BOWLZILLA Gold Coast 2017 Storms the Coast

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast dodged all the weather and managed a perfect blue sky day and amazing competition for the second year running.

 

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast built upon last year’s successes to give Australian skating its own fun skater owned and run event. It was an awesome week to celebrate all that makes skateboarding great with art, music and the competition.

 

The weather looked terrible all week with some even predicting catastrophic conditions for the Saturday. Thanks to some good connections (thanks Sarah) the sky turned blue and the competition ran with Saturday remaining mainly hot and sunny. Given only half the competition could be held in Wellington the week before it was decided on the day to amend the schedule and push through as quickly as possible to ensure all skaters got their fair share.

 

New BOWLZILLA Gold Coast champions were chosen across 3 of 4 divisions. As it is a park / bowl competition the scoring is based around use of the whole park in each run with the best run counting. The riders that embraced this approach best by using the whole bowl in their best run ended up on the podium.

 

The women’s skateboarding scene is going from strength to strength at the moment and BOWLZILLA wants to do everything it can to support and encourage this. For the first time in an Australian major skateboard competition, a female judge was on the panel for the whole event. Shari Lawson did an amazing job along with her fellow panellists Bevin Newton and Brodie Jarret. Shari wasn’t chosen because of a quota but because it is long overdue and she deserved the job. This will be a permanent position at BOWLZILLA Gold Coast from here on.

 

The week’s festivities kicked off with Beach Burrito Company hosting the opening party on Thursday night at Coolangatta, then on Friday night Yeah Girl did the Gold Coast premiere of the international all women’s skateboard film “Quit Your Day Job” which opened to thunderous applause and they were kept company on the night by Fiik Skateboards and their film premiere of “Steady Lurking” showcasing the best of local talent and humour at Warehouse No.5. The competition ran Saturday at Elanora skatepark and on Saturday night it all wrapped up with Dive In at Beach Burrito Company in Coolangatta. Another great week to finish off the summer season on the Gold Coast. 2018 BOWLZILLA Gold Coast is going to be amazing, given what has been done so far.

 

The placings for BOWLZILLA Gold Coast 2017 are;

 

WOMEN – prize money donated by Yeah Girl, prizes donated by Dickies, Goliath, Protec

1st Taniah Meyers                $250

2nd Aimee Massie                $150

3rd Izy Mutu                          $100

4th Tenille Licari

5th Haylie Powell

6th Indiana Barnard

7th Tora Waldren 

 

16 & UNDER – prizes donated by Dickies, Goliath, Protec

1st Loius Newman        

2nd Bryce McKean        

3rd Sam Windhorst       

4th Ash Wilcomes         

5th Karlin O'Halloran     

6th Riley McComb        

7th Elijah Devlin

8th Oscar Southerden   

9th Nixen Osborne        

10th Bailey Ryan           

11th Jack Lewis

12th Kayden Bate         

13th Ezekiel Joel Munro

14th Koby Roberts        

15th Logan Kennedy     

16th Cooper Graham     

 

MASTERS

1st Nick Hepenstall       $500

2nd Trevor Ward             $250

3rd Chris Enwright         $100

4th Iain Watt                 $90

5th Robert Brasher        $80

6th Justin Leslight          $70

7th Leigh McKenzie       $60

8th Simon Bate            $50      

9th Nic Couscouris         $0

 

OPEN

1st Jesse Noonan          264     $1000

2nd Matt Kitai                 263     $750

3rd Willy Lara                 254     $500

4th George Richards      245     $400

5th John Boyd                232     $300

6th Sam Renwick           193     $200

7th Kobe Graf                188     $100

8th Quaid Munson          0         $50

9th Nathan Trew

10th Cody Wilson

11th Ethan Mannix

12th Steve McIver

13th Nick Southerden

14th Christian McEwen

15th Izak Reeves

16th Jordan Burling

17th Michael Mitchell

18th John Dickinson

 

 

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast has long term plans to grow every year to increase the fun potential for Australian skating by using a competition as the excuse to gather the widest range of generations of skaters for good times and great skating. BOWLZILLA Gold Coast invites all the skaters to come and be part and have a say in how they want their fun.

 

City of Gold Coast Councillor Daphne McDonald proudly supported the BOWLZILLA Gold Coast events for a second year running. She was instrumental in the funding of the skatepark, getting the lights in, building out the site to better enable events to happen and being a fantastic advocate for skateboarding in general. Everyone at the event is grateful for her ongoing support.

 

“When you mix together a great local scene with a deep history, awesome skateparks, the most supportive council in Australia for skating, a community that encourages board sports because they believe in the benefits of it for the community as a whole rather than as a revenue stream, incredibly talented and friendly local skaters and sponsors that are involved because it is their community, then you get great things happening. We’re so fortunate to be able to be part of all of this. We will work hard every year to make BOWLZILLA Gold Coast the best it can be for all of them to show our appreciation.” Chad Ford – Director of BOWLZILLA and Miryoku Agency LLC.

 

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast is working to develop gatherings that use championship competitions to get everyone together to share and skate and grow and enjoy skating. With the TV show being distributed by IMG to a potential single view audience of over 640,000,000 viewers it is a great way for the world to see how talented our friends are and why they are worth supporting with great events, skateparks and sponsorship. BOWLZILLA Gold Coast is growing each year with increased benefit for the locals and all divisions will expand with the world’s top talent while encouraging and benefiting Australia’s best.

                                                                                        

CR McDonald said; “We have worked hard to support the growth of the exciting and healthy activity of skateboarding on the Gold Coast and it was fantastic that the Pines Skate bowl at Elanora, the first open full pipe in Australia, was chosen to hold BOWLZILLA Gold Coast event. There are increasing opportunities for skateboarding and the Gold Coast is poised to be the hub of it all, especially with skateboarding now recognised as an official Olympic Games sport for Tokyo 2020”.

 

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast would not be possible without the incredible support of its sponsors and supporters, a huge thank you to; Gold Coast City Council, Beach Burrito Company, Protec, Goliath Distribution, Fiik Skateboards, Gold Coast Skateboard Coaching, Yeah Girl, ISU, Darkside, Dickies, ASF, Redhead Or Dead Events and Miryoku Agency.

 

Posted on March 27, 2017 .

BOWLZILLA Wellington 2017 final results

Wellington City Council, International Skateboarder’s Union, Redhead or Dead Events, Skateboarding New Zealand and Miryoku Agency staged the New Zealand 2017 Park / Bowl Skateboarding Championships with BOWLZILLA Wellington in the Nation’s Capital.

 

SBNZ and ISU combined to establish the first ever New Zealand National Skateboarding Park / Bowl competition series. It all culminated on the weekend with BOWLZILLA Wellington. Wellington maintained its reputation for inconvenient weather for the entire weekend but luckily the Open and Masters divisions could be held and winners chosen.

 

The National Champions crowned were; Masters 40+; Leigh McKenzie, Open; Shaun Boucher. With Competition title going to Australian RJ Barbaro. R.J and Shaun were both successful in maintaining their titles from 2016. The weather made it impossible in the end to run the Women’s and 16 & Under divisions. The fast-developing talent in both divisions left everyone disappointed they did not get to see and support these amazing skaters. SBNZ will be integrating the 16 & Under and Women’s National Championship 2017 ranking into a future event this year.

 

BOWLZILLA Wellington 2017 placings:

 

OPEN             

1          R.J Barbaro – BOWLZILLA Wellington 2017 Open Champion                     

2          Shaun Boucher – SBNZ National Open Park / Bowl Skating Champion 2017           

3          Willy Lara                   

4          Bowman Hansen       

5          Mike Bancroft             

6          Josh Wilson               

7          Chris Wood                

8          George Richards       

9          Luke Hayward            

10        James McGuiness     

11        Chris Curren              

12        Patrick Ryan              

 

MASTERS      

1          Leigh McKenzie - BOWLZILLA Wellington 2017 and SBNZ National Masters Park / Bowl   SkatingChampion 2017

2          Stephen Crump                     

3          Nick Bennett               

4          Ramon Thackwell      

5          Nic Couscouris                      

6          Lee Ralph                   

 

There was NZ$15,000 in prize money distributed amongst the Open and Masters divisions. There was also$2000 worth of prizes, donated by; Fusion Surf / Skate, Vans and Dickies, for the 16 & Under and Women’s divisions, which were equally distributed amongst all the competitors after the wash out.

 

“Park / Bowl skating is clearly on the rise in New Zealand as was evidenced by the new talent entering our competitions over summer and the rise in skill level of the current skaters. The new series we established here at SBNZ is a real boost for the local scene and is bringing out more riders from near and far. We have interest from a lot of organisations to help us find ways of funding and supporting skateboarding now and well into the future. With our involvement in assisting communities develop and build better skateparks, working with promoters to establish competitions for local talent to develop and providing a community and voice for New Zealand skaters, the future is looking great. Having BOWLZILLA Wellington be the series final gives us a great chance to cap each year and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.” Jesse Peters – Director, SBNZ.

 

Even with the challenging weather BOWLZILLA Wellington was a Capital success with the festival hosting; ARTZILLA – art show, which was produced by Manky Chops, Fusion Surf / Skate – welcome barbecue, the competition and wrapping it up with the Dive In - party at San Fran with the SUB:BASS crew raising the roof for the final celebration.

 

"This year BOWLZILLA Wellington was a real game changer for us, we managed to triple the prize purse, saw an increase in international competitors, more friends and fans at the festival events, far more support from a wider group of sponsors and the growing talent of the skaters. It means we have a long future in Wellington. Being able to integrate this all in with SBNZ so we can crown the National Championships for New Zealand makes it that little bit extra special for us. Thank you one and all for everything you did to contribute to such an amazing but wet week.” Chad Ford – Director, BOWLZILLA Wellington.

 

Without the very generous support of the sponsors none of BOWLZILLA Wellington would be possible, so a huge thank you goes to; Wellington City Council, Skateboarding New Zealand, International Skateboarder’s Union, Coffee Supreme, Fusion Surf/Skate, Manual Magazine, Manky Chops, Powerhaus European Vehicle Workshop, San Fran, The Cambridge Hotel, the generous prizes from Dickies and Vans and the organisational skills of Redhead or Dead Events and Miryoku Agency. With ongoing support like this the opportunities for New Zealand skating are awesome.

 

We would like to acknowledge and thank all of the international attending skaters for their support of the event and skateboarding in New Zealand; Louis Newman - Australia (16 & Under), Sari Simpson - Australia (Women), Nic Couscouris - USA (Masters), Sean Goff - UK (Masters), Willy Lara – USA (Open), Patrick Ryan -  USA (Open). We'll get it next year!

 

Stay tuned for announcements about BOWLZILLA Wellington 2018.

Posted on March 13, 2017 .

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast 2017

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast is rolling into its second year and getting everyone together for the largest skate gathering by skaters for skaters in Australia.

 

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast is building on last year’s success to ensure that the future for Australian skating is fun and owned by skaters. Making fun times for everyone to celebrate all that makes skateboarding great with art, music and the competition.

 

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast has long term plans to grow every year to increase the fun potential for Australian skating by using a competition as the excuse to gather the widest range of generations of skaters for good times and great skating. BOWLZILLA Gold Coast invites all the skaters to come and be part and have a say in how they want their fun.

 

City of Gold Coast Councillor Daphne McDonald is proudly supporting the BOWLZILLA Gold Coast events which is running concurrently beside other great events on the Gold Coast. It all starts with the Tic Taco skate art exhibition at Beach Burrito Company Coolangatta on Thursday 16th March, Friday 17th the famous Gold Coast hospitality will be shared with all our well-travelled friends with a barbecue and good times, the competition itself is at Elanora skatepark on Saturday 18th March and Dive In; the official BOWLZILLA Gold Coast after party is on that night to wrap of the festivities. Yeah Girl will be helping curate and stoke everyone.

 

Park and transition skating is being talked about as the fastest growing discipline in skating globally. This is because of how fun it is and the proliferation of so many new and amazing skateparks around the world. The flow and speed of it is awesome to watch and in our opinion definitely the funnest thing on four wheels to do. Its uniqueness has shaped skateboarding since the 70s with that initial shockwave of the Dog Town and Z Boys. BOWLZILLA Gold Coast takes the freeform approach of our forefathers to build a platform that is less about the strict structure of competition and more about the opportunity of gathering all our friends from far and wide and encouraging their weird and amazing approaches.

 

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast is working to develop gatherings that use championship gatherings to get everyone together to share and skate and grow and enjoy skating. BOWLZILLA Gold Coast's top riders will be promoted globally through the BOWLZILLA media platform of social media and television to ensure they are internationally celebrated. With the TV show being distributed by IMG to over 640,000,000 homes, it is a great way for the world to see how talented our friends are and why they are worth supporting with great events, skateparks and sponsorship. BOWLZILLA Gold Coast is growing each year with increased benefit for the locals and all divisions will expand with the world’s top talent while encouraging and benefiting Australia’s best.

 

“Gold Coast City Council have proven themselves to be the greatest supporters of skating in Australia by providing the most skateparks per capita in the nation and encouraging the growth of the industry and lifestyle. We could not be in a better place to grow Australian skateboarding. The future is brighter because of them and we’re glad to be a part of it”. Chad Ford; BOWLZILLA director.

                                                                                        

CR McDonald said; “We have worked hard to support the growth of the exciting and healthy activity of skateboarding on the Gold Coast and it was fantastic that the Pines Skate bowl at Elanora, the first open full pipe in Australia, was chosen to hold the first BOWLZILLA Gold Coast event. There are increasing opportunities for skateboarding and the Gold Coast is poised to be the hub of it all, especially with skateboarding now recognised as an official Olympic Games sport for Tokyo 2020”.

 

Supported by Gold Coast City Council. Sponsored by: Beach Burrito Company, Goliath, Protec, Fiik, Yeah Girl, Gold Coast Skateboard Coaching, International Skateboarder’s Union

 

Event Name: BOWLZILLA™ Gold Coast

Dates: 16-18th March 2017

Event info:

16th March: Tic Taco art exhibition – Beach Burrito Company; The Strand Shop 25/26, 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta 4225 Ph: (07) 5536 4192

17th March: Yeah Girl barbecue

18th March: BOWLZILLA™ Gold Coast competition - Pines Lane, Elanora QLD 4221

                    Dive In – official after party - Beach Burrito Company; The Strand Shop   25/26, 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta 4225 Ph: (07) 5536 4192

 

Facebook: 

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Instagram:

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#bowlzillagoldcoast

#yeahgirl

 

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast 2017
Posted on January 30, 2017 .

BOWLZILLA Wellington 2017

Wellington City Council, International Skateboarder’s Union, Redhead or Dead Events, Skateboarding New Zealand and Miryoku Agency are building New Zealand skating with BOWLZILLA Wellington in the Nation’s Capital.

 

BOWLZILLA Wellington launched the first all-encompassing New Zealand National Park Skating Titles in 2016. The first National Champions crowned were; 16 & Under - Rico Henare, Women - Rhya Henare, Masters 40+ - Stephen Crump, Open - Shaun Boucher. With Competition title going to Australian RJ Barbarro.

 

There is excitement building for the second year which is on; 11th March at Waitangi Park, Wellington. The competition is on for the next National Champions with divisions for 16 & Under, Women, Masters 40+ and Pro/Am Open. BOWLZILLA Wellington is the rallying point to get everyone together to celebrate all the great parts of skateboard culture with; art shows, parties, music, gatherings and good times. There's a prize pool over NZ$15,000, making it the richest skate comp in New Zealand.

 

This year BOWLZILLA Wellington titles take on a more important role in the national landscape. With the formation of the new national governing body; Skateboarding New Zealand, greater interest coming from national government agencies, we are on the precipice of a big new future for skateboarding in New Zealand. BOWLZILLA Wellington is the official Skateboarding New Zealand National Park Skating Titles. All park and bowl competitions in New Zealand now lead to the finals in Wellington on 11th March 2017.

 

"SBNZ is proud to present the 2017 SBNZ National Bowl Series consisting of the upcoming 3 events; Mangawhai (Feb 5th), Christchurch (Feb 18th) and Wellington (March 11th) as the finals destination. Bowl Skating is growing from strength to strength in NZ. Our strategy is to provide a platform that celebrates and supports our top bowl skaters while over the next few years building a network of grassroots transition events that will provide pathways for those up and coming skateboarders from across New Zealand" Jesse Peters, Director – SKATEBOARDING NEW ZEALAND

 

None of this is possible without the incredible support of sponsors and groups such as; Wellington City Council, Skateboarding New Zealand, International Skateboarder’s Union, Coffee Supreme, Fusion Surf/Skate, Manual Magazine, Manky Chops, Powerhaus European Vehicle Workshop, San FRan and the organisational skills of Redhead or Dead Events and Miryoku Agency. They have all pooled together to build events that help nurture scenes, create opportunity for local skaters and create amazing moments to celebrate all that make New Zealand skateboarding great with art, music and the competitions.

 

“BOWLZILLA was formed and is 100% conceived and run by skaters. To be able to get so many companies and agencies willing to support such a unique organisation with our focus based solely on getting our friends together to have a good time doing what we love and promote their talents to the world is incredible and not something we take for granted. That is why you see so many more smiles at BOWLZILLA. The stoke level is high! You are all welcome to come and be part of it all in Wellington.” BOWLZILLA Director – Chad Ford.

 

BOWLZILLA started in Getxo, Spain, in September 2015 and has since built the first proper concrete bowl in Chile and run the first international professional competition in Chile, created a new format and platform for Australian skaters with BOWLZILLA Gold Coast and established the first National bowl skating titles in Wellington, New Zealand.

 

There will be more information coming shortly about all the great events happening as part of BOWLZILLA Wellington 2017.

 

 

Event Name: BOWLZILLA™ Wellington

 

Dates: Competition; 11th March 2017, Festival events 9-12th March 2017

 

Event info:

9th March: Fusion Surf/Skate Welcome Party

10th March: ARTZILLA – Manky Chops

11th March: BOWLZILLA™ Wellington competition – Waitangi Park, Wellington

                     Dive In – official after party

12th March: Karori Vert Jam, Ian Galloway Park, Karori, Wellington

Posted on January 19, 2017 .

YEAH GIRL

Yeah Girl were massive supporters of our first year of BOWLZILLA Gold Coast. They even donated cash so there was prize money for the Women's division. They went above and beyond and on top of all of that, put on one of the best art gatherings we've been to in a long time.

We cannot thank them enough and hope that whatever we do is seen as thanks for their generosity.

Check the Yeah Girl 2016 recap and wrap up in this vid put together by Art-Work Agency. If you're still not sure what it's all about, want to see what you missed or you just want to relive the good times, check it out!

Posted on March 24, 2016 .

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast 2016 Highlights

Here it is, the highlights clip from our very first BOWLZILLA Gold Coast. We had skaters coming from; Brazil, USA, New Zealand and all around Australia. Women, 16 & Under, Masters 40+ and Open sections were all coordinated with ASF and their bowl series and also ISU and the international bowl series. We're already counting the days till next year. There is more filmed content coming in the form of a TV show so we will let you know when that is going to air around the world.

Posted on March 18, 2016 .

BOWLZILLA GOLD COAST IS GETTING BRASH!

The very first BOWLZILLA Gold Coast was on this weekend and was bigger and better than everyone had planned with entrants coming from; Brazil, USA, New Zealand and all around Australia. The competition had sections for; Women, 16 & Under, Masters 40+ and Open, and was coordinated to work with ASF and their bowl series and also ISU and the international bowl series and rankings. Big bold steps for a first outing that had thousands cheering.

 

Having so many riders turn up from far and wide really lifted everyone’s skating to a level many were surprised by. Gold Coast City Council and Councillor McDonald have done amazing things for skating on the Gold Coast and two weeks before the competition they installed lights which were somewhat responsible for the higher level of skating. The skaters were able to practice at night when it was a little cooler and the finals ran into the night with the lights. The lights definitely raised the energy levels – thank you!

 

Beach Burrito Company have just opened a new restaurant in Coolangatta and held the opening night party Thursday which combined with the skate centric Tic Taco art exhibition. Great food, amazing location and an awesome night to kick things off. The following night our friends had - Yeah Girl, which showcased women photographers documenting the steadily growing global female skate scene. This was held at Dust Temple and blew everyone away with the location, the photos, the subjects and the incredible job they did at throwing an amazing event like this. Yeah Girl were also incredibly generous and supported the prize money for the Women’s division of the competition as well.

 

The generous support and encouragement from Gold Coast City Council, Bleach* Festival, Beach Burrito Company, Australian Skateboarding Federation, International Skateboarder’s Union, Palm Beach Hotel, Goliath Skate Distribution, Corona and Redhead or Dead Events was what made the first BOWLZILLA Gold Coast possible. It cannot be overstated how much support they gave and how important it was to the success of the event.

 

The Masters divisions had lots of surprises. This year is going to grow into a very large beast of its own in the coming years. Robert Brasher is an enigma and a legend. He is the first Australian to do a frontside rock. He still has them as stylish and consistent at the age of 53 as he did 30 years ago. He has matured with age and his skating is possibly better now than it ever was. He is amazing. Joining him in the bowl was another slightly younger Masters legend of Australian skating: Brian Garland. Brian has always had a unique approach to his life, fashion and skating, and age has not wearied any of it. Brian blew everyone away with his switch skating from one end of the bowl through the pipe to the other and back. The Masters division really deserves its own release. Thank you all for showing what is still possible and congratulations to Nick Hepinstall for taking the heavily competitive win.

 

The Women’s division was one of the largest seen in years in Australia and is encouraging for what is to come. BOWLZILLA Gold Coast is really looking forward to working with the women to ensure they have their own voice and platform to grow their scene while being part of the larger skate community. Tenille Licari managed the win in a very talented field.

 

The 16 & Under division is shockingly rich in its field of talented skaters. Bowl skating is no longer the domain of the older skater. The Australian 16 & Under division is gaining worldwide notoriety and deservedly so. It is too hard to single out one individual for praise over the others which made the judges jobs so hard. Dylan Donnini was in first going into the final was pipped at the post by Bryce McKean. They make it look too easy except for the judging!

 

The open division had competitors from as young as 12 all the way up to 38. It was a wide field of incredible talent and varied approaches that spanned generations. The previous comments about the 16 & Under division show proof in the placings in the Open division. Keegan Palmer at 12 years old won and Luke Russell at 15 placed second. This was against a highly competitive international field with skaters like Willy Lara (USA) and Dan Kelcher (NZ). This is no small feat. With the Masters division starting at 40 this gives 28 years of future growth in the Open division for Keegan Palmer. We look forward to developing the BOWLZILLA events further each year just to see how far skaters like Keegan can go with their talent.

 

“The first year of an event is always difficult. The support given by Gold Coast City Council and the local skate community removed the difficulty for the first BOWLZILLA Gold Coast. The skaters that turned up from around the world and Australia to be part of this means there is nothing but bigger and better and more amazing things coming for BOWLZILLA Gold Coast. This really is the golden age of skating” Says Chad Ford; Director BOWLZILLA.

 

Results:

 

Women:

1          Tenille Licari

2          Tania Meyers

3          Shenae

4          Sierra Kerr

5          Izy Mutu

6          Aimie Massie

7          Haylie Powell

8          Indiana Barnard

9          Elie Ryder

10        Shari Lawson

 

16 & Under:

1          Bryce Mckean

2          Dylan Donnini

3          Samuel Windhorst

4          Karlin O'Hallarin

5          Louis Newman

6          Zane Hetherington

7          Josh Godward

8          Ben Hennessy

9          Nixen Heperi

10        Bryson Palmer

11        Riley McComb

12        Jackson Donnini

13        Kaleb Hyde

 

Masters

1          Nick Hepinstall

2          Brian Jacobsen

3          Tony Chavez

4          Chris Enwright

5          Iain Watt

6          Sean Ritchie

7          Daren Bartles

8          Robert Brasher

9          Gunther Viveiros

10        Fred Garland

 

Open

1          Keegan Palmer

2          Luke Russell

3          Willy Lara

4          Jesse Noonan

5          Ian Davidson

6          Kristian Philips

7          John Boyd

8          SteveMcIver

9          Khan Alberts

10        Shy Balmer

11        Trevor Ward

12        Mitchell "Mashy" Howse

13        Matt Kitai

14        John Dickinson

15        Jamie Leigh Bunt

16        Kobe Graf

17        Indigo Feidler

18        Dan Kelcher

19        Quaid Munson

20        Mat Chigwidden

21        Sam Renwick

22        Dylan Philips

23        Nathan Trew

24        Ethan Mannix

25        Jeremia Chilly

26        Keegan Williams

27        Brody Jarrett

28        George Richards

Dylan Donnini 2nd 16 & Under
Robert Brasher 8th Masters
Willy Lara 3rd Open
Keegan Palmer 1st Open
Posted on March 13, 2016 .

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast opening with a Tic Taco

10th March 2016

Beach Burrito is proud to present TIC TACO™ ʻan exploration of skateboardingʼ bringing together an eclectic group of artists from across Australia to interperate ʻthe art of skateboardingʼ.

 

TIC TACO™ is proudly supporting BOWLZILLA™ and aims to grow alongside the skate contest over the coming years. 

 

BOWLZILLA™ is a celebration of skateboarding, music and art, set to attract some of the world’s most exciting transition skaters to the Gold Coast for the final stop of the Australian Skateboard Federation national series.

 

TIC TACO™ is curated by Beach Burrito brand manager Jimmy Baxter, and this year features an exciting line up of artists. 

 

JMD, SARAH HUSTON, FRENCH, CHAD FORD, BRETT CHAN, LAUREN WEBSTER, ADAM SCARF, ANDY MURPHY, JOHN FOX WILLIAMSON, BEN BROWN, KON, SKY GUYATT, TIM NATHAN, CHRIS FRAPE, DALE BIGENI, TEEM, JRB, GREG POISON, ANDREW MAPSTONE, BACKWOODS COPNCEPTS, MIKE WATT & GRIZZLE. 

 

The night kicks off at 6pm, all works are for sale, with a 100% of profits going directly to the artists. 

 

The exhibition is one night only. Thursday 10th March 2016. Beach Burrito,  Shop 25/26 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta. 

Photo: Andrew Mapstone Skater: Jesse "Red" Noonan

Photo: Andrew Mapstone Skater: Jesse "Red" Noonan

Posted on March 8, 2016 .

THANK YOU LEE RALPH!

R.J Barbarro Open Winner BOWLZILLA Wellington 2016

The skating has just wrapped on the first New Zealand National Bowl Skating Titles; BOWLZILLA Wellington. Everyone who could skate a bowl was welcome to come and participate with sections for; Women, 16 & Under, Masters 40+ and Open.

 

Everyone has been working hard on the first BOWLZILLA Wellington to encourage every bowl skater; women, kids, rippers and old timers to get in the bowl and have a go. Some amazing talent flew in from overseas to be part of it; Willy Lara (USA), Paul Kefalas (AUS) and R.J Barbarro (AUS). These guys inspired the locals and pushed them all to new levels.

 

Events like this are not possible without generous support from sponsors and partners and their incredible support; Wellington City Council, International Skateboarder's Union, Manual Magazine, Irrom Distribution, Spitfire, The Cambridge Hotel, Manky Chops, ALC Apparel, Fusion Surf / Skate, Redhead or Dead Events and countless volunteers and friends all contributed. Even with all of this, the biggest surprise was at the awards ceremony...

 

Lee Ralph is the most famous skateboarder New Zealand has ever produced. There is currently a documentary being made about him; Barefoot – The Lee Ralph Story, which is being talked about all around the world. Beyond Lee’s skating he is an accomplished Maori carver who has been in shows all around the world. Lee had a surprise for everyone at the competition and did not tell anyone. Literally, no one knew. Lee carved two Maori totems for 1st place for Open and Masters. What incredible gifts. Every single person associated with the event is so thankful for Lee’s generosity.

 

“Being able to be part of an event like BOWLZILLA Wellington which is about nurturing a scene and helping give it a platform for all to benefit not just from competing but the comradery and social interaction is the best feeling. Not money, ego or platitudes can top the feeling of skating with your oldest and newest friends and seeing them all enjoy themselves on such a big national platform.” Says Chad Ford; Director BOWLZILLA.

 

The first New Zealand National Bowl Champion is: Shaun Boucher, as the highest placed local in the Open division. We congratulate Shaun and hope to see him at events far and wide around the world.

 

Results:

 

Women:

1 Rhya Henare

2 Sharee Dowdall

 

16 & Under:

1 Rico Henare

2 Soul Kropelnicki

3 Rimus Henare

4 Jett Partridge

5 Benny Lindsay Williams

6 Kaleb Hyde

 

Masters

1 Stephen Crump

2 Nick Bennett

3 Mike Spittlehouse

 

Open

1 R J Barbarro

2 Willy Lara

3 Shaun Boucher

4 James McGuinness

5 Dan Kelcher

6 Chris Wood

7 Benjamin Wallis

8 Mike Bancroft

9 Kyle O'Reagan

10 Jordan Nunns

11 Orson Reynolds

12 Dereck De Souza

13 Kadin Elliott

14 Diego Casal

15 Scarecrow

16 Jesse Peters

17 Paul Kefalas

18 Chris Curran

19 Patty Gibson

20 David Kim

Lee Raplh trophies BOWLZILLA Wellington 2016
Posted on March 4, 2016 .

BOWLZILLA SHAKES COAST

The Australian Skateboarding Federation, International Skateboarder’s Union, Bleach* Festival and Miryoku Agency are shaking things up in Australian skating with BOWLZILLA Gold Coast.

We at BOWLZILLA are starting something. Partnering with likeminded skater run organisations around the world to build events that help nurture scenes, create opportunity for local skaters and have an amazing time celebrating all that makes skateboarding great with art, music and the competitions.

BOWLZILLA started in Getxo, Spain, in September 2015 and has since built the first proper concrete bowl in Chile and run the first international professional competition in Chile and established the first national bowl skating competition in Wellington, New Zealand. BOWLZILLA Gold Coast will be adding something to the Australian scene and ensuring skaters retain their voice with by skaters for skaters events.

Proudly supported by City of Gold Coast Councillor Daphne McDonald. BOWLZILLA Gold Coast has several events as part of the celebrations and is running concurrently beside other great events on the Gold Coast. It all starts with the Tic Taco skate art exhibition at Beach Burrito Company Coolangatta on Thursday 10th March, the next day there is a great event running the same time as BOWLZILLA Gold Coast on Friday 11th and we will all be there to celebrate the incredible talents of female skaters and photographers at Yeah Girl, a photography exhibition exposing the often unseen and rapidly growing world of women’s skateboarding. The competition itself is at Elanora skatepark on Saturday 12th March and we have; Dive In, the official BOWLZILLA Gold Coast after party that night to wrap of the festivities. All of this is part of Bleach* Festival which is the Gold Coast’s signature arts and music festival from 4-20 March. Across three huge weekends of Bleach*, hundreds of Gold Coast artists, along with a formidable team of renowned Australian and international artists, will present eight world premieres and a blockbuster line-up of easily accessible and mostly free events.

Bowl skating is fun. It is why we do it. Period. The unique approach that bowl skating encourages should have its own unique approach in how it is represented. So BOWLZILLA is less about the strict structure of competition and more about the opportunity of gathering all our friends from far and wide and seeing what weird and wonderful approaches we all have and finding ways of rewarding and celebrating these achievements. It is why we are working with ISU and their bowl skating specific judging criteria.

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast is the culmination of the ASF championship series and sees the best performed riders in ASF qualifier events seeded into BOWLZILLA Gold Coast. BOWLZILLA Gold Coast's top riders will qualify for International BOWLZILLA events making BOWLZILLA the complete contest pathway for Australian riders from the local park to the international stage. Year on year BOWLZILLA Gold Coast will grow in stature and benefit for the locals and all divisions will expand with the world’s top talent while encouraging and benefiting Australia’s best.

“A couple of the greatest things about skateboarding is it is in constant motion and its direction is determined by its participants. Skaters know what skaters need. BOWLZILLA Gold Coast is developed by, guided by and run by skaters with skater’s best interests at its centre. City of Gold Coast, International Skateboarder’s Union, Australian Skateboarding Federation and Miryoku Agency are all working to build a new more skate centric platform and the future starts 12th March. Come and join in”. Chad Ford; BOWLZILLA director.

CR McDonald said; “it was exciting that the Pines Skate bowl at Elanora, the first open full pipe in Australia, was chosen to hold the first BOWLZILLA Gold Coast event, bringing in world champions and providing a wonderful opportunity for local talent providing the pathway to the world stage”.

BOWLZILLA™ Gold Coast
10th March: Tic Taco art exhibition – Beach Burrito Company; The Strand Shop 25/26, 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta 4225 Ph: (07) 5536 4192
11th March: Yeah Girl Photography exhibition; 54 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters QLD 4223
12th March: BOWLZILLA™ Gold Coast competition - Pines Lane, Elanora QLD 4221
12th March: Dive In – official after party - TBA

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Posted on February 17, 2016 .

BOWLZILLA CAPITAL CELEBRATION

BOWLZILLA Wellington 2016

BOWLZILLA Wellington 2016

Wellington City Council, International Skateboarder’s Union, Redhead or Dead Events and Miryoku Agency are bringing a heavy line-up of skaters to BOWLZILLA Wellington’s biggest bowl-skating competition.

 

BOWLZILLA Wellington is the start of something new in Aotearoa. We’re partnering with likeminded skater-run organisations around the world to build events that help nurture scenes, create opportunities for local skaters and have an amazing time celebrating all that makes skateboarding great with art, music and competitions.

 

BOWLZILLA started in Getxo, Spain, in September 2015, and led to the first concrete bowl to be built in Chile alongside the launch of the first international professional competition there and now we’re establishing the first National bowl-skating titles here in Wellington.

 

BOWLZILLA Wellington launches with the Fusion Surf/Skate Welcome Party at The Cambridge Hotel on Friday 4 March. The following day, sees the skaters battling it out at the inaugural BOWLZILLA Wellington National Bowl Skating Titles. In the evening ARTZILLA showcases the best skater art at our official after party; Dive In. We’ll still be celebrating on the 6th of March at the Karori Vert Jam.

 

Bowl skating is fun, it’s why we do it. Period. BOWLZILLA is less about the strict structure of competition and more about the opportunity to gather our friends from far and wide, seeing what weird and wonderful approaches they bring to the bowl.

 

The competition has divisions for all the bowl talent across New Zealand. Year on year we expect these titles will grow in stature, benefitting both local skaters and the local economy.

 

At BOWLZILLA we stand on the shoulders of giants and we strive in all we do to acknowledge the influential skaters and the scene that came before us; Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Dog Town, Steve Alba, Pat Ngoho, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Flag, Social Distortion, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Glen E. Friedman, Thrasher, Independent, The Bones Brigade, The Beastie Boys, Lance Mountain, Lee Ralph, Andrew “Morri” Morrison, Chris Miller and Tony Hawk.

 

The new guard of Alex Sorgente, Chris Russell, Grant Taylor, Lizzie Armanto, Danny Leon, Rune Glifberg, Omar Hassan, Bucky Lasek and Pedro Barros, would not be here without those that blazed the path.

 

BOWLZILLA™ acknowledges and celebrates this heritage with plans to build on the past and write a bright and energetic future for skateboarding.

 

BOWLZILLA™ Wellington

4–5 March 2016

 4 March: Fusion Surf/Skate Welcome Party at The Cambridge; 28 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington, PH: 0800 375021

5 March: BOWLZILLA Wellington competition at Waitangi Park, Wellington, Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

5 March: ARTZILLA art show; TBA

5 March: Dive In the BOWLZILLA Wellington official after party: TBA

6 March: Karori Vert Jam, Ian Galloway Park, Karori, Wellington

 

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Posted on February 14, 2016 .

Shaking Things Up with BOWLZILLA Chile 2016

“SHAKING THINGS UP”

BOWLZILLA™ Chile 2016

16th January 2016: BOWLZILLA™ Chile was held for the first time this past weekend at Ritoque Beach and delivered big.

 

BOWLZILLA™ Chile Sport Music Festival is the first of its kind in South America. Having the combination of the two was brilliant in being able to give fans access to their favourite skaters and bands at the one time and each inspiring the other.

 

Steve Caballero was easily the busiest person at the event. He skated in the Masters heats and qualified for the final. In between he went on stage and did a guest bass appearance with Strung Out and then skated in the Masters finals and placed 2nd overall. That wasn’t enough though, he then went on stage with his best friends and their band The Faction, playing for the first time to a South American audience that has been wanting to see them since the early 80s when they formed. Steve wins BOWLZILLA Chile MVP for 2016!

 

Skating with Steve in the Masters was 2015 International Skateboarder’s Union Masters World Champion – Pat Ngoho. This honour gave Pat the best position to skate in during the qualifying heats; last rider in last heat. Included were riders from Brazil; Marco Cruz, Miguel Catarina, Bruno Passos, Evandro Mancha, the USA; Bill Rennie (Tristan’s dad), Chris Patton, Kevin Staab, Tony Hawk and from the UK and a close 2nd to Steve Caballero for MVP with MC duties, webcast compare and Masters competition; Sean Goff from the UK.

 

For most of these riders it was their first time to Chile and for the fans it was decades overdue and they showed their appreciation by screaming and shouting their support for them all day. In return the skaters gave their all. This was a brand new bowl and a new style of bowl so there was no home field advantage and it had them all working harder. Although the placings may read like a foregone conclusion, if you ask the riders they will tell you it was far from that. Because of all of this the fans got a much tighter competition. Tony Hawk won and the huge number of his dedicated fans were over the moon to see him add to his legacy of competition winnings but he fought for it.

 

BOWLZILLA Chile 2016 Masters results:

1          Tony Hawk

2          Steve Caballero

3          Bruno Passos

4          Pat Ngoho

5          Kevin Staab

6          Evandro Mancha

7          Chris Patton

8          Marco Cruz

9          Miguel Catarina

10        Bill Rennie

11        Sean Goff

 

There was a huge pro field and they came from all over to have a go at the inaugural title of BOWLZILLA Chile Pro Champion. There was a big contingent from Brazil and especially RTMF, the USA, Dominican Republic, Italy, UK, Basque Country, Argentina and the local Chileans. With no home field advantage as the bowl was finished the Sunday night before the comp and crowd favourite and 2nd placed in the 2015 ISU Pro World Bowl Series – Pedro Barros taking himself out the day before while out sightseeing with friends and family (he hit a patch of sand on his skateboard and broke his collarbone) it made the field wide open. You could have given first place to any of the top three and most would have been okay with it but in the end it came down to who utilised the whole bowl best and was closest in style to the bowl competition guidelines ISU has put out there to showcase the best bowl skating in the world.

 

We've all been hoping and waiting and cheering and encouraging and then finally it happened on Saturday and we couldn't be more proud of being part of Murilo Peres first major pro win. EVERYONE was stoked. He didn’t even get a chance to accept his award before he was carried off on everyone’s shoulders. We can say we were there.

 

1          Murilo Peres     Brazil

2          Tom Schaar      USA

3          Chris Russell    USA

4          Tristan RennieUSA

5          Vi Kakinho        Brazil

6          Trey Wood        USA

7          Jono SchwannUSA

8          Kevin Kowalski USA

9          Josh Borden     USA

10        Ben Hatchell     USA

11        Daniel Cuervo   Dominican Republic

12        Rony Gomes    Brazil

13        Otavio Neto      Brazil

14        Felipe Foguinho Brazil

15        Nilo Pecanha    Brazil

16        Caique Silva     Brazil

17        Marcello Jimenez Chile

18        Sky Siljeg         USA

19        Ivan Federico    Italy

20        Alex Halford      UK

21        Lada Amarilla   Argentina

22        Gonzalo Rodriguez Argentina

23        Patricio Perez   Chile

24        Sagas Braulio   Chile

25        Benjamin Perez Chile

26        Alan Young       USA

27        Borja Casas      Basque Country

28        Dario MataroloArgentina

29        Nacho Galo      Chile

30        Lucas Rojas     Argentina

 

BOWLZILLA is more than just skating. There is art and music and good times all round as part of the whole gathering. The week’s festivities kicked off with BOWLZILLA’s cultural event partners Love & Guts throwing an art show / welcome party for everyone in Santiago at Mall Sport. Loads of the riders showed up and had their art on display and for sale at the show with an impromptu session happening at Bowl Park skatepark and a bunch of the skaters; Renton Millar, Chris Russell, Alex Halford, Trey Wood and Sam Beckett got wet on the permanent wave set up they have there. It was a great launch and welcome.

 

The music side of things was huge with; Mucho Muchacho, Zaturno, Dj Rafik, Strung Out, DJ Sien, Yuksek, Gui Boratto, Gentleman, Cody Simpson, The Faction and Capital Cities playing. The music was the backdrop for the skating and once the competition was over everyone went to party and dance till last call.

 

The sponsors for this first year were very generous and supportive and helped bring everything together. Monster, Globe, Volcom and Movistar. Good event sponsors offer more than just a logo and a cheque and all of our sponsors this year gave more and everyone at the event benefitted from their participation.

 

The competition is part of the points of the International Skateboarder’s Union bowl series and it launched the ISU season for 2016. This event continued the utilisation of the ISU’s new bowl specific judging format that the riders have been wanting for a long time. It is focused on proper bowl skating with lines and use of the whole bowl being rewarded more than single tricks. The judges really embraced it and we saw many riders change their approach to the bowl. As these guidelines develop and improve so is the riders level of skating and approach.

Posted on January 20, 2016 .

BOWLZILLA RAGING IN CHILE!

BOWLZILLA™ Chile is a partnership of the best music and the long history - and ripping future - of bowl skating. Breaking out on 16th January, BOWLZILLA™ Chile is a new international professional skateboard competition and music festival. The festival will be at Ritoque Beach, Quintero, Chile.

 

Created by a team with more than 60 years’ experience with professional skateboarding and 60 years’ experience with music events. BOWLZILLA™ Chile will be a festival of skating, music, art, culture and Masters and Professional skateboard competitions.

 

Invitations have gone out to the world’s best bowl skaters with big names already confirmed; Tony Hawk, Pedro Barros 2014 ISU Pro Bowl World Champion, Steve Caballero, Murilo Peres, Kevin Staab, Vi Kakinho, Felipe Foguinho, Leo Kakinho, Marco Cruz, Nilo Pecanha, Daniel Cuervo, Otavio Neto, Rony Gomes, Pat Ngoho 2014 ISU Masters Bowl World Champion, Sean Goff and more to be announced soon.

 

The celebration is for everyone. There are fans flying in from all points of the world to join them and partake in the celebration. They will all be raging on the beach at the peak of summer in Chile. Which won'tbe hard with bands and DJs like: Capital Cities, Erick Morillo, Gentleman, Cody Simpson, Yuksek, Gui Boratto, Rafik,Sien, Zaturno and skate rock legends The Faction already confirmed. There are some more big names being announced shortly.

 

The competition is part of the points of the International Skateboarder’s Union bowl series and in it you will see the best of the best competing for the inaugural title of BOWLZILLA™ Chile champion! Stay locked to www.bowlzilla.net for live action and updates.

 

There is a new bowl being purpose built for the competition and it will be left for the locals to enjoy for years to come. It is far too soon to say legacy but this bowl and the festival will be around for many years, adding to the developing Chile skate scene, the rich South American skate culture and the ever evolving history of international bowl skating all combined with one of the greatest music festivals to be seen in Chile.

 

The competition has a prize purse of US$80,000 making it the richest skateboard competition in South America ever! This, the epic location, amazing bands, first competition of the year and the new bowl ensure 2016 is going to launch BIG thanks to BOWLZILLA™ Chile.

 

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BOWLZILLA Chile!

Here at BOWLZILLA we are proud to announce our next stop and it is going to be huge; BOWLZILLA Sport Music Festival Chile! It's on 16th January at Ritoque Beach. We're building a brand new bowl on the beach with a US$80,000 prize purse and all the biggest names in bowl skating already confirmed for Pro; Pedro Barros, Felipe Foguinho, Vi Kakinho, Murilo Peres, Otavio Neto, Rony Gomez and Masters; Sean Goff, Leo Kakinho, Marco Cruz, Pat Ngoho, Kevin Staab, Setev Caballero and Tony Hawk! More information coming early next week on the big name bands playing and how to get tickets.