging guidelines and qualifying park terrain course criteria. Additional information and live Webcast details will be available on vansparkseries.com.

Follow the Vans Park Series socially or sign up online now for the latest information on Vans Park Series event details, elite pros, official sanctions and competition formats.

Alex Sorgente and Brighton Zeuner Crowned Vans Park Series World Champions

YouTube Preview ImageThe Vans Park Series World Championships crowned Alex Sorgente and Brighton Zener as the champions of park terrain in Malmö, Sweden on Saturday. The finals at the built-to-spec Kroksback skatepark capped off an exciting international tour and VPS Global points challenger Alex Sorgente took charge of back to back near-perfect runs in both the semis and finals. Yet, Pedro Barros, who missed out on the past two VPS events in Vancouver and Huntington Beach powered through with high speed and sheer force to capture second. The relatively unknown VPS Global challenger to rise from the field, Italy’s Ivan Federico nailed down third with several kick flip melon grabs to also seize three podium finishes in the series overall.

YouTube Preview ImageEarlier in the afternoon, 12-year old miniaturized powerhouse Brighton Zener took top honors on the women’s podium by capping her final run with a mighty 360 backside air over the island earning her win in Malmö. Jordyn Barratt, took home second place and Japan’s Kisa Nakamura landed in third.

Men’s Finals Results
1st – Alex Sorgente
2nd – Pedro Barros
3rd – Ivan Federico
4th – Cory Juneau
5th – Ben Hatchell
6th – Kevin Kowalski
7th – Grant Taylor
8th – Jack Fardell

Women’s Final Results
1st – Brighton Zeuner
2nd – Jordyn Barratt
3rd – Kisa Nakamura
4th – Allysha Le
5th – Lizzie Armanto
6th – Yndiara Asp
7th – Nora Vasconcellos
8th – Nicole Hause
9th – Julz Lynn Kindstrand
10th – Bryce Wettstein

The 2016 Vans Park Series World Championships is live on demand at vansparkseries.com along with additional information photos and videos. Follow @vansparkseries on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook as well.

Vans Park Series Global Qualifier Huntington Beach Results

YouTube Preview ImageThe Vans Pro Skate Park Series in Huntington Beach wrapped up its final stop of Global Qualifiers for dozens of hungry competitors. On Friday more than a hundred skaters battled it out for just nine spots available to the semi-finals in in one built-to-spec custom designed park course for the chance to earn their spot to the World Championships in Malmö, Sweden later this month.

Park Series Select Pro Chris Russell nailed down a first place run in Huntington Beach on Saturday to claim his second Vans Park Series Global Qualifier win of the season. But Ben Hatchell surely gave him a run for his money with an assortment of heavy stunts with technical control. Sweden’s Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg took home third place with speed, style and great combined use of the entire park.

Italy’s Ivan Federico didn’t advance into Saturday’s Final, but now sits atop of the Global Challenger rankings where seven additional rippers from around the world will join him and the Vans Park Series Select Pros in Malmö.

Visit www.vansparkseries.com for the latest updates and follow the action on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat at @vansparkseries.

Final Results
1st Chris Russell
2nd Ben Hatchell
3rd Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg
4th Tom Schaar
5th Tristan Rennie
6th Murillo Peres
7th Curren Caples
8th Ronnie Sandoval

Vans Park Series Global Challengers – Advancing to World Championships
1st Ivan Federico
2nd Cory Juneau
3rd Tom Schaar
4th Alex Sorgente
5th Tristan Rennie
6th Robin Bolian
7th Collin Graham
8th Vinicius Kakinho

Vans Park Series Women’s Global Qualifier Results

VPS Hanna ZanziAfter a seven year hiatus from skateboarding, Hanna Zanzi emerged as a powerhouse of surprise at the Vans Park Series Womens Global Qualifier in Huntington Beach yesterday. Nose boned frontside airs, blunts to nose bash fakies, high speed tail slides finger flip disasters over the spine and more were nailed through here four 45-second runs in the finals. It was indeed her day in the sun.

“This means the world to me. I skate every day and I skate my heart out. I skate so I can compete and so I can motivate all the other people out there. I’m back, and I’m so stoked.” –Hanna Zanzi, First Place Winner Vans Park Series Women’s Global Qualifier

The top 10 Women Challengers (below) from yesterday’s HB Global Qualifier will travel to Malmö, Sweden for the International Skateboard Federation-sanctioned inaugural Womens “park terrain” World Championships on August 20th.

Final Results
1st Hanna Zanzi
2nd Lizzie Armanto
3rd Jordyn Barratt
4th Brighton Zeuner
5th Nora Vasconcellos
6th Allysha Le
7th Julz Lynn
8th Bryce Zettstein
9th Yndiara Asp
10th Nicole Hause

Visit www.vansparkseries.com for the latest updates, contest schedules, rider profiles, and follow the action on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat at @vansparkseries.

Vans Pro Skate Park Series Hits Huntington Beach

Vans Park SeriesThe Vans Pro Skate Park Series continues to hit the sand today in Huntington Beach, CA for the final Global Qualifier competition through this weekend. Many of the planet’s top men and ladies bowlriders will vie for the chance to compete in the first-ever park terrain World Championships, to be held in Malmö, Sweden on August 20th.

Joining forces with the world’s largest premier action sports festival, the Vans US Open of Surfing, Vans Park Series will engage the large audience with the introduction of the Women’s qualifier. From the likes of Lizzie Armanto, Allysha Le, Kisa Nakamura, Poppy Starr Olsen, Alana Smith, Vanessa Torres, Nora Vasconcellos, Brighton Zeuner and others, ten of best female skateboarders, both seasoned and up-and-coming, will proceed to the World Championships in Malmö, Sweden, to compete for the Women’s Park Terrain World Championship title.

“It’s cool that Vans cares about pushing the women’s skate scene, especially now that people are joining in from all around the world,” pro skater Lizzie Armanto explained. “This is a huge opportunity to inspire others to pick up a board, and give women a stable set of contests to participate. I’m really excited to be a part of this.”

The Women’s competition will air as a live webcast this afternoon at 3pm PST.

Vans Park Series Huntington Beach Schedule
Tuesday, July 26 – Women’s Competition (Live Webcast – 3pm PST)
Friday, July 29 – Men’s Qualifiers (Live Webcast – 2pm PST)
Saturday, July 30 – Men’s Finals (Live Webcast – 3pm PST)

Park Series Select Pros
Curren Caples, Jack Fardell, Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg, Ben Hatchell, Greyson Fletcher, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Kevin Kowalski, Collin Provost, Chris Russell, Ronnie Sandoval, Grant Taylor, Raven Tershy (Not competing in Huntington Beach: Rowan Zorilla, Riley Hawk and Pedro Barros)

Challengers have journeyed from Australia, Brazil, the U.S. Europe and Canada, earning valuable points toward their placement in the Vans Park Series Global Rankings. The top five Challengers to emerge from the Mens Park Series Global Qualifier system will challenge the fifteen exclusive Park Series Select Pros in Malmö, Sweden for the inaugural International Skateboard Federation-sanctioned park terrain Vans Park Series World Championships in August.

Vans Park Series Global Challenger Rankings
1st – Ivan Federico – Italy
2nd – Cory Juneau – USA
3rd – Alex Sorgente – USA
4th – Robin Bolian – France
5th – Tom Schaar – USA

Junior Final Results – Huntington Beach
1st – Jack Winburn
2nd – CJ Collins
3rd – Tate Carew
4th – Taylor Nye
5th – Rylan Mancilla

Visit www.vansparkseries.com for the latest updates, contest schedules, rider profiles, and follow the action on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat at @vansparkseries.