Seaholm And Sinao Win Vans Am Championships

January 27-28, 2001

Held at the Vans Skatepark in Orange, California, 73 competitors from seven countries and 21 states skated for the Amateur World Champion title. In the end, Austin Seaholm of Anaheim, California and Mizael Simao of Brazil took home the street and vert titles respectively. Each winner was awarded a one-year pro contract from Vans, a place as a demo skater on the 2001 Vans Warped Tour, and financial support on the pro-circuit, allowing them their first opportunity to tour a professional skaters.

On the street course, Seaholm was able to edge out Patrick Melcher and Chris Kendall with tricks like his kickflip Indy grab over the funbox and Benihana finger flip. In the vert competition, Mizael Simao was able to defeat Roger Bruinsma and Jeff Thrush respectively landing tricks like his solid 540.

For the fifth year in a row, Vans has spanned the globe hosting qualification rounds in search of the best amateur vert and street skateboarders in the world. Each skater that qualified then competed in the semi-final rounds which were held at select stops of the Vans Warped Tour. The first-place winners from each semi-final contest received an all-expense-paid trip to California to compete in the 2000 Vans Amateur World Championships of Skateboarding.

“It came down to the last run in the last heat in both the street and vert competitions to decide who won this contest,” says Steve Van Doren, Vans’ Vice President of Events and Promotions. “It’s been a great amateur competition this weekend. Both winners were standouts in their division.”

Hundreds of spectators lined the mezzanine in order to witness theskateboarding action firsthand. In addition, pro skaters such as Geoff Rowley, Omar Hassan, Neal Hendrix, Lincoln Ueda, Arto Saari, Jim Greco, Rodrigo TX, Lance Mountain, Ed Templeton, and previous Vans Amateur World Champion Brent Kronmueller were in attendance to support the competitors and sign autographs for fans.

Last year’s winners in the street and vert competitions were Colt Cannon from Los Altos Hills, California, and Daniel Ehara from Daytona Beach, Florida respectively. Many skaters that have competed in previous Vans Amateur World Championships have gone on to become top pro athletes, including Giorgio Zattoni of Italy and Canadian Pierre-Luc Gagnon, who placed second in this year’s X-Games pro contest.

Name (Hometown)

1. Austin Seaholm (Anaheim, CA)
2. Patrick Melcher (Chicago, IL)
3. Chris Kendall (Encinitas, CA)
4. Mason Hamilton (San Diego, CA)
5. Robert Poyner (Toronto, Canada)
6. James Beach (Calgary, Canada)
7. Jereme Rogers (Boston, MA)
8. Zach Gibson (Knoxville, TN)
9. Matt Scarrott (Auckland, New Zealand)
10. Chad Rincover (Boise, ID)

Name (Hometown)

1. Mizael Simao (Brazil)
2. Roger Bruinsma (Lethbridge, Canada)
3. Jeff Thrush (Encinitas, CA)
4. Tim Wells (Puyallup, WA)
5. Curt Baker (Holly Hill, FL)
6. Mark Roth (East Hampton, NY)
7. Dale Bosta (Litchfield, MI)
8. Steve Kuhn (Chapel Hill, NC)
9. Christian Mongenais (Brossard, Canada)
10. Lincoln Nass (Grover Beach, CA)