Watch The Women Compete Live This Week From VPS China!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Poppy Starr Olsen. Photo via VPS


The 4th annual Vans Park Series 2019 Pro Tour Heads to Shanghai, China May 17-18 and you can watch the women compete LIVE!


LIVE BROADCAST AIRS ON MAY 17-18

Watch it all go down at  vansparkseries.com


TIMES FOR WOMEN'S FINALS

Los Angeles – 9pm to 10pm (Friday, May 17)
New York – 12am to 1am  (Saturday, May 18)
London – 5am to 6am  (Saturday, May 18)
Sao Paulo – 1am to 2am (Saturday, May 18)
Sydney – 2pm to 3pm (Saturday, May 18)



Costa Mesa, CALIF. (May 8, 2019) – Vans Park Series is prepping the field for the world’s best professional park terrain skateboarders to meet in Shanghai, China to kick off the 2019 VPS Pro Tour. Established in 2016, Vans Park Series has journeyed to inspire youth around the world by promoting skateboarding’s creative culture and its renowned showcase of park terrain competition, now in its fourth consecutive season.

VPS Select Men and Women Pros will go head-to-head with Challengers and Wildcards at the first stop of the season in Shanghai, China on May 17-18. The Yangpu Shipyard, where the tour opener will take place, is located in the northern part of Shanghai’s city center, at the waterfront of the Huangpu River and the original industrial heart of Shanghai.

Some of the notable female athletes include Sakura Yosozumi who made a name for herself at her first VPS podium appearance at the 2017 Asian Championships in Singapore, Lizzie Armanto, one of the fierce females leading the charge in skate will be one of the tour wildcards, and Brighton Zeuner, the defending 2018 VPS Women’s World Champion who continues to inspire with her unique style on and off the board. Others to watch are Hawaiian-native Jordyn Barratt, Brazilian standout Yndiara Asp, and Poppy Olsen, the 18-year-old Aussie winner of this year’s VPS Oceania Regional Championships.

This year marks the second time the Park Series comes to Shanghai, and additionally marks the 30th anniversary of skateboarding in China. In honor of this anniversary, Vans Legend Steve Caballero, the first pro skateboarder to ever visit China in 1994, will be making a return visit to support and cheer on the Vans Park Series competitors.

Tony Hawk will make his Vans Park Series Commentator Debut on Live Broadcast as well!

Known for its unrivaled combination of speed, style, flow, amplitude and creativity, park terrain is the fastest growing discipline in competitive skateboarding today. The Park Series has made historic progress in the evolution of professional skateboarding and champions its reputation as the first premier league for the park terrain skateboarding discipline.

The 2019 Vans Park Series Pro Tour will be streamed live on vansparkseries.com, and can also be viewed in mainland China through a livestreaming partnership with Tencent. The final roster of select pros, challengers and wildcards for the 2019 VPS Pro Tour is now available online at vansparkseries.com.



2019 VANS PARK SERIES - PRO TOUR SCHEDULE


Pro Tour

Shanghai, China      May 17-18, 2019

São Paulo, Brazil    June 22-23, 2019

Montréal, Canada   July 12-13, 2019

Paris-Chelles, France   August 9-10, 2019


World Championships

Salt Lake City, United States    September 6-7, 2019



Women’s Format

5 skater Heats for Prelims and Semi-Finals

4 runs each

Best run counts

Max 40 seconds or skate until you fall

Top 5 from Prelims advance to Semifinals

They meet the pre-seeded Select Pros (8) and Tour Wildcards (2)

Top 8 from Semi-Finals advance to Finals

Same format In the Finals: First wall rebate on last run only, one time only, clock resets



Women's Prize Purse

1st: $20,000
2nd: $15,000
3rd: $10,000
4th: $5,000
5th: $4,000
6th: $3,000
7th: $2,000
8th: $1,500
9th-15th $1,000

The OG Jam Is Expanding - Get Ready Ladies - Stop One Is This Saturday!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Jessie Frietze-Armenta - 2018 Overall Ladies Division Winner





GET READY LADIES!!!

This year the OG Jam Series has expanded by adding stops in Northern California in addition to their usual Southern California events. That means a full season of skating, competing and hanging with friends at some familiar locations - and some new ones!

Get ready for a road trip and try and skate some of the new Norcal locations they've added. But in the end, it will be Nor Cal vs So Cal come November with the exact location TBD.

This year there is a Full Membership fee "Broken Bones"of $29 for the die hard OG'S, includes entry (unless the park has a fee) and a tee shirt.


Bare Bones $15 includes entry into all events unless the park has a fee. This is perfect if you dont know how many events you can skate.

So grab your GF's are get ready to skate, have fun and road trip together. The Ladies Division is age 25 years and UP and we know there are plenty of you out there that want to skate!

The first stop is this weekend in Fontana - Saturday, May 18th at 4 PM!!


Afraid as an adult to get back out there and skate/compete?  Jessie said it best at the end of last season:

"The OG Jam Series has really been an epic ride. I never thought I'd compete again after age 11. I thought skateboarding was done foe me. These jams have really ignited that fire. The nervesness goes away more and more with each stop I skate and the experience has pushed me to land things I never have before. I encourage more girls to get out there and have some fun next season"  

If You Need Some Badass Inspiration This Week - Look No Further.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Photo Tom Servais

















The movie "Trouble - The Lisa Andersen story" launches today on Itunes - we saw it last night and it was everything we had hoped for and more.

Lisa is a pro surfer that has been in it for generations now and paved the way for so many girls out there. This film sheds a light on just how hard that path was at times, sharing stories of her early life that few know.

It's a must-see - even for skaters - trust us!!

Nicole Hause In Nike's New "Dream With Us" Video.

Monday, May 13, 2019















Check out pro skater Nicole Hause in this new Nike "Dream With Us" video. You can catch her briefly at 0.59 seconds during the skate section. As Nike says; "Having a dream won’t change the world. Sharing one will."

Watch the entire video because it's that good!

Women's Downhill National Team Riders Announced - And They Need Some Help!

Sunday, May 12, 2019



















This is a huge year for downhill skateboarding! They are working towards Olympic dreams, with the first step being the World Roller Games in Barcelona, Spain this coming July! With the recognition of their sport and inclusion in this prestigious event, the USA has announced its national women's team!

The USA women's downhill skateboarding team is so excited to have the honor to represent at the World Roller Games in Barcelona 2019, but they need YOUR help to make it there!

With the announcement of this privilege coming only a couple of months out, the USA Women's team is seeking financial assistance now on their way to Spain!

The money will go towards flights, entry fees, team leathers, and accommodations. They want to make sure the USA National team makes it out to this event to properly represent the USA! The more funds they make, the closer they can get towards making sure each woman gets to the event! From there they can move towards team leather suits, helmets, other gear and the chance to continue on to more events!

The funds are needed within the next couple of weeks so they can secure enough time to arrange their flights, entries, and accommodations. This is a last minute ordeal, but with your help, THEY WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN!

The USA National Women's Team is comprised of the most hard-working, strong, and inspirational women in downhill skateboarding.

MEET THE TEAM!!

Photo by CGSA

Emily Pross. Emily is the most dominant female force in the WORLD. She has taken the crown for top Women internationally 3 years running, undefeated! AND she dominates against the boys, scoring top 10 in the world for the past two years and counting! She is one of the hardest working, most skilled skateboarders in the downhill scene today and she has continued plans for domination. Nothing will stand in her way as she fights to win every race, versus the guys and the gals.


Photo by Jeff Suchy


Rachel Bruskoff. Rachel, or Bagels as she is called, is known for her upbeat attitude and big smile. She has been competing on the world circuit for 5 years and has accomplished 2nd and 3rd place world titles among many other first places and podium finishes. Her love of riding has taken her all over the globe, chasing competition and the love and thrill of skating. She is a driving force behind the skate community, on and off her board, bringing inspiration and encouragement through her videos, social media, and natural positive energy. But don't let her smile fool you, she is a tough competitor that will fight to win!


Photo by CGSA


Teresa Gillcrist. Teresa is a 21 year old cultural anthropology student at UCLA in California. She has been skating for many years but began her journey into the race scene in 2018. Ever since she started racing, she has been a force in the women's scene, progressing as quickly as she skates. She is currently traveling the world chasing the IDF tour, conquering all race tracks and competition she comes across!


Photo by Arirang Hill


Julia Barklow. Julia is what we'd call the face of stoke. She is a 25-year mapping professional born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Once she realized her passion for downhill skateboarding, she became obsessed with skating and learned about traveling the world for international races. Within the first two years of learning to downhill skateboard, she gained sponsorship with local companies and bought registration to races in Australia and New Zealand, Whistler, and the USA. She has since traveled to over 15 countries and competed in events in Australia-Asia, North America, and Europe, meeting roads and skaters of all different backgrounds. She has taken on the world tour with strong finishes and always a positive vibe. She is ecstatic about the opportunity to represent the USA in Barcelona!


Photo via Gravity Fest


Ashley Winecoff. Ashley Winecoff hails from North Carolina and started racing back in 2016. Hailing from the "mecca" of downhill skateboarding spots in North Carolina, she has honed in her skills and is a force to reckon with. She has only competed in the USA national circuit, to where she came out with top finishes! Now she is ready and stoked to take her edge across the ocean to Spain!


Photo by CK Photography 



Candy Dungan. Candy is one of the most motivational women in our sport. When she was competing, she was a huge force, ranking 2nd in the USA in 2016 and 5th in the world in 2017. Last year, she got into an accident that left her paralyzed. She has battled and come back from many doctors thinking she'd never walk again to having mobility and working hard every day to regain what she can. She plans to keep riding, however she can, whether it comes the day she can stand up again, or she is inventing her own forms of hybrid boards to get her out there. She won't be racing with us this year in Barcelona, but she will be there supporting the USA and her fellow teammates!


The team has set up a Go Fund Me page and is making it clear that no donation is too small - because it all adds up to helping them get to Barcelona, Spain to compete for the USA in July.

You can donate via the link HERE. 

Congrats ladies!!!