Manual Magazine

2017 Bowlzilla Wellington: Wrap Up

Posted by manualmagazine on Tuesday March 14 2017

Willy Lara, frontside ollie.

Willy Lara, frontside ollie.

Bowlzilla Wellington is officially wrapped for 2017; other than some torrential downpour it was an awesome week. RJ Barbaro held onto the Champion title for another year, while Shaun Boucher came closely in at second, walking away with the title of SBNZ National Park/Bowl Champion. See the full results below, plus footage and photos from the main event.

1 – RJ Barbaro – BOWLZILLA Wellington 2017 Open Champion
2 – Shaun Boucher – SBNZ National Open Park / Bowl Skating Champion 2017
3 – Willy Lara
4 – Bowman Hansen
5 – Mike Bancroft
6 – Josh Wilson
7 – Chris Wood
8 – George Richards
9 – Luke Hayward
10 – James McGuiness
11 – Chris Curren
12 – Patrick Ryan

1 – Leigh McKenzie – BOWLZILLA Wellington 2017 and SBNZ National Masters Park / Bowl Skating Champion 2017

2 – Stephen Crump
3 – Nick Bennett
4 – Ramon Thackwell
5 – Nic Couscouris

6 – Lee Ralph

“Park / Bowl skating is clearly on the rise in New Zealand as was evidenced by the new talent entering our competitions over summer and the rise in skill level of the current skaters. The new series we established here at SBNZ is a real boost for the local scene and is bringing out more riders from near and far. We have interest from a lot of organisations to help us find ways of funding and supporting skateboarding now andwell into the future. With our involvement in assisting communities develop and build better skateparks, working with promoters to establish competitions for local talent to develop and providing a community and voice for New Zealand skaters, the future is looking great. Having BOWLZILLA Wellington be the series final gives us a great chance to cap each year and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”  Jesse Peters – Director, SBNZ.

Even with the challenging weather BOWLZILLA Wellington was a Capital success with the festival hosting; ARTZILLA – art show, which was produced by Manky Chops, Fusion Surf / Skate – welcome barbecue, the competition and wrapping it up with the Dive In – party at San Fran with the SUB:BASS crew raising the roof for the final celebration.

“This year BOWLZILLA Wellington was a real game changer for us, we managed to triple the prize purse, saw an increase in international competitors, more friends and fans at the festival events, far more support from a wider group of sponsors and the growing talent of the skaters. It means we have a long future in Wellington. Being able to integrate this all in with SBNZ so we can crown the National Championships for New Zealand makes it that little bit extra special for us. Thank you one and all for everything you did to contribute to such an amazing but wet week.” Chad Ford – Director, BOWLZILLA Wellington.

Without the very generous support of the sponsors none of BOWLZILLA Wellington would be possible, so a huge thank you goes to; Wellington City Council, Skateboarding New Zealand, International Skateboarder’s Union, Coffee Supreme, Fusion Surf/Skate, Manual Magazine, Manky Chops, Powerhaus European Vehicle Workshop, San Fran, The Cambridge Hotel, the generous prizes from Dickies and Vans and the organisational skills of Redhead or Dead Events and Miryoku Agency. With ongoing support like this the opportunities for New Zealand skating are awesome.

Image Gallery (19 Photos)

  1. Lee Ralph, Bowman Hansen and Josh Wilson.
  2. Leigh McKenzie.
  3. Nick Bennett, backside feeble.
  4. Leigh McKenzie, handplant.
  5. Doubles going down in the Masters' heat.