As skateboarding moves closer to its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, the latest in this season’s qualifying events, the five-star International Skateboarding Open begins tomorrow in Nanjing, China.
The qualification season, run by world governing body World Skate, has moved on from Montreal, which hosted the Vans Park Series Pro Tour event on Saturday, and the next event that will run until Friday (July 19).
The action will take place at Fish Mouth Skatepark, which hosted last year’s Park Skateboarding World Championships, with the qualifier for men and women taking place tomorrow.
The top 12 skaters from the last World Championship will be pre-seeded in the semi-final competition round, and the best eight athletes from the semi-final will advance to the final.
Pedro Barras of Brazil heads the Olympic park men's rankings with 40,000 points.
He is followed by American Cory Juneau, on 24,000, Australia’s Keegan Palmer on 14,400, and Luiz Francisco of Brazil on 11,500.
Japan’s Misugu Okamoto tops the women’s park standings, on 40,000, ahead of Finland’s Lizzie Armanto, who has 24,000 and three other Japanese skaters – Kokona Hiraki on 14,440, Mami Tezuka on 11,500 and Sakura Yosozumi, on 9,200.
The next round of Tokyo qualification will be the SLS World Tour 2019 event in Los Angeles.