Isamu Yamamoto

World Round-Up Freestyle Championships are held in Cloverdale, BC (Canada) every year. For four days every May, the best freestylers in the world gather to duke it out.

This event has been going for 8 years, and it has been interesting to watch the progression of younger skaters, a new generation coming through dominating the stage.

If you are not into freestyle, there is only one name you need to know: Isamu Yamamoto from Japan. He has been dominating freestyle skating the last 3 years, blowing everyone away with tricks no one has seen or done before.

Hot on Isamu’s heels, also from Japan, has been 10 year old Yuzuki Kawasaki. Yes you read that right, 10 years old! Last year at 9 years old, Yuzuki won the amateur division, this year he stepped it up to the Pros.

To give you a quick overview, Isamu is the often called a freestyle protege. He is gifted beyond belief, and has a technical excellence is what makes him so competitive. Yuzuki is the precocious upstart. His personality shows through and he is a showman, who always looks like he is having fun.

The most interesting part of the Championships was Isamu changing his routine in the Semi Finals. He came out and skated with two skateboards to everyone’s amazement. That won him the gold medal. You can see his two runs below.

If you want to see some fun skating, watch Yuzuki Kawasaki’s two final runs. The kid has a huge future.

I’d love to see these guys do longboard freestyle / dancing.

Big shoutout to Josh Dunstone representing Australia in the Amateur division. I have known Josh since he made his first trip to Canada. Every year he gets better, and this year nearly cracked the win! He was also award the Spirit of the Round-Up Award.

If you want to watch videos of all the skating round, they are on the World Round Up Youtube channel

Pro Division results

  1. Isamu Yamamoto – 291 – Japan
  2. Yuzuki Kawasaki – 282 – Japan
  3. Mike Osterman – 279 – USA
  4. Jacob Whitt – 271 – USA
  5. Guenter Mokulys – 268 – Germany
  6. Ikkei Nagao – 267 – Japan
  7. Stefan Akesson – 264 – Sweden
  8. Yuta Fujii – 262 – Japan
  9. Masahiro Fujii – 258 – Japan
  10. Pete Betti 258 – USA
  11. Felix Jonsson – 253 – Sweden
  12. Denham Hill – 253 – England
  13. Bert Mathieson – USA
  14. Sto Strouss – USA
  15. Kouhei Yamaguchi – Japan
  16. Lucio de Lima – Canada
  17. Christian Heise – Germany
  18. AJ Kohn – USA
  19. Michael Sterling – USA
  20. Zuou Junxiao – China
  21. Daniel Trujilio – USA

Amateur Division

  1. Cristobal Bahamonde – 271 – Chile
  2. Josh Duncombe – 269 – Australia
  3. Nick Beaulieu – 256 – USA
  4. Mieri Tsuchida – 248 – Japan
  5. John Sawyer – 227 – USA
  6. Jordan Sterling – 226 – Canada
  7. Andreas Tsougrianis – 224 – Canada
  8. Eric Lowery – 216 – USA
  9. Daniel Greschner – 214 – Germany
  10. Allen Handley – 212 – Canada
  11. Connor McGaughtrie – 203 – Canada
  12. Matt Phillips – 201 – Canada
  13. Phill Larin – Canada
  14. CJ Maldonado – USA
  15. Chadd Sinclair – Canada
  16. Adam Flood – Canada
  17. Ricky Rodriguez – USA
  18. Vaughn Johnson – USA
  19. Jade Kristensen – Canada