So it seems I have become quite the rain dodger. With Geelong under a flash flood Friday night, most would have bet the event wouldn’t go ahead, but on my waking up Saturday morning I was surprised to see the ground was near dry. I then got to the park quickly to see what the deal was. With only a few little puddles my day was looking good. The forecast was for another day of rain, but it seemed all the clouds were in surrounding neighborhoods. So without letting the rain get us, we got the comp started early and didn’t look back. Here are some shots and a write up on the day’s event, Enjoy.
As is always the case the younger guys are always there bright and early, so using this to our advantage we got the 15 and under division kicked off. Before we new it we were down to the finals. The finals were great to watch, actually the whole 15 and under division were great. With a gloomy day above and rain looming, the skating these kids delivered seemed to have brought out the crowd too, and by 11am the attendance was massive. In 3rd place we had Paddy Mcevoy, Paddy was killing it. He has one of the best front shuvits I have seen on a kid of that age, with such consistency as well. In 2nd place we had Samuel Aitkens, Sammy was incredible all day with so many different tricks all over the park. I think all the skaters from the day could have taken notes from Samuels’s ability to utilize the whole skate park, something that is very important in competition skating. Also one hell of a varial heel! In 1st place we had Anthony Davie, Anthony is a man-child with the skating ability of a mature man. He was incredible to watch and I honestly think he is running in the top 3 people to beat at the Wild In The Parks final he has scored himself a spot inn. From the smoothed back smith to the easiest looking switch biggie’s Anthony has it all. Well-done guys.
In the girls division we had 3rd place winner Ruby then 2nd place went to Rhianna Arnold who had already qualified in South Oz, but decided to compete again to fill out the numbers here in Geelong, great attitude Rhianna, thanks! Then in 1st place we had Adelaide’s Jenny Oakes. Jen was on fire, with tricks on nearly every obstacle in the park then also taking it to the big stuff. Her Ollie off the big 3 and Ollie north off the long 3 were talked about the entire day. Great effort girls, cant wait to see the level at the finals!
Jen Oakes Big Ollie
Then we had the big boys, and lucky enough we were able to stall and let the numbers collect, because it was all worthwhile. With a great attendance and skills to match the 16 and over division was so much fun to watch. In 3rd place we had Dean Brookes who skated hard as nails all day and brought out some of the most unique lines and tricks I have seen. One of my standouts was the gap to lip on the little many pad. That was awesome and really quick to get off. In 2nd place we had Jake De Vries, Jake also had some very unique lines and was able to master tricks all over the park. His ability to slide Noseblunts over the hip with such ease and grace was great to witness. Then it came to the numero uno, the first place winner, James Guida really earned his first place title, with the most casual style, vast array of tricks and consistency to boot he was always going to be hard to beat. From Backtail Shuvs to nose many 360 shuv out he had the whole park dialed. Well done to all the winners and thanks to all the competitors who didn’t make the cut. You all ripped and I can’t wait to see you all again next year.
16 & over winners: Dean Brookes, Jake devries, James Guida
That’s now it for the qualifying events for 2010/2011. The next event is Sydney’s Championship competition where all the qualifiers over the past year will battle it out for the 2010/2011 Wild In The Parks Championship. In addition to winning this prestige’s award the winner of the 16 and over will be flown to the USA to compete in the Wild In The Parks Champs USA. Keep your eyes peeled for the list of all the Qualifiers soon to be uploaded to Volcomoznz.blogspot.com
Thanks to everyone who came down and supported the day, Nathan Dunn for Shooting, Aiden Hayes for filming and everyone who came even with the dark skies above.
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