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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hurley Australian Bowl-riding Championships Newcastle 6-10 February 2013

Australian skateboarders will have the chance to compete in the second annual Hurley Australian Bowl-riding Championships (ABC™), hitting the shore at Bar Beach-Empire Park Skate Park in Newcastle from 6-10 February 2013.
The date for the Australian Bowl Riding Championships has been set for
February 6 to 10, 2013. Poppy Starr Olsen won the girls's stuff last year...
Whoaa... Pictured above: Poppy Starr Olsen at Bondi with Alec Donnini
Presented by Hurley and recognised by World Cup Skateboarding (WCS), the all-ages Australian event welcomes skaterboarders from every skill level, age group and sex to sign up and compete. It is the only truly open and all-encompassing Nationals based event in Australian skateboarding history.

The competition will have four divisions; Under 16s, Open Female, Pro/Am Open, Masters 40+. Hurley Australian Bowl-riding Championships will have a prize pool worth $25, 000AUD.

In the first year of Hurley ABC™ Renton Miller took out the PRO title followed by Jack Fardell and RJ Barbaro – a killer top 3 Australian line up. In the MASTER final Mick Mulhall came in as Masters Champion followed by Pat Ngoho and Adam Luxford.

In the girls section, Poppy Starr Olsen landed #1 at the Newcastle event organized by World Cup Skateboarding on January 29th, 2012. Write down her name or try to remember it. Again, it’s Poppy Starr Olsen. Starr like a star that she already is, and Poppy like she has a lot of pop! Not difficult to remember right? Poppy had been praised everywhere she went for the past couple of years but she only became mainstream sensation after the Newcastle contest in Australia one year ago. She has won many Australian competitions including one organized by Renton Miller.

Ben Kay took The Dew AM Jam (under 18’s) title out with Jakob Robinson in second and Lachlan Abbot in third and in the Girls division the young Poppy Olsen took out first place with, April Caslick and Georgina Brooder closely following.

We are all stoked for the second year of the Hurley ABC, it’s going to be a massive event with the largest Australian competitive field for a single event and thousands there to encourage and cheer them on. The winners gaining a wildcard entry into a competition with the International heavy weights always proves to be a motivation to contestants,” comments Frontside Events Director Chad Ford.

ABC is gives local talent a clear and direct pathway into the international professional competition circuit, which is something that has never been available to local talent before now. No longer will the tyranny of distance apply to making it as a pro in Australia.

Officially kicking off on 6th of February the Hurley Australian Bowl-riding Championships™ is again going to provide a wide range of entertainment to celebrate the competition as well as art and music events.

Additional reading:
- Interview with Keegan Palmer
- Interview with Poppy Starr Olsen
- Coverage of Hurley ABC Australian Bowl Championships 2012
- Hurley ABC Championships Video

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 


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