15-year-old professional freestyle skateboarder Isamu Yamamoto won first place for the second year in a row at the World Freestyle Round-Up in 2018. (Grace Kennedy photo)

15-year-old cinches second year as top skater at freestyle championships

Isamu Yamamoto won as a professional for the second year in a row at the international contest

It was a world-class finish at the World Freestyle Round-Up at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair on Sunday, May 20.

The international skateboarding competition featured 15 amateur and 14 professional skateboarders from countries around the world. There were also skateboarding legends — freestyle skaters 50 and over who competed for their own championship.

In the professional division, the key to winning was consistency. Both of the top two skaters were world champions, and had won at Round-Ups in the past.

This year, the top spot went once again to Isamu Yamamoto. The 15-year-old skater from Japan won the $3,000 prize at last year’s World Freestyle Round-Up, and took home the same prize this year.

Guenter Mokulys, 54, was eligible to compete in the Legends Freestyle Classic division, but opted instead to compete as a professional. Mokulys came in second, bringing home $1,500. Delta’s Ryan Brynelson came in third place, taking home hardware and $1,000.

White Rock’s Andy Anderson came in fifth for the professionals, and Mike Osterman came in fourth while the audience sang him “Happy Birthday.”

In the amateur division, nine-year-old Yuzuki Kawasaki came in first, after coming in third the year before.

There was a difference of one point between second and third for the amateur skateboarders. Yuta Fuji, the 12-year-old son of freestyle legend Masahiro Fuji, took home third while Brazil’s Marcio Torres took second.

Torres took home first in the amateur division last year, and was celebrated for his well-choreographed runs this year.

RELATED: 14-year-old takes home top prize at freestyle skateboarding finals

Bert Mathieson, 55, took home the first place prize in the Legends Freestyle Classic division, an event that returned to the World Freestyle Round Up after a hiatus. The Legends division showcased skateboarders 50 years of age and over, and celebrated those who had contributed to the sport.

Mathieson also came to the event with his own award to give out, to celebrate someone who contributed to the culture and vibe of the World Freestyle Round Up.

“I really value people who are encouragers, because it’s not really about us. It’s about others,” the Vancouver-born skateboarder said at the Sunday awards ceremony. “So if you can pass it on to others, and just make their life better, make them a better skater and improve the environment for them so that the sport fosters, then I think that’s what it’s about.”

Mathieson’s award was given to amateur skater Ricky Rodriguez, because he had “the spirit of the Round Up.”

The Ambassadors of Freestyle award, which goes to skaters who have contributed behind the scenes to the sport of freestyle, went to both Masahiro Fuji and Toshiaki Fuji for their work in helping freestyle grow internationally through their videos and support of events like the Cloverdale Round-Up.

The Henry Candioti Award for the best freestyle skateboarding style can only be won once by a skater in their lifetime. This year, it was won by Shen Meng, along with $500 to go towards his skateboarding school in China.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

New Surrey councillor is a newer dad

Mandeep Nagra’s son Kabar was born at Surrey Memorial Hospital, four days after the civic election

Over-budget bids cause delay of four Surrey school projects

Two projects have gone back out to tender, two awaiting ‘revised budget approval’ from Ministry of Education

Fees ensure patients have access to parking at SMH, FHA says

Fraser Health Authority hasn’t heard yet from city hall about pay parking at Surrey hospital

Free hospital parking a non-starter in White Rock

City considering task force to look at parking generally – Walker

VIDEO: B.C. legislature clerk, sergeant at arms suspended for criminal investigation

Clerk of the House Craig James, Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz on administrative leave

South Korean named Interpol president in blow to Russia

South Korea’s Kim Jong Yang was elected as Interpol’s president edging out a longtime veteran of Russia’s security services.

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickens 18 people in Ontario, Quebec

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it’s working with U.S. authorities to determine the source of the romaine lettuce those who got ill were exposed to.

Trump defies calls to punish crown prince for writer’s death

The U.S. earlier sanctioned 17 Saudi officials suspected of being responsible for or complicit in the Oct. 2 killing, but members of Congress have called for harsher actions, including cancelling arms sales.

British, EU leaders to meet as Brexit deadline looms

The U.K. and the European Union agreed last week on a 585-page document sealing the terms of Britain’s departure.

Richard Oland was killed ‘in a rage,’ prosecutor tells son’s murder trial

The verdict from Oland’s 2015 murder trial was set aside on appeal in 2016. Richard Oland, 69, was found dead in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.

B.C.’s HMCS Edmonton rescues two more sea turtles

Warship credited with a turtle rescue earlier in November

Former NHL player and coach Dan Maloney dies at 68

Maloney coached the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation

Most Read