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February 19, 2009

Bondi Bowl-A-Rama 2009

February 19, 2009

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BOWL-A-RAMA 2009

BONDI PLAYS HOST TO THE BIGGEST CONCRETE EVENT IN THE

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE FOR THE 5TH YEAR ROUND

Diary Alert – Saturday 21st February 2009

Bondi Beach will play host for the fifth year running; BOWL-A-RAMA, the biggest concrete event in the

southern hemisphere, on Saturday 21st of February 2009. With a prize pool of US $30,000 the 2009 event

is set to be the biggest to date. In recognition of Bondi Beach Skate Park’s iconic status, the 2009 theme is

Del Mar Skate Ranch which played host to the best riders and the most legendary competitions during the

formative years of professional skateboarding.

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We get so many comments about Bowl-a-rama resembling the old competitions (Del Mar Skate Ranch)

where some of the most recognized skaters in the world cut their teeth (Steve Caballero, Kevin Staab, Pat

Ngoho and Christian Hosoi) …these skaters are the same skaters that have been and still are involved in

BOWL-A-RAMA” says Chad Ford, Director of BOWL-A-RAMA.

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Joining the World Cup of Skating (WCSK8), Vans, EA Games SKATE 2 and Oakley have jumped on

board for 2009, ensuring some of the biggest names in skateboarding will be blazing it at Bondi. Bringing

it back to the shores of Oz is last year’s winner Bucky Lasek, as well as one of the all time greatest

skateboarding legends, Steve Cabellero!

Over 80 of the world’s top professional riders will also show their stuff on the day, including:

Bob Burnquist (Brazil), Rune Glifberg (Denmark), Daniel Cardone (Italy), Omar Hassan (US), Benji Galloway

(US), Corbin Harris (Australia), Chris Senn (US), Sergie Ventura (US), Kyle Berard (US), Renton Millar

(Australia), Jeff ‘Skunk’ Williams (Australia), Kevin Staab (US), Lester Kasai (US), Lance Mountain (US),

Colin Provost (US), Chris Cudlipp (Hawaii), Pat Ngoho (US), Sandro Diaz (Brazil) and Chris Miller (US).

With the perfect terrain and versatility for skaters from all over the world, combined with the caliber of riders

expected on the day and a total prize pot of US $30,000, skate fans will experience the most mind blowing

action of the year!

And 2009 is set to tip the scales in popularity with the latest ABS figures showing skateboarding at an all

time high among Australia’s youth, with over 31% of teens taking to the streets and concrete pools after

school.

Over 5000 people are expected to descend onto BOWL-A-RAMA 09. The killer skate action will commence

at 11am Saturday 21st February with the finals wrapping at 6pm.

And this year Mt Dew will be introducing the ‘Do The Dew’ Junior street skate area all day with special guest judge Renton Millar

From 8pm: Vans, EA Games SKATE 2, Oakley, SDS, The Beach Road Hotel and Monkey Say are hosting

the award ceremony and after party (over 18’s only) at The Beach Road Hotel.

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Battle For Supremacy Results

February 11, 2009

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The Setup

The Mountain Dew Battle for Supremacy went off tap on Saturday 7 February 2009, with the youngest competitor in the 20 person invite-only field taking home the title. 

The Aussie and Kiwi-only contest at Monster Skatepark at Sydney Olympic Park starred seasoned Aussie favorites such as Chima Ferguson, Lewis Marnell, Jake Duncombe, Shane O’Neill and 16 other Aussie terrorisors. 

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Chima Ferguson is happy

Spectators

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Jamie Thomas showed up  to eye off the talent

Despite 40-plus degree temperatures that buckled the railway tracks leading to Monster, the intense heat didn’t slow down the crew, eager to take a share of the $21,500 prize money and the $7000 first place prize in particular. 

Led by head judge Sasher Steinhorst from the World Cup of Skateboarding, judges Andrew Currie, Slam’s Trent Fahey and German shredder Juergen Horrwarth had their work cut out from the start, with the rider-friendly jam format.  

The closeness of the field made the judging task even tougher, before coming to a Semi Finals line up of Shane Azar, Pat Dandy, Corbin Harris, Jeff “Skunk” Williams, Jack Fardell, Tommy Fynn, Jackson Pilz, Lewis Marnell, Shane O’Neill, Dane Burman and the ever-destroying and insanely consistent Kieran Reilly. 

Jake Duncombe, backside Noseblunt, the rainbow block

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Judges

Tommy Fynn, Switch K Grind

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Bryce Golder, Crailslide

Jack Fardell, 180 Nosegrind

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Jeff Williams, Cab Back Lip

The final went through the roof, with the top 5 riders battling it out in an eight minutue, hardcore jam with not one skater bailing during the first minute. Jeff Williams cab back lipped the rail, Fardell smashed the course, Tommy Fynn threw down a ballistic flip nosegrind, in what appeared to be slow motion over the box and Bryce Golder went to town with crailslide fakies over the rainbow block and takedown speeds.  

Spectators get an overhead of Kieren’s Bluntslide
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Renton Millar for FuelTV

Then, there was the Kieran Reilly show! Reilly smashed it at every stage of the competition and was almost untouchable. From frontside nosegrinds on the vert wall to ollie over the box to back smith on the rail, he was too gnarly for the rest of the field and walked away with the $7,000 prize money in a Kieran Reilly whitewash.

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Kieren reigns supreme!

After the street, the comp moved outside to the mini and a session dominated by Jeff Williams (first) Corbin Harris (second) and Jack Fardell (third), before rounding off a sensational day of skating with a quick vert demo by Renton Millar, Juergen Horrwarth and Nathan Beck on the massive Monster ramp.

Skunk flip indy fakie on the mini to first place!

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Renton Millar, Backside Ollie on the vert ramp

The Mountain Dew Battle for Supremacy was great weekend for Australian and NZ skateboarding. Thanks to Mountain Dew, Slam, FuelTV, World Cup of Skateboarding, and all that helped make it happen and did their bit to make Australian skateboarding a little bit better.

Hopefully see you next year to do it again and keep your eyes out for the coverage on FuelTV!

Renton Millar

 

Street Results

Kieran Reilly     $7000 

Jack Fardell      $3000 

Tom Fynn         $1500 

Jeff Williams     $1200 

Bryce Golder    $1000 

Shane O’Neil     $700 

Corbin Harris    $600 

Shane Azar       $500 

Pat Dandy        $400 

Dane Burman  $300 

Lewis Marnell travel allowance 

Jackson Pilz   travel allowance 

 

Mini Results

1. Jeff Williams $500

2. Corbin Harris $300

3  Jack Fardell $200

 

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Battle For Supremacy Line Up

February 4, 2009

Skaters………  are you ready!

The Battle For Supremacy Line Up looks like this:

HEAT 1
1 Shane O’Neill
2 Dean Palmer
3 Shane Azar
4 Bjorn Johnston
5 Chima Ferguson

HEAT 2
1 Dane Burman
2 Tommy Fynn
3 Marty Girotto
4 Sam Winter
5 Battlecat – Dave Harris

HEAT 3
1 Jake Duncombe
2 Bryce Golder
3 Jack Fardell
4 Jackson Pilz
5 Pat Dandy

HEAT 4
1 Lewis Marnell
2 Keiran Reilly
3 Jeff Williams
4 Corbin Harris
5 Luke Croker

Let the fight begin!