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.
“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.
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
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.
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.
Lewis enjoying the fans
Chima Ferguson is happy
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
Tommy Fynn, Switch K Grind
Bryce Golder, Crailslide
Jack Fardell, 180 Nosegrind
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
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.
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!
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!
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
1. Jeff Williams $500
2. Corbin Harris $300
3 Jack Fardell $200
Skaters……… are you ready!
The Battle For Supremacy Line Up looks like this:
1 Shane O’Neill
2 Dean Palmer
3 Shane Azar
4 Bjorn Johnston
5 Chima Ferguson
1 Dane Burman
2 Tommy Fynn
3 Marty Girotto
4 Sam Winter
5 Battlecat – Dave Harris
1 Jake Duncombe
2 Bryce Golder
3 Jack Fardell
4 Jackson Pilz
5 Pat Dandy
1 Lewis Marnell
2 Keiran Reilly
3 Jeff Williams
4 Corbin Harris
5 Luke Croker
Let the fight begin!