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VANS BOWL-A-RAMA™ BONDI 2013
Action sports fans witness the Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ 2013 series kick off in Wellington from February 13; closely followed by Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi beginning February 19, the world’s best skateboarders will be coming together to battle it out for both titles.
Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi hits the shores of Bondi Beach from February 19 – 24, 2013; with Sydney the second stop of the 2013 circuit. In its ninth year, Vans BOWL-A-RAMA Bondi boasts a four day line up of skateboarding infused cultural activities with competition taking place Saturday February 23.
Bondi crowds will witness the most impressive line up of skate talent, with both the Pros and Masters division competing for an overall prize purse of $100,000 AUD. The biggest prize purse in the competition’s history.
Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ was born on Bondi Beach, Sydney (Australia) in 2005 and is the biggest professional concrete skateboard series in the world. With the addition of NYC in 2012, BOWL-A-RAMA now calls some of the world’s most iconic destinations home.
Both Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Wellington and Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi are set amidst a week of festivities dedicated to celebrating art, music and true skateboard culture.
The Vans BOWL-A-RAMA 2013 series follows the debut of Vans BOWL-A-RAMA in NYC’s Hudson River Skatepark in 2012.
Vans BOWL-A-RAMA Bondi Beach, AU
February 19 – 24, 2013
|4||Rob Sluggo Boyce||$1,800|
|6||Eddie El Gato Elguera||$1,400|
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Action sports fans all over the world are gearing up to witness one of the biggest skateboarding legends of all time; Steve Caballero (US) & one of the most heralded teen prodigies Pedro Barros (BRAZIL) battle it out to defend their respective titles at one of skateboarding’s biggest professional bowl contests and week of cultural festivals in Australasia, Vans Bowl-A-Rama™ Bondi 2012.
Original Bones Brigade member Steve Caballero will be defending his fifth Masters title on Saturday the 25th of February, against the backdrop of one of Sydney’s most iconic beaches, Bondi, in a competition that has hosted him four times previously. Cab is out to prove yet again, that this title and a share of $80,000, one of the biggest prize purses yet, belongs to him.
“Steve Caballero has been pro for over 30 years and he has been at the top of professional skateboarding the whole time. There are not many, if any, professional athletes in any sport that can say that. Having a skater of his stature come back this year to compete for his 5th title in a row is a great honour for us and a fantastic opportunity for everyone who has ever been a fan of his and skateboarding.” Frontside Events director – Chad Ford.
Also vying for a large piece of the overall prize purse is Brazilian Pedro Barros. This 16-year-old continues to beat some of the world's best pool skaters, since winning the Pro-Tec Pool Party in May 2011 as well as the Vans Bowl-A-Rama™ Bondi and Bowl-A-Rama™ Wellington. He finished 2011 as the #1 bowl skater on the World Cup Skateboarding series and has something big to prove to riders who are almost double his age.
Other confirmed riders competing on the day include Bucky Lasek, Rune Glifberg, Sam Beckett & Pat Ngoho. For the first time ever there will also be Australian wild card entries who earned their spot at the newly launched Hurley Australian Bowl-riders competition (ABC™) hosted at Bar Beach Empire Skate in Newcastle over the Australia Day long weekend.
“We have worked very hard to ensure that Australia has a place on the international stage with Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi and now we are there 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 and make a living by qualifying through Hurley ABC and going on to compete at Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi.” Frontside Events director – Chad Ford.
Officially sanctioned by the World Cup Skateboarding, Vans Bowl-A-Rama™ Bondi celebrates the culture of skateboarding by offering a week of festivities in the lead up to the competition on the Saturday. All listed side events are open to the public, so for your chance to get amongst the action and rub shoulders with the biggest skateboarding talent in the world, save the date for Vans Bowl-A-Rama™ 2012!
Official webcast link, if you can’t make it to Bondi, watch all of the action on the day here: http://www.bowlarama.com.au/bondi/live.htm
Fuel TV will be broadcasting the event LIVE on Saturday 25 February from 5pm to 7pm. An event replay will be shown on Sunday 26 February from 8am.
Official Roster of Events:
Tuesday Feb 21st
7pm – Tic Taco Art Show at Beach Burrito
Wednesday Feb 22nd
9pm – Vans/Steve Cab Party at White Revolver
Thursday Feb 23rd
4pm – SDS Broken Bones demo at Warringah Mall
7:30pm – SDS Broken Bones Party/Corbin Harris Party at Beach Road Hotel
Friday Feb 24th
5pm – 9pm – Love and Guts at Beach Road Hotel
9pm – Love and Guts After Party at Beach Road Hotel
Saturday Feb 25th
BOWL-A-RAMA Competition Day at Bondi (updated schedule at http://www.wcsk8.com/)
9pm – Official BOWL-A-RAMA After Party at Beach Road Hotel
Sunday Feb 26th
Rain Day if needed
VANS BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi is a World Cup Skateboarding (WCS) sanctioned event held on Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach. Held annually this free public event attracts rotating crowds of 5000+ in one day.
In it’s 8th year, the event has added a significant roster of activities to its bill and will continue to grow. The new VANS BOWL-A-RAMA™ website is now live, and includes a regularly updated news page as well as a portal to the facebook page, which complements a strategic social media campaign implemented in order to amplify the overall experience. Other major sponsors of the event include Huawei, Mountain Dew, Tech Deck, SDS, Fuel TV and the Beach Road Hotel.
From 21st – 26th of February 2012, the shores of Bondi Beach, Sydney will play host to VANS BOWL-A-RAMA™ not only the biggest professional concrete event in the Southern Hemisphere, but also the biggest week of skateboarding infused cultural festivities in Australia. Attracting legendary skateboarder Steve Caballero – returning to defend his 5th title, Bucky Lasek and Australian pro’s Corbin Harris and Renton Millar 2012 will be bigger than ever!
In its eighth year, the event boasts a four day line up of skateboarding infused cultural activities in the lead up to the competition on Saturday 25th of February in which crowds will witness the most impressive line up of skate talent battle it out for an overall prize pool of $80,000 – the biggest prize pool yet.
“We’re thrilled to be able to announce a 25% increase in the overall prize purse this year,” comments Co-Founder, skatepark designer, and skater Chad Ford. “It’s something we will try and continue to do every year in order to look after and foster the talent within this growing sport,” he adds.
In Australia, industry analyst at IBISWorld Ed Butler estimates the skateboard market is worth up to $40 million annually. This supports figures released from the ABS that there has been a cumulative increase in participation amongst both males and females by over 50% over the last four years, which clearly illustrates the fact that skateboarding has continued to grow as a major trend amongst Australians.
Heralded by the World Cup of Skateboarding (WCS), the official sanctioning partner of global skateboarding events; as “an event that is at the pinnacle of celebrating the culture of skateboarding in Australia,” comments Don Bostilk, WCS President, BOWL-A-RAMA™ 2012 will bring with it the greatest cross generational gathering of international skaters at any one time in the history of Australian skateboarding.
Broadcast live online and via television, Australian and International fans can tune into the action and experience the excitement and atmosphere if they can’t physically make it on the day. The broadcast will include a range of live interviews with an array of the infamous skateboarders and international talent.
Professional Australian skateboarder and T.V personality Corbin Harris claims, “It’s one of the best competitions I’ve ever been a part of. The riders, the backdrop of Bondi Beach and the week of cultural side of events is second to none, I’m stoked to be part of the family again this year!” He Adds.
Save the date for this year’s biggest BOWL-A-RAMA™ ever and become part of the family!
BOWL-A-RAMA ™ Australia, the biggest concrete bowl event in the Southern Hemisphere, is proud to announce that Vans, the original action sports footwear brand, has re-signed as naming rights partner for Bondi for the next two consecutive years, as well as stepping on board as Gold sponsor for BOWL-A-RAMA ™ Wellington 2012 and 2013. The partnership further solidifies the potential the events provide in both shaping and influencing the growing landscape of skateboarding in Australasia by growing the prize purse to attract the best skateboarders.
Director of Frontside Events and Founder/Event Director of BOWL-A-RAMA ™ Chad Ford comments "We're stoked to have Vans continue this fantastic relationship for another two years. BOWL-A-RAMA ™ is all about giving skaters the best possible showcase. With Vans support we have been able to increase our prize purse to AUD $80K this year and AUD $100K the next. Vans have been instrumental in growing the event year after year."
Vans APAC Marketing Director Jenn Kong said "We've been sponsoring BOWL-A-RAMA ™ for the past six years and we look forward to continuing to elevate Vans BOWL-A-RAMA¬ and to build its presence as the premiere skate event in Asia Pacific for future years. 2011 was a landmark year for us to have presented the first live webcast of a skateboarding event in Australia and we're excited to announce a substantial increase in our support which helps to grow the overall prize purse for BOWL-A-RAMA ™ 2012 and continue to attract the best skaters from around the globe." Stay tuned over the next few months as we announce our 2012 dates and heaps of exciting news...
After a big day of battle 15 year-old Pedro Barros skates away as back-to-back Pro winner of VANS BOWL-A-RAMA™ 2011, whilst Steve Caballero took out the Masters title for the fourth year in a row.
Rotating crowds of over 5000 people were there to witness to some of the biggest names in skateboarding battling it out for a prize purse which gave each skater the biggest incentive to get amongst the competition in the biggest BOWL-A-RAMA™ yet!
Jenn Kong, Vans Senior Marketing Manager Asia Pacific said: “Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ is our key skateboarding event in Asia Pacific and we’re excited the event has been elevated to a new level this year with the significantly increased prize purse to AUD 60K to keep attracting the world’s best riders, and by our decision to webcast it live on vans.com and on Fuel TV Australia to grow the global exposure.”
The event series, including the sister event Oakley BOWL-A-RAMA™ held at Waitangi Park in Wellington, has recently gone through some exciting developments including the World Cup of Skate signing a five year deal, major growth in prize purses and major sponsor alignments. “We are stoked to be able to work with the best in the industry to deliver a strong event every year,” says Chad Ford, Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Director. “The event keeps growing every year and brings with it the biggest skaters in the world. With the support of sponsors, media partners and World Cup of Skate, we are definitely on our way to becoming one of the most iconic skate events in history."
The prize-winners were as follows:
1st Place Prize money = $15000 Pedro Barros (BRA)
2nd Place Prize money = $7500 Rune Glifberg (DEN)
3rd Place Prize money = $4000 Bucky Lasek (USA)
4th Place Prize money = $2500 Bob Burnquist (BRA)
5th Place Prize money = $2000 Renton Millar (AUS)
6th Place Prize money = $1600 Nathan Beck (AUS)
7th Place Prize money = $1400 RJ Barbaro (AUS)
8th Place Prize money = $1300 Nolan Munroe (USA)
1st Place Prize money = $5000 Steve Caballero (USA)
2nd Place Prize money = $2500 Mik Mulhall (AUS)
3rd Place Prize money = $1400 Lester Kasai (USA)
4th Place Prize money = $1300 Nicky Guerrero (DEN)
5th Place Prize money = $1200 Sergie Ventura (USA)
6th Place Prize money = $1100 Pat Ngoho (USA)
1 $15,000 1 $5000
2 $7500 2 $2500
3 $4000 3 $1400
4 $2500 4 $1300
5 $2000 5 $1200
6 $1600 6 $1100
7 $1500 7 $1100
8 $1400 8 $1100
9 $1300 9 $1000
10 $1200 10 $1000
$43,300 $16,700 A$60,000
1 $4,800 1 $2000
2 $2500 2 $1600
3 $2000 3 $1400
4 $1800 4 $1200
5 $1500 5 $1000
6 $1400 6 $800
7 $1300 7 $600
8 $1200 8 $400
9 $1100 9 $200
10 $1000 10 $100
$20,700 $9300 A$30,000
For the 2nd year running, VANS will take naming rights to the biggest concrete event in the Southern Hemisphere, BOWL-A-RAMA™! VANS BOWL-A-RAMA™ 2011 promises to be bigger and better than ever and will again bring with it the biggest line up of international skate talent yet seen, as well as a week of festivities celebrating the culture of skate. For the first time ever, BOWL-A-RAMA™ will be broadcast live around the world, right here on bowlarama.com.au!
Stay tuned for big news in the next few weeks as we announce the 2011 pro and masters fields!
Get your diaries out – we can finally announce the dates for BOWL-A-RAMA™ 2011. Pencil in Sat 12 February for Wellington and Sat 19 February for Bondi! We’ve got a huge amount of things happening, including gallery exhibitions, music, parties, giveaways, and of course, lots of S-K-A-T-E. See you there!
Last year’s BOWL-A-RAMA™ was killer, with 14 year old Brazilian Pedro Barros take first prize at the Bondi competition as well as Wellington, where he knocked out two-time champ Bucky Lasek. Here’s the full list of prize winners:
1st Place - Pedro Barros
2nd Place - Bucky Lasek
3rd Place - Bob Burnquist
4th Place - Omar Hassan
5th Place - Rune Glifberg
6th Place - RJ Barbaro
7th Place - Juergan Horrwarth
8th Place - Josh Borden
9th Place - Rion Linderman
10th Place - Renton Millar
1st Place - Steve Cabellero
2nd Place - Pat Ngoho
3rd Place - Mick Mulhall
4th Place - Glen Charnoski
5th Place - Lester Kasai
6th Place - Jeff Grosso
7th Place - John Grey
8th Place - Lance Mountain
9th Place - Adrian Jones
10th Place - Scott Spring