Nicky Guerrero (photo: Dave Pang)
I went to one of the best events of the year yesterday - BOWL-A-RAMA 2012, the annual bowl-riding competition at Bondi beach. It doesn't get much better than this, sunny n hot, the beach and crystal blue ocean on one side, the bowl and some ridiculously good skating on the other side. Either way you look, life's freakin great.
I love going to the BOWL-A-RAMA. It's a good opportunity to catch up with people and see some of my favorite skaters rip up the bowl. Every year the riding just gets better and better and I have a great deal of respect for these fearless concrete warriors. I roamed the contest area for a while, checking out the action from a few different angles, before settling into a comfortable chair in the stands for the afternoon.
There was a lot of impressive riding. The skating of Jack Fardell stood out for me. He tore it up and is one of the most stylish guys to watch, with his big felt hat and long hair just flying around. Switch acid drop, big back d's and grinding everything in sight at mach speed. Josh Rodriguez - huge airs and fast. Our own Jimmy Beck took out a well-deserved fourth place, great to see him place so high.
Rune and Bucky - what can you say?! just ruling the joint. And then there is this kid Pedro Barros... the best bowl-skater alive?! No doubt. This was his third consecutive victory at Bondi, and he's only 16... wtf! He is unbelievable to watch, so so fast, and boasts total technical mastery as well as huge airs and 540s.
Caballero took out the Masters - mr smooth. It was great to see some of the local dudes ripping it up as well. Congrats to Mick Mulhall on third! If you weren't there this year, don't worry, there's next year to look forward to - even bigger and better!
Let's check out some more photos from the day's action, starting with the juniors. These guys and gals are 1/3rd my age and about 100 times better than me. It's a humbling sight...
For more info check out www.bowlarama.com.au
OFFICIAL RESULTS PRO FINALS
1st Place – Pedro Barros ($16,000)
2nd Place – Bucky Lasek ($9,000)
3rd Place – Rune Glifberg ($5,000)
4th Place – Nathen “Jimmy” Beck ($3,000)
5th Place – Nolan Munroe ($2,300)
6th Place – Joshua Rodriguez ($2,000)
7th Place – Steven Pineiro ($1,700)
8th Place – Jack Fardell ($1,600)
9th Place – Kalani David ($1,500)
10th Place – Juergen Horrwarth ($1,400)
1st Place – Steve Caballero ($5,800)
2nd Place – Nicky Guerrero ($3,000)
3rd Place – Mik Mulhall ($2,000)
4th Place – Rob “Sluggo” Boyce ($1,800)
5th Place – Sergie Ventura ($1,500)
6th Place – Eddie Elguera El Gato ($1,400)
7th Place – Adam Luxford ($1,300)
8th Place – Pat Ngoho ($1,200)
9th Place – Sean Goff – ($1,100)
10th Place – Lester Kasai ($1,100)
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