FLAGSTAFF WILD IN THE PARKS. S.A
On Saturday September 11th Volcom held the 2nd event of the Wild In The Parks tour inSouth OZ. As always the crowd came down in droves, actually herds. This was by farthe biggest Wild In The Parks contest Adelaide has seen. With forcast of rain, the morningand it looked like like it was going to live up to the reports. But no one was going to be rainedout of a fun day ahead, everyone arrived early so we could get the action underway.
The skating here is Adelaide is always amazing. We always have a our regulars, but this yearwas different, the crowds came from all over, and the skater too. The days seemed to fly buy,with never there a moment something awesome wasn’t going down.
Now when it got down to the finals of the 15 & Under, this is where the kids separate fromthe children so to speak. The youth coming up in adelaide are awesome. Not only are thegreat skaters, but they all have amazing attitudes and respect. The top 3 were definitelyhard to choose between but it ended up being Jay Runciman in 3rd. This little guy haspower moves all over the park. Watching him skate the stairs was awesome. Real guts! In2nd we had Micheal Demby and in 1st Andy Nicholls. Now these 2 were especially hard tojudge. They were head to head all day, and it really could have gone either way. Funny tothink Andy wasn’t even going to enter. Well done to you and all your guys who entered.
Then we had the girls! The girls division is always great here, but the girls were even moreblessed with the presence of Rhianna Arnold on Saturday. This young lady from Melbourneseemed to lift the spirits of the other young ladies and helped push the level of skating.So overall we had Jennifer Oakes in 4th, Sara Howarth in 3rd, Rhianna Arnold in 2nd and forthe 3rd year in a row Kat Williams in 1st. These chicks really know how to have fun and hadthe whole crowd roaring for them.
16 & Over... Where the the big boys come out to play. Usually with this division the older guyswont rock up till midday, but with the help of Andy walker and some other local skaters, wegot the word out that we were gonna try pump this whole event into the small dry window wewere expecting. Sure enough everyone was there early. I was so stoked to see the commitmentthese guys have for the event. There were so many rulers shredding this age division, and thecrowd were loving every second of it. But as they say, there can only be 1. And in the end thatperson was George Newsholme. George was amazing to watch all day. My favourite trick wasthe Nollie front heel out of the kicker to switch nose manual the whole long pad, 180 out. It wasinsane. I don’t no anyone with manual skill tat tech and that consistent to be able to throw it intoa run. Following George we had last years winner Justin Edwards, who killed it all day withconsistent rail tricks and flips down the stairs. Justin is always a hard cat to beat. And in 3rd wehad Clint Kenneally, I cant remember seeing Clint at any previous year, but he sure did stand outon the weekend. He had power moves all over the park and made backside lipslides down the bigrail look like play school.
So there we Have it. Another year at Adelaide’s Flagstaff Skate Park, and other crackinggood time. Id personally like to thank Nicky Oakes for all her support and help to pump upthis event and make it what it was. What a great day, and great crowd, you all rockand make these events what they are. Also a shout out to Andy Bowles. Andy your a King.Thanks mate, and see you all next year!
Well done to all the competitors, and thank you to all who came down and supported the event.special thanks to all our sponsors:slamskatemag.com.auElan SkateboardsAndy @ KennardsJohn @ Hub Fruit BowlSharon @ Domino’s Onkaparingahttp://www.slamskatemag.com.auNext stop on the Wild In The Parks Tour is:Manning Skatepark, Perth WA2nd october, 2010