By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
The day was March 16, 1966, at 704 East Broadway in Anaheim, California, brothers Paul Van Doren and James Van Doren as well as Gordon C. Lee opened the first Vans store under the name The Van Doren Rubber Company, little knowing that it was going to become a signature brand for an entire generation and many generations to come.
Vans have been a company that has been compromised from the start to support extreme sports and produce gear and apparel in general not just for skateboarding but also sponsoring surf, snowboarding, BMX, and motocross teams all over the world.
Creators and promoters of the famous annual Vans Warped Tour that since 1996 has been a milestone of countercultural music festivals, featuring rock bands and acts that were chosen and voted for by its attendants and had its main focus on skateboarding culture, vas has proven to be not only a signature brand but also a HUGE reason why skateboarding has grown as a movement worldwide.
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In 2016 the “Vans Park Series World Championships” now known just as the World Skateboarding Championship was born in the prime of social media, being one of the first tours to be completely covered by Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other sites that have been booming in the entire world, It is also very known by the companies that sponsor the event since some of the biggest names in the industry are involved in its organization of the event.
Editions of the event have been held in Sweden (2016) China (2017-2018) and Brazil (2019) The event is focused in park terrain skateboarding for dudes and dudettes from all over the world hoping to obtain global recognition and of course, the money prices that go from 1st: $30,000, 2nd: $18,750, 3rd: $10,000 and all the way down to 15th place that could get $2,000!
The 2019’s event finals were hosted by Jeff Grosso, Chris Cote and no other than Tony Hawk himself. The event took place in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Format for Semis and Finals
Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)
5 skater Heats
4 runs each
Best run counts
Max 40 seconds or skate until you fall
Top 8 from Semi-Finals advance to Finals
In the Finals: First trick rebate on last run only, one time only, the clock resets.
Commitment and degree of difficulty
Creativity and use of entire course and features
Combination of maneuvers with more emphasis on distance traveled through air, slides, or grinds versus stationary tricks
Speed, style, flow and power
VPS Select Pros are seeded into the Semi-Finals at each VPS Pro Tour stop. VPS Select Pros are the top 8 ranked skaters from the previous year VPS World Championships.
Pump Up The Jam: The future of VPS
For future contests and events the VPS is aiming for a jam session format wich is no format at all! Each heat of three skaters will be given one introductory run where they skate until they fall, after which there is a five-minute jam session that the competitors can use however they want. Once the jam starts all three skaters will be on the park at the same time and skating head to head to stand out among the judges.
John Cardiel comments in an interview when asked if this format would give a nice kick to the event:
“One hundred percent! It makes for a more respectable first place.”
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