Words by Hippie Mike
Another awesome year for The World Round Up Freestyle Skateboard Championships, this year definitely had its highlights – from local boy Andy Anderson winning the Amateur division, 12 year old Isamu Yamamoto placing 4th in his first ever Pro contest, Guenter Mokulys taking the trophy home in his 100th contest, and all the way to the new guy from the United States Derek Elliott busting out an insane, never been landed before, Jawbreaker in the Best Handstand contest.
All the regulars were there like Rene Shigueto, Takashi Suzuki, Stephan Albert, Stefan Lillis Akesson, Mike Osterman, Per Canguru, Kaue Arouja, Christian Heise, Guenter Mokulys, and many more, and all the usual behind the scenes guys that help make the contest a success like Monty Little, Kevin Harris, Kolby Harris, AJ Kohn, Russ Howell, Jim Goodrich, Ryan Ellan, DJ Cuz-O, Lyle Chippeway and Tony Lum, and of course myself Hippie Mike doing the filming. It’s an amazing and unique event and as Kilian Martin states in an interview in the video “Freestyle was never meant to be judged” so this makes it extra tough to be the guys with the pens in hand. It’s amazing to watch these guys do the best that they can do in their own styles and hope that that will be better than the next guy and the best that he could do.
In the Amateur division Andy Anderson came out strong proving that he had been actually practicing Freestyle this year, his runs were solid, unique, and fully choreographed to the songs he had chosen. But he was facing 2 Brazilian machines – Kaue Arouja and Diego Pires Afonso. The top 3 of this category was uncatchable and it was definitely a battle to the finish. Somehow Andy took the gold medal by 1 point in the Finals. The crowd was stoked!
In Pro it was just plain insane. Everybody was having killer runs and landing harder tricks than last year. Mike Osterman and Guenter Mokulys were bouncing back and forth on who was in 1st over the weekend and both of them wanted the gold. But little 12 year old Isamu.
Yamamoto from Japan was sitting in 3rd place after the Semi-Finals and you know he could taste it too…
Boards were breaking, trucks and kingpins were crumbling, and no one was ready to give up. This year felt the most intense for people actually wanting to win it. At his 100th Professional Contest, the 51 year old German machine Guenter Mokulys squeezed back in to 1st place during the Finals to take his 11th World Title. 2nd, 3rd & 4th place were all 1 point apart with Mike Osterman, Rene Shigueto and the little man Isamu Yamamoto. What a contest!
Guenter added to his victory the next day by winning the 360 spin-off while Diego came out of nowhere in the Longest Coconut Wheelie competition hitting 80 feet long! Derek Elliott made history at the Round Up in the Best Handstand Contest by stomping out a JawBreaker which is doing a handstand on top of your nose and top truck while your board is standing vertically on the floor. You need to watch the video to see it.
With true emotions in the air, the entire weekend was a hit. All participants had a blast, all spectators were super stoked, and the Freestyle Family tightened up once again.
Thanks to George Powell for coming out to watch the Finals and support this event, thanks to all the people that dedicate so much time to making it happen, and congratulations to Stefan Albert for winning the Henry Candioti Skate-For-Fun Award for being the smoothest skater of 2015 as well as Stefan Lillis Akesson for being awarded the Champions of Hope Award presented by Officer Troy Derrick.
1. Andy Anderson – 263
2. Kaue Araujo – 262
3. Diego Pires Afonso – 251
4. Derek Elliott – 237
5. Dillanger Kane – 233
6. Mic Murayama – 226
7. Adam Flood – 224
8. Austin Shelton – 223
9. Daniel Trujillo – 216
10. Chadd Sinclair – 213
1. Guenter Mokulys – 265
2. Mike Osterman – 260
3. Rene Shigueto – 259
4. Isamu Yamamoto – 258
5. Stefan “Lillis” Akesson – 254
6. Christian Heise – 245 / 243
7. Per Canguru – 245 / 238
8. Lucio Lima – 244
9. Jesse Whalen – 243
10. Daniel Garb – 242 / 241
11. Takashi Suzuki – 242 / 240
12. Shen “Dominick” Meng 240 / 225 / 224
13. Jacob Whitt – 240 / 225 / 222
14. Felix Jonsson – 238
LEGENDS FREESTYLE CLASSIC
1. Lynn Cooper
2. Bert Mathieson
3. Russ Howell
4. Tai Tai
NOTE: Ties were broken by using the 2nd
highest scoring runs and in some cases
the 3rd highest scoring runs.
BEST HANDSTAND TRICK
Derek Elliott – Jaw Breaker
HENRY CANDIOTI SKATE-4-FUN AWARD
Guenter Mokulys – 25 Spins
LONGEST COCONUT WHEELIE
Diego Pires Afonso – 80 Feet
CHAMPIONS OF HOPE AWARD
Stefan “Lillis” Akesson
Words by Hippie Mike
2 Champions indeed, 1 who has won a lot of contests in his short life but never in Freestyle, and the other who has won 11 World Titles and this one was in his 100th professional championships. The glory story starts in the Amateur category where 19 year old Andy Anderson came out strong in his 4th year at the World Round Up event and really showed the regular crowd and other participants that he had been practising. Andy had some serious choreographed runs that matched right to the music and were full of unique tricks that only he could do. Day 1 and 2 he sat in 2nd place position behind Brazil’s Kaue Arouja who is on the verge of turning Pro and both of them were skating super solid at the Finals. Andy’s smooth flow and untouchable style somehow beat out the technical insanity that Kaue brings to the table every run. Way to go Andy, holding down the title in Canada!
In the Pro division, 51 year old Guenter Mokulys reminded the other competitors why he has so many world championship titles and awards. This guy is unbelievably consistent and always puts on a demo for his runs. He stomps his tricks, showcases maneuvers that only he could do, and lights up the crowd big time. Guenter felt the pressure from young bucks Mike Osterman, Isamu Yamamoto and Rene Shigueto but he kept on pushing on and came out on top once again. Taking home the gold to Germany at his 100th contest, that’s historic.
Amazing runs from all competitors, this event is so beneficial to have in Canada.
Check out the winning runs below
1. Kaue Araujo
2. Andy Anderson
3. Diego Pires Afonso
4. Derek Elliott
5. Dillanger Kane
6. Mic Murayama
7. Austin Shelton
8. Daniel Trujillo
9. Chadd Sinclair
10. Adam Flood
11. Alejandro C. Finy
12. Yuta Miyatake
13. Allen Handley
14. Ricky Rodriguez
1. Mike Osterman
2. Guenter Mokulys
3. Isamu Yamamoto
4. Rene Shigueto
5. Per Canguru
6. Stefan “Lillis” Akesson
7. Jacob Whitt
8. Christian Heise
9. Jesse Whalen
10. Takashi Suzuki
11. Lucio Lima
12. Felix Jonsson
13. Daniel Garb
14. Shen “Dominick” Meng
15. Satoshi Ohashi
16. A.J. Kohn
17. Stefan Albert
Words by Hippie Mike
After Day 2 of the World Round Up contest there is a whole new light we can see inside the tunnel. The Amateur Division standings stayed pretty much the same from yesterday but every competitor stepped up their game big time. Andy Anderson came out super string in Run 1 with a unique and flawless display which only made Kaue Arouja go twice as hard. I have no idea who will take 1st place tomorrow but I am pretty sure it will be one of them.
The Pro’s on the other hand just proved that it really could be anyone’s game. Mike Osterman bumped Guenter Mokulys off the mountain top taking over the 1st place ranking, while Stefan Lillis Akesson, Per Canguru and Takashi Suzuki slid down to make room that little 12 year old I keep talking about from Japan. That’s right Isamu Yamamoto moved up from 8th place to 3rd today. The crazy part is every single one of the Pro’s had at least one killer run that were all comparable. These guys are in a serious battle and the question remains the same –
Who will be the Champion of 2015?
Will Osterman get the repeat? Will Guenter Mokulys take his 11th title? Could 12 year old Isamu actually beat out the entire group and win his first ever Pro contest? Or will we be totally surprised by someone else in the mix?
It really could be anyone. You might wanna show up for this one…
Here’s a look at the Top 3 runs from Semis
Words by Hippie Mike
After Day 1 of the 4th annual World Round Up Freestyle Contest the questions are real, Who will be the ones to make those Finals on Sunday, Who will be the Champions, and Who is better – the guys with 20-30 years of experience or those crazy young kids full of energy and changing the face of freestyle?
It’s always an eye-opener to be at this event as you see some insane skateboarding going on everywhere you look. But every year there’s competitors that you haven’t seen before, competitors that you know are at the top of their game and the toughest ones to beat, and competitors who just blow you away with their improved style and consistency from the year previous. Either way, it is always exciting to watch.
This year the Amateur Division has a lot of people in it and the 2nd and 3rd place guys from last year are ready to battle it out for the win. Kaue Arouja and Andy Anderson went neck and neck on the first day with 2 completely different styles, but both had solid and flawless runs and the pressure will be on during semi-finals.
In the Pro’s it was the usual deal with Guenter Mokyulus and Mike Osterman scoring at the top but with others running closely behind. The excitement this year is that young Japanese wonder Isamu Yamamoto has moved up to the Pro Division at age 12. This kid might not win the event but he definitely gets the entire place cheering every time he steps on his board. His consistency is unstoppable.
Semi-Finals are next and those 3 questions come back to mind, who will move on to Finals…..
Here’s a recap video showcasing the smooth and diverse styles of the 2 youngest competitors at the event
We are very excited to announce that YouTube Phenomenon Kilian Martin will be joining us at this years World Freestyle Round-Up. He will be putting on skateboard demos on Sunday, May 17th between 2 and 6pm and on Monday, May 18th between 10am and 5pm.
Each year, the World Freestyle Round-Up chooses one of its own freestyle skates to design the contest t-shirt and belt buckle. Having a skater design the artwork brings together two important things: a passion for art and a love of freestyle skateboarding. Last year Jim Goodrich, who is much more than just a great photographer, designed our t-shirts and buckles. This year, that skater/designer is Alejandro Finy who is originally from Costa Rica but now calls Seattle, Washington him home.
We are very excited to announce a new event taking place at this year’s World Freestyle Round-Up, the Legends Freestyle Classic which will highlight the Pro Freestyle Skaters 50 years of age and older. Take a moment and think about what those words represent.
Legends – When we think of legends we think of someone who has left their mark not only on society but who has set a high standard to which we all hope to attain.
Classic – The dictionary says that the word classic is an outstanding example of a particular style, something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality.
This new event will honour and showcase those freestyle legends that have paved the way for the sport of Freestyle Skating and who still skate whenever they get the chance.
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