Austen Seaholm and Ruda Lopes took the Street and Vert competitions at the Vans World Amateur Skateboarding Championships, held at the Vans Skatepark at the Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix this weekend. For their efforts, Seaholm, a 15-year-old from Orange County, and the 24-year-old Lopes, a native Brazilian who now lives in Costa Mesa, California, have been offered professional sponsorship contracts with Vans. The sponsorship will include a year’s supply of shoes, a week as a featured rider on the Vans Warped Tour, and travel to professional skate contests, including the renowned Slam City Jam in Vancouver in May.
In all, 80 amateurs from around the world descended upon Phoenix this weekend in hopes of winning the world title and the opportunity to be a Vans-sponsored rider. Seaholm is a repeat winner, having decided to remain as an amateur after winning last year.
Amateurs from Finland, California, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and the United States were vying for their chance to win the title in their respective disciplines. Riders earned entry in Vans World Amateur Skateboarding Championships by winning preliminary competitions that were held around the country between April and June 2001. The top riders from Street and Vert competitions advanced to the semi-finals, which were heldat various stops on the 2001 Vans Warped Tour.
The winners from the Vans Warped Tour competitions then earned a spot to compete in the finals in Phoenix.
2002 Vans World Amateur Skateboarding Championships
Vert (Saturday 2/9)
1. Ruda Lopes – 24 – Costa Mesa
2. Jeff Thrush – 30 – San Diego
3. Curtis Osborne – 25 – New Zealand
Street (Sunday 2/10)
1. Austen Seaholm – 15 – Orange County
2. Zeb Low – 24 – New Zealand
3. Willy Akers – 15 – Delaware