The 2016 World Round-Up

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

SKATE-4-FUN After Party

Talk about your Red Letter Day! The last day of the World Freestyle Round-Up is always about just having fun, from holding the exciting speciality events, to watching the insane antics in the WORST TRICK Contest. Although the contest officially ends at 5 p.m. everyone, both staff and contestants, help to break-down the site. What…

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Final Results

1. Andy Anderson – 280 – Canada 1. Connor Burke – 283 – USA
2. Diego Pires Afonso – 263 – Brazil 2. Isamu Yamamoto – 281 – Japan
3. Kaue Araujo – 260 – Brazil 3. Mike Osterman – 270 – USA
4. Marcio Torres – 253 – Brazil 4. Guenter Mokulys – 263 – Germany
5. Dillanger Kane – 244 – Canada 5. Tony Gale – 262 – England
6. Derek Elliott – 237 – USA 6. Stefan “Lillis” Akesson – 261 – Sweden
7. Josh Dunstone – 223 – Australia 7. Ryan Brynelson – 260 – Canada
8. Eduardo Bandeira – 222 – Brazil 8. Christian Heise – 256 / 246 – Germany
9. Riley Allen – 220 – Canada 9. Matheus Navarro – 256 / 245 – Brazil
10. Brandon Ross – 218 – USA 10. Per Canguru – 249 – Brazil
11. Kristopher Abramovic – 212 – Canada 11. Lucio de Lima – 248 / 243 – Brazil
12. Daniel Trujillo – 199 – USA 12. Jacob Whitt – 248 / 227 – USA
13. Ben Farquhar – 197 – USA 13. Marius Constantin – 246 – Romania
14. Chadd Sinclair – 186 – Canada 14. Takashi Suzuki – 245 – Japan
15. Alex Foster – 185 – England 15. Felix Jonsson – 244 – Sweden
16. A.J. Kohn – 230 – USA
17. Bert Mathieson – 226 – USA
18. Dan Garb – 225 – USA
19. Pete Betti – 221 – USA
20. Denham Hill – 199 – England
NOTE: Ties were broken by using the 2nd
highest scoring runs.
NOTE: There were not enough skaters registered
the event this year.

Guenter Mokulys – 25 – Germany Derek Elliott – USA
Russ Howell – 24 1/2 – USA BEST HANDSTAND TRICK
Kevin Harris – 24 – Canada Marcio Torres – Brazil
Felix Jonsson and Stefan Akesson Matheus Navarro – Brazil
Andy Anderson – Canada A.J. Khon – USA

2016 Winners at The World Round-Up Freestyle Skateboard Championship

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:

Amateur Pro
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

The Art Work Of Powell Peralta

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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.”

A Pro For A Day

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…

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Special Guest Per Welinder

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…

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The World Round Up 2015 Recap

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.