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
- Isamu Yamamoto – 291 – Japan
- Yuzuki Kawasaki – 282 – Japan
- Mike Osterman – 279 – USA
- Jacob Whitt – 271 – USA
- Guenter Mokulys – 268 – Germany
- Ikkei Nagao – 267 – Japan
- Stefan Akesson – 264 – Sweden
- Yuta Fujii – 262 – Japan
- Masahiro Fujii – 258 – Japan
- Pete Betti 258 – USA
- Felix Jonsson – 253 – Sweden
- Denham Hill – 253 – England
- Bert Mathieson – USA
- Sto Strouss – USA
- Kouhei Yamaguchi – Japan
- Lucio de Lima – Canada
- Christian Heise – Germany
- AJ Kohn – USA
- Michael Sterling – USA
- Zuou Junxiao – China
- Daniel Trujilio – USA
- Cristobal Bahamonde – 271 – Chile
- Josh Duncombe – 269 – Australia
- Nick Beaulieu – 256 – USA
- Mieri Tsuchida – 248 – Japan
- John Sawyer – 227 – USA
- Jordan Sterling – 226 – Canada
- Andreas Tsougrianis – 224 – Canada
- Eric Lowery – 216 – USA
- Daniel Greschner – 214 – Germany
- Allen Handley – 212 – Canada
- Connor McGaughtrie – 203 – Canada
- Matt Phillips – 201 – Canada
- Phill Larin – Canada
- CJ Maldonado – USA
- Chadd Sinclair – Canada
- Adam Flood – Canada
- Ricky Rodriguez – USA
- Vaughn Johnson – USA
- Jade Kristensen – Canada