Vans Park Series held their first pro tour event of the season in Sao Paulo, Brazil last weekend. As those of you who managed to tune in and watch live will know, this was one of the most diverse contest line ups yet, all set in front of a home crowd more than prepared to go mental for all and sundry. As a kick off for 2018 Vans VPS Series - it's hard to imagine a better starting point.
Set on the Vans São Paulo Skatepark, the first and only VPS-certified park terrain skatepark in the Southern hemisphere, built-to-spec by CA Skateparks, with over 2,800 square feet of never before skated park terrain and with well over 5,000 spectators in attendance, as you can imagine, this went off!
VPS Pro Tour – Brazil Results
- Men’s Finals Results
1. Tom Scharr (USA)
2. Pedro Barros (BRA)
3. Tristan Rennie (USA)
4. Cory Juneau (USA)
5. Chris Russell (USA)
6. Luiz Francisco (BRA)
7. Alex Sorgente (USA)
8. Ivan Federico (ITA)
- Women’s Finals Results
1. Sakura Yosozumi (JPN)
2. Yndiara Asp (BRA)
3. Brighton Zeuner (USA)
4. Lizzie Armanto (USA)
5. Bryce Wettstein (USA)
6. Nicole Hause (USA)
7. Nora Vasconcellos (USA)
8. Poppy Starr Olsen (AUS)
See below for the some Anthony Acosta photos and the winning runs from both the men's and women's divisions.
Visit vansparkseries.com for contest highlights and the full show replay.
In the Women’s division, Japanese pro Sakura Yosozumi conquered the park course with expert skill, mixing up big airs with lip-tech, using every inch of the park to take the top spot. Runner up and the indisputable crowd favorite, Brazilian Yndiara Asp demonstrated lightning speed and variety with the energy from the crowd keeping her (and their) spirits high. In third, VPS Select Pro and the first-ever park terrain women’s world champ (2016), Brighton Zeuner returned to the podium.
Sakura Yosozumi - winning run
It's been a good couple of weeks for Japanese competitive skating. VPS Brazil winner Sakura Yosozumi backside air into first place. Photo: Acosta
Hometown favourite and second place finalist, Yndiara Asp, frontside feeble.
Nora Vasconcellos, pivot fakie. Photo: Acosta
Lizzie Armanto, frontside tailslide. Photo: Acosta
Creature's pint-sized powerhouse, Allysha Le, frontside air. Photo: Acosta
In the Men's division, VPS Select Pro and podium veteran Tom Schaar secured an early lead with the highest run score of the entire event, producing his signature colossal airs in clean fast-paced runs, while Brazilian maniac Pedro Barros kept the crowd on edge, executing a powerful air-heavy run with only minutes left in the final to finish in second. Finally, Tristan Rennie celebrates his first VPS podium appearance ever, attacking every wall with ease for a third place finish.
Tom Schaar - winning run
Tom Schaar - mellow stalefish into first. Photo: Acosta
Pedro Barros - 540. Photo: Acosta
Oski, lien air. Photo: Acosta
Roman Pabich, back smith. Photo: Acosta