13/12/08 – Umina Beach Skatepark
FOUR SEASONS IN ONE DAY
Stop one of the 2008/09 SbA Dew Series landed on the Central Coast of NSW over the weekend, but anyone would have mistaken the location as Melbourne with the crazy weather that greeted us.
The signs looked ominous with torrential rain all day Friday and showers early on the morning of the event. Nevertheless kids from all over NSW made the trek to Umina to be a part of the action.
The 14’s & Under Boys started the show with some solid skating early. Crowd favorites and the youngest shredders in the division Lachlan Rivers (6 years old) & Oscar Cotterill (8 Years Old) showed you’re never too young to compete.
14’s & Under Heats Firing Up
However it was a contest between three in the end with John Jeffery travelling up from the South Coast (Moruya NSW) to edge out Bodhi King & Jamey Foxton. John’s consistency and creative lines proving the tonic for a first up win.
John Jeffery – Kick Flip – 14’s & Under Boys
14’S & Under Finalists
Jamey Foxton – Boardslide 14’s & Under Boys
17’s & Under Girls was a straight out final with 2007 National Champion Nicky Carlin again proving stiff competition taking the win from new comers Beth Whitaker & Sophie Williams. It was great to see the two new faces taking to the park and ripping into it.
17’s & Under Finalists
Nicky Carlin – 17’s & Under Girls
With the sun slowly showing its face in the afternoon, the 17’s & Under Boys Division took the level skating to new heights. Umina local Daniel Sayer showed the visitors how the park should be skated; Daniel treated everyone to a view of the local lines and had his skills on lock all day. Fellow Central Coast skaters Nathan Zahra & Hayden Gregory took out second and third respectively.
Nathan Zahra 50-50 – 17’s & Under Boys
17’s & Under Finalists
A thousand and one Mountain Dews later and with a sweltering northerly kicking up 40KM/Hour winds the 17’s & Under Sponsored Division took to the Umina Park with little regard of their bodies. A warm up session on the centre ledge had the grommets frothing for some bigger hammers.
Ryder Lawson – 17’s & Under Sponsored
Competition veterans Steve Adam, Ryder Lawson & Jeremiah Adele starting blowing up with backside 5’s, front crooks and board slides down the centre ledge. Jeremiah’s attempt at a huge frontside air over the rock garden ended with him snapping his deck and him signing off for the day.
For the first time in a long time Ryder was unable to lift the first placed winner’s trophy, he managed a 3rd placing with Jeremiah coming 2nd and Shellharbour ripper Steve Adam taking the win. Steve’s attack on the whole pack was super clean and he also managed landing everything in sight.
A huge thanks need to go out to all the young skaters that entered and travelled a long way to be involved in the event. Thanks also need to go Gosford City Council & Wyong Shire Council for their great support of skateboarding. A huge cheers also needs to go to the series sponsors that managed to make the days of many young skaters- Mountain Dew, SKATE 2, KR3W, Supra, Bern, Sabre, Kewday & Bico — Thank you.
Stay tuned for more from the Hobart Skate Park on the 10th of January.
Till then Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!