Every May, the world’s top Freestyle Skateboarders come together just outside of Vancouver, Canada for a fully packed 4 day event at the Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair. Join us this year at The World Freestyle Round-Up by signing up here.
Now you can relive all the action from the past six years of the World Round-Up by clicking on THE VAULT. Compiled by the crew at Thor Media, this new section features photos taken by Jim Goodrich, and other contributing photographers, of the contest, awards presentation, after party, and just fooling around. Goodrich is perhaps…
1 – Isamu Yamamoto – Japan
1 – Marcio Torres – Brazil
Ryan Brynelson – Canada
Masahiro Fujii – Japan
Dillanger Kane – Canada
|LONGEST COCONUT WHEELIE
Isamu Yamamoto – Japan
|HENRY CANDIOTI SKATE-4-FUN AWARD
Mike Osterman – USA
|AMBASSADORS OF FREESTYLE AWARD
Russ Howell – USA
|LEGENDS FREESTYLE CLASSIC
1. David James Campbell – Canada
What an insane competition, this was the 6th year for the World Round Up Freestyle Championships and by far this year was the most competitive. The ranks seemed to change each day in both Amateur and Pro divisions with people bouncing up and down each day in the standings. The only rider who was consistently in the top 3 was Isamu Yamamoto as he led the Pros all weekend long. But don’t think it was a runaway with Mike Osterman, Guenter Mokulys and others coming hot on his trail. It literally came down to the Finals and if Mike Osterman hadn’t missed the one trick he missed the results may have been different but either way your champion in Pro was 14 year old Isamu Yamamoto from Japan. This kid is a machine, he is committed to Freestyle and he is damn good at it. Everyone loves to watch Isamu and be ready to see and hear his name in the world for years to come.
The big surprise though was actually in the Amateur division as the Japanese kids were all over the place in qualifiers and Semi-finals. 8 year old Yuzuki Kawasaki was in the lead going into finals and he finished 3rd overall, almost unbelievable that an 8 year old can compete with adults but if you were there you would believe it for sure. 11 year old Ikkei Nagao blew everyone away in the Finals with non stop action and speed, even finished off both runs with fakie 720 bigspins but it wasn’t quite enough to take the win. Brazilian Breakdance master Marcio Torres was on fire and his choreographed routines got the upperhand in the scores. This guy showed up last year at the Round Up and has only been skateboarding for about 3 years. Like all the freestylers from Brazil he learned fast and got really good. 1st Place in a major battle, something to definitely be proud of.
Until next year, these are the Best in the World
Check out the winning runs here.
Another amazing roster at the World Round Up Freestyle Skateboard Championships, 65 competitors with 15 countries represented, but the country to watch is definitely Japan. So many competitors this year came from Japan and they are all skating amazing. But 2 stand out in the crowd, 14 year old Isamu Yamamoto who placed 2nd in Pro division last year and 8 year old Yuzuki Kawasaki who is making his first Canadian appearance in the Amateur division, yes that’s right I said 8 years old.
Today was just the semi-finals but these guys proved they are here to win, we can’t wait to see what they do in the Finals happening Sunday May 20th.
Check the video to see what you missed
Throughout the process of skateboarding’s ongoing evolution, sub-genres have presented themselves.
Three such specialty practices are launch ramp (popular in the mid 80s), slappy curb (which peaked in the late 80s) and high jump (which was a 70s contest staple).
PROCESS skateboarding pays hommage to these three disciplines and the pioneers who mastered them with a jam format contest honouring these original skating styles running in conjunction with The World Freestyle Round-Up skateboard contest in Cloverdale, BC – a suburb of Vancouver.
Events MC’d by Renee Renee and sponsored by Vans, Skull Skates, Powell Peralta and Pro-Tec. Presented by the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair.
Register in advance and save Cloverdale Fair admission. Onsite registration very limited.
To register email your name, age, and city of residence to firstname.lastname@example.org
(If it rains on Sunday May 21 the contest will be held on Monday May 22 inside the Cloverdale Curling Rink at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair.)
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