Vans Park Series Review

Dylan Bills, Sports Writer

The Vans Park Series Finals were held in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 7, on the fairgrounds. Many pros and amateurs were invited to skate the Vans Skatepark that was built over the summer. To make the park they completely tore down the rodeo that was there for around 10 years. They built a massive bowl for all the competitors and a little street park for all the people that came to the event. Skaters from all of Salt Lake City came to see these people compete and skate the park.

The men’s select pros who were invited to compete are Alex Sorgente, Pedro Barros, Tom Schaar, Jagger Eaton, Cj Collins, Patrick Ryan, Cory Juneau, and Roman Pabich. The men’s tour challengers are Ben Hatchel, Jack Fardell, Clay Kreiner, Heimana Reynolds, Karl Berglind, Kevin Kowalsi, Jake Wooten, Pedro Delfino, Keegan Palmer, Murilio Peres, Robin Bolian, Ivan Federico, Trey Wood, Tristain Rennie, Vincent Matheron, Vinicius Kakinho, Sam Beckett and Josh Borden. The men’s pro tour wildcards are Chris Russel, Curren Caples, Ronnie Sandoval, Raven Tershy, Greyson Fletcher and Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg. The women’s select pros are Brighton Zeuner, Yndiara Asp, Jordyn Barratt,Sakura Yosozumi, Poppy Starr Olsen, Kisa Nakamura, Kokona Hiraki and Nicole Hause. The women’s wildcards are Nora Vasconcellos, and Lizzie Armanto.

The following men are the podiums of the competition. In first place, Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg, in second place Alex Sorgente, in third place Tristain Rennie, in fouth place the 16-year-old Cj Collins, and in 5th place Roman Pabich. The following women are the podiums of the competitions. In first place Sakura Yosozumi, in second place Kokona Hiraki, in third place Mami Tezuka, in fourth place Poppy Star Olsen, and in fifth place Kody Tamanha. Then the contest ended and everyone went home.

The city is keeping the park open for the public which I believe is super cool. I feel like just because of that one comp, Salt Lake became a “skate city” all the sudden. We are getting a woodward in Park City and a street park that has something to do with the Olympics which I’ve heard will be open to the public after its not being used anymore. And it feels like SLC means something different to skaters now and it’s all kinda just around this one comp.