ROMAN PABICH AND SAKURA YOSOZUMI
CLAIM SHANGHAI VPS VICTORY
Just like that the first round of our Vans Park Series Tour 2019 has wrapped up! We’ve got our eyes set on the next leg of the tour in San Paulo, Brazil but for now, let's recap on the VPS glory that was Shangai
Shanghai, CHINA (May 18, 2019) – The next generation of park terrain icons have stepped forth into the light and the kids are alright. Vans Park Series named 17-year-old Roman Pabich (USA) and 17-year-old Sakura Yosozumi (JPN) the winners of the VPS Shanghai stop. Showcasing a remarkable compilation of rising stars and emerging international talent, the VPS Shanghai event gave way for the most exciting contenders and tour challengers to prove their medal and shift the narrative for the 2019 season. For his first-ever VPS event win of his career, Pabich’s smooth style, trick selection and overall consistency in leading the semi-finals earned him a well-deserved maiden VPS victory. Smiling ear to ear with gratitude for his victory, Pabich exclaimed, “My favorite thing about this tour is all of the places that we get to go to skate with our friends, and these parks that they build for us. It’s insane, we are like VIP status everywhere, it’s the best! Thank you.”
In similar form, Yosozumi emerged guns blazing, effortlessly landing a variety of technical tricks at every wall she could find. Her execution of a difficult backside noseblunt revert in the last seconds of her winning run was the true stunner, and without a doubt sealed the win.
The winners join an exceptional podium of young rippers, including the youngest of the winners, 15-year-old Select Pro CJ Collins who always keeps the crowd engaged, placing in 2nd, and 18-year-old Brazilian crowd favorite Luiz Francisco, who snuck into podium in his final run to place third. On the women’s podium, Japan’s 18-year-old Kisa Nakamura placed 2nd, having made an incredible comeback final run despite an injury, and the unstoppable Yndiara Asp in 3rd, whose speed and power are proof of her consistent podium record. Congratulations to all the winners!
For the full replay for the Shanghai stop and to stay up to date about ‘19 VPS series have a glance at www.vansparkseries.com.
FINAL RESULTS 2019 VPS Men’s Pro Tour, Shanghai
1. Roman Pabich (USA)
2. CJ Collins (USA)
3. Luiz Francisco (BRA)
2019 VPS Women’s Pro Tour, Shanghai
1. Sakura Yosozumi (JPN)
2. Kisa Nakamura (JPN)
3. Yndiara Asp (BRA)
ABOUT VANS PARK SERIES The 2019 Vans Park Series Pro Tour is the premier competitive platform for professional park terrain skateboarding. Spanning five countries over a five-month season, the series features four global qualifiers for men and women, and culminates with the official Vans Park Series World Championships to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah in September. Showcasing an international roster of skateboarding’s elite pros, Vans Park Series awards a total series purse of $800,000 (USD) and advocates its principal commitment to prize parity for men and women.