The Vans Triple Crown Finals Are Coming

The final stop of Vans Triple Crown of Skateboarding, theVans/PlayStation World Championships of Skateboarding, is set for theweekend of October 6-8, 2000. Coming to the pier in Oceanside, California,this invitation-only event promises to showcase top skateboarding talentfrom around the world.

Male and female competitors will battle it out on the 72 foot-wide halfpipe,12,000-square-foot street course, and in the 65-foot-long PlayStation 2Soul Bowl. A total of 127,500 dollars will be up for grabs on this leg of thetour, bringing the overall prize purse for the Vans Triple Crown ofSkateboarding to 217,500 dollars.

“The piers have changed, but the athletes haven’t,” says Steve Van Doren,Vans’ Vice President of Events and Promotions, regarding the new locationfor the last stop of the skateboarding tour. “It should be a great finalefor the final event of the Vans Triple Crown of Skateboarding.”

Vans has made great efforts to continue establishing Vans Triple CrownSeries as the premiere events in Core Sports. The overall men’s champion at the conclusion of this year’s Vans Triple Crown of Skateboarding will receive a brand new 2000Ford Ranger and a PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. The overallwomen’s champion will receive an additional 2,500 dollars as well as an all-expensepaid trip to Hawaii. A special points system will equalize the pointsearned from each discipline, and at the completion of the Vans/PlayStationWorld Championships of Skateboarding, the winners will be announced. TheVans Triple Crown of Skateboarding is sanctioned by World Cup Skateboardingand points from each stop of the tour count towards the overall WCS NorthAmerican rankings and WCS World Rankings.

In addition to the intense competition, the World Championships will be aparty atmosphere with attractions for everyone. PlayStation will host theGrind Session street course where anyone can see for him or herselfexactly how challenging skateboarding can be. The Grind Session streetcourse, consisting of banks, ledges, rails and more, will be open to thepublic for a nominal fee in order to put his or her own skills to the test.In addition, a live concert that will take place during the World Championships.

The first stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Skateboarding, Slam City Jampresented by G-Shock was held May 5-7th in Vancouver, Canada. Ryan Johnsontook home 7,000 dollars and first place honors in street competition, while BobBurnquist of Brazil won 7,000 dollars for his win on the halfipipe. In the women’sdivision, Cnaan Omer skated away with 1,000 dollars for her street win, while CandyHiler won 1,000 dollars for her first-place finish on the halfpipe.

The second stop of the Vans Triple Crown of skateboarding, the Mountain Dew NationalChampionships, was held June 2-4 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inCleveland, Ohio. In the men’s division, Tyrone Olson took 7,000 dollars andfirst-place in the street competition, while Bob Burnquist took 7,000 dollars andfirst-place on the halfpipe. Cnaan Omer won 1,000 dollars for her victory in thewomen’s street competition.