The 2017 Vans Park Series kicks off this weekend at a custom-built park on Manly Beach in Sydney, with the event bookended by the inaugural 'Vans Park Series Oceania Continental Championships' which offer the chance for local rippers to earn their way into the full Park Series.
The event will be watchable on a live webcast from 12:00am-3:00am tonight and 12:00am-3:30am tomorrow night over at the VPS site, which you can find by clicking on the image below. The gallery from the woman's qualifiers for the Oceania Continental Championships is also now live so check that out, read more about the park below and, if you're that way inclined, sit back with some beers at midnight tomorrow for some on screen gnarliness!
Not that it holds much relevance to this post, but Manly Vale up the road also holds my personal pick for 'world's best bowl', which you can see Sam Beckett hit at the 30 second mark in his IOU section. If you're in Sydney it's not one to miss!
Vans Park Series, the definitive World Championship park terrain skateboarding competition series for men and women, kicks off the 2017 VPS Men’s Pro Tour this weekend, welcoming the world’s most elite professional park terrain skateboarders to Sydney, Australia as part of the celebrated Australian Open of Surfing festival.
With only days left until the final competitive field is secured, VPS commences the season’s first official Global Qualifier event with confirmed attendance by VPS Select Pros Pedro Barros, Jack Fardell, Ivan Federico, reigning park terrain World Champion Alex Sorgente, plus more to arrive later this week. Tour Wildcards Chris Russell, Curren Caples and Greyson Fletcher are also expected to join, slating for a powerful field of talent for this weekend’s showcase.
Bookending the main global qualifier event, the inaugural Vans Park Series Oceania Continental Championships for men and women will take place on March 2 and 4, providing an open path for regional talent to earn their way onto the official VPS World Tour circuit. Highlighting the best skateboarders from all-over the local South Pacific region, the winner from each event will earn a coveted invite to the 2017 VPS World Championships.
Situated in the scenic locale of Manly Beach, the custom-designed VPS park course is built directly on the sand, highlighting infinite opportunities for speed, air and style. The course terrain features a unique deep end equipped with pool coping, a gigantic hipped layback bank, a spine on top of the deck that with a raw concrete curb on top of it, a huge 10.5’ tall extension, and an abundance of hips and transfers.
Vans Park Series Sydney Schedule:
Thursday, March 2 – VPS Oceania Continental Women’s Championships
Friday, March 3 – VPS Men’s Pro Tour: Men’s Qualifiers
Saturday, March 4 – VPS Men’s Pro Tour: Men’s Finals + VPS Oceania Continental Men’s Championships