September’s a damn fine sports month. The return of football (college and pro), tons of collegiate Olympic sports, this past week’s inaugural WSL Surf Ranch Pro, and now, the Vans Park Series African Continental Championships this weekend!
Vans South Africa is teaming with The Shred to bring to life Cape Town's first public skate bowl. The first event of its kind in Africa, top men and women skateboarders throughout the region are convening to kick all kinds of ass.
The series moving to Africa is particularly notable because the continent has traditionally lacked what we in this part of the world would consider quality skating facilities. There’s been relatively little development on this front, so the genesis of the VPS African Continental Championships should have an exceptionally positive effect on the region as far as growing interest in the sport.
As long as the men and women hopefuls meet their regional eligibility and provide the entry fees, they could be on their way to the Vans Park Series World Championships—and even potentially be in line to score a spot on the 2019 VPS Pro Tour.
VPS African Continental Championships
Here’s the breakdown:
- Organized Jams format
- 5 skater jams, in order
- Each skater receives four runs
- You either skate until you fall or until the 30-second timer ends
- The top eight make it to the finals of a Jam
- Skaters are judged on “overall impression”
VPS African Continental Championships Schedule
The VPS Continental Championships officially kick off this Saturday, September 15.
VPS Women’s Africa Continental Championship - 13.00PM local time
VPS Men’s Africa Continental Championship - 15.00PM local time
The full list of events can be accessed via the *free* Vans Park Series iOS app.
Overall Series Schedule
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Vancouver, Canada (Men’s only event)
Huntington Beach, CA
October 26th & 27th
And, if you’re in the area, tickets are free!