Global Challenger Rankings to Decide Top 5 World Championships Invites Tomorrow
Men’s Pre-lims Leader Tristan Rennie Secures Invite to World Championships
2018 VPS Europa Continental Champions Simon Karlsson and Amelia Brodka Advance to 2018 VPS World Championships in China this October
Malmö, SWEDEN (September 7, 2018) – Despite a few rain delays, the last Pro Tour qualifier of the 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour season kicked off smoothly in Malmö, Sweden today, setting the tone for a decisive showcase tomorrow afternoon. Catering to the mixed field of seasoned tour challengers and local Wildcards, the unique design of Kroksbäck Skatepark inspired competitors to get creative, resulting in high-speed lines by leading qualifier Tristan Rennie, who managed to land a massive 540 and a difficult blunt slide transfer off the extension, over the spine. Rennie celebrated his first podium placement of the series in Brazil earlier this year, and is looking confident to secure his official invite to the World Championships.
In the women’s competition, preliminary rounds ran straight into semi-finals with 22 competitors, producing unique results for the Women’s finals lineup. Still buzzing off her win in Huntington Beach, Kisa Nakamura (JPN) took the semis lead, demonstrating technical consistency and speed, making for a promising performance ahead of finals. 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), 8th, and Arianna Carmona (USA), 5th, 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 tomorrow’s competition.
The 2018 VPS Pro Tour, Sweden Men’s semis and Women’s finals will re-commence on Saturday, September 8. Seizing their final opportunity to secure an invite to the VPS World Championships in China, advancing tour challengers from today’s heats will compete against top-seeded VPS Select Pros and Tour Wildcards for a pivotal round of park terrain competition.
Tour Challengers Advancing to Semis to meet VPS Select Pros
Vans Park Series Sweden Schedule
Saturday, September 8
LIVE BROADCAST ON VANSPARKSERIES.COM
In its third consecutive year featured on the Vans Park Series Pro tour, the custom VPS-certified Kroksbäck Skatepark’s exemplary design will test the top-ranking pros and challengers to be fast and creative, with judges focusing on speed, flow and amplitude throughout the course. With a plethora of hips, grinds, walls, a huge center island, and a monster bank, the pros are slated to land another incredible show of park terrain skating for all fans across the globe to witness.