Santa Fe Springs, CA – Move over Superbowl, the hunt for the world’s bestskateboarders is on as Vans hosts the 2000 Vans Amateur World Championshipsof Skateboarding. In a quest to find the best up-and-comers in the sport,Vans will host a field of over 70 national and international riders who willcompete at the Vans Skatepark in Orange, California on January 27-28, 2001.The largest and most culturally diverse event in amateur skateboarding ishere to crown the sport’s next pros. For the fifth year in a row, Vans has spanned the globe hostingqualification rounds in search of the best amateur vert and streetskateboarders in the world. Each skater who qualified then competed in thesemi-final rounds which were held at select stops of the Vans Warped Tour2000. The first-place winners from each semi-final contest received an allexpense-paid trip to California to compete in the forthcoming 2000 VansAmateur World Championships of Skateboarding. The first-place winners inboth the street and vert competitions at this event will be awarded aone-year pro-contract from Vans and a place as a demo skater on the 2001Vans Warped Tour, allowing them their first opportunity to tour as a prorider.

The Vans Amateur World Championships is the only skateboarding event of itskind. Amateur skaters from across the globe, including Australia, England,Germany, Holland, France, Spain, Canada, New Zealand and across the UnitedStates will be flown in by Vans for this very special event. For many ofthese athletes, it will be the first time they leave their country and havethe opportunity to ride with their favorite professional athlete as many arein attendance to show their support.

“If there’s any event in skateboarding you should come watch, it’s thisone,” says Steve Van Doren, Vans’ vice president of events and promotions.”The Vans Amateur World Championships is a feel good event where theathletes are out here competing for the true love of skateboarding. All ofthe athletes have worked tremendously hard to get here and you can see theexcitement on their faces. Their trip to California will be an experiencethey will never forget.”

Last years’ winners in street and vert competitions were Colt Cannon fromLos Altos Hills, California and Daniel Ehara from Daytona Beach, Floridarespectively. Many skaters that competed in previous Vans Amateur WorldChampionships have gone on to become top professional athletes, includingX-Games medalist Pierre Luc Gagnon, Giorgio Zattoni, and Brent Kronmueller.