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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Australian Bowlriding Championships

For the first time ever, the Australian skateboarding community is presented with the chance to compete in a true ‘Nationals’ skateboarding competition – The Hurley Australian Bowl-riding Championships (ABC™), January 26th-28th 2012. Taking place at one of the countries most progressive skateparks, Bar Beach-Empire Park Skate Park in Newcastle, the event will host an array of Australia’s best talent from the bowl riding community including world-vert champion Renton Millar, Professional Skateboarder and T.V personality Corbin Harris and Adrian Jones, pioneer of Australian skateboarding and true legend of the sport.

Presented by Hurley and sanctioned by World Cup Skateboarding (WCS), the all-inclusive Australian event welcomes skateboarders from every skill levels and ages, to sign up and compete for a total prize pool of $20,000 in cash and prizes; across one of its four divisions: Dew Am Jam U18’s, Pro/Am, Masters (over 40’s) and a female open division.

“Australia’s bowl skating scene just got way way better,” comments Renton Millar. “Potentially an unknown skater from the middle of nowhere could come up through the system and end up skating against Pedro Barros, Bucky Lasek, or Rune Glifberg. That’s an opportunity that has not happened in Australia, and I think it’s going to be an amazing experience for young skaters and great for the scene.”

Bob Burnquist, Bondi Beach, Bowl-A-Rama, Christian Hosoi, Jackson Pilz, Lance Mountain, Omar Hassan, Otavio Neto, Pat Ngoho, Bucky Lasek, Rune Glifberg, Steve Caballero, Pedro Barros
Renton Millar, OZ skateboarding hero at Bondi Bowl. Millar reached a number 1 ranking on the World Cup
 Skateboarding  Vert Points race in 2010, finishing 6th overall. Photo Max'ORourke for isTia.Tv
“This competition will showcase some of the best talent we have here in Australia and give them the chance to gain wildcard entry to compete alongside International heavy weights such as Steve Caballero at VANS BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi in February,” comments Co-Founder Chad Ford.

Three Dew Am Jam Under 18’s competitors will be chosen to showcase their talent in the Dew Am Jam at Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi and five pro and five masters competitors will also be given the opportunity to qualify to ride alongside industry greats within their divisions on February 25th at Bondi Bowl.

Ford, also Co-Founder of BOWL-A-RAMA™ one of the biggest and most successful professional bowl series in Australasia, has been instrumental in catering to the growth of skateboarding within Australia. “We are offering the Australian skateboarding community a platform to pursue their passion and launch their career at a grass-roots level and we’re excited to be doing this with Hurley,” he adds.

“Hurley’s roots are in surf, skate, music, art and our focus is on innovation. Skateboarding has had a long history of innovation and a connection to art and music, so supporting a great event which brings together some of the best skaters in Australia to compete and celebrate the culture of the sport is not only a natural fit for us its something we are very proud of.” Jason Haynes, General Manager Hurley Australia

“ABC™ gives skaters a path. Kids used to look at pro contests and there was no actual way for them to get into contests like BOWL-A-RAMA™ besides being invited, or being entered as a pro. Now there is a system and skaters can learn the trade skating on a lower level in Australia before turning pro,” agrees Renton Millar, who has been working with Mt Dew to identify and support up and coming skaters over the last four years.

Officially kicking off on the Thursday with learn to ride skate clinics provided by Kman skate school, Hurley ABC™

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