Vans Park Series Malmö
What a week!
The main show rolled into town and we were ready for it. Vans Pro Skate Park Series World Championship Final. Get your head around that for a minute, eh? Big guns in town. Full squad.
After months of preparation, building a park and feeding the hype it was go-time. While CPH Open was kicking off across the sound, grandstands were being put into place in Kroksbäck and the site for the World Championship Final was taking shape. Even before CPH Open was over, the riders started to arrive. Hatchell, Kowalski, Sorgente, Schaar, Lynn, Armanto, Zeuner, Barratt. Brewing.
Monday kicked off the Skate Malmö: Side Show with the park opening. Mayor, Klezmer, million neighborhood kids, media, sunshine. Pedro Barros, Julz Lynn. Charge!
Wednesday: Deep-End Session. The annual congregation at Stapelbäddsparkens gnar-pocket once again got cooking. Do something – get cash. Join in, get hyped. Have it!
Thursday: We’re everywhere! Visitors travelling to Central Station for the Malmö Festival were confronted with a throwback 80’s setup and the Central Station Jam. Jams, tricks for cash, skating cars. There’s a reason the classics are classics.
Friday: Side Show at the Main Show!
When in Malmö, you should get to skate. Skate Malmö: Shred! is the open contest at the new Kroksbäck Skatepark. €3000 on the line and free to enter. Shredding took place, the Side Show crew took the Main Stage and all was well. Watch this space for results and recap.
Saturday: Vans Pro Skate Park Series World Championship Final
The crowd! Queues for miles, grandstands at capacity and the hills by the park packed. Malmö loves skating and came out in full force to show it. Thanks everyone for showing such good patience with queues and limited grandstand access. Sunshine, food, drink and good times.
All the kids in Kroksbäck know Julez! Crowd favourite did the drop-in noone else would and won the hearts of the crowd. Brighton Zeuner is 12 and the world champion after putting together an mind-blowing run, ending with a bs 360 over the launch-island that she had been trying all week. When the lines align, it’s a joy to watch and Brighton’s reaction after that last trick will be putting smiles on faces for some time to come. No doubt well deserved. Fuck yes, Brighton!!
It’s easy to expect that it takes a skate-nerd to appreciate the finer subtleties of skateboarding. Style, technicality, precision, creativity. These are all things skaters like to think the ’general audience’ won’t appreciate. With this in mind you havet o give it to the Malmö audience: They saw what the skaters saw. Seeing the same line every run doesn’t necessarily build the hype, while standout tricks stick to the memory and make a stronger impression. The audience wasn’t there to judge, they were there to enjoy the skating. And that they did. Nice one, Malmö.
Hometown-hopeful Oski laid down improvised runs and the crowd loved the fact that they didn’t know what to expect. In the end that wasn’t enough to reach the finals, but everyone got to see Oski do what he does best. As the finals approached, the sky was graying over. Two runs in it started spitting enough for the tension to intensify, and the pace to speed up, but it stayed dry. The atmosphere intensified and the last runs had full focus.
Grant Taylor, Corey Juneau, Ivan Federico, Jack Fardell, Pedro Barros, Ben Hatchell, Kevin Kowalski and Alex Sorgente battled it out with run after run outdoing the previous. No one could knock Pedro on power or Jack Fardell on five-0 fakies, Ben Hatchell’s gap-tombstone-ollie out transfer may have been the banger of the day and Ivan Federico nailed all the hard tricks in his line, but in the end Alex Sorgente’s combination of power and fine-tuned calm control earned him first.
Here’s some photos from the week shot by our photographers EKEN and RAMIN.
The world championship final
Skate Malmö is happy to announce that Malmö will host the World Championship Final of Vans Pro Skate Park Series. Vans are partnering with the Skate Malmö for the event that will be in the Hyllie Badhuspark August 20.
VPSPS are introducing ‘Park’ as a new competition format, which is good news for Malmö. Yep: Vans are donating a brand new skatepark for the event and have involved Bryggeriet in the design and construction. The build is underway and promising some serious charge potential. Follow @skatemalmo.se for updates and images.
For the event, Skate Malmö are producing a series of short films about the Malmö skate scene. Tune in here for featured videos and updates.
VPSPS means that Ultra Bowl will take a break for 2016, but don’t fret, the week leading up to the finals will be chock-full of open-entry shredding around the city. For the lead up to the VPSPS final, the skaters of Malmö are planning a week of open-entry skate mayhem around the city. Expect charged sessions at spots familiar and new. There will be art. There will be parties. There will be the Malmö Festival: Consider yourself invited.
For one week every year, the Malmö Festival takes over the Malmö City Centre. One of Europe’s largest street festivals, expect a barrage of bands, food, art and everything in between. No admittance fees – bands for free!
Skate Malmö is always working to take skateboarding in Malmö one step further and we are stoked Vans will help us make this possible for 2016. New bowl, new comp, the dudes, the ladies, the crowd, the charge! See you all out here in August!
The competition area opens at 13.00
The competition starts at 14.30.
It is free to come and watch the comp. A lot of visitors are expected so we strongly advise getting there in good time. Once we have reached maximus capacity the area will be closed off.
How to get there:
Kroksbäck skatepark is located here
If you are not getting there by foot we recommend public transport.
If you are arriving by train it’s a short walk from Hyllie station.
The closest buss stop is “Hylliebadet” where bus 8 stops.
If you are arriving by car there’s a lot of parking around Hyllie station or Emporia shopping mall.
All visitors must go through a brief security check. Things that may be regarded as harmful are not allowed. This judgement will be made by our hosts. You are not allowed to bring in any alcohol. All other drink or food is ok.
Bring a water bottle
There will be water available on site so bringing a water bottle would be a good idea.
There are several toilets on site. Also handicap specific ones.
Food and Merchandise
There will be food and merchandise for sale on site but not all accepts card payments so bring cash.
The competitions starts at 14.30
14.30 Women’s World Championship
15.30 – 16.00 Men’s warm up
16.00 Men’s Semi Final
17.45 Men’s Final
18.15 Prize giving ceremony
More info about the comp at www.vansparkseries.com/
THE ROAD TO MALMÖ
For Vans Park Series, Skate Malmö are collaborating with Phil Evans in producing ‘The Road to Malmö’, a series of films highlighting different aspects of Malmö as a city for skateboarding. From the skaters, to the spots, to the collaboration between the City and Bryggeriet. Enjoy!
Skate Malmö: Side Show
For everyone travelling to Malmö for the Vans Park Series week, Skate Malmö are putting on the ’Side Show’. Events all week, open to all, promising plenty of options for everyone to get their roll on.
Kroksbäck Skatepark Opening: Monday 17-18.30
Starting Monday, the new skatepark built for the Vans Park Series Final will be officcially handed over to the City. A charging demo followed by speeches and a one-hour free session, open to all. The park will be open to the public from August 23rd.
Deep End Session: Wednesday 18-20
Ultrabowl veterans and anyone ready to step into the snake session will congregate on Stapelbäddparkens holy-ground: The deep-end. Cash-fuelled sessions and more. Get in the ring or join the crowd to appreciate the mayhem. Safety distance. Get hyped! Be scared…
Central Station Jam: Thursday 17-20
Skate Malmö are collaborating with Jernhusen and the boys at Malmö Skateboards to bring skating to the heart of the Malmö Festival. Right outside the back entrance of the station, close to the main band stages, there will be an 80’s setup to session all week. Come Thursday, it’s on with three ours of competitions and sessions. Prize-money, giveways, all that jazz. Expect the unexpected.
Skate Malmö: Shred! – Friday 11-16
Want to skate the new park? Join the Shred.
Chances are you are not in the vpsps final, but want to skate the new park. Then Skate Malmö: Shred! is for you. Session-format, 15 and over, €3000 on the line. This is the one for the crew!
Vans Pro Skate Park Series Final
The top qualifiers and selected pros for the Vans Pro Skate Park Series meet the moment of truth. A new skatepark waiting to have the best out there carve new lines in front a crowd of thousands. The event is free, but make sure to arrive in time to get through the security bag-checks. This is the big one!
Oski Claims Third in huntington Beach
Oskar Rosenberg Hallberg has been growing into the Park Series with every stop. Not one to go for a set line, you never know what to expect when he drops in. Sometimes working without a plan can fall through, but when the flow hits it’s just that much better!
In Hungtington Beach, Oski found his flow charged through a series of creative runs. Not shying down from the glory-transfer, Oski raised the roof with an out-of-the-blue bs 360, putting him in first for the coming runs. In the end, Chris Russel’s charge and Ben Hatchell’s wizardry beat him on the podium, but to out ears, Oski had the crowd cheering the loudest. Proud to see you comfortably rubbing shoulders with the crew, Oski. Can’t wait for Malmö the 20t
Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg / bs nosegrind /Stapelbäddsparken / Photo Nils Svensson