Congrats to 2019 Vans Park Series Championships Winners: Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg & Sakura Yosozumi

The 2019 Vans Park Series Championships was nothing short of extraordinary with skaters of all ages and backgrounds battling it out in the intense heat and high altitude of the newly built legacy park in Salt Lake City, Utah.

3. Mami Tezuka (JPN) , 1. Sakura Yosozumi (JPN), 2. Cocona Hiraki (JPN) Photo by Anthony Acosta

The Women’s division was swept by the power and style of three young Japanese rippers: Mami Tezuka (3rd), Cocona Hiraki (2nd), and Sakura Yosozumi (1st) taking first. These girls came to win and the way they carry themselves is 100% skateboarding. They were having fun while being appreciative of the opportunity to be riding in the contest while forwarding the notion that skateboarding doesn’t owe you anything, so earn it every run. This was very inspiring and has set a new bar of how to be a truly progressive skateboarder on a world stage.

3. Tristan Rennie (USA), 1. Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg (SWE), 2. Alex Sorgente (USA) Photo by Anthony Acosta

The Men’s division was an all-out battle of the warriors of transition skating with everyone bringing their own unique style, resulting in Tristan Rennie taking 3rd, Alex Sorgente landing 2nd and Oskar Rozenburg taking the coveted 1st place spot.

Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg. Photo by Anthony Acosta

Tristan brought technical, precise, consistent lines into each run while Alex brought insane power and speed into his lines almost making it look like the park couldn’t contain him. Oskar got creative with his trick selections and lines with an unpredictable and different attack every run earning him the crown.

Sakura Yosozumi. Photo by Anthony Acosta

The atmosphere Vans creates with this contest series is skaters and skateboarding first, giving the participants the ability to perform at the highest levels possible.

Greyson Fletcher and John Cardiel. Photo by Dan Levy

Following the contest semi-finals on Friday, Ben Horton, who did the art for the trophies had a very well-attended art show in the heart of the thriving skateboarding Salt Lake scene.

Saturday, after the finals were over, NYHC heavy hitters, Gorilla Biscuits, played an unbelievable show at the after party, even doing a cover of Minor Threat, which got the capacity crowd moshing it up in the pit, while kids of all ages were stage diving and having a great time.

Kody Tamanaha. Photo by Dan Levy

Thanks to Vans for keeping the culture lit and supporting skateboarding with class and style. Looking forward to see what next year brings…

Words by Dan Levy

Photos by Anthony Acosta, Dan Levy and Sofia Tauana

Poppy Starr Olsen tests out the new park while Tony Hawk films. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Mami Tezuka. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Cocona Hiraki. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Ruby Lilley Photo by Dan Levy
Mami Tezuka. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Salt Lake Locals Crew with Greyson Fletcher, Alex Sorgente, Cory Juneau, Clay Kreiner, and Jake Wooten. Photo by Dan Levy
Sakura Yosozumi. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Autumn Tust. Photo by Dan Levy
Kihana Ogawa. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Grace Marhoefer. Photo by Dan Levy
Robin Logan, Wally Inouye, Bryce Kanights and Christian Hosoi. Photo by Dan Levy
Kody Tamanaha. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Sakura Yosozumi. Photo by Dan Levy
Lizzie Armanto. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Jeff Grosso, Lizzie Armanto and Christian Hosoi. Photo by Dan Levy
Nora Vasconcellos. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Nora Vasconcellos signing autographs. Photo by Dan Levy
Get it Oski! Photo by Sofia Tauana
Alex Sorgente. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Cory Juneau. Photo by Dan Levy
CJ Collins. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Pedro Barros pays tribute to those struggling through the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Photo by Dan Levy
Pedro Barros. Photo by Dan Levy
Tristan Rennie. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Mike Rogers and Alex Sorgente. Photo by Dan Levy
CJ Collins. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Chris Russell. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Greyson Fletcher and Jake Wooten. Photo by Dan Levy
Josh Borden. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Ronnie Sandoval and Curren Caples Photo by Dan Levy
Thalente Biyela. Photo by Dan Levy
Cory Juneau. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Mike Rogers, Chris Pastras and Wally Inouye. Photo by Dan Levy
Roman Pabich. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Tristan Rennie. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Ronnie Sandoval. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Oskar Rozenberg. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Chris Russell Photo by Dan Levy
Tristan Rennie. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Chris Nieratko. Photo by Dan Levy
Roman Pabich. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Jake Wooten. Photo by Dan Levy
Tony Hawk and Christian Hosoi. Photo by Dan Levy
Alex Sorgente. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Tristen Rennie. Photo by Dan Levy
Roman Pabich. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Willy Santos, Christian Hosoi and Wally Inouye. Photo by Dan Levy
Chris Russell. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Vinicius Kakinho, Jake Wooten, Oskar Rozenberg, Christian Hosoi, John Cardiel, Alex Sorgente, Greyson Fletcher. Photo by Dan Levy
Jake Wooten. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Luiz Francisco. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Oskar Rozenberg. Photo by Anthony Acosta
Oskar Rozenberg. Photo by Dan Levy
2019 Vans Park Series Championships aftermath: Grace Marhoefer, Cory Juneau, Jeff Grosso, Clay Kreiner, Jake Wooten, Alex Sorgente, Oskar Rozenberg, John Cardiel, Pedro Barros, Greyson Fletcher, Keegan Palmer, Luiz Francisco, Christian Hosoi, Alessandro Mazzara, Vinicius Kakinho. Photo by Dan Levy

Press Release:

The Vans Park Series World Championships ends the 2019 season with yet another incredible action-packed finale, crowning Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg and Sakura Yosozumi as your new 2019 Vans Park Series World Champions! Energy was peaking from massive Salt Lake City crowds at the new, permanent Vans-Utah Sports Commission Skatepark earlier today, as the two swept everyone away with their heavy-hitting runs. Watch the full replay and highlights now on vansparkseries.com.

Touted by the skaters as one of the best park designs in Park Series history, the new Vans-Utah Sports Commission skatepark proved to be the perfect terrain for 2019 VPS Champion Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg. Hallberg showed unswerving determination early on in the competition, with consistent runs mastering the new course. Oski’s creativity and improvisation ultimately made for one of the most exciting runs of the Park Series to date. His inspiring mix of tricks and lines got the crowd’s attention as they chanted his name, and placed him atop the leader board unrivaled by the field. This win marks Hallberg’s second world championship title.

Former world champion Alex Sorgente laid down the best of his technical style in hopes for a third championship title, but fell slightly short in his later runs, while Tristan Rennie, one of the most consistent skaters all season, earned 3rd.

Barging the women’s podium fast and furious, Japanese skaters Sakura Yosozumi, Kokona Hiraki and Mami Tezuka surely made their country proud at today’s competition. VPS Women’s World Champion Sakura Yosozumihas been an obvious title contender, having won multiple events, and consistently advancing into finals at every tour stop she attends. Yosozumi’s trick selection continues to progress, and her clean execution of every run earned her the championship title today.

Not far behind in second place, 11-year-old Kokona Hiraki was constantly at Yosozumi’s coattails, showing hunger for the win, while style wunderkind Mami Tezuka was a crowd favorite, placing third.

The 2019 VPS Pro Tour has been a wild ride, spanning 5 countries in 5 months, and ending an unbelievable season in Salt Lake City to showcase the world’s best in park terrain skateboarding. The talent witnessed on this tour has been unmatched, with rising stars and seasoned park terrain experts coming together showcase the unique culture of skateboarding at its best. Looking ahead to next year, the 2020 class of Vans Park Series Select Pros has been determined by the Top 8 ranking skaters in each division. VPS looks forward to showcasing a new generation of park terrain talent next year!

Congratulations to all the winners! The full replay of the Vans Park Series World Championships will be available onwww.vansparkseries.com.

VPS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

2019 VPS Men’s Pro Tour, Salt Lake City

Final Results

1. Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg (SWE)

2. Alex Sorgente (USA)

3. Tristan Rennie (USA)

2019 Women’s Pro Tour, Salt Lake City

Finals Results

1. Sakura Yosozumi (JPN)

2. Kokona Hiraki (JPN)

3. Mami Tezuka (JPN)

ABOUT VANS PARK SERIES

The 2019 Vans Park Series Pro Tour is the premier competitive platform for professional park terrain skateboarding. Spanning five countries over a five-month season, the series features four global qualifiers for men and women and culminates with the official Vans Park Series World Championships to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah in September. Showcasing an international roster of skateboarding’s elite pros, Vans Park Series awards a total series purse of $800,000 (USD) and advocates its principal commitment to prize parity for men and women.

Established in 2016, Vans Park Series’ mission is to inspire youth and grow skateboarding participation worldwide by defining a global foundation for park terrain competition that promotes the creative culture of skateboarding. Currently, there are two VPS-certified skateparks donated by Vans Park Series abroad, in Malmö, Sweden (2016) and São Paulo, Brazil (2018)—along with the recently renovated Vans Off The Wall Skatepark in Huntington Beach, CA, just a few miles from Vans’ global headquarters. Vans Park Series uniquely defines the park terrain format with its exclusive points system, judging guidelines and qualifying park terrain course criteria. Additional information and live webcast details will be available on the official Vans Park Series iOSapp and online.

Follow the Vans Park Series on social media or sign up online now for the latest information on Vans Park Series events. 

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