(Photo above: Oskar Rozenberg nose blunted on the banked extention. Photo: Ortiz)
The finale of the 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour in Malmö, Sweden capped off with a dramatic ending, coming down to the final run of the day to declare Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg (SWE) as the Men's event winner. Rising up from last place to first, Hallberg's spontaneous creativity shocked the field, as he landed a series of difficult tricks, including a mind-blowing kickflip over the center piece to stake his claim in front of his hometown. Hallberg achieves his first-ever Pro Tour event victory at Kroksbäck Skatepark, representing his home turf with pride and joy.
Humble as ever, Hallberg remarks on his final winning run, "I got lucky. I'm just so happy. This is insane. Everyone I know is watching, and somehow, I made it. I'm so thankful everyone had my back. This is incredible. Thank you."
In 2nd place, tour challenger Clay Kreiner (USA) brought the heat for his first VPS podium appearance, launching huge 540s in every run, and clinching on to the highest score of the day until Hallberg swooped in at the 11th hour. Kreiner's 2nd place finish secures his invite to the VPS World Championships. Pedro Barros (BRA) skated with power and precision to earn 3rd place.
VPS Select Pro and seasoned veteran of the tour, Jordyn Barratt (USA) also celebrates her first-ever Pro Tour event victory, attacking the Kroksbäck Skatepark with speed and power. Today's win is especially significant for the Hawaiian native, as she's overcome several injuries this year to finally earn 1st place on the VPS podium today.
"This is so rewarding. I've wanted to win the Vans Park Series ever since it started," winner Jordyn Barratt said. "After this, I'm even more motivated and really looking forward to China. The stakes are high and I want to keep doing better and better."
Kisa Nakamura (JPN) maintains her podium streak, finding her flow early on, mixing technical lines throughout the course to finish in 2nd place. And sneaking her way into 3rd place to bump Sakura Yosozumi (JPN) out of the running, former world champ Brighton Zeuner (USA) re-emerged after a rough start, landing a complete final run with a variety of tricks.
The 2018 Vans Park Series World Championships will take place on October 27 in China, hosting the series elite Select Pros, VPS Continental Champions and top-ranking tour challengers at the final stop of the season to crown the new 2018 park terrain skateboarding world champions. Visit www.vansparkseries.com for event details, tour highlights, confirmed riders and more.
2018 VPS Men's Pro Tour, Sweden Finals
- Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg (SWE)
- Clay Kreiner (USA)
- Pedro Barros (BRA)
2018 Women's Pro Tour, Sweden Finals
- Jordyn Barratt (USA)
- Kisa Nakamura (JPN)
- Brighton Zeuner (USA)