The Vans Park Series is one of my favourite events of the year to attend.Though we often think of skating as a sport performed in the street, ramps, curbs, and any other unguarded concrete stretch…some are lucky enough to get their boards onto the likes of a sick track like Hastings Skate Park.
Skateboarding is such a fascinating sport because it informs fashion, music, and movement in a way that no other sport can. I love that the event promotes the culture of skateboarding as it’s just another great way for one to express individuality. There are no rules in the sport or players to influence what you do and the same goes for the style culture of skateboarding. The skater portrays an image of ease and not really caring how he/she looks or what the current trends are…but in a way, looks so cool because of it. It makes Vans such an amazing sponsor for the event because the brand associates so strongly with an effortless cool edge in fashion, sport, and music (a la Vans Warped Tour). In fact, the majority of the crowd – both skaters and skater girls were found sporting the iconic checkerboard throwback classics or the old skool suede black and white classics.
Big congrats to all the riders who came out and to the winner, Pedro Barros for taking home first place in Canada Men’s Pro Tour Stop 4! Till next year 😉