Sunday, May 8, 2011



So the Wild In the Parks Champs for 2010/2011 has just been and gone. With rain for week’s prior, we were a little worried the event would even get a chance to run. But lucky as we are the sun came out and shone bright for all to enjoy.

Feeble Grind

With all the talent we had seen through the year in qualifying I new the day was going to be a hard one to judge, and yes I was right. Never have I seen the judges deliberate for the length of time they were, and it was truly a battle every heat as to who would move through to the next.

The day started with the 15 and under. These kids just get better and better, how they gain the level of skills they have so early is beyond me. It was great to see some of these kids travel from NZ such as Cade Wilson-Russ. Cade is 13 yet looks like a solid little man on a board. He may not of made the finals, but his skating stood out so strong that all day I would hear people speaking his name, complementing his talents.

In the final we have Anthony Davie, Ryder Lawson, Billy Loveder and Danni Campbell. These kids were great! All had a chance to take the winnings and this heat was actually the hardest for the judges.

In 3rd place we had Anthony Davie. Anthony has been getting stronger and stronger over the years, and I see him having a great time with his skateboarding every time I see him. In 2nd place we had one of the most exciting youngsters to watch at the moment, Ryder Lawson. Ryder is on another level for a kid of his age and one that is sure to reach the international stage in the years to come. This kid can back smith a rail like it’s a warm up trick also has a bag of tricks bigger than Santa’s sack on Christmas Eve. In 1st place we had local ripper Billy Loveder. Billy has been on the scene for year, but its not often you see him competing. You could see his street skating shine through on the park, linking tricks and using tech little feet to hop around the joint. The kickflip nose stall revert tricks into the bank were amazing. Flipping down the stairs was an easy task for this young lad also. Well done guys!

360 Flip

The girls division had stepped it up this year, maybe it was the 500 large on the line this year or maybe they are simply pushing each other harder than ever, either way it made for some great skating.

In 3rd place we had Aimee Massie. Aimee had flown down from Queensland and had no intention on leaving empty handed. She skated all day and looked like she was really enjoying herself out there. In 2nd we had Ellie Summerhayes. Ellie was absolutely killing it all day, with big flips out of the kicker like Varial Heels, and kickies down the 6 she definitely made it hard for first place winner Izzy Muttu. Izzy held strong all day and definitely had some moves the other girls couldn’t compete with. Izzy was rocking switch flips off drops along with switch 50-50’s and switch front boards on the flat bar… scary stuff! Well done girls you all killed it, as you can see in the video above.

Foot plant
Backside Flip
Switch Backside Nose Grind
$50 were going out for every worthy trick. Fakie Flip Tailslide off the 3 block.


Then as always we leave the big boys for last! This year we saw a lot of new talent come through qualifiers and also a new breed of younger than usual skaters competing in the open’s final. All the guys in the opens deserve a massive shout out as you all did so well, and it was really tight the whole day.

In 3rd we had Mikey Mendoza. Mikey is 13 and was meant to be in the 15 & under division but due to traffic jams he could not control he ended up missing his heat, so we chucked him in the opens. To place 3rd in this division at his age say’s a lot for this kids future. The Tre Flip down the big 3 may have been after time, but I am sure everyone there still remembers his style and grace on the landing like it just happened.

2nd place went to Barry Mansfield. Barry was on fire all day, with tricks unlike anyone else on the course it was a pleasure watching him. The Frontside Flips over and into the bank were every shot and stylish and anything. Barry also made it hard for the first place winner, but not much could hold out Nik Stipanovic from taking the title this day. It happened to be Niks 16th birthday and it really showed. He was on fire all day. Even in between heats he was shredding around the course. Nik was skating the park like a NYC veteran! Lines unlike any I have seen at the park. His style, consistency and trick selection made him a sure choice for 1st place.

Busy Back Decker
Kickie to Fakie
Nollie Flip
Back Smith
Back Blunt

Going for it...
Eat down!
360 Flip
Switch Flip. Matty Dillon Electric best trick winner
Winners 1st Izzy Muttu, 2nd Ellie Summerhayes, 3rd Aimee Massie
1st Billy Loveder, 2nd Ryder Lawson, 3rd Anthony Davie

1st Nik Stipanovic. 2nd Barry Mansfield, 3rd Mikey Mandoza

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So that’s it. Another year is done and dusted, thank you everyone for supporting the event and I cant wait to see you all again for the new season.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


The Final Volcom Stone’s Totally Crustaceous surf series for 2010 / 2011 hit Manly Beach last Friday and Saturday.

With finalist from all over Australia turning up to compete for the title and a shot at the trip to Newport Beach, California up for grabs in both the juniors and opens division to compete in the international VQS Champs. With the 3 to 4 foot south swell rolling in, we knew there was going to be some crazy surfing going down over the 2 days

Volcom Champs site

The stage was set, guitars where plugged in, the drums ready to be bashed and all the rockers dressed in there leopard skin pants and there tight denim jackets where ready to head bang , stage dive and rock there way to the man on man finals.

First act up for the day was the Glitter girls with the first 2 going straight in to the quarter finals and 3rd and 4rd having to battle it out in the bonus round . With 15 minute heats best 2 waves for the first few rounds, surfers had to be quick with there wave selection as the condition were predicted to pick up as the day progressed.We head banged our way into the Glam grom’s first round with all competitors surfing way above and beyond there age.

Grom getting some air
It wasn’t all about the surfing with loads of giver aways up on stage with yoyo and air guitar competition, crazy jam session on the drums and all the Glam Rock fun you could expect to find at the Volcom OZ Championships.

kids rock'in out

Contest director
Day one was finished off with the Juniors , opens first round , Quarter finals of the girls and groms. What a day sunny, fun waves and kids everywhere rock’in out.

Jasper Enersby
We woke up on Saturday to the sound of bucketing down rain and a 30 not south wind but as they say the show must go on . So we went in to damage control, sand bagging the tents the best we could, putting extra banners up to try and protect us from the rain and just prayed the whole contest side doesn’t blow away.The good thing was the waves had picked up so at 8am we got the junior and open quarters under way with Cooper Chapman a stand out in the Juniors and Daniel Vardy in the opens.

Cooper Chapman
With the rain pooring down we moved onto the semi finals with only the winner from each semi going through to the man on man finals.Before the finals started we had the Electric Volt Thrower expression session with guest appearance from volcom’s Ozzie Wright, Jordy Lawler, Blake Levett and locals Dan Karen and Luke Cheadle. $500 going to the winner Luke Cheadle who pulled a huge air reverse.

Ozzie Wright carving
The Glitter girls final was up first with Ali Kelly ripping her way to the win over Winni Paul, then we moved into the Glam grom’s with Jacob Willcox scoring an 8.5 and an 8.0 on his way to a win over Cody Robinson.Jacob Willcox made another appearance in the Jumping Juniors final with a solid performance against Volcom’s own Jordy Lawler with both scoring rides in the high nines but at the end of the day there would only be one winner off to America and that was Jordy Lawler.

Jordy Lawler on his way to winning the Juniors
We finished the day with the pro am division, Daniel Vardy came out firing with a really nice left hander doing two huge turns and taking the lead. Then it was Dan Karen turn to put on a show catching two fast waves and taking the early lead off Vardy.Wave for wave both Dan’s went with the lead changing time after time and just when it looked like Vardy had won Dan Karen paddle into a nice left hander with 15 seconds to go , needing a 7.5 to win jammed three big turns and scored an 7.8 and went home with the win and the ticket to the U.S.

Dan Karen winner of the pro am division

Glitter Girls
1st Ali Kelly
2nd Winni Paul

Glam Grom
1st Jacob Willcox
2nd Cody Robinson

Jumping Juniors
1st Jordy Lawler
2nd Jacob Willcox

Posion pro am
1st Dan Karren
2nd Daniel Vardy

Luke Cheadle winner of the Electric Volt Thrower.

What a year on the Volcom VQS series congratulation to all winners and thanks to everyone who took part in our events . See you next year.

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