Open entrant Luiz Flavio Oliveira Araujo locks a picture perfect back tail
During set up for the comp two dogs were going absolutely ballistic. They were not a part of our wolf pack either. One was a three legged mini Jack Russell, the other was a pointer / cocker spaniel crossed with a springbok. Cuzz was on the leaf-blower making sure that the Clifton Hill plaza was free of debris. The frequency that the blower was omitting sent the two dogs nuts, they lost their owner who was perpetually yelling out their names: “Matty”… “Hooker”… “Matty”. Wait isn’t that the name of our filmer? Matty Hooker? Yep: weird! The springbok dog was sprinting the length of the skate park desperately looking for its owner, and the three-legged guy was doing his best to run. Eventually Cuzz stopped making a racket and the dogs were reunited with their owner. The last we saw of the springbok dog was the most epic’ly popped dog shifty off into the bush. A short while later contestants and fans began rocking up for the Victorian qualifier of the 2012 Nike SbA Am Series. The guest judges were Magistrate Mike Martin and Judge Jeremy Corea. The guest MC was Anthony Mapstone who also led the charge with the Fast Times BBQ action. Nick Boserio was guest chef and Lewis Marnell took care of the switch ledge department. Aside from a little wind towards the end of the session the sun shone and conditions were perfectly shred-worthy.
Words: Morgan Campbell (head judge)
Photos: Matty Hooker
Video: Matty Hooker and Shane Fowler
Nathan Jackson and Magistrate Mike Martin
JUNIOR DIVISION (14 & UNDERS)
Once again we were flabbergasted by the standard of the mini shredders. In third was Harry McEvoy who nailed kickflips and 360 shuv-its down the small six and 180’d the big three. Dean Johnston not only has the neatest handwriting of the entire Am Series, he can also skate up an absolute fury. He pounced on front boards and 5-0 grinds down the round six-stair rail. He also gap to lipped, 5-0’d and nosegrinded the gap to cheese block and 50/50’d the hubba.
Dean Johnston gaps to backside nose grizzle on the 'cheese block'
First place went to Sam Atkins who linked up lines punctuated with flippery all over the shop. He also back 50’d the hubba, heel varialed and front shuv’d the small six. We were all stoked because frontside shuv-its rule and are particularly hard to harness down drops.
1st Sam Atkins – 14 – Geelong (VIC)
2nd Dean Johnston – 14 – Dingley (VIC)
3rd Harry McEvoy – 13 – Torquay (VIC)
Juniors (L to R): Harry McEvoy (3rd), Dean Johnston (2nd) and Sam Atkins (1st)
OPEN (15 & OVER)
Holy smoke: the open division was straight up gnar-burgers. I would be surprised if Clifton Hill had ever seen a session of this level before. James Guida nollie flipped the smaller six, as did Ben Currie. Fangdangle manual champ Zac “Daewon Damage” Doon got busy on the balance pads. Christopher Craig’s harnessed switch flips down the three. Jordan Daniels got busy on the hubba with nosegrinds and nollie 50/50’s! The top three were all amazing and will make great additions to the final.
Jason Rainbird corkscrews a radical backside 360 down six
In third was yet another awesomely named human: Jason Rainbird. He did textbook big spins and awesomely popped and boned back threes.
Anthony Davie back smiths to backside 180 with style for miles
In second was an arm-bandaged Anthony Davie who had an Alex Campbell-eque bag of tricks: perfect switch big spins down the three, dive-bombed back smiths down the hubba, back smith 180’s on the out ledge and the most perfect tre-banger down the big six.
Frontside flipper and first placer Mitch Robertom was on fire all day
First place getter Mitch Robertom went on an absolute rampage on Saturday. Where do I begin? The hubba got nailed with kickflip frontside 50/50s, 180 fakie 50/50’s, frontside noseblunts and silky frontside bluntslides. He frontside flipped the big six! His kickflip 5-0 grind on the round rail was shocking as was his manual to boardslide on the same obstacle. Mitch Robertom is definitely a contender at the final come March 31st.
1st Mitch Robertom – 20 – Craigiburn (VIC)
2nd Anthony Davie – 16 – Geelong (VIC)
3rd Jason Rainbird – 15 – Hallam (VIC)
Opens (L to R): Jason Rainbird (3rd), Anthony Davie (2nd) and Mitch Robertom (1st)
Thanks again to everyone who was involved with getting the comp off the ground, Nike SB, SbA, The Australian Sports Commision, modus, X-mini and the Fast Times crew for the snagger sizzle.