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Chris Russell Wins Vans Pro Skate Park Series

VPS Podium MelbourneThrough sheer raw power and determination, Chris Russell shut down the inaugural and first stop of the Vans Pro Skate Park Series at Melbourne’s St. Kilda skatepark with the highest score on the board yesterday. His score of 89.67 held throughout the last runs of the finals and the renowned “Man Bear Kid” snapped up $20K for his tough work. Congrats Chris!

The top five skaters to emerge from the Mens Global Qualifier system will challenge the top 15 pre-seeded exclusive Park Series Select Pros in Malmö, Sweden for the title of 2016 Vans Park Series Men’s World Champion.

Be sure to check in with the Vans Skate Park Series website for complete results, on demand and indexed video of the live broadcast, photos and more info with the 2016 Global tour.

Final Results
1. Chris Russell
2. Pedro Barros
3. Kevin Kowalski
4. Cory Juneau
5. Ben Hatchell
6. Tom Schaar
7. Ronnie Sandoval
8. Alex Sorgente

Global Qualifier Series Rankings
1. Cory Juneau
2. Tom Schaar
3. Alex Sorgente
4. Keegan Palmer
5. Brad McClain

Vans Pro Skate Park Series Readies for Kick Off

YouTube Preview Image The 2016 Vans Pro Skate Park Series kicked off this afternoon at the Australian qualifiers at St. Kilda Skatepark in Melbourne. Watch the action of the Semis and Finals live at VansSkatePark Series.com tomorrow where 8 top challengers (from today’s qualifications)- Cory Juneau, Trey Wood, Josh Borden, Brad McClain, Collin Graham, Alex Sorgente, Keegan Palmer and Tom Schaar – will meet up with twelve of the Park Series Select Pros.

Global broadcast times are as follows:
California – Friday 9pm PST
New York – Saturday 12am ET
Rio De Janeiro – Saturday 1am BRT
Melbourne – Saturday 2pm AEST

Vans Pro Skate Park Series Announces Partnership With International Skateboarding Federation

Vans Pro Skate Park Series OzPress Release: Vans Pro Skate Park Series (VPS) and the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) today have announced a strategic partnership in advance of the new world championship skateboarding point series’ inaugural qualifying event in Melbourne, Australia this Saturday, April 16th at St. Kilda Skatepark. VPS will partner with the ISF as the official sanctioning body for the 2016 Vans Pro Skate Park Series World Championships.

VPS and ISF will work in tandem to create and uphold guidelines to define and elevate the park terrain discipline worldwide by establishing the premier global points ranking system for park terrain skateboarding, culminating with the official crowning of a park terrain world champion for men and women this August in Malmö, Sweden. The goal of the partnership will promote an influential global platform for organized skateboarding, showcasing expert athleticism while maintaining the unique culture and values of skateboarding.

“In anticipation for the exciting potential of skateboarding in the Olympics, preserving and upholding skate culture becomes an even more critical mission; the only way to achieve this with authenticity is to ensure skateboarding is being represented by skateboarders,” remarks Bobby Gascon, Vans Global Director of Action Sports. “This mutual vision shared by Vans and the ISF forges a partnership that is committed to skateboarding first, above all else.”

Additionally, VPS endorses the ISF as the only true skateboarding federation of, by and for skateboarders, to represent skateboarding worldwide and looks forward to creating a strong foundation for global park terrain competition.

Gary Ream, ISF President, elaborates on the partnership further. “For over 12 years the International Skateboarding Federation has been working to unite the skateboarding community and ensure the best possible representation of skateboarding for both the skateboarders and the fans.” Ream continued, “Following the success of our partnership with Street League Skateboarding and the endorsement of the SLS Super Crown as the ISF World Championship of Street Skateboarding, we’re excited to work with VPS and are proud to endorse their season-ending Malmö event as the ISF World Championship of Park Terrain Skateboarding.”

The first fifteen 2016 Vans Pro Skate Park Series Select Pros have been revealed, prepping the field for an exhilarating qualifiers competition this Saturday, April 16th, at St. Kilda Skatepark in Melbourne, Australia. The inaugural event will be webcast live on www.vansparkseries.com with daily updates shared on social media via @vansparkseries.

Happy Birthday Vans! 50 Years of “Off The Wall” Heritage!

YouTube Preview ImageVans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, is pleased to announce the global launch of The Story of Vans on this historic day, Vans’ 50th anniversary. On March 16, 1966 Vans opened in Anaheim, Calif. as a small family-owned brand with big dreams. 50 years later, the Van Doren spirit lives on as one of the largest youth culture brands in the world, fostering a culture of creative expression through action sports, art, music and street culture. Vans commemorates its rich heritage with The Story of Vans series – a visual campaign that is truly the first of its kind – combining a mix of artistic methods to highlight iconic moments from the brand’s 50-year history.

Each story is narrated by a renowned individual and long-time Vans enthusiast. Professional skateboarder and historian of the sport, Jeff Grosso, voices the leading story while iconic skateboarding legend Tony Alva speaks to his own history with the brand in the action sports short. Artist and musician Ray Barbee, Chuck D of Public Enemy and fashion icon and actress Chloe Sevigny lend their vocals for the art, music and fashion shorts, respectively. Visit www.vans.com to watch The Story of Vans and share your own Vans story using #since66.

The ultimate culmination of The Story of Vans campaign and Vans’ 50-year legacy will come to life at 10 House of Vans locations across the globe starting tonight. From New York to London to Hong Kong, guests of the House of Vans will immerse themselves into The Story of Vans. The engaging environment of each House of Vans event will include D.I.Y workshops, shoe personalization, a retrospective look at Vans’ history and curated musical performances featuring Nas, Dinosaur Jr., Wu-Tang Clan, The Kills, Erykah Badu, Jamie xx, Dizzee Rascal, Yeasayer, Shlohmo and more. Vans skateboarding legends and professional athletes will also be in attendance for skate demos and signings.

Vans is honored to celebrate 50 extraordinary years alongside the extended Vans family that have made the brand what it is today. To get in on the House of Vans action and to learn more about the experience, visit the House of Vans website.

South America Extras – Vans PROPELLER Skateboarding Tour

YouTube Preview ImageCheck out some of the extra clips from Vans’ South America Skate Tour with team riders Elijah Berle, Curren Caples, Rowan Zorilla, Kyle Walker, Chima Ferguson, and Chris Russell.

Vans 50 Years Celebration: Vans Pro Classics Anniversary Collection Release

Vans Era Pro 2016Vans is proud to commemorate 50 years of heritage and progression with the debut of the Vans Pro Classics Anniversary Collection featuring the most iconic footwear silhouettes from Vans’ history. These skate shoes have been enhanced with innovative performance features that provide upgraded cushioning and durability exclusively designed for skateboarding. Drop by the Vans Pro Classics site to get more info and see these renovated models such as the Era Pro, Checkerboard Slip-On Pro and Authentic Pro right now.

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