Men’s Event Wildcards Luiz Francisco, Heimana Reynolds, and Zion Wright Deliver Outstanding Performances
Open Qualifiers Bryce Wettstein, Sakura Yosozumi, and Poppy Starr Olsen Advance into Finals
2018 VPS Americas Continental Champions Jake Wooten and Dora Varella Advance to 2018 VPS World Championships in China this October
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Jagger Eaton Anthony Acosta
Huntington Beach, CALIF. (August 3, 2018) – The 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour in Huntington Beach completed its prelim rounds earlier today to determine the final lineup for the men and women’s main event tomorrow, August 4. The VPS Men’s Pro Tour began with 18 challengers gunning for one of ten open spots in the semi-finals. Event wildcard and winner of the 2017 VPS Brazil National Championships, Luiz Francisco qualified in first, with a dominating performance. Luiz’s comfort in the park was no surprise, considering his 2017 finish in Huntington Beach earned him 2nd place on the Continental podium. Strong performances also came from the other two event wildcards, Heimana Reynolds, who earned 2nd, andZion Wright, known for his street skating prowess, placed 6th, impressing the judges with a well-rounded run that proved he has what it takes to hang with the top-level park terrain skaters.
Zion Wright was on fire and will look to continue to go big in the Semifinals tomorrow. Anthony Acosta
Heimana Reynolds from Hawaii qualified with the 2nd highest run score in the Men's Pro Tour Prelims Anthony Acosta
The women’s prelims took place yesterday, highlighting open qualifier Bryce Wettstein, who made a strong impression on the judges early on and earned the highest score of the day with a 91.73. Japan’s Sakura Yosozumi trailed closed behind, returning to the VPS spotlight after winning the Brazil tour stop earlier this year. Select Pros Kisa Nakamura and Lizzie Armanto also made a comeback with clean and powerful lines, followed by a last-minute score shuffle by current Women’s park terrain World Champion Nora Vasconcellos, who snuck into 7th place at the last minute in her final run of the day landing a kickflip backside disaster on the big quarterpipe.
Vans Park Series reveals a brand new, custom-spec concrete park built directly on the sand in Huntington Beach, in conjunction with the Vans US Open, the largest action sports festival in the world. With new and unique elements to challenge and inspire the VPS pros, the park features a subtle twist on the center island jump box that incorporates a jersey-barrier inspired spine, along with a variety of re-designed hips, layback banks, and extensions, all arranged in an open-flow format to allow the riders an abundance of different ways to take over the course.
With thousands of spectators descending upon the Vans US Open, the highly-anticipated summer event will feature an immersive creative experience, filled with world-class surf, skate and BMX competitions, in addition to the interactive Van Doren Village, which will host art exhibitions and hands-on creative workshops for attendees. Visit www.vansusopenofsurfing.com for more information.
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The 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour is the premier series for professional park terrain skateboarders consisting of four men’s global qualifiers and three women’s global qualifiers spanning five countries over six months and culminating with the official Vans Park Series World Championships. Showcasing an international roster of skateboarding’s elite pros and a total series purse in excess of $700,000(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 the official Vans Park Series iOS app and online.
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