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
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