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.
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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.
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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.)
We are very excited to announce that freestyle phenomenon Rodney Mullen will be joining us on Sunday, May 21st as we watch the top pro’s in the world compete for $10,000 in Prize Money. Rodney is no stranger to freestyle contests, he won his first world championship at the age of 14; over the following…
This past Christmas I received a very special gift from my wife Cheryl, a pair of hand painted Vans Slip-On Shoes with the Old Route 66 motif on them. WOW, I was totally blown away! When I called Cody Cameron, the gifted artist who creates these one-of-a-kind shoes, to thank him, he said that he…
If you were to stop the common man on the street and ask him to describe skateboarders, he might say that they were a bunch of thoughtless individuals terrorizing the streets. Although that may be true in some cases, it is hardly the case with Andy Anderson, a local White Rock 20 year old who…
Meet 9 year old Presley Huska a 4th grader from Brackendale, Squamish, B.C. who has been chosen as this years Pro for A Day. Have you ever dreamed that you were a Pro Skateboarder? Well, Presley dreams about it all the time, and at this years World Freestyle Round-Up his dream will come true. He…
There was a new feature added to the 2016 World Round-Up Freestyle Skateboard Championships called “Pro for a Day” where kids 10 years or younger can enter to be a special guest at the World Round-Up. As this special guest they get to hang out with all the competitors, have fun at the fair, and also do some freestyle demos for the crowds during the competition getting the feeling of being a true Pro.
6 ½ year old Kaelen Faux was the lucky kid who got to set the precedence of this new addition, and he made sure that everyone was stoked. Sponsored by Protest Movement, a company who believes in creating opportunities to assist in positive growth of our next generations, Kaelen was treated like a true Pro all weekend long. He left his home in Sunshine Valley, BC with nothing but smiles on his face and excitement in his voice and put on 2 solid performances for the audience each day of the competition. He was truly appreciated and respected by all competitors and lots of them took time to teach Kaelen some more awesome tricks. Finishing the weekend off with a fun day at the Fair, Kaelen had a blast playing games, riding ponies, winning prizes and even getting on some of those terrifying rides. He even got to ride the Tilt a Whirl with 13 year old Isamu Yamamoto from Japan who placed 2nd in the Pro division. It was a great time and a memorable experience for Kaelen Faux, one that we are sure he will never forget. Now the only question is: Do you want to be Pro for a Day??
Check out the recap video below of Kaelen Faux’s experience being “Pro for a Day”
Words By: Hippie Mike
The 5th year of The World Round-Up Freestyle Skateboarding Championships, hosted in Surrey, BC Canada by legends Kevin Harris and Monty Little, has come to a close. It was an amazing milestone to make it to year 5 and it was great to see so many of the faces of people who have been there every single year.
The Freestyle World is pretty tight considering how small it really is and how spread out around the globe everyone is, competitors came from 11 different countries, including Marius Constantin from Romania making his first trip to this Canadian contest. There were a bunch of new faces this year, everyone was stoked to be there and all competitors brought huge bags of flow and tech tricks to showcase all weekend long to keep each other, and all the crowds of spectators pumped up.
In the Amateur division local boy Andy Anderson was looking to repeat his win from last year, and with smooth style and perfectly executed choreographed to the music runs, he managed to pull through and somehow defeat the 2 young Brazilians Diego Pires and Kaue Araujo. Both of them came out with a vengeance to take the title and it was a close call between all 3. These guys are really good.
In the Pro division there was serious competition and a bunch of guys that hadn’t been to the round-up before which definitely makes it more interesting for those of us who have been to all 5 years and know the top guys and where they usually place. Young 13 year old Isamu Yamamoto from Japan was fresh off a 1st place finish in Pro at Big Rio and wanted to take his first 1st in Canada. He fearlessly led the competition all weekend and blew minds with all 3 of his runs in the semi-finals, but he slipped up a tiny bit in the finals which means a lot with the calibur of competitors that were skating. Dudes from Spain, England, Brazil, Japan, Sweden, Australia, Germany and more flying into Canada to win this thing and it was anyone’s game. The usual guys that are tough to beat were on their game like usual. Guenter Mokulys, Mike Osterman, Per Canguru, Stefan “Lillis” Akesson…. All legends of Freestyle, but this year belonged to American newcomer Connor Burke as he came out with his 2nd run in the finals and laid down a fast, furious and flawless performance beating out Isamu by 2 points. It was awesome!
The World Round-Up isn’t just about who wins the competition though, it’s really more about having fun and putting smiles on kid’s faces and this year it did just that. A new feature was added to the event called “Pro for a Day” where a kid under 10 gets to be included in the contest by hanging out with all the pros all weekend and even performing demos for the crowds 2-3 times a day. This year the little dude was 6 year old Kaelen Faux from Sunshine Valley, British Columbia. He shredded for the crowd every time and totally progressed each day to the next. It was great to see him smiling and having fun living the life of a pro, watch for a video coming soon recapping Kaelen’s awesome experience being Pro for a Day. And be ready to promote it for anyone you think should try and be the Pro for a Day next year.
As the weekend wound down and the bones of all the competitors began to ache it was time to call it a day for the 5th annual World Round-Up. Once again everyone came out to have fun and that’s what they did. It’s a great family. Enjoy this recap video and feel like you were there
Words By: Hippie Mike