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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Batteries Not Included

January 28, 2009

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*BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED
Curated by Joseph Allen and Malcolm Smith

Ben Barretto
Martin Bell
The Changes
Marley Dawson
Ross Manning
Spat + Loogie
Paul Winkler
& Jonathan Zawada

Environments that encourage experimentation and risk-taking are often where the most interesting new ideas can be found. In these spaces, unlikely unions produce curious crossbreeds that defy easy classification.

Batteries Not Included at the Australian Centre for Photography presents the work of 12 artists investigating the hybrid offspring of photomedia; splicing photography with performance, reanimating found images or mechanising the moving image.

With backgrounds and influences as diverse as fashion, street culture, education, new and old technologies and telemarketing, the artists in this exhibition come from the fringes of contemporary visual art practice. With their appetite for risk-taking, experimentalism and disregard of convention, this selection of artists combines the fresh and energetic work of emerging artists with the ground-breaking work of legendary avant guard filmmaker Paul Winkler.

OPENING
29th of January 2009
6 – 8pm
Including performances by Jeff Burch & Max Doyle and Ross Manning

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****The show runs till 7th March****

Special thanks to Asahi, FBI and of course the Australian Centre for Photography.

PLUS:
Michael Corridore’s ANGRY BLACK SNAKE and
Deborah Kelly’s BIG BUTCH BILLBOARD

Full Invite below:

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Australian Pro Tour Of Wakeboarding

January 23, 2009

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With almost all Pro Mens entry spots already filled, the 2009 series is promising to be the hottest competition seen on Australian soil in years!

Veteran Tour riders such as Brad Smeele and Harley Clifford will be up against former champs such as Jeff Weatherall and Daniel Watkins, not to mention current reigning champ Dean Smith. And if the competition isn’t hot enough for you with these big names battling it out for the title, add to the mix American riders Trevor Hansen and Cory Bradley. This will be one hell of a competition and none of these riders will be going down without a fight! Jeff Weatherall has already stated that he WILL be taking back the crown and be showing no mercy.

With over $30 000 up for grabs in cash and prizes and the brand new 2009 Air Nautique 210 as the official tow boat, the 2009 season promises to be huge!

This is the 7th year the tour has been running in Australia and the third year that it will be towed by an Air Nautique boat. The tour stops will be varied this year as well, with at least one stop being an obstacle free event promoting an all-round rider to take on the champs crown. Australia’s own Dean Smith has taken out the honours for the past two years following Kiwi Jeff Weatherall’s victory in 2006 and Daniel Watkins reign for the previous 3 years running. With the level of riding in Australia at an all time high – it is anyone’s game in 2009.

Round 1: 25 – 26th Jan Penrith Regatta centre, NSW

Round 2: 31 – 1st Feb Stoney Park, NSW

Round 3: 6 – 7th Feb Nudgee Brisbane, QLD


BMX Games 2009 – Melbourne

January 23, 2009

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This year the BMX Games 09 has moved south down to Melbourne Docklands. This competition, which is made up of 3 separate disciplines, attracts the best extreme athletes from across the world.  All will be battling it out for a mountain load of cash!

The 3 day event kicks off at Melbourne Docklands at Waterfront city and Central Pier over the Australia Day weekend, 24th to the 26th of January’09.  1st off is the Haro Bikes street/park on the Saturday and finals on Sunday, On the evening of the 25th at Waterfront City Piazza you will see the Foot Locker Flatland Battle, with the best flatlanders in the world working their magic to some of Melbourne’s best DJ’s.  The 26th ,and the most exciting event of the weekend, the BackBones BMX King of Dirt, with riders testing the limits by  jumping the biggest dirt jumps Australia has ever seen.  This is Australia’s biggest Freestyle BMX event and if it was ever a time to come check BMX out this is it. Pro riders such at Ryan Guettler, Cam White, Steve Mc Cann , Terry Adams, Dave Dillewaard  and many more will be there.  So if you want to see some of the hottest extreme action this summer and rub shoulders with the world’s best in BMX, make your way down to the Docklands Australia Day weekend.


Black Diamond Wakeboard Schools

January 23, 2009

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The Black Diamond Wakeboarding Schools in both Sydney and the Gold Coast are Doing the Dew this summer!!
Black Diamond Wakeboarding Schools are the key to your progression in Wakeboarding, Wakeskating or Wakesurfing with all lessons provided by Professional wakeboarders themselves.
Kids gather from all over the country and the world to attend School Holiday Grommie Camps or just head out for Hourly Lessons or 1, 2, 3 or 5 Day Packages. Mention this website on arrival and receive 50% off a Black Diamond Team t-shirt.

To get involved or for further info call Sal on 02 4566 4511 or email scottykell@bigpond.com


Battle for Supremacy

January 22, 2009

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Where else do you get to see 20 of Australia’s top invited Skateboarders do battle to gain supremacy and the chance at $21, 500 in prize money. The event has been hand crafted by that little crafty artsman Renton Millar, one of the countries best Vert Ramp Skaters.  The Dew Jeeps will be there and some other heads jaming on the Mini & the Vert Ramps so it all going to be a fun arvo and a great get together.

The event will be held at the Monster Skatepark Indoor Street/park course on the 7th February 09  starting at around 2pm and will be certainly be a highlight event for this summer to attend. Confirmed names turning up including Jake Duncombe, Lewis Marnell, Shane O’Neill, Dane Burman and a host of other top riders full of bubbles and waiting to explode, so you if you want to get your chance at viewing this comp action from the elevated platforms you better get down there quick smart.


King of Winch Tour

January 22, 2009

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King Of Winch Wakeboard Tour is back and bigger then ever. Riders from all over the world will compete for the greatest crown in winching. Head down to Docklands VIC on the 30th & 31st Jan between 12pm to 5pm.

This is stop number one of a four part series of events happening over summer 09. Riders are towed by a winch mechanism through pools of water and will hits up rails and kickers. The winner will take home the glory of stop one and lead the challenge to become the King Of Winch.