Vans Park Series 2019: Shanghai, China
Vans kicked off their Park Series event in Shanghai, China, this year. As expected, the young (and old) talent that showed up did not disappoint. Hell, we even got the Bird Man there! This is a small taste of the skating taking place in the Far East right now, from the practice and semifinals. To watch the finals live, check the dates and times below to keep up with the concrete demigods at this historic event. —Chris Nieratko
Photos by Anthony Acosta
Hawk, Grosso and Dune getting ready for the show
When you’re hanging with Hosoi and Cab, you take the earbuds out. Cory Juneau knows
Patrick Ryan, flying high and making the Pawn crew proud
Aloha from China. Hosoi and Josh Borden, front-row seats
The pride of Japan, Kisa Nakamura, was the top women’s qualifier—back Smith
Curren was fired up! Haven’t seen him show his claws in some time. New year, new Curren—straight shot to the finals. Frontside flip
Curren and Gregson reunite on the deck
Lizzie slapping a lien to tail
Youngblood Heimana Reynolds made it to the finals first try. Can’t fight the island vibes—frontside invert on the tall wall
Poppy and Nora seemed pretty pleased with the course
Yndiara and Brighton share a peaceful moment during the semis
Yndiara with a full digger of a front feeble
Even our staff was getting some! Chris Gregson, lien air
Kevin Harris and Sluggo had a baby and named him Andy Anderson. Airwalk finger flip
Chris Cote and Tony Alva buddy up for the lens
Alex Sorgente was battling the flu but still managed to lay down some hammers like this end-to-end crooked grind
CJ with a no comply to tail on the Thrasher best-trick box
Smiles for miles. CJ crushes
Jordyn Barratt bonelessed her way into the finals with ease
No knee issues are gonna keep Kreiner from having a good time. We’re happy you made it, Clay
There he is! What, you thought he was just gonna announce the contest? T-Hawk, fully-tucked
Hot Karl slipped into 8th place, finals bound—full-extension boneless
With no Nicole Hause, Sakura Yosozumi stepped it up as the field flyer and qualified second for the finals—boosted BSO
Jake’s pick for the win? Roman
Anxiety, jetlag and still nothing but smiles. Welcome to Shanghai!
Global Broadcast Times:
Saturday, May 18th
Shanghai - 12pm
Friday, May 17th
Los Angeles - 9 pm
New York - 12 am
London - 5 am
Sao Paulo - 1 am
Sydney - 2 pm
Watch live at vansparkseries.com or thrashermagazine.com
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