Vans Park Series

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.

2017 Vans Park Series Official Trailer

YouTube Preview ImageThe Vans Park Series returns in 2017 with five qualifier stops in Australia, Brazil, Sweden, Canada, and the USA, followed by the World Championship in Chicago, IL.
Get the full schedule and watch every stop LIVE right here.

2017 VPS Men’s Select Pros
Alex Sorgente
Ben Hatchell
Chriss Russell
Cory Juneau
Current Caples
Grant Taylor
Greyson Fletcher
Ishod Wair
Ivan Federico
Jack Fardell
Kevin Kowalski
Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg
Pedro Barros
Raven Tershy
Ronnie Sandoval

2017 VPS Men’s Pro Tour Challengers
Ben Raybourn
CJ Collins
Cody Lockwood
Collin Graham
Josh Borden
Kalle Berglind
Keegan Palmer
Murilo Peres
Patrick Ryan
Robin Bolian
Roman Pabich
Tom Schaar
Tony Trujillo
Trey Wood
Tristan Rennie
Vinicius Kakinho
Willy Lara
Zion Wright

2017 VPS Women’s Select Pros
Brighton Zeuner
Jordyn Barratt
Kisa Nakamura

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.