Vans Pro Skate Park Series Announces Partnership With International Skateboarding Federation for Exclusive Endorsement of First-Ever Park Terrain World Championship Points Ranking System
Los Angeles, CALIF. (April 11, 2016) – Vans Pro Skate Park Series (VPS) and the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) today announced a strategic partnership in advance of the new world championship skateboarding point series’ inaugural qualifying event in Melbourne, Australia this Saturday, April 16 at St. Kilda Skatepark. VPS will partner with the ISF as the official sanctioning body for the 2016 Vans Pro Skate Park Series World Championships.
VPS and ISF will work in tandem to create and uphold guidelines to define and elevate the park terrain discipline worldwide by establishing the premier global points ranking system for park terrain skateboarding, culminating with the official crowning of a park terrain world champion for men and women this August in Malmö, Sweden. The goal of the partnership will promote an influential global platform for organized skateboarding, showcasing expert athleticism while maintaining the unique culture and values of skateboarding.
"In anticipation for the exciting potential of skateboarding in the Olympics, preserving and upholding skate culture becomes an even more critical mission; the only way to achieve this with authenticity is to ensure skateboarding is being represented by skateboarders," remarks Bobby Gascon, Vans Global Director of Action Sports. "This mutual vision shared by Vans and the ISF forges a partnership that is committed to skateboarding first, above all else.”
Additionally, VPS endorses the ISF as the only true skateboarding federation of, by and for skateboarders, to represent skateboarding worldwide and looks forward to creating a strong foundation for global park terrain competition.
Gary Ream, ISF President, elaborates on the partnership further. “For over 12 years the International Skateboarding Federation has been working to unite the skateboarding community and ensure the best possible representation of skateboarding for both the skateboarders and the fans.” Ream continued, “Following the success of our partnership with Street League Skateboarding and the endorsement of the SLS Super Crown as the ISF World Championship of Street Skateboarding, we’re excited to work with VPS and are proud to endorse their season-ending Malmö event as the ISF World Championship of Park Terrain Skateboarding.”
The first fifteen 2016 Vans Pro Skate Park Series Select Pros have been revealed, prepping the field for an exhilarating qualifiers competition this Saturday, April 16, at St. Kilda Skatepark in Melbourne, Australia. The inaugural event will be webcast live on www.vansparkseries.com with daily updates shared on social media via @vansparkseries.
ISF and VPS Partnership Details
With more information forthcoming, VPS has begun strategizing with ISF on vital components of the partnership, including outlining competition format, scoring structure and the defining of park terrain skateboarding discipline. The ISF will collaborate with VPS as they establish a global points qualification system that will inform the new Vans Park Series World Championship series, the ISF’s first World Championship event in park terrain skateboarding.
About the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF)
Established in 2004 and now with partnerships with more than 80 member countries, the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) is the formally organized and not-for-profit world governing body for skateboarding. It was established to provide direction and governance for the sport of skateboarding globally and to ensure the best possible representation of skateboarding is experienced by athletes and fans. The ISF aims to preserve skateboarding’s integrity and authenticity as a sport, passion and lifestyle with freedom of self-expression and creativity at its core. Learn more at www.internationalskateboardingfederation.com.
About Vans Pro Skate Park Series
The Vans Pro Skate Park Series is the first-ever international competition series for park terrain skateboarding. The 2016 Vans Pro Skate Park Series season consists of four Men’s PS Global Qualifiers and one Women’s PS Global Qualifier occurring over five months and across four continents, culminating with the Vans Pro Skate Park Series World Championships. Showcasing an international roster of top pros and a total prize purse in excess of $500,000(USD), the Vans Pro Skate Park Series seeks to define and elevate park terrain skateboarding worldwide by establishing the premier global points ranking system and official world championships of park terrain skateboarding for men and women. The 2016 inaugural series will be broadcast live on www.vansparkseries.com. For more information, visit the website and follow @vansparkseries.