The podium run continues! Monster Energy congratulates team rider Lizzie Armanto on taking second place in Women’s Skate Park at the Vans Park Series event in Paris, France, today. On the freshly constructed Vans Cosanostra Skatepark de Chelles, the 26-year-old from Santa Monica, California, took her second consecutive podium spot of the season and is now a top contender in the upcoming Women’s Pro Tour World Championships in September.
The Vans Park Series (VPS) is now in its fourth years as the world championship format in park terrain skateboarding for men and women with a total $800,000 prize purse. The current season saw over 700 skateboarders from 39 countries battling for qualifier points at contests in Brazil, Canada, China, and, this weekend, France. The goal: Securing a chance to compete for the men’s and women’s titles at the Vans Pro Skate Park Series World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 6-7.
The level of competition in Paris this weekend was intense as the world elite of bowl riding took on the new competition-grade skatepark donated by Vans as a permanent fixture for local skateboarders. With its vertical walls, extensions, spine ramps and bowl corners, the park rewarded the kind of deep bowl skateboarding in which Armanto is known to thrive.
Armanto came to Paris as a podium favorite after taking second place at Dew Tour Long Beach in June, third place at the Montréal VPS qualifiers in July, and bronze at X Games Minneapolis 2019 the previous weekend. But the competition in Paris was on another level entirely. Armanto had to battle hard in the semifinal and scraped into the final eight in sixth place.