Vans Park Series 2018

How It Works

There are two levels of events that get you to the World Championships: Global Qualifiers and Continental Championships. There are four categories of skaters: Select Pro, Tour Challenger, Event Wildcard, and Open Skater. Details are below.

Who Skates in the Men's Global Qualifiers?

Only Select Pros and Tour Challengers skate in these events. Tour Challengers earn points to qualify for the World Championships. There are also additional Event Wildcard spots at each Global Qualifiers stop.

Who Skates in the Continental Championships?

Open to anyone from that region. Consists of both Men's and Women's, all ages included. The winner of each one is qualified to skate in the World Championships.

The region you're from determines the Continental Championship you enter. Proof of citizenship determines your regional eligibility. Dual citizenship individuals will have some flexibility to determine their region, but once a decision is made and a regional event is entered, no changes can be made.

Who Skates in the National Championships?

Open to anyone from that country. Consists of both Men's and Women's, all ages included. The winner of each one gets a spot in the Semi-Finals of the associated Continental Championships.

Category Definitions

  • Select Pro: pre-seeded skaters in the Semi-Finals at each Global Qualifiers and the World Championships. These 15 skaters consist of the top 8 from last year's World Championships and 7 Tour Wildcards. For a Select Pro to earn their spot in the World Championships, they must skate at least 3 Global Qualifiers stops
  • Tour Challenger: 18 pre-seeded skaters in the Qualifiers at each Global stop
    • 2018 Men’s Tour Challengers: announced soon
    • 2018 Women's Tour Challengers: Not applicable anymore. All women’s events, even Global Qualifiers, are open at the Prelims level
  • Event Wildcard: Spots filled by skaters who are not current Tour Pros. Applies only to individual event Men's Global Qualifiers stops. Event Wildcards do not earn points towards global ranking
  • Open Skater: everyone else

Men's Points and Season Rankings

The top 5 Tour Challengers in the Season Rankings will join the 15 Select Pros and 5 Continental Champions in the World Championships. You must skate at least 3 stops to be eligible to maintain your current year status.

Points are earned for each placing at each Global Qualifiers stop. Points from your best 3 out of 4 stops count towards your final Season Ranking. Select Pros are not included in the rankings, as they already have a spot in the World Championships.

Event Wildcards do not earn points. Their path to the World Championships is through their region's Continental Championship.

Ties in Season Rankings will be broken by going to each skater's highest placing for the season in their most advanced event. First the Finals, then looking to the Semi-Finals, etc. Further ties will be broken by using all 4 stops' points. If a tie still remains beyond that, it will be broken at the Head Judge's discretion.

Women's Events

There are three global stops for female Select Pros. The Prelims are open to all skaters.

Women's Points and Season Rankings

The top 5 skaters in the Season Rankings will join the 8 Select Pros and 5 Continental Champions in the World Championships.

Points are earned for each placing at each Global Qualifiers stop. Points from your top 2 stops count towards your final Season Ranking. Select Pros are not included in the rankings, as they already have a spot in the World Championships.

Ties in Season Rankings will be broken by going to each skater's highest placing for the season in their most advanced event. First the Finals, then looking to the Semi-Finals, etc. If a tie still remains beyond that, it will be broken at the Head Judge's discretion.

Schedule

Click here for the full schedule of all Vans Park Series events.

General Event Rules

There are no alternates that advance past Prelims and Semi-Finals rounds. If a Semi-Finals or Finals skater cannot take their run, that spot will not be filled.

Time for your run starts when all four wheels are on the grand and both feet are on your board.

Time stops at the sound of the buzzer. If the buzzer goes off while all four wheels have entered the upward transition, that trick can be completed and will be scored in your run.

Skaters must be present and checked in with The Boardr at least 15 minutes prior to published start time.

In the event of broken or missing equipment, the skater must still skate when called or forfeit their current run.

In the event of injuries, the skater must still skate when called or forfeit their current run.

If an event cannot complete due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, the most recent set of completed runs for all skaters in the event will be used to determine final results once the Contest Director has made the official call that the event cannot continue. Any partially completed runs and scores will be discarded. If the event cannot continue and hasn’t reached the Finals round, the Semi-Finals round will count as the Final results.

For any unforeseen circumstances not addressed in the rules above, the Contest Director reserves the right to make the final judgement call to resolve the situation.

2018 Selection Committee

Men’s Tour Wildcards and Men’s Tour Challengers spots that are not determined through objective rankings and prior year performances are selected based on a variety of subjective criteria. That criteria ranges from ability, style, and contribution to the elevation of the contest, to overall representation of skateboarding culture and values.

Selection Committee:
  • Mimi Knoop - Womens’ Skateboarding Alliance
  • Neal Hendrix - World Skate
  • Rob Meronek - The Boardr
  • Jason Rothmeyer - New Balance Numeric and VPS Head Judge
  • Mike Burnett - Thrasher Magazine

Continental Championships Regions

How the Vans Park Series Works