After a summer full of stiff competition in the Vans Park Series we were finally able to crown a World Champion of terrain park skateboarding at last weekend’s VPS World Championships in Shanghai, China.
The competition was highly anticipated as the best in park skateboarding converged on the Bund waterfront in Shanghai. Oskar Rosenberg-Hallberg captured the men’s crown with an impressive mixture of technicality and style. In the women’s contest it was Nora Vasconcellos that put together a jaw-dropping run to claim the title of World’s Greatest.
Rather than use an existing skate park Vans built a custom-designed park specifically for the World Championships highlighted by a number of creative features. The park featured a center island extension, a round flat bar, big jump box, a kicker into a laid-back bank, and more items designed to bring out the most creative lines. Rosenberg-Hallberg didn’t disappoint as he utilized almost every aspect of the park to earn the first-place win.
The championship win is the first podium appearance of the Vans Park Series for Rosenberg-Hallberg who apparently saved his best for last. After taking a bad fall in practice earlier in the week Pedro Barros battled through the pain and earned a second-place finish while Tom Schaar rounded out the top three.
Isso aconteceu ontem, nos primeiros 20 minutos de treino! Sendo o único treino da semana, pois a chuva não deu trégua! E só pra fica mais emocionante adiaram as semifinais pra hoje! Sexta feira! O foco pra recuperar a tempo foi muito intenso com @doc_paz obrigado! Vo dar meu máximo pra conseguir pisar no skate hoje! E deixar que o skate leve o caminho! Hope to be able to skate the @vansparkseries final here in china! Had a really heavy slam, and ended up twisting completely my feet, the work was intense, comp is going to be today, so lets go there and let the board lead the way!
The women’s World Champion is similarly new atop the Vans Park Series podium. Vasconcellos placed first in both the semifinals and finals to complete a near perfect weekend. She showcased her refined and laid-back style and utilized an extensive bag of tricks to get her first Vans Park Series win of the year.
“This is a really new experience and I’m trying to soak it all in,” Vasconcellos said after her win. “Really proud of everyone who skated. We’re in such an amazing place. Seeing everybody’s style, trick selection, how young these girls are—we’re always just pushing each other. I’m just so lucky.”
With this milestone victory Vasconcellos’ young career is looking to be off to a good start. Last year’s champion and this year’s X Games park champion Brighton Zeuner claimed second-place while Kisa Nakamura took third.
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