Back to back rain delays did not stop the 2017 Vans Park Series Pro Tour Global Qualifiers in Australia on March 4, 2017, as twenty of the world’s most talented park terrain skateboarders battled through a lightning round of finals heats, to inevitably crown Tom Schaar the winner of the VPS Australia Global Qualifier.
With an exceptional performance leading the qualifiers and flawless runs in today’s finals, the 17-year-old perfectionist swept the crowds with his dynamic flow and precision throughout the custom-spec park terrain course. Tom Schaar’s conclusive win not only grants him the Australia Global Qualifier title, but also places him in the lead in the 2017 VPS Men’s Tour Challenger Rankings.
We know what you’re thinking: hasn’t Patagonia been made sleeping bags for years? We thought that too, but in fact they haven’t. . . until now with the 800 Down Sleeping Bag.
“After years and years of making one-off sleeping bags for ourselves and people heading out on select trips, we wanted to share what we’ve learned with the greater outdoor community,” said Jenna Johnson, Patagonia’s sr. director, technical outdoor. “Our team built on a deep knowledge of insulation design and thought through every aspect of these sleeping bags, offering our customers a highly crafted, super functional bag option. Sleeping bags are such a crux part of our kit, and they become like a partner as we go out to explore and see new places. I’m very proud of our work and excited to offer these products to our customers.”
Nothing makes sleeping in your car more comfortable than a good mummy bag. For all the official details, please follow the jump.
The Vans Park Series kicks off the 2017 VPS Men’s Pro Tour this weekend in Sydney, Australia.
Situated in the scenic locale of Manly Beach, the custom-designed VPS park course is built directly on the sand, highlighting infinite opportunities for speed, air and style. The course terrain features a unique deep end equipped with pool coping, a gigantic hipped layback bank, a spine on top of the deck that with a raw concrete curb on top of it, a huge 10.5’ tall extension, and an abundance of hips and transfers.
The live broadcast begins March 3, 2017 on VansParkSeries.com. For all the official details, please follow the jump.
To celebrate the the release of his newest Pro Thunder Truck, Marc Johnson opened the doors of Brandon Biebel’s park to the public with free pizza and best-trick contests. Looks like everyone had a ripping good time, no?
Every time we’ve skated NorCal’s Glory Hole we always wondered what it would be like to see Lake Berryessa blasting right on through. Well, thanks to some drone footage, we all know. It’s one massive brown eye of death. It also looks like it’s going to be a while before anyone is slapping stickers past 10 o’clock. Then again, if you slapped one last fall, it’s probably still pretty safe right where it is.
Vans had a press release to go along with this photo that had something to do with a new marketing campaign they are launching for “Off The Wall,” but we never made it past this photo Tony Alva skating a pool. Just look at that would you?
It’s good to see downtown photographer Ari Marcopoulos still hangin’ with the action crowd. His current incarnation features a collab with adidas skateboarding.
Central to the collection is a specially made zine “AIGHT’.” Masterminded by Marcopoulos, the zine is 26 pages capturing a winter day of skateboarding in New York City’s Lower East Side neighborhood and features an amalgamation of mixed media, vibrant color pops and signature aesthetic made consistent throughout the entire collection. Capturing select members of the adidas Skateboarding team, “AIGHT'” is a modern take on Marcopoulos’ early and now iconic work capturing the unique styles and personalities of New York skateboarders during the 1990s Golden Era of skate.
Ari’s photos are always good to see, especially when he’s in charge of their presentation. Watch for more details on the actual product drop on February 27, 2017.
Matt Hensley and Flogging Molly are setting sail on the seas of cheese for the third tour with the Salty Dog Cruise 2017. It’s on the world famous Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas with a mini ramp and bands. Joining Hensley will be other old skaters including Danny Way, John Schultes, Eddie Elguera, Art Godoy, Ron Allen, Tony Mag, Steve Ortega, Sal Barbier and Steve Godoy.
Fans can spend their weekend aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship with some of their favorite bands and skateboarding legends – with food, late night dance parties and plenty of other surprises included! Artists set to perform include Flogging Molly, NOFX, Devotchka, Less Than Jake, The English Beat, Bouncing Souls and more! To book a room or for more information, please visit: http://floggingmollycruise.com.
Last time we rolled Sacramento, California’s Granite Skatepark, half the park was growing mold from being under a constant January deluge. Looks like things have dried up at one of the bossest skateparks on the West Coast.