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WORLD’S TOP PARK TERRAIN SKATERS DESCEND ON SALT LAKE CITY FOR THE 2019 VANS PARK SERIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Salt Lake City’s Brand-New VPS-Certified Legacy Skatepark is presented by the Utah Sports Commission

Watch the official Salt Lake City teaser video here


Community Open Skate Event on Sept. 3 to Kick Off Championships Weekend

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Costa Mesa, CALIF. (August 30, 2019) – The 2019 Vans Park Series World Championships presented by Utah Sports Commission are finally here, as renowned skaters from across the globe prepare themselves for the pinnacle event of park terrain skating next weekend. Hosted for the first time in the United States, this year’s VPS World Championships finale will be held at the brand-new Vans – Utah Sports Commission Skatepark, a legacy park terrain skateboarding facility designed and built for the Utah community by Vans and California Skateparks. The Salt Lake City park is the last of three new parks that Vans Park Series has donated to skate communities around the world this 2019 tour season.

Attendees and global viewers will get a chance to see the ultimate roster of park terrain skaters from around the globe duke it out for the championship title. There will be no shortage of talent as fan-favorite skaters such as two-time VPS World Champions (2016 and 2018), Brighton Zeuner and Alex Sorgente, powerhouse Brazilians Pedro Barros and Yndiara Asp, and top-ranking skaters Roman Pabich, Cory Juneau, Tristan Rennie, Lizzie Armanto, Nora Vasconellos, Mami Tezuka, Kokona Hiraki and more, showcase their talent at the highly-anticipated season finale.

Coming off an exciting event in Paris-Chelles, France, skaters Luiz Francisco, Tristan Rennie, Vincent Matheron, Karl Berglind, and Keegan Palmerhave ended the 2019 season as the top five Tour Challengers in the rankings, having earned valuable points in the competitive race to secure a spot in the field with the invited Select Pros in the World Championships. On the women’s side, Mami Tezuka, Kihana Ogawa, Autumn Tust, Grace Marhoefer, and Shani Bruwill also advance to Salt Lake, after proving themselves as the fiercest five Tour Challengers in the women’s division.

On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Vans will join skate legend Tony Hawk, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the Utah Sports Commission president and CEO, Jeff Robbins at the Utah State Capital for a special press conference announcing the completion of the new skate park and previewing the VPS World Championships. Following the press conference, the local Salt Lake City community is invited to get a first look at the new skatepark and drop in before the competition starts as part of a special ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration. See more info below for the schedule of events for the press conference and ribbon cutting.

The 2019 Vans Park Series World Championships is presented by the Utah Sports Commission and is proud of their partnerships with Swatch, Flexfit and Adobe. The final event will be streamed live around the world from Salt Lake City Sept. 7 on vansparkseries.com and will feature commentary from Tony Hawk. Find the latest VPS event highlights here.

2019 Press Conference & Ribbon Cutting Schedule – Tuesday, September 3rd

  • 1pm– Press Conference and Media Q&A at the State Capitol
  • 2:30pm- VPS Skatepark Community Welcome + Ribbon Cutting + BBQ (skatepark is open to public) at Vans – Utah Sports Commissions Skatepark
  • 2pm – 6pm– Open skate for locals + Pros

Vans Park Series is broadcasted live on vansparkseries.com and distributed globally in partnership with Thrasher Magazine, Globo, Tencent, EdgeSport, and Twitch.

LIVE BROADCAST AIRS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
VANSPARKSERIES.COM

GLOBAL BROADCAST TIMES
Saturday, September 7
Salt Lake City – 12 p.m.
São Paulo – 3 p.m.
Los Angeles – 11 a.m.
New York – 2 p.m.
London – 7 p.m.
Shanghai – 2 a.m. (Sunday, September 8)
Sydney – 4 a.m. (Sunday, September 8)

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 iOS app 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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