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Wellington City Council, Redhead or Dead Events, Skateboarding New Zealand and Miryoku Agency raised the Capital with the New Zealand 2019 National Park / Bowl Skating Championships with BOWLZILLA Wellington.


SBNZ made sure the New Zealand National Skateboarding Park / Bowl competition series was the best run, attended and most unexpected fun so far. The level of all parts of the festival were raised higher this year with great success.

Weather is always a factor in Wellington but nothing gets in the way of a determined skater. With the rain finally coming down after three months of unprecedented sun in Wellington and only allowing Open heats to be run at the bowl a quick decision had to be made. Manky Chops Gallery generously offered their awesome new mini ramp that was built for Manky Deck-Aid to be utilised to its fullest, and MINIZILLA was born. The Women, Masters and 16 & Unders all finished out the event riding indoors with a format change that proved incredibly fun and popular.


Manky Chops and BOWLZILLA have a fantastic partnership going back many years which is focused around ARTZILLA every year as part of the BOWLZILLA Wellington festival. This year the Manky Chops team went above and beyond with their ten-year anniversary show; Deck-Aid, which saw 100 skateboard decks painted and sculpted by as many artists especially for the exhibition, with a huge part of the proceeds going to several worthy charities. As part of this they also custom built a mini ramp which ended up saving the day and elevating the fun and comradery to unexpected levels. Congratulations Dave, Pearl and the family for all you’ve achieved and give back.

Thanks to Yeah Gnar this is the second year of BOWLZILLA Wellington being the largest Equality in Skateboarding event in New Zealand. This support has really seen the talent in the Women’s division develop exponentially. Regardless of the Olympics and whatever else lay ahead, the emerging Women’s skateboard scene is having the most positive impact on skateboarding in a long time. The fact that it is part of the whole of BOWLZILLA Wellington makes the festival that much more fun and important for the community.


The New Zealand National Champions for 2019 are; Women – Rhya Henare, 16 & Under – Rimus Henare, Pabst Masters – Steve Crump, Open – Shaun Boucher.

The interest in skateboarding is growing and that could clearly be seen by the doubling of competitors in the 16 & Unders, and larger fields for the other divisions. Pabst Blue Ribbon beer generously stepped up this year to support the Pabst Masters division and all the other sponsors and encouragers ensured a larger level of support for all the skaters and should all be thanked for the generosity: Wellington City Council, Skateboarding NZ, Manual Magazine, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, Fusion Surf / Skate, Skullcandy, Irrom Distribution, GoPro, Vans, Manky Chops, Red Bull, Redhead Or Dead Events and Miryoku Agency. Because of all of them there was NZ$12,000 in prize money and more than $2000 worth of prizes. Every competitor was over the moon to be able to benefit from the biggest prize pool in New Zealand.

BOWLZILLA Wellington 2019 placings:


1 Jakob Robinson

2 Shaun Boucher – New Zealand Champion

2 Jett De Haan

4 Bowman Hansen

5 Josh Wilson

6 Chris Wood

7 Barry Taniwha

8 Chris Curran

9 Mike Bancfroft

10 Brodie Jarret

11 Jordan Nunns

12 Felix McZiveneg

13 Tyler Holdsworth

14 Brent Muskat

15 Shannon Boyd

16 Orson Reynolds

17 Luke Hayward

18 James Tuckey

19 Ned Simpson

20 Patrick Moessen

21 Ken Maaka Pakaariki

22 Scott Wilkinson

23 Kyle Monaghan

24 Callum McInnes


1 Taniah Myers

2 Paula Costales

3 Rhya Henare – New Zealand Champion

4 Ela Poynter

5 Krysta Ashwell

6 Poppy-Joe Garratt

7 Allanah Wilson

8 Georgia Hudson

9 Amanda Perrin



1 Stephen Crump – New Zealand Champion

2 Ramon Thackwell

3 Dave Crabb

4 Kevin Moran

5 Eddie Elguera

6 Von Griffin

7 Tony Chavez

8 Aaron Animal Bell

9 Nic Couscouris

10 Robin Oneleg

11 Mason Lockyer

16 & Under

1 Zane Hetherington

2 Rimus Henare – New Zealand Champion

3 Mitch Jordan

4 Joshua Godward

5 Rico Henare

6 Niwa Shewry

7 Leroy French

8 Max Hancock

9 Ephram Stocks

10 Zedyn Fellows

11 Isaiah Godfrey

12 Monty Graham

13 Felix Griffin

14 Carter Williams

15 Orlando Dreaneen

16 Jake Harris

17 Dax De Haan

“BOWLZILLA upheld its reputation of pulling a great crowd of spectators and skaters committed to having fun, in spite of the tumultuous Wellington weather this weekend! Kudos to the community for their versatility and perseverance – the future of New Zealand Skateboarding looks Bright!” Ramon Thackwell – Director, SBNZ.

There was a much larger attendance of internationals this year which really raised the excitement and energy of the locals. Jakob Robinson, Jett De Haan, Brodie Jarret, Brent Muscat, Taniah Myers, Paula Costales, Kevin Moran, Tony Chavez, Nic Couscouris, Zane Hetherington, Dax De Haan and Skateboarding Hall of Fame inductee Eddie Elguera who is considered one of the greatest skateboarders of all time and Tony Hawk’s major influence.


"The fourth year of BOWLZILLA Wellington saw us able to offer greater support to the skaters and generate more interest and opportunity. The newly energised SBNZ board is a real game changer for what we are now able to do for our community and that was reflected in the new support from sponsors and larger attendance. Wellington is one the greatest little cities in the world and being able to work with Wellington City Council in the ways we do to create a festival like BOWLZILLA Wellington which has such great community impact is what encourages us to keep the forward motion. We’re very grateful and humbled for everyone’s support and look forward to many more years of great times for all.” Chad Ford – Director, BOWLZILLA Wellington.

Stay tuned for announcements about BOWLZILLA Wellington 2020.




BOWLZILLA Wellington Festival is on next week, making Wellington the Capital of Fun! Wellington City Council, Redhead or Dead Events, SBNZ and Miryoku Agency are getting the town shaking.

The annual National skateboard festival BOWLZILLA Wellington is returning for its fourth year with the highlight being the all-encompassing New Zealand National Park / Bowl Skating Titles. SBNZ the National Governing body of skateboarding in NZ, sanctions this event as the National Championships for Park / Bowl skating which sees skaters from all around the country, expats and international friends flying in to have a craic.

The week kicks off with the Fusion Surf/Skate Welcome Party at The Cambridge Hotel on the 7th from 9pm. There are some drink specials to get everyone happy and DJ Baben kicking of the celebrations with fine tunes. It’s free, so everyone over 18 is welcome to come and start the week off right.

Friday afternoon from 5-7PM SBNZ are going to be having their first annual meeting to introduce everyone to the new board and start the conversation about the pathway ahead for skateboarding in New Zealand. If you have an interest in skating in New Zealand or you want to find a way of participating or helping, please come along. Skateboarding is about community and is a participation activity, it is not a spectator sport. There will be a lot of things to discuss and there will be opportunity to put forward ideas that you feel are helpful for New Zealand skating. The future is looking brighter.

Friday evening the 8th, Manky Chops will be holding their annual ARTZILLA as part of the BOWLZILLA Wellington celebrations. The show kicks off from 6pm at Manky Chops Gallery: 15-19 Pirie St corner of Home Street, Te Aro. Manky Chops Deckaid is not just celebrating a decade of Manky Chops this year but it is also about doing right and giving back. The show is the largest skateboard deck art show ever held in New Zealand with all the original artist decks going up for sale with the proceeds going to charity. Bring your friends, bring your money and squeeze into the gallery with everyone else as it is guaranteed to be massive.

Excitement is building for the big show – BOWLZILLA Wellington; 9th March at Waitangi Park, Wellington. The competition is on for the next National Champions with divisions for 16 & Under, Women, Pabst Masters 40+ and Pro/Am Open. This is the first year New Zealand skaters can start accruing points from this event for Olympic games qualification. The mix of skaters getting together with their mates for a goodtime and the keen kids up for a craic at the Olympics is going to raise the energy levels this year and make it an awesome show for those gathered round the bowl and to make it more interesting there is a bigger field of international rippers coming too. Yeah Gnar have come on board to ensure it is the largest Equality in Skateboarding event in New Zealand for 2019 with equal cash prize purse in both the Open and Women’s divisions.

Everyone is going to be looking to celebrate big on Saturday night and “Dive In” at San Fran on Cuba Street is going to be kicking out the jams for the official BOWLZILLA Wellington after party. Breaking Beats and Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer are joining forces with BOWLZILLA and San Fran to make it one hell of a good time. Ten Pin, Harry Max, Talisman, Martian, Acro, Bamzel, Sub State and MC Tree will be keeping it going from 8 till late. Tickets are available from so grab them before they’re gone. All our friends over 18 are welcome with ID.

Sunday is always about family and friends and there is going to be a friendly gathering at Karori vert ramp for everyone to wind down, have a nice Sunday and say their goodbyes until next year. If you like skating then you are friends and family so please come along for a nice Sunday in the park.

Dates: Competition; 9th March 2019, Festival events 7-10th March 2019

Event info: 7th March 9pm: Fusion Surf/Skate Welcome Party – The Cambridge Hotel, 28 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 8th March 5pm: SBNZ Annual Meeting: venue TBD 8th March 7pm: ARTZILLA – Manky Chops, 15-19 Pirie St corner of Home Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 9th March 10am: BOWLZILLA™ Wellington competition – Waitangi Park, Cable Parade, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 9th March 8pm: Dive In – official after party – San Fran Bath House, 171 Cuba St, Te Aro, 6011 10th March 2pm: Karori Vert Jam, Ian Galloway Park, Karori, Wellington