Monster Energy’s Tom Schaar Takes First Place at Vans Park Series Contest in Huntington Beach

Monster Energy’s Tom Schaar Takes First Place and Ben Hatchell Takes Second Place at Vans Park Series Contest in Huntington Beach

I’m just really happy and glad I was able to put my run down. My knee actually hurts a lot more if I run out of a trick. – Tom Schaar

Monster Energy congratulates team riders Tom Schaar and Ben Hatchell on a double-podium finish – taking first and second place, respectively – in front of a huge crowd at the Vans Park Series Men’s Pro Tour competition in Huntington Beach, California. Battling a knee injury and the world’s best park terrain riders, 17-year-old Schaar put together a perfect finals run for first place and $20,000 prize money. He advances as the top qualifier to the 2017 Men’s World Championships in September, where he will be joined by Hatchell, who took home $15,000 for second place today.

For the second consecutive year, the Vans Park Series (VPS) brings together hundreds of riders from all over the globe at competitions in locations such as Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, and the United States. As part of the world’s largest action sports festival, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, today’s contest offered riders the last chance to qualify for the upcoming Vans Park Series (VPS) World Championships in Shanghai on September 23.

Schaar came to Huntington Beach as a top competitor: With a solid lead in the 2017 Vans Skate Park Series rankings, he recently made history as the first skateboarder to win X Games medals in both the Big Air and Skate Park events at X Games Minneapolis with two silver medals. Earlier this year, Schaar also took first place in the 13th annual Vans Pool Party contest in Orange, California, and won the 2017 Vans Park Series Pro Tour season opener in Manly Beach, Australia.

Although battling pain from tendonitis in his knee all weekend, Schaar advanced into the finals in second place. After securing an early lead with a perfect first run, he increased the difficulty and put down one of the highest scores in VPS history on his third attempt: Frontside tailslide over the love seat straight into a high-flying backside 540 in the deep end, followed by an alley-oop backside ollie into the bank, backside 5-0 grind, kickflip…

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