Australia’s best junior skateboarders wow big crowds at the SbA Dew Series Finals.
AUSTRALIA’S brightest new stars in skateboarding lined up at Monster Skate Park in Sydney, on Saturday for the Finals of The SbA Dew Series presented by SKATE 2. The event is Australia’s premier Junior skateboarding competition and drew big crowds as the nations best juniors battled it out for the titles.
The 14 years and under boys launched a full day of competition and they certainly weren’t shy in showing the crowds what they’ve got. The youngsters pushed themselves with some ambitious displays on the 1000 square meter indoor street course. In the end it was pint sized sydney sider Ryan Bowen, who had the goods to secure first place after linking some clean combinations throughout the course.
Next up were the 17 years and under Girls, with a small but elite selection of Australia’s most exciting female skateboarders. South Australia was well represented by young Maddison Harris and it was fellow Adelaide teen, Jenifer Oaks who took out the division. Oaks put on a dynamic display of riding and ended with some gutsy attempts over the 6-set.
The 17 years and under Boys division put on an exciting final and it was here that the West Australian skaters really shon. This was the first year that Skateboarding Australia held trials in Perth and a large contingent of riders and their families made the long trip over. Perth teenager, Joshua McMurry revved up the crowd with an awesome display across the course. Although the competition was tight, McMurry managed to snatch himself the title and was a definite crowd favourite.
Australia’s best sponsored juniors were up for the last final of the day. There was a broad section of riders competing, the youngest at just seven years of age. The favourite coming in was 15 year old Kieran Rielly. Just coming off a win at the Mountain Dew Battle for Supremacy late last year, the Kempsey teen had been setting a buzz in the lead up.
Sydney’s Ryder Lawson put on a mighty challenge throughout the finals and showed himself as a talent to watch. However it was Reilly who came through again in the end to snatch a tight victory over Lawson, for the title of Australia’s best sponsored junior skateboarder.
This is now the third year running for the Sba Dew Series and was the biggest event yet. Although competition was tough the sportsmanship and camaraderie between the kids, proved that Skateboarding is paving a positive path for Australia’s youth.
Photos and full placings from the day will be available soon on the SbA Dew Series Finals page