Stop 2 – TAS (Hobart)

SbA Dew Series presented by SKATE 2 – Hobart
Tropical Island Style
Round two of the 2008/09 SbA Dew Series landed in the apple isle over the weekend (January 10th), with Hobart putting on perfect skate conditions for all to enjoy.
For the second straight year the Taswegian junior skate crew returned to the Hobart EC Skatepark.  Thanks to the great support from Jimmy at Jimmy Street & Skate along with the team from Hobart Council (Youth Division) we had more than double the numbers from the previous year with a quarter of the field traveling the distance from Launceston to be involved.
The mix of fresh face made life tough for defending 14’s & Under Boys champion and Hobart local Ben Priseman . Particular cause from concern was the pint sized Cody Walters who made the 2 hour journey south from Laun. Cody may have been small in stature but he quickly showed he was a contender with an Ollie fresh off the bat down the 8 set.
Slow to start was the defending champion but he soon awoke from his slumber his some strong support from his local posse. Ben signaled he was alive and well with a Blunt Big Spin In on the quarter and few smooth attacks on the feature rail. Other mentions need to go to Mark Rosendale, Luke Russell & Dylan Giffard who all showed they weren’t far of the mark.
Let’s hope we see a return battle with all the 14’s for the National Final in Sydney.
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14’s & Under Finalists
A step up size and still was the order for the 17’s & Under with familiar faces destroying the rail during the final. 2008 finalist Josh O’Brian Brad Jones, Cale Hodson, Nick Simpson all make the 2009 final along with Sean Wright & Peter Kokavesis.
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Peter Kokavesis
The jam session to conclude the final was of a frantic pace, dividing the winner from 6th was a massive Kick Flip Suski Grind on the rail by Brad Jones. Brad on better his place in 2008 by taking the win from Cale Hodson and Launceston skater Peter Kokavesis. It was by far the best 17’s and Under final seen around the country in a long time.
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17’s & Under Boys Finalists
Sole female representative and outride champion was Torri Paton. Torri showed that she wouldn’t have been far out of place in the boys division with some sweet Ollie to flat from the centre ski ramp and a smooth looking run in the bowl section of the park.
We really hope T makes the trip to Sydney as she will go very close to landing top spot in the country.
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17’s & Under Winner – Torri Paton

Three was the number in the Sponsored division Christian Reiper, Levi Adams, Josh Smith all layed down the local law by smashing the local lines and show the crowd why they get free shyte. The ever so casual Christian was the repeat winner in again 09, never stepping off all day and a combination of tricks on lock was the difference. The punters could have watched his Front Blunts all day
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17’s & Under Sponsored

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Christian Reiper getting the judges attention – Blunt on the table extension
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 to Hobart City Council and Jimmy’s Street & Skate for their great support of skateboarding in Hobart. 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 to the Media Centre for all the images and we hope to see all the Tasmanian finalists out at the Monster Skate Park for the National Final on the 21st of March.
Till then have a great Australia Day and we hope to see you in Sydney!!!
SBA Dew Series Hobart Flyer

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