Sorgente, Zuener win 2016 Vans Park Series finals
Sorgente dominates in Sweden
The Vans Park Series World Championships celebrated a historic finale as Alex Sorgente and Brighton Zeuner were crowned the first-ever champions of park terrain skateboarding in Malmo, Sweden last weekend. With an incredible finals matchup to salute an exciting international tour, Alex Sorgente (pictured here) dominated the built-to-spec park course with a staggering set of back to back near-perfect runs in both the semis and finals.
Jack Fardell represented Oz with pride holding down fast runs and impeccable form. Fardell made it the finals and placed eighth overall, which isn't anything to scoff at considering his jet lag.
Ben Hatchell reached massive heights with incredible trick-heavy runs to impress the crowds in Sweden on his way to fifth place in the finals. And did we mention that after the park was constructed for the comp, that Vans donated it to the city? Well consider yourself warned of Vans' benevolence.
First alternate Kisa Nakamura traveled all the way from Japan to win third place honors at the World Championship event. Look for her on the invite list for next year's Vans Park Series, and if she plays her cards right, the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
The future looks Brighton
Brighton Zeuner packed a punch with an incredible 360 over the ski jump to ultimately claim the first-ever Women's championship title in park terrain skateboarding. "I'm so happy. All the girls killed it. It has been so much fun. This is my third time in Sweden and every time, it's the best vibes ever -- and I'm picky with my vibes," said Zeuner. Not many 12 years old get to skate Sweden ever, let alone three times before the age of 13.
Vans' team rider Lizzie Armanto enjoys the competition energy while cheering on all the skaters. Armanto finished in fifth place, but don't count her out anytime soon.
Kevin Kowalski is unstoppable, going for broke with insane tricks at every stop on the Vans Park Series world tour. Thankfully, he didn't get broke off on his way to sixth place in the finals.
Pedro Barros in the house
The inimitable Pedro Barros skated with sheer force, achieving one of his best scores from the entire season to earn second.
The Vans Park Series Mens World Championships podium presents, from left to right, Italian star Ivan Federico (third), champion Alex Sorgente, and Pedro Barros (second). "I'm speechless. I'm just pretty hyped to be out here skating with my friends, and to be able to win this contest is amazing. Pedro was ripping, too! I've always looked up to him," said Sorgente following the win.
To the victors...
Alex Sorgente celebrates proper with skateboarding madman Greyson Fletcher (left) and two-time Vans Park Series qualifier winner Chris Russell (right).
The Vans Park Series Womens World Championships podium presents, from left to right, Kisa Nakamura (third), Brighton Zeuner (first) and Jordyn Barratt (second).