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Bondi Bowl-A-Rama 2013: results and highlights. How Pedro Barros Won Bowl-A-Rama 2013.

Bondi Bowl-A-Rama 2013: results and highlights.

Video highlights for Bondi Bowl-A-Rama 2013
Pedro Barros, Bucky Lasek, Rune Glifberg, winners of the Pro division at
Bowl-A-Rama 2013
Bowl-A-Rama 2013 is over. After Wellington last week-end and Bondi today, we witnessed an amazing level of skateboarding. But if Bowl-A-Rama down under is over for the season, there will still be Bowl-A-Rama NYC in fall and a brand new Bowl-A-Rama at La Kantera, in Spain on July 6th. La Kantera is a kinda of DIY bowl located in the Basque Country of Spain and known to be the home of a couple of European rippers, and especially Alain Goikoetxea.

So stay tuned to isTia.Tv, we will definitively cover that new Stop of the Bowl-A-Rama 2013 with our dedicated European team…

Pedro Barros, Bucky Lasek and Rune Glifberg, the podium of the 2013 Bowl-A-Rama at Bondi
Chapter One: "Hello Bondi, we have a problem." Bowl-A-Rama Bondi cancelled
After being cancelled on Saturday because of a heavy storm, the contest was postponed to Sunday and even if big clouds were still hovering above Sidney in the morning, the sky got nice patches of blue in the afternoon. In its nine years of existence, it was the first time that the weather not only disrupted the contest, but postponed it from Saturday to Sunday. But when the storm settled on Sunday morning, the weather was clear and even though clouds were still hovering over Bondi, it was clear enough so that Chad Ford and the rest of the Bowl-A-Rama team give the go ahead and the contest rolled on!!After the contest, Steve Caballero said that he “prayed a lot for the clouds to go away”. I guess God listened to Cab and cleared the skies for one of the best bowl contest of the WCS worldwide skate jam.

With the competition in its ninth consecutive year, Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi hosted a packed week of events including art shows and parties that is affectionately known as ‘Festival of the Skateboard’.

The lineup this year was incredible! We have worked very hard to ensure that Australia has a place on the international stage with Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi, we want to ensure that it works hard for Australian skaters. We now have a clear pathway for Australian riders to literally come from nowhere and earn their way onto the international tour by qualifying through Hurley ABC and going on to compete at Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi.” Said Frontside Events director – Chad Ford.

Deena Colman, Vans Australia Marketing Manager said that:
Nicky Guerrero Photo Kim Andison/istIa.Tv
"This event is now in its ninth year and Vans is proud to have been involved from its inception. Each year the event grows and we continue to raise the level of competition by increasing the prize purse which was over $100,000 this year!" She added that "We are ecstatic to see Pedro Barros and Nicky Guerrero win this year. Both are skateboarding powerhouses with amazing careers and we are proud to have them represent Vans and Off The Wall culture".

If the growing crowds aren’t testimony enough, the continual return of supercharged world-class skateboarders has seen the officially sanctioned World Cup Skateboarding BOWL-A-RAMA™ competitions gain reputation as the premier core skate series in the World.

Between the masters and the pros, the first striking impression is the speed. Pros are running across the bowl at a speed that is at least 20% faster than their older counterparts.

As usual, Lizzie Armanto was all smile, but for those who know her, you could guess she was under a great deal of stress. Since she finished respectively 8th and 12th of the ABC Australian Championships and the Bowl-A-Rama Wellington the previous weeks, Facebook had been ablaze with kudos. She was actually the first woman ever to compete in the pro Division.

When Pros were on the bowl, Rune Glifberg did a perfect 1st run, he had killer lines, even lines that were never seen in the Bondi Bowl, but even to his own acknowledgement, he said
Eddie Elguera, Steve Caballero and Nicky Guerrero podium of the Masters at
Bowl A Rama Bondi 2013 Photo Kim Andison / Istia.Tv
“I messed up in the second run” and then, things unfolded. But that was not the feeling of the judges that put him at the 3rd place. Josh Stafford did nice 50-50 and ended on the 4th place. Sam Beckett, 20 years, coming directly from England had nice backsmiths as well as FS 50-50 BS Lip Slides and finished at the 5th place. Alex Sorgente had stylish 50-50 around the tight corner and even a nice Tailgrab on the shallow end and finished 6th. Brad MacClain was the only one going padless in the bowl. He also had a great 1st run, but then fell in all his subsequent rubs and finished 7th. The 50-50 on the tight corner was eventually abused by all the skaters, as Omar Hassan also preformed them as well as a TailSlide out of the waterfall. Omar Hassan also did an amazing Tailslide BS lipslide out of the waterfall and finished 8th.
Bucky Lasek was on fire, with lots of 50-50, BS Lipslides and 50-50 in the tight corner and was crowned second of the 9th Bowl-A-Rama 2013 at Bondi.

How Pedro Barros won Bowl-A-Rama 2013:
But the hero of the day was definitely Pedro Barros. Even if he fell on a couple of runs, Pedro is definitively the fastest of them all. He skates inside the bowl with an unimaginable speed and power.
Pedro-Barros 540 Photo Kim Andison / Istia .Tv
Beyond Pedro Barros’ insane bag of tricks, that is definitively his style and power that give him an edge. And remember that lines, power and style are the essence of bowl skateboarding. So, it’s no wonder he got #1. Among the amazing tricks Pedro Barros did during the Bowl-A-Rama 2013, was a lot of smithgrinds, several 540s, 50-50 on the tight corner, a BS-FS backside tailside shuvit and a kick flip varial. During his last run, he asked Sergie Ventura to switch the music to Joy Division and run into the bowl with unleashed power and speed. “The fun was just incredible” he said afterwards. That last run from Pedro Barros was definitively the best run of the day at Bondi. “Joy Division just brought me the feeling” he said, but he added that “any superfast music would have worked for that run”. .. Eventually, he said with a spin: “I just can’t run with shitty music”.

Bowl-A-Rama 2011: same podium, same energy!!! 2013 = repeat!! Photo Lee Leal
Strangely enough the Bowl-A-Rama 2013 yelded the same podium as the Bowl-A-Rama 2011 when Pedro Barros won the stuff, followed by Run Glifberg and Bucky Lasek. So, even if the level has increased big time, there are still the same players in the pools…

This is a live coverage of the Bowl-A-Rama Bondi 2013, come back later for more highlights and pictures.

Bowl-A-Rama Pro results
1. Pedro Barros
2. Bucky Lasek
3. Rune Glifberg
4. Josh Stafford
5. Sam Becket
6. Alex Sorgente
7. Brad McClain
8. Omar Hassan

Bowl-A-Rama Masters results
1. Nicky Guerrero
2. Steve Caballero
3. Eddie ‘El Gato’ Elguera
4. Pat Ngoho
5. Christian Hoisoi
6. Mike McGill
7. Sergie Ventura
8. Adam Luxford

La Kantera, home of the Bowl-A-Rama 2013 in Spain and backyard pool of local ripper Alain Goikoetxea 
Bucky Lasek Invert Bowl-A-Rama 2013 Photo Kim Andison / isTia.Tv
Christian Hosoi Photo Kim Andison / isTia.Tv
Jeff Grosso Lipslide Photo Kim Andison / isTia.Tv
Lizzie Armanto Photo Kim Andison / isTia.Tv
All pictures by Kim Andison exclusive isTia.Tv. Thanks Kim!!

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