Vans Skatepark Series

The 2016 Vans Park Series was the largest women's skateboarding event I have ever seen. Sorry to give you the old man background story here but I remember ordering custom Vans high top vans back in 1978 or so (because I liked the one's Jon-Jon Bryan wore), Later on when the shoes were ready I remember being driven by my mom to some warehouse / business (located somewhere in Anaheim or Santa Ana maybe) once we arrived we saw a room full of industrial sewing machines, and thats were I picked up my custom Vans. So to see the scope of what Vans is these days is pretty amazing. Yet Vans somehow manage to retain some of that core skateboarding feeling. Sorry for saying the word "core"! Well what Im trying to say is that Van's supports the skateboarding that I remember, the skateboarding that is important to me.

OK back to the Vans Park Series skateboard contest. Just when you thought you knew what women skatepark contest were like, Hanna Zanzi comes out of nowhere (although some people knew here from a long time ago) put down a stick of dynamite on the deck and blew up girls skateboarding. If you didn't really pay attention you might of missed the whole process go down. I didn't catch it until I heard the her score 87.48, I thought "could that be right?". You might notice that I don't have a lot of pictures of Hanna. Her style is so fast and her lines so different than everyone else, I felt like a wildlife photographer trying to capture a image of a humming bird. Maybe Hanna's runs acted as some kind of a forecast showing us just how much skateboarding will change once they are included in the Olympics? In the end Hanna Zanzi brought a whole new approach to riding a skatepark in a all women's contest. If you didn't see it check out the footage for yourself. Vans Park Series Videos It seems like womens skateboarding took a unexpected turn at the Vans Park Series, and I think it will be fun and exciting to watch for the next turn

Hanna Zanzi wins the Vans Park Series contest
That moment when you realize you came out of nowhere and won the whole thing. Hanna Zanzi placed 1st.
Hanna Zanzi Vans Skatepark Series winner
Hanna Zanzi
Vans Park Series Lizzie Armanto
Lizzie Armanto placed 2nd
Jordyn Barratt
Jordyn Barratt placed 3rd
Poppy Starr Olsen
Poppy Starr Olsen
Nora Vasconcellos Vans Park Series Skateboard Contest
Nora Vasconcellos
 Kisa  Nakamura
Kisa Nakamura, Japan
Skateboard history both past and present, Hanna Zanzi and Laura Thornhill.
Skateboard history about to happen, Hanna Zanzi and Laura Thornhill. I have been shooting skateboarders at skateparks since 1978 or so and I have been shooting female skateboarders for about the same amount of time. The only difference between then and now is the amount of female skateboarders in the world. Back when I first shot skateboarders the only skater girl I knew was Amy Bradshaw. Skaters like Laura Thornhill were larger than life skateboarders who were only seen in the pages of Skateboarder Magazine. Today there are a lot more female skateboarders and they have been steadily pushing women's skateboarding forward.
Sky Brown
I saw Sky Brown skate at Exposure last year, she pretty much stole the show. But not just because she is a cute little kid skating, because she has a huge bag a tricks, style and the guts of a pro skater.