Another amazing event at the 5th annual World Round-Up where Freestyle skateboarders from all around the globe show up in Canada to try to earn the title of “Best in the World” in either Amateur or Pro Division. 14 countries were represented and it looked like the competitors were all trying to take the title home with them. The Amateur division was super tight with 3 Brazilians and 2 Canadians in the Top 5 positions. Andy Anderson was defending his title from last year while Kaue Araujo was determined not to place 2nd for the 3rd straight year. All 5 of these guys laid down at least 1 flawless run in the finals but it came down to that hypnotic choreography that Andy puts in his runs along with some technical awesomeness and he luckily pulled through in first place for the second straight year.
In the Pro division the nerves were extra high this year, there were a few slip-ups but everyone was still amazing to watch and Mike Osterman really wanted to repeat his win from 2015. All eyes were on 13 year old Isamu Yamamoto who had owned the contest the first 2 days but stamina can be an issue in those young legs. The top 5 were all pretty even to judge but newcomer to this event Connor Burke from USA threw down a perfect, flawless and fast paced final run which overtook young Isamu for the win. Everyone was stoked!
Top 3 in each category were as follows:
1. Andy Anderson
1. Connor Burke
2. Diego Pires Afonso
2. Isamu Yamamoto
3. Kaue Araujo
3. Mike Osterman
Check out these winning runs from this year’s champions Andy Anderson and Connor Burke
The 2016 World Round-Up Freestyle Skateboarding Championships are well underway and being the 5th year for this annual competition there is more desire for people to get onto the podium. But super-phenom 13 year old Isamu Yamamoto from Japan is definitely the one to beat in the Pro division. With 3 completely flawless and mind-blowing runs in the semi-finals the crowd went crazy for young Isamu, but the test will be: can he hold his position in the Finals? So much talent to compete with and multiple people had amazing and flawless runs in the semi’s, but it could be anyone’s game in the Finals on Sunday.
Whether Professional or Amateur this is a competition, and it’s always a roll of the dice in Freestyle. The judges are looking for technical tricks landed solid and with style, creative routines that go well to the music, and of course constant flow on the board during and between tricks.
Who will be this year’s Champs? Nobody knows. I’ve said it before and I’m not afraid to repeat myself – it all comes down to the Finals…
So Sunday will be judgement day, but until then enjoy these flawless, mind-blowing runs that young Isamu finished off the semi’s with. By: Hippie Mike
Whats new at this years World Freestyle Round-Up? A display featuring the art work of VC Johnson who’s designs launched Powell Peralta into the stratosphere. His Iconic images have inspired countless others to not only draw, but in some cases, to begin skating in the first place.
In 1979, George Powell and Stacy Peralta decided they needed a skater to represent their newly formed company. The pair agreed that 12 year old Ray “Bones” Rodriguez fit the bill, and so they rewarded him with his own signature model. As Stacy and George brainstormed graphic concepts, Ray said that he had an idea, but it was complicated. He went on to tell them that he’d send them a sketch. Expecting a drawing the he could work with, George was perplexed when he received a matchbook with a scribbled on it. Stacy helped to decode what Ray had drawn, “It’s a skull with a sword in front of it”. George showed it to his brother-in-law Vernon Court (VC) Johnson who was an artist and worked in their production department. Court said he would give it a try but that he needed something to draw from. So they bought a skeleton and named it Rosie. “He eventually did most of the graphics, and so we developed a look,” Stacy says. “It was based around skeletons and fine-line drawing that started a graphic revolution that continues to influence skate culture and design even today.”
How many of you have wished that you could be a Pro Skateboarder, even if only for one day. Well, for 6 1/2 year old Kaelen Faux of Sunshine Valley, B.C. that dream has come true. You see, Kaelen gets to be A Pro For A Day at this years World Freestyle Round-Up. Not only…
We are very excited to announce that two time World Freestyle Skateboard Champion Per Welinder will be joining us at this years World Freestyle Round-Up. Come meet the skater who doubled for Michale J. Fox in Back to the Future and who went on to launch Birdhouse Skateboards with Tony Hawk…
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.
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