2014 NIKE X SBA AM TITLES – WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

Nike x SbA Am Titles Stop #4
Manning, Western Australia 
March 29th 2014
Photos: Matty Hooker 
Video: Tony Woodward and Alex Yates 
Words: Morgan Campbell

Most of WA’s international press as of late seems modelled around mining and missing planes, but we can never forget about the strength of the skate scene on our left side. A combo of dryness, plethora of parks and constantly growing assortment of street spots has lead to an astonishing amount of talent out West. If you have ever seen a clip from Manning, you will know the place gets torn to shreds on the regs. Saturday was no difference. Despite apocalyptic clouds dominating the skyline and the odd wind gust strong enough to focus a board we managed to get through the day without a hiccup

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The Genius – Eugene Stewart with a silky switch backside 5-0

We had some proper local lordage giving us assistance on the day… Clinton “Chipper” Walton was hired as a guest judge… he has been killing it since he moved from Kalgoorlie to Perth in the early 90’s. The judges normally arrive at 9, but Clint rocked up keen as beans at 7:30am, volunteered to pick up the tools and started making fences. He stayed for the duration of set up, judged the 70+ competitors and saw out the entire rain-soaked pack down. Ruling form Chip! The other guest judge was none other then the 2004 Oz Champ and all terrain domination amp machine: Zac Willmore.

Judges: Jim Dandy, Clinton "Chipper" Walton and Zac "Blues Brother" Willmore
Judges: Jim Dandy, Clinton “Chipper” Walton and Zac “Blues Brother” Willmore

To add to the clout of Chip ‘n’ Zac we also had another card to add to our hand: WA State Manager and GMTA founder Ben Bowring as second MC. Try find someone in this country more devoted to skateboarding than Ben. This guy deserves a statue next to Bon Scott on the Freo Waterfront! In between skates why not add some snacks from Toastface Grillah andMiss Tartufo to the scenario? Yep: we were sorted.

MC’s Benny Bowring and Richard Flude.
MC’s Benny Bowring and Richard Flude.

JUNIORS (14 & UNDER)
A bunch of last year’s Juniors had graduated beyond the fourteen-zone and some new blood has since taken up the charge. They have some good rapper names going too: Charlie Wack and Elias Grimes for instance: both destined for greatness.

Well-poked feebs from a pre-teen Josh Birtwistle.
Well-poked feebs from a pre-teen Josh Birtwistle.

Second placer: Joe Walker was ludicrously good. Proper tre flips and nollie flips like a mini-Kalis. In at first was Josh Birtwistle from Innaloo: aged only a dozen years and he already has a bag bigger than you. Nollie late flip fly-outs, rail domination and heathy 360 nose grabs over the spine.

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JUNIOR RESULTS (top three qualify for The Grand Final)
1st Josh Birtwistle – 12 – Innaloo, WA (2014 West Aus Jnr Am Champ) (middle)
2nd Joe Walker – 13 – Secret Harbour, WA (left)        
3rd Elias Grimes – 14 – Cottesloe, WA (right)
4th Charlie Wack – 11 – Hamilton Hill, WA

OPENS (15 & OVER)

QLD’s Keith Franks was in the house. Kickflip back tail.
QLD’s Keith Franks was in the house. Kickflip back tail.

So many rippers in the Open Division! Making it through to the final eight cut was no easy task. Issa Hassan was on fire with Blender-inspired lip trickery and lein to tails over the steep back pocket-to-pocket section. Quayde Baker dropped spine transfer NBD’s in the form of switch front hurricanes. Luca Prestini and Eugene Stewart both wove their magic and Nathan Arias screeched 5-0 fakies and back tails across the entire back wall.

Heavy hitters: Zac Willmore, Harry Clark, Alex Campbell and Dylan Tomlinson.
Heavy hitters: Zac Willmore, Harry Clark, Alex Campbell and Dylan Tomlinson.

In at eighth was Michael Rotondella who was all over the spine and the quarter pipe areas with barely any bails. The speedy Aarron Winter wrestled the ghetto bird over the Manning Gap and annihilated the bump to bars.

Aarron Winter glides a ghetto bird over the Manning Gap
Aarron Winter glides a ghetto bird over the Manning Gap [ click to animate ]

Open Fresher Zac Clinkers held his own in The Final, skating with twice the power and variety that he possessed last year. Scott Hetherington nailed back tail fakies down the square rail and a nollie front feeble down the roundy.

Peanut Gallery cackles were a plenty.
Peanut Gallery cackles were a plenty.

Sean Parker is a highly gifted unit: nollie nose 270’s and switch 180’s to front feeble… what… really? The guy sure has a good relationship going between his brain and his feet: board control for days.

Bet Sean Parker is a bad ass on a dance floor. Switch 180 front feebs. [ click to animate ]
Bet Sean Parker is a bad ass on a dance floor. Switch 180 front feebs. [ click to animate ]

Third place went to the one and only Alex Campbell. His schedule this week was off the charts. Working every day as a concreter, flying to Melbs for the Two Up Premiere on Thursday morning, returning the next day, skating the comp, then leaving for Bali for his first ever-proper family holiday with two sons and partner.

Smiths up hubbas are dangerous. Alex Campbell ignores this.
Smiths up hubbas are dangerous. Alex Campbell ignores this.

Despite hectic times Alex was as mesmerising as ever: silky frontside bluntslides, 180 nollie switch k’s on the squarey and smiths up hubbas. Pretty sure he stayed on for a good five of the six mins in the final.

Dylan Tomlinson's gap to noseblunt over the fun box went down first try!
Dylan Tomlinson’s gap to noseblunt over the fun box went down first try!

In at second was Dylan Tomlinson: a lanky powerhouse with gangster roll always to die for. He rolled his ankle in the middle of The Final and kept going! His gap noseblunt over the fun box was probably the trick of the day. How could anyone beat Dylan?

Harry Clark with a switch flip miles above the Manning Gap.
Harry Clark with a switch flip miles above the Manning Gap.

First-placer Harry Clark hit ledges, rails, kickers and tranny all with the same gusto (in both stances) without skipping a beat. The spine got a seeing to with backside noseblunt reverts and miller flips and the rail got pelted with nollie flip back lips. The Pizza Hut wallie box got nose-bonked and 180 wallied and the Manning kicker got sessioned with switch flips, massive switch backside flips and huge switch frontside flips. As the results were announced the heavens opened leaving a hectic pack up, and a drenched retaliation to the Hyundai’s for our crew. We were soaked and stoked on another ripper of a day for Australian shredboarding. See you in Canberra in May.

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OPEN RESULTS (top six qualify for The Grand Final)

1st Harry Clark – 25 – Wembley, WA – $1000 (2014 West Aus Am Champ) (middle)
2nd Dylan Tomlinson – 22 – Mount Lawley, WA – $500 (left)
3rd Alex Campbell – 25 – Kardinya, WA – $200 (not on right)

4th Sean Parker – 18 – Connolly, WA – $100
5th Scott Hetherington – 25 – Perth, WA – $100
6th Zac Clinkers – 15 – Scarborough, WA – $100

7th Aarron Winter – 17 – Mullaloo, WA
8th Michael Rotondella – 22 – Bibra Lake, WA

Thanks to all the event sponsors for helping make this happen.

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