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Park Terrain Skateboarding World Champion Alex Sorgente claims 1st 2017 Men’s Pro Tour victory at Vans Park Series Sweden event

Park Terrain Skateboarding World Champion Alex Sorgente claims 1st 2017 Men’s Pro Tour victory at Vans Park Series Sweden event
Salad Days

Vans Park Series congratulates Alex Sorgente for a remarkable first place performance at the VPS Sweden men’s Pro Tour event.

As the current World Champion, Sorgente’s victory marks his second time claiming glory at Kroksbäck Skatepark, after dominating the built-to-spec park terrain course at the VPS World Championships last year.
Demonstrating incredible accuracy and lightning speed throughout his runs, Sorgente remarks, “I’m ecstatic. I can’t believe I won here again. There’s really no limitations at this park, you can go big, long grinds, big airs, everything mixed together makes it really great.”


Tour Challenger Tom Schaar’s precision and trick variety landed him in 2nd place, further securing his Challenger rankings lead and earning him his second podium appearance in the season after winning in Australia in March.


Finally, it was no surprise that the capacity Malmö crowds went wild for local boy Karl Berglind, whose seamless runs and creative combinations in the semi’s and finals put him in 3rd place, securing his first podium placement in the series so far. “I’m speechless,” Berglind gushes. “Just being in the final was a win for me. Everyone was fired up and I needed that pressure on me to step it up.” An honorable mention also goes out to fellow Malmö native Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg, after executing an outstanding miracle run in the Semi’s to send the Sweden audience roaring.


VPS Sweden Men’s Pro Tour – Final Results

1. Alex Sorgente
2. Tom Schaar
3. Karl Berglind
4. Cory Juneau
5. Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg
6. Roman Pabich
7. Pedro Barros
8. Ben Hatchell


VPS Men’s World Championship Tour – Pro Challenger Rankings

1. Tom Schaar
2. Murilo Peres
3. Willy Lara
4. Tristan Rennie
5. Karl Berglind

VPS European Continental Champions

Rune Glifberg (DEN)
Amelia Brodka (POL)


The third stop on the 2017 VPS Men’s Pro Tour returned to the Kroksbäck Skatepark, the world’s first VPS-certified permanent park terrain competition course, donated in 2016 by the Vans Park Series to the community of Malmö, Sweden on the occasion of the inaugural park terrain skateboarding VPS World Championships for leading the world with their progressive support of the city’s youth through public skateboard programming and initiatives. To see the full list of 2017 results and remaining 2017 VPS World Tour events with information on how to enter or watch live, download the free Vans Park Series iOS app now or visit Vans Park Series online.

Vans Park Series 2017 World Tour

Pro Tour*

Sydney, Australia**
March 4

Serra Negra, Brazil**
April 8

Malmö, Sweden**
May 27

Vancouver, Canada**
July 8

Huntington Beach, USA
August 5

Continental Championships

Oceania Championships
Sydney, Australia
March 5

Europa Championships
Malmö, Sweden
May 26

Asia Championships
Date TBA

Americas Championships
Huntington Beach, USA
August 1

Africa Championships
Location TBA
Date TBA

World Championships*

Shanghai, China
September 23

*Broadcasted live on Red Bull TV
**Men’s-only event

The 2017 Vans Park Series Pro Tour is the premier series for professional park terrain skateboarders consisting of five men’s global qualifiers and one women’s global qualifier spanning five countries over six months and culminating with the official Vans Park Series World Championships. The men’s and women’s park terrain skateboarding 2017 Vans Park Series World Championships are sanctioned by the International Skateboarding Federation and will be held September 23 in Shanghai, China.

Known for its unrivaled combination of speed, style, flow, amplitude and creativity, park terrain is the fastest growing discipline in competitive skateboarding today. The Vans Park Series is the defining event series for global competitive park terrain skateboarding and the first and only point system culminating in the official ISF-sanctioned park terrain skateboarding select National, Continental and World Championships for men and women.

Showcasing an international roster of skateboarding’s elite pros and a total prize purse in excess of $500,000(USD), the Vans Park Series uniquely defines the park terrain format with its exclusive points system, judging guidelines and qualifying park terrain course criteria.


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