"With the Pro/Am Invitational Tour only in its second year, we here at SbA are stoked on the enthusiasm with which Australia’s elite skateboarders have embraced the concept. To the extent that the lads are now planning their schedules around the stops, and also giving invaluable input and feedback on how to improve the courses, it’s awesome to see our nation’s best coming together for what have been some of the most memorable sessions witnessed in the history of Oz skateboarding.
Just as Shocklands (Melb) and The Island (Syd) provided unique courses influenced by legit street obstacles, THUNDERDOME will once again provide a platform guaranteed to showcase the absolute best of the best from Australia’s top 44 skateboarders.
Whilst 2011’s Oz Champ Tommy Fynn currently leads in points, Murwillumbah’s Blake Harris is rolling in a close 2nd, Eden’s Reece Warren is in 3rd, and Melbourne’s Jack Kirk in 4th, all are possible contenders for the Championship and the bonus $5000 to add to the rest of their year’s winnings.
Championship points aside, as a stand-alone event, Thunderdome has a total prize pool of $10,000 for the day with 1st place scoring $4000, and cash down to 8th, so you can expect nothing short of mind-blowing skateboarding in Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on December 1st."
Andrew ‘Cuzza’ Currie
SbA Events Manager
Here we have the 44 confirmed riders for Thunderdome and the list is pretty much guaranteed to be the gnarliest bundle of heads ever assembled for an All-Australian contest. Stay tuned for the course reveal. Once you combine the course with the below list of names, you will understand that 2012 Nike SbA Pro/Am Stop #3 will be an impressive notch in the halls of Oz skate history.
Today the SbA team proudly unveils the course layout for Thunderdome. Our events manager and design team have literally been working on this for months. And would you just look at the splendour that is the Nike SbA Pro/Am Tour Stop #3 course? From boomerang quarter pipes, to double sets, to banks, to gap to rails there is something here for everyone! Where are you going to be on December 1st?
As the stage gets set for Thunderdome (Nike SbA Pro/Am Tour Stop #3), we have arranged this little edit to give you an idea of the level of ripping that will be involved. Here we have some highlights from The Island (2011 Stop #3) and Shocklands (2012 Stop #2). Feast!
Saturday December 1st, 2012
11:00am: Competitor Practice
The Hordern Pavilion has some serious heritage indeed. Aside from being home to several skate comps during the 90’s, it has also housed gigs of some serious musical legends: AC/DC, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Dire Straights, Eric Clapton, Jackson 5, Kraftwerk, Megadeth, Metallica, New Order, Oasis, Pantera, Slayer and many more! As you know on December the 1st the Hordern is going to be rocked by Thunderdome: Stop #3 of the Nike SbA Pro/Am Tour. This is a 44-man band who have been hand picked due to their mastery of the skateboard.
The Hordern Pavilion is situated within the Moore Park Precinct next to the Entertainment Quarter and Fox Studios Australia, only 10 minutes from the Sydney CBD and 15 minutes from the airport. The venue is easily accessible by car, coach, board, foot and public transport. The location of The Hordern Pavilion is explained in the map above, that is also available here. Entry to The Hordern Pavilion during Thunderdome is via Eroll Flynn Blvd (the dotted line parallel to Driver Ave on the map). You can enter the venue from 11am.
TRANSPORT TO THE HORDERN
Check www.131500.com.au for up to date train and bus timetables.
- Make your way to Central, Wynyard or Town Hall stations. From there, you can connect with the 339 bus service, which brings you directly to Fox Studios.
- Town Hall, Bondi Junction and Wynyard stations connect with frequent bus services, which run along Moore Park Road or Anzac Parade, and have stops close to Fox Studios Australia.
- For a diagram of the Sydney Suburban Train Service click here.
- The closest train station to Moore Park is Central. Sydney Buses operate regular services from Central to Moore Park.
- Route 339 (along with 374, 376, 391) departs from Eddy Avenue stand C. Alight at the first stop on the bus roadway at Moore Park.
- Route 393 (along with 372 and 395) departs from Eddy Avenue stand C. Alight at the first stop on Anzac Parade.
- Route 393 will get you from Bondi Junction to The Hordern. Alight at Moore Park.
- Route 377 will take you from Circular Quay to The Hordern Pavilion. Alight at Moore Park.
- Fox Studios Australia operates a managed taxi rank within the site from Errol Flynn Boulevard.
- Sydney Airport and Sydney Central are connected by a very efficient Airport Link train servicve that will costs very little compared to most Australian aiport to city services.
- Car parking is available in our multi-deck car park at the following rates. Entry is via Lang Road, off Anzac Parade, Moore Park.
Car Park Rates
Up to 2 Hours - Free
2 - 3 Hours - $ 4.00
3 - 4 Hours - $ 8.00
4 - 5 Hours - $12.00
5 - 6 Hours $15.00
6 + Hours $22.00
Entry after 6:00pm Flat Fee $6.00
This is the recommended way to get to the event. But be sure to be sure to not to skate your whiz plank inside the venue or we will lose it for future years.
As you know: 44 of Australia’s best skateboarders are heading to Thunderdome on December 1st. Let’s face it: interstate guys aside, Sydney-town has spawned some of the most ferocious skaters of all time. Dean Palmer is no execption to this law. Anyone who has witnessed him skate anything from a specifically designated area to a street spot will know that he is possessed. Beyond that... he is blessed with one of the most infinite bags of tricks and effortless styles on the planet. It is by no surprise that Dean has been turned pro just this month by his UK board sponsor Death Skateboards. This guy is as electric as it gets. Anthony De Sylva spent a couple of hours with Dean traversing downtown last week and this is what happened. Yes: this is what happened. See you on December 1st.
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