The Vans Park Series stop in Malmö is a wrap. The VPS certified Kroksbäck skatepark was once again torn to pieces by a field of gnarly skateboarders, but in the end it was Hawaiian Jordyn Barrett (USA) taking 1st for the ladies after attacking the varied park with speed, power, and pure classic style. She’s overcome several injuries in the last couple of years, so that made finally taking the top spot even sweeter.
“This is so rewarding. I’ve wanted to win the Vans Park Series ever since it started. “After this, I’m even more motivated and really looking forward to China. The stakes are high and I want to keep doing better and better.” – Jordyn Barrett
Kisa Nakamura (JAP) maintained her podium streak, flowing through the park into 2nd place, and Sakura Yosozumi (JAP) was just edged out of 3rd by former world champ Brighton Zeuner (USA), who finally managed to put a run together after a tricky start to the her finals.
Local boy Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg (SWE) came back from last place to take the top spot for the men on his final run. I’m pretty sure you could have heard the cheering in Copenhagen after he managed to cling on to a kickflip over the center feature and then put down the rest of his high-speed run. I briefly had the pleasure of speaking with Patrick O’Dell during the contest, and he told me that Oski is a first or last place kinda skater. He was definitely right.
“I got lucky. I’m just so happy. This is insane. Everyone I know is watching, and somehow, I made it. I’m so thankful everyone had my back. This is incredible. Thank you.” – Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg
Clay Kreiner (USA) took second with some giant 540’s, and Brazilian powerhouse Pedro Barros (BRA) probably cracked some concrete to make his way into 3rd.
Watching practice and qualifiers, it seemed like it was anyone’s contest to win. There were lots of people who I thought would definitely make it to the finals that ended up blowing their runs and failing to get through, but that’s skateboarding I guess. Sometimes it works, a lot of the time it doesn’t and you eat shit.
The Kroksbäck park will once again return to local hands after the Vans show moves out of town. The park was purpose built for the first contest back in 2016, and since then has remained standing and is helping to spread the stoke of skateboarding to people in the local area. This is pretty cool, and something we need more of. Skateboarding prides itself as being more than just another FIFA machine that leaves destruction in its wake, so big up Vans for caring about skateboarding and leaving Mälmo with something rad, instead of just buggering off.
2018 VPS Men’s Pro Tour, Sweden Finals
1. Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg (SWE)
2. Clay Kreiner (USA)
3. Pedro Barros (BRA)
2018 Women’s Pro Tour, Sweden Finals
1. Jordyn Barratt (USA)
2. Kisa Nakamura (JPN)
3. Brighton Zeuner (USA)
2018 Men’s Europa Continental Championship
1. Simon Karlsson (SWE)
2. Herman Moller (SWE)
3. Sam Beckett (GBR)
2018 Women’s Europa Continental Championship
1. Amelia Brodka (POL)
2. Lilly Stoephasius (GER)
3. Shani Bru (FRA)
The 2018 Vans Park Series World Championships will take place on October 27 in China, hosting the series elite Select Pros, VPS Continental Champions and top-ranking tour challengers at the final stop of the season to crown the new 2018 park terrain skateboarding world champions visit vansparkseries.com for event details, tour highlights, confirmed riders and more.