Shanghai, China (PRWEB)
September 25, 2017
Monster Energy congratulates team rider Tom Schaar on a strong third-place finish at the 2017 Vans Park Series (VPS) Men’s World Championships in Shanghai. What a way to end a dominating season! Taking the podium with a solid performance on the custom-built concrete park in the Bund waterfront area of central Shanghai, the 17-year-old from Malibu, California, also ended the season as the highest-scoring rider on the 2017 Vans Park Series Pro Tour Challenger standings at 30,000 points. Closely missing the podium in today’s VPS Women’s World Championships, his Monster Energy teammate Lizzie Armanto from Santa Monica earned a fourth place finish.
Now in its second year, the Vans Park Series brought together riders from all over the globe to crown the official World Champions of park riding in the Men’s and Women’s divisions. All year, the world’s best pool skateboarders battled for tour points and prize money at competitions in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, and the United States. The season’s highest-ranked skateboarders advanced to the Vans Park Series (VPS) World Championships, which took place on a custom-built skatepark on the banks of the Huangpu River in Shanghai.
The competition was intense this weekend as the VPS World Championships course challenged riders with a combination of big transitions, banks, hips, and extensions, plus street-style elements such as a centerpiece kicker and round flat bar. In front of the stunning backdrop of the Shanghai skyline, yesterday’s Semi Final saw the 25 qualified riders battle for one of only eight spots in the Final session, cranking up the level of difficulty to World Championship levels along the way. Schaar emerged from the Semi Final in third place, putting together a high-scoring 40-second run featuring full-speed frontside Smith grind over the love seat, over head-high backside 540, and floating alley-oop backside ollie into the bank.
As the action moved into today’s Final session, Schaar found himself not only facing interruptions from rain showers, but also intense heat from Brazil’s Pedro Barros, Sweden’s Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg, and reigning 2016…