The Vans BMX Pro Cup Returns for 2019 with New Locations

The Vans BMX Pro Cup is back for the third year in a row and the 2019 series will feature three brand new locations. Here's the rundown - 

Stop #1 - Sydney, Australia

Five Dock Skatepark

April 12-13

Stop #2 - Stuttgart, Germany

Waiblingen BMX Park

June 14 - 16

Stop #3 - Mexico City, Mexico

Ciudad Deportiva

August 16 - 18

World Championships - Huntington Beach, California

Vans Off The Wall Skatepark

September 13-15

 


We caught up with long-time Vans BMX bossman and Pro Cup founder Jerry Badders to get a bit more insight on the 2019 tour. Check it - 

Larry Edgar - Vans BMX Pro Cup Malaga 2019

First and foremost, what’s your job title at Vans these days? It seems like you’re taking on a lot more than just BMX…

I took a new role at Vans. I am now the North America Action Sports Events Manager. We hired Andy Zeiss to help with the Pro Cup and Colin Mackay as the BMX Team Manager. We are looking for a Global Sports Marketing Lead for BMX.

You’re still the man in charge of the Pro Cup, right?

Yes and no. We hired Andy Zeiss to be the Pro Cup consultant and I am working with him on 2019.

Jason Watts - Vans BMX Pro Cup Guadalajara 2019

Congrats on moving the Pro Cup into year three. Any big takeaways from the first two years?

How stoked the BMX community is to have us in their countries and to have this event as well.

I’ve heard a ton of rumors about locations for 2019. What can you tell us?

2019 we will go to three new parks and three new cities. Stuttgart, Germany with a new park and it’s a BMX park. Mexico City, Mexico - they just built a new park. Huntington Beach, California where we just built a new park.

 

The new bowl section at the Vans HB park looks great. Will that play any role in the 2019 series?

Yes, we will host the World Championships here Sept 13-15. Riders will get a lot of practice for this one and we hope to add one or two features on the course for the Finals.

Last year, there were qualifiers in Santiago, Chile and at Woodward (and Woodward West for the women). Will these be happening again? Any additional qualifiers?

We will be doing Nationals this year in Singapore,Woodward East, and Woodward West. These are ran by the local regions and are for the riders from those regions. We will also be doing Regional Qualifiers the day before the Tour stops and this will be how a rider will qualify and get into the Tour.

Matty Cranmer - Vans BMX Pro Cup Qualifier at Woodward East 2019

Everyone I talk to is pretty bummed Malaga won’t be happening in 2019. Any particular reason for not including it in the 2019 tour?

We have been to Malaga twice. Maybe in 2020 we will have a National event there...

Any changes judging-wise? Is Joe Rich still the man in charge?

Some changes have been made. Joe Rich will continue to be the head judge. We added an athlete to judge - Dakota Roche - for all stops. We also added a European judge - Ruben Alcantara - for all the stops. Last and final judge will be switching at all stops. Australia will have Russell Brindley, Germany will have Achim Kujawski, Mexico City will have Dennis McCoy, and Huntington Beach, CA will have “Big Island" Mike Castillo.

Can we expect any format changes in 2019?

No.

Boyd Hilder - Vans BMX Pro Cup Huntington Beach 2019

Which event in 2019 are you looking forward to most?

Australia - I love meat pies. Germany - new BMX park. Mexico City – I love street tacos. HB – my hometown.

Can anyone beat two-time overall champion Larry Edgar?

I think so. It will be tough - riders need to be consistent. I think this year will be Dennis Enarson or Boyd Hilder.

Will there be a Vans BMX Street Invitational in 2019?

No, but I’m working on something for BMX Street at the Vans US Open this year.

What else is new with Vans BMX for 2019?

The Vans new Wafflecup BMX shoe is new for 2019, along with the Support Group campaign. Scotty Cranmers Wafflecup Sk8-Hi Pro BMX colorway is out now, but the marketing goes live in April. We are also working with Dennis Enarson on some projects…

Aaron Simone - Vans BMX Pro Cup Qualifier at Woodward East 2019

For those searching for more info on these events, where can they find it?

www.vansbmxprocup.com or www.theboardr.com

Can you get Colin Mackay a huge raise?

Yes. He’s the Team Manager now!

Any final thoughts?

Have fun. Thanks for all the BMX Support and love for VANS! See you at the Pro Cups….

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