Industry News 8/27/2015

EVENT: Washington, DC Hosts US Skateboarding Championship Finals Saturday, August 29

World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) – the leading global skateboarding events management company – announces the finals of the U.S. Skateboarding Championships this Saturday, August 29, in Washington, D.C. at the skatepark next to RFK stadium. The contest begins at 1p.m. The nine finalists earned spots by winning regional competitions held in nine cities over the summer. The U.S. Skateboarding Championships are sanctioned by the World Skateboarding Federation, a governing body for skateboarding. The winner will earn a trip to Kimberley, South Africa to compete in the open qualifier at the Skateboarding World Championships Oct. 7-10.


2015 U.S. Skateboarding Championship Finalists, Regions represented:

  1. Dallas – Taylor Bray
  2. Kansas City, Missouri – Scottie Laird
  3. Portland – Brennan Booth
  4. Minneapolis – Jonathon Reese
  5. Chicago – Cole Wayka
  6. New York – Gavin Nolan*
  7. Atlanta – Eli Williams
  8. Los Angeles – Braden Stelma
  9. Frederick, Maryland – Yoshi Tanenbaum

The format for the finals is a single elimination, head-to-head bracket-style format, widely hailed as the most innovative and exciting format for contests today.

The qualifying contest were held at nine of the leading independent skate retailers across the country, including:  Pitcrew (Frederick, Maryland), Uprise (Chicago), Shrunkenhead Skateboards (Portland), Escapist (Kansas City, Missouri), KCDC (NY), Skate Works/One Way (Los Angeles),  3rd Lair (Minneapolis), Hazard County (Atlanta) and Rhythm Skate Shop (Dallas).

“We are proud to host the first-ever U.S. Skateboarding Championships.,” said WSGP President Tim McFerran. “It’s been more than 20 years since the U.S. saw a true championships event with an open qualifier. It was important for us to find the best talent in the country and to do that, we partnered with the leading independent skate shops to host our regional qualifying events.  We are extremely impressed by the level of talent showcased by these skaters. We’ve got an incredible 13-year-old skater, Braden Stelma, who shocked everyone at the LA qualifiers and will be one to watch this weekend.  This is an incredibly fast-paced, exciting format and we’re going to see some heated battles. These guys want that trip to South Africa to get their shot to compete against the biggest names in skateboarding, so they’ll be giving it everything they’ve got.”

*Gavin Nolan finished 2nd in the New York finals. He replaces first place winner Antonio Durao who could not attend the finals.